Submissions

interim submission on the sustainability of the NDIS

Submitted by convenor on Sun, 5/12/2021 - 10:24

A4's interim submission on the sustainability of the NDIS is available online.

The submission contains some recent data about the number of people diagnosed formally with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and receiving either an NDIS plan or Carer's Allowance (child). These diagnosis rates are often interpreted as indicators of autism prevalence in our community.

The following data is reported in Annex A.

Submission to DSS on Draft NDIS legislation - 2021/10/22

Submitted by convenor on Sat, 23/10/2021 - 00:00

A4's brief and somewhat rushed submission on proposed changes to the NDIS legislation is available below.

The government gave the disability sector insufficient time to respond to its proposed changes. Parts of the disability sector have received legal advice that the limited time allowed is disability discrimination. It certainly shows that the government's aim to build trust (following the Independent Assessments debacle) and to work with the sector is insubstantial.

Submission: Autism, disability, and the National Disability Employment Strategy

Submitted by convenor on Fri, 17/9/2021 - 16:55

A4 made a late submission in response to DSS's consultation on a National Disability Employment Strategy.

Basically, A4 felt that DSS's proposed holistic strategy to address disability employment over the next decade is the same as it was for the last decade: it's the same strategy expecting a different result. Rather thank acting on what they "think" might work, some of the 10 years could be used to determine reliably what does work for the various parts of the disability sector, then implement working approaches more widely.

changed position on National Autism Plan

Submitted by convenor on Sun, 16/8/2020 - 11:03

Dear members of the Select Committee on Autism

When I appeared before you recently, you asked about a National Autism Strategy. Please disregard the answer I provided at the time.

Since that time, the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Services Australia:

had senior officials appear before the Community Affairs Committee, and
released a Position Paper on its National Disability Strategy.

These events both show DSS to be no longer fit-for-purpose.