Australian Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Existing Residential Care Arrangements Available for Young People with Severe Physical, Mental or Intellectual Disability in Australia

A Joint Submission by Developmental Disability WA and People with Disabilities WA.
20 March 2015.

Australian Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Existing Residential Care Arrangements Available for Young People with Severe Physical, Mental or Intellectual Disability in Australia. Joint submission PWdWA and DDWA 20 March 2015

Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Submission

This submission is from People With disabilities WA and Developmental Disability WA in response to the Information, Linkages, Capacity Building Framework paper.

the recognition that the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) framework is an important element of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Submission NDIS (PDF) 19 March 2015

Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Submission NDIS (Word Doc) 19 March 2015

People With Disabilities WA, Developmental Disability WA and United Voice – Joint Media Release – 11 Feburary 2015

Inquiry Endorsed into ‘Australia’s Hidden Shame’

Today the Federal Senate has endorsed a national inquiry into disability violence, abuse and neglect in residential and institutional settings.

People with Disability WA’s Executive Director Samantha Jenkinson today applauded the move, saying that the problem was rife across Australia, including in WA.

‘In recognition of the issues, we are working together with Developmental Disability WA and union United Voice and have commenced a three month State inquiry to investigate the prevalence of violence, abuse and neglect in Western Australia,’ she said.

‘It is encouraging that the Federal Government has heard the voices of people with disability, especially those who are amongst the most marginalised. Over 90% of women with intellectual disability have been subjected to sexual, domestic or other violence – it is Australia’s hidden shame.’

Disability advocates Samantha Connor and Ben Keely have been commissioned to investigate violence, neglect and abuse in WA, including abuse in schools, boarding houses, day centres, group homes and supported accommodation.

‘We hear too often of people being taken advantage of sexually and physically,’ said Ben Keely, a psychology student and survivor of institutional neglect and abuse.

‘What’s worse, if you are unable to communicate your problems or have no family or friends to support you, you are left with no hope, nowhere to go and certainly no justice.’

Greens senator Rachel Siewert said that there is an unacceptably high number of people with disability who have been subjected to abuse and violence while in care.

‘It is not just a state issue, it is a federal one, and it needs national leadership,’ she said this week.

The Western Australian Disability Abuse Inquiry commences this week.

Contact: Samantha Jenkinson on email Samantha Jenkinson

Recent PWdWA Submissions

PWdWA Submission Options to add No-Fault Catastrophic Injury Cover to Western Australia’s Compulsory Third Party Insurance Scheme. (WORD DOC) 23 December 2014

PWdWA Submission for the Review of the Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused Act 1996. (WORD DOCX) 12 December 2014

PWdWA Submission for the Review of the Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused Act 1996. (PDF) 12 December 2014

Joint Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused Dec 2014 Submission Final. (PDF) 12 December 2014

To view more submissions visit the
PWdWA Submissions page

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Policy Framework online consultation

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Policy Framework online consultation – this is consultation on what Tier 2 of the NDIS should look like. Info and feeback through the website

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) is the new name for “Tier 2” of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It was agreed that this title better reflects the supports it would provide and removes potential for misinterpreting the NDIS as a hierarchy of supports, which was implied by the term “tiers”.

ILC is a key component of the NDIS insurance model and will contribute to the sustainability of the NDIS by building the capacity of the community, people with disability, their families and carers, and greater community inclusion.

Over time, these can reduce the demand for and level of support required from individually funded responses.

Disability Ministers have agreed on the ILC Policy Framework and have requested targeted consultations.

This framework was developed by the Commonwealth, states and territories and is intended to guide the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in developing a transition and implementation strategy for ILC.

ILC supports will be delivered through five streams of activity (these are further outlined in the ILC Policy Framework):

  • - Information, Linkages and Referrals
  • - Capacity building for mainstream services
  • - Community awareness and capacity building
  • - Individual capacity building
  • - Local area coordination

Why are we doing consultation and what will the findings be used for?
The findings of the consultations will be collated by Department of Social Services into a report for use by Disability Ministers, Commonwealth, state and territory government officials and the NDIA.

Governments have noted that the findings will be considered in the context of transitioning to full scheme delivery of the NDIS, including the rollout of ILC supports. In particular, the report will provide valuable insights from the disability sector during transition to full scheme and the development of implementation strategies.

What are we seeking from you?
We would like your feedback about the ILC Policy Framework. Key questions have been developed which aim to provide insights into stakeholder expectations, the scope of supports and implementation challenges of ILC. We encourage your response to be guided by these focus areas, in addition to any other issues you would like to raise.

  • - What are the most important elements of ILC?
  • - What is missing?
  • - How will we know the ILC streams are meeting their objectives/vision?
  • - What would be the implementation challenges?
  • - Which aspects of a person’s life do you think ILC could have the greatest impact on?
  • - What are some of the principles that should guide investment across ILC streams?

How do you see the interface between ILC functions and activities and the interaction with the mainstream service system? (housing, education, employment, health, family, accessibility and transport)

Why is the policy on the NDIA website?
A targeted consultation is being conducted primarily by jurisdictional governments. In consultation with relevant governments, NDIA will also support this process by publishing the policy framework on our website.

Feedback provided on the ILC policy framework via the website will be sent directly to DSS for inclusion within the national process. NDIA will not filter responses and is not responsible for the final decision on how the feedback will be adopted.

Provide feedback
We would appreciate all feedback on the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Policy Framework.

You can submit your comments via this feedback form until 15/3/15.
Link to feedback form: feedback form:

Workskills Competition 2016.

Workskills Olympics for people with disabilities.

To be held in Boreaux France 2016.

Expressions of Interest.
Abilympics holds workskills and some leisure competitions for people with disabilities every four years.

Are you outgoing?

  • Over 18 years of age?
  • Do you enjoy socialising?
  • Do you have a special ability?
  • Are you available in Marck 2016?
  • Would you like to represent Australia in the 9th International Abilympicsin Bordeaux, France?

Abilympics West Australia Association Inc have participated in every Abilympics Event since its inception in Tokyo in 1981.
Like the Olympics and Paralympics the events are held every four years to encourage people with disabilities to participate in workskill competition.

Abilympics aim at improving employment potential, self esteem and helps foster International friendships.

If you would like more information, please go to our website:


email us: Abilympics

Please complete the questionaire (above) and forward to:

Abilympics West Australia Association Inc
PO Box 358
Mirrabooka WA 6941

Please list the categories of interest, your disability or disabilities, date of birth, contact details and you will be contacted by a member of Abilympics.

Expressions of Interest close: 30 June 2015.
Unsuccessful applications will be notified by: 30 September 2015.

Some Workskill Events:

  • Aircraft maintenance.
  • Archietectural stonemasonry.
  • Basket making.
  • Bicycle assembley.
  • Cake decoration.
  • Computer programming.
  • Dental prosthesis.
  • Desktop publishing.
  • Electrical installation.
  • Eyeglass trade.
  • Floral arrangement.
  • Furniture making.
  • Hairdressing.
  • Health and social care.
  • IT network/systems administration.
  • Jewellry making.
  • Landscape gardening.
  • Leather goods making.
  • Motocyle mechanics.
  • Photography – outdoors/studio.
  • Poster design.
  • Restaurant service.
  • Silk painting.
  • Tailoring.
  • Upholstering furniture.
  • Watch repair.
  • Wood carving.

Some Leisure Events:

  • Art painting.
  • Hand knitting.
  • Embroidery.
  • Crocheting.

People nominated for WORKSKILL categories are given priority selection over competitors in the LEISURE categories.

Contact Abilympics for more information.

Consumer rights for people with a disability

We provide information for consumers buying disability-related products and services, including participants under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

You have rights under the Australian Consumer Law. You have the right to expect that a product or service will do or perform as it should. If not, you may be entitled to a repair, replacement or refund. You have the right to truthful and accurate representations. Sales agents cannot mislead or deceive you. You have the right to fair treatment.

Contact the he Department of Commerce (Western Australia)

Visit the he Department of Commerce website for more information and links:
Department of Commerce

To contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) visit their website at:

PWDA Media Release – NDIS Citizen’s Jury 29 November 2014

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is launching an innovative Citizens’ Jury process to provide the Australian community with the first user-led national scorecard

Visit the NDIS Citizen’s Jury 29 November 2014 Event Page on Facebook

It’s time for people with disability to have OUR say on the NDIS!

PWDA members, and the disability community are invited to tell us what YOU think at an online forum on Saturday 29 November 2014 from 12pm to 4pm (AEDST). 9am to 1pm Perth WA time.

PWDA President Craig Wallace and Board members will be online to join the conversation and you can also have your say on Twitter ‪#‎ndisjury‬

Your input will form the People’s submission for the NDIS Scorecard Project and will be presented by PWDA to the Citizens’ Jury being held in Sydney in February 2015.


IMAGE: Screenshot of the media release

Photo of Media Release from PWDA NDIS Citizen's Jury 29 November 2014

PWDA – NDIS Citizen’s Jury 29 November 2014 Media Release

Link to People with Disability Australia Inc. (PWD) on Facebook.
Message sent: 28 November 2014.

Media Release 26 November 2014

PWDWA supports call for urgent National Inquiry into Abuse and Neglect of People with Disabilities

The Four Corners report on Monday 24 November 2014 exposed horrific stories of sexual assault and abuse in one large service provider in Victoria. This is not an issue that is limited to that one provider or one state. People with disabilities WA Inc. had 19 referrals last year related to sexual, physical, emotional and financial abuse.

“One story of abuse is too many and we know there are more when we hear further stories of abuse and neglect anecdotally from families. We only know about the people who contact us, but there are many more people who can’t speak up” said Samantha Jenkinson, Executive Director of PWDWA.

“A National Inquiry is urgently needed to understand and begin to address the systemic failure of the systems and services that allow this behaviour to continue. Perpetrators can not continue to think they will get away with it because people will not be believed or cannot speak up. I urge the Western Australian government to support a National Inquiry and continue to address this issue openly and transparently”.

Further evidence and information on the reality of abuse and neglect of people with disability in Australia can be found at National Disability Abuse Inquiry
From Women with Disabilities Australia:
• Ninety percent of Australian women with an intellectual disability have been subjected to sexual assault, domestic violence and other forms of violence
• There is no national, coordinated legislation to prevent and address violence against people with disability, including family/domestic violence or statutory, national protection mechanism to protect, investigate and enforce findings
• The United Nations treaty monitoring bodies have made strong recommendations to Australia in relation to addressing all forms for violence against people with disability
• Data around violence and abuse against people with disability is often not collected, is recorded ‘in-house’ and is reduced to ‘administrative error’ep
• People with disability are frequently denied access to protections designed for victims of violence and abuse, victim support and justice systems

Media Enquiries to Samantha Jenkinson, Executive Director People with Disabilities WA on 0412887674

Urgent Call for National Inquiry: End violence against people with disability in institutions

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) are outraged at the events that were portrayed in last night’s (24 Nov) ABC 4 Corners program, In Our Care.

This program exposes the deliberate cover-up of shocking and pervasive violence and exploitation perpetrated against people with disability along with corruption and mismanagement by Yooralla, a large disability service provider in Victoria.

Urgent Call for National Inquiry:
End violence against people with disability in institutions
read the Joint Media Release here

National Disability Services WA (NDS) urges WA community to support no-fault insurance

20 November 2014

In the next month, Western Australia has a one-off opportunity to call for the best and fairest system for people catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle accident. We continue to lag behind the rest of the nation in providing care and support to these people and their families.

Yesterday from PerthNow – Young footballer Warrick Proudlove who sued friend Harley Burridge over car accident that left him disabled loses compensation bid, who was a passenger in a car that hit a horse and left him with catastrophic injuries in 2011, was unsuccessful in his claim for damages.

NDS WA State Manager Julie Waylen said: “This unfortunate and regrettable situation is a tragic example of how the current WA system is a serious injustice and how West Australians are not automatically covered in the event of a catastrophic vehicle accident.”

As part of our campaign to see the introduction of a No Fault Insurance Scheme in Western Australia, NDS has launched a website.

Urgent need for no-fault third party vehicle insurance in WA

Through the website, all members of our community can put forward their submissions and help to correct the serious injustice of dividing those with catastrophic injury into two camps, with both suffering differently. The website includes a sample submission template which allows people to quickly and easily send a submission.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 24 December 2014.

Read more – WA State Government has released its long-awaited Green Paper on No-Fault Insurance WA Government’s Green Paper on no-fault insurance – issued 20 October 2014

Empowering the voices of people with disabilities in Western Australia