Autism Scorecard - Federal Election 2019

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 14/5/2019 - 07:05

The Australian Autism Alliance released its 2019 federal election autism scorecard! It helps understand how the major parties will create #Change4Autism if elected to govern on Saturday 18 May.

Download the #Change4Autism campaign from www.australianautismalliance.org.au/ele…!

The four major priorities of the Change4Autism Election Manifesto were:

Urgent action to eliminate NDIS barriers to vital supports for autistic people
A National Autism Strategy
Establish a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with a disability
High-impact, sustainable disability advocacy

Against these priorities the parties fared:

The Liberal/National Party has committed to implementing 3/4 of these priorities (they have not committed to a National Autism Strategy)
Labor has committed to implement 4/4 of these priorities
The Greens has committed to implement 4/4 of these priorities

Liberal National Party

$2 million to support people with autism to find and keep a job and implementing the Autism CRC assessment and diagnostic guidelines
$45 million over three years to establish a national disability information gateway
$20 million to expand the NDIS Community Connectors Program

Australian Labor Party

Will develop a National Autism Strategy [new announcement]
Will legislate an NDIS Future Fund to quarantine funding for NDIS use only.
Extra $300 million to support students with disability at school.

Greens

Support call for National Autism Strategy [new announcement].
$1 billion to improve accessibility of existing public places and infrastructure and an additional $400 million for accessible public transport.
Construct 500,000 full accessible public and community homes.

Disability policy documents from major parties are available:

Liberal
Labor - ALP - with specific material about the NDIS here and here
Greens