On this page you will find submissions and other documents provided to state and federal Government by PWdWA
Inquiry into NDIS Savings bill
PWdWA was surprised, as were many other disability groups to hear that legislation was being formed to set up the National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account Bill. This raised a number of questions for us. September 2016
NDAP review submission
As part of the consultation for this submission from PWdWA we circulated a short survey based on the questions posed in the discussion paper about advocacy services.
Predominately, the survey was completed by people who have used advocacy services. The majority of respondents cited individual advocacy as the main model they have used. There was also a recognition that there is a link between the different models of advocacy. ‘There is a need for all types of advocacy due to the diversity of individuals and families with disabilities as well as the reasons for needing advocacy.June 2016.
ILC commissioning framework Joint submission PWDWA DDWA
in the consultation draft there is particular discussion on the need to be able to measure outcomes. In our view the outcomes that are outlined all sound like outcomes that might be good to have, but do not sound specific and measurable enough. April 2016.
NDIS Savings Bill Hearing
A brief statement in support of our submission and our position that we do not support this Bill. January 2016
On Demand Transport Green Paper
West Australians with a disability rely heavily on the On-demand Transport system to access the community and go about their daily activities. Therefore it is imperative that there is a system that is both responsive and flexible to the needs of people with a disability now and into the future.
A report detailing survey and forum feedback about peoples’ experiences of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.
Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act
Do the Objects and Principles of the NDIS Act provide a sufficient basis for giving effect to Australia’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? October 2015.
Behind Closed Doors
Prevention of violence, abuse and neglect against Western Australians with disabilities. July 2015.
National Disability Employment Framework
This submission has drawn on a representative sample of consumer advocacy cases expressing the types of issues and concerns that people with disabilities have around employment. Cases collated in this submission arose from issues or concerns in the area of employment, or returning to work, that people with disabilities experienced accessing a broad continuum of current employment services and supports in W.A between January 2013 and June 2015. July 2015.
Review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010
It is encouraging that the review will focus on providing people with disability with dignified, equitable, cost effective access to public buildings and facilities and services within buildings and will identify any necessary amendments to the standards.
In providing this submission PWdWA consulted with members through a combination of social media, group discussions and direct feedback. This submission reflects the views of people with disabilities who are networked with PWdWA. It is vital that any proposed revisions to the standards are co-designed with people with disabilities. June 2015.
Review of the Disability Standards for Education
PWdwA and Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) response to the Review refers to the experience of education in Western Australia only.
In responding to the Review PWDWA and DDWA have addressed the Terms of Reference in the context of the experience of our members and others as communicated to us by them. June 2015.
Proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguarding framework
As part of this process, PWdWA worked with Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) National Disability Service (NDS) and the state Disability Services Commission (DSC) on a consultation program to enable people with disabilities to engage with, raise their concerns and recommend solutions/improvements about the framework. Individual advocates from PWdWA attended these sessions and the feedback is articulated in this submission.
Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Existing Residential Care Arrangements Available for Young People with Severe Physical, Mental or Intellectual Disability
On 3rd December 2014, International Day of People with Disabilities, the Senate referred the above matter to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2015. On 17th February 2015 PWdWA and DDWA gave evidence to a hearing on this matter held in Perth. A number of people with disabilities also attended the hearing and shared their personal experiences of living in residential care facilities which did not provide the kind of choice and control necessary for them to live the kinds of lives that they wish to. March 2015.
Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Submission NDIS
People with Disabilities Western Australia (PWdWA) and Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) welcomes the recognition that the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) framework is an important element of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) because it allows for the development, advocacy, engagement and active participation for all people with disability and not solely individuals who are eligible for Individual Funded Packages (IFD).
We acknowledge the ILC framework will provide one of the mechanisms by which the NDIS can influence and shape mainstream services at a systemic level; to provide better outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers. It is important to develop a framework that is transferable and can work across states, the success of which is critical for the implementation of the framework.
We see a focus on increasing the independence and capacity of the person with disability as part of the necessary work to increase participation of people with disability in the community. There is also the added benefit that this can potentially alleviate the pressure on families, carers, and systems that are already over stretched and under resourced. March 2015
Submission Options to add No-Fault Catastrophic Injury Cover to Western Australia’s Compulsory Third Party Insurance Scheme
This submission will address the options put forward by the green paper, the issue of exclusions and potential models of support.
Our current CTP insurance scheme
Currently Western Australia operates a common law ‘fault’ based Compulsory Third Party (CTP) scheme, first introduced in 1943. For the injured third party it provides access to common law, that is, the injured person has a right to approach a law court to seek monetary compensation from the person ‘at fault’ for the personal injury and other related losses. December 2014.
Review of the Criminal Law Mentally Impaired Accused Act 1996
The purpose of this submission is to provide feedback to the WA Department of the Attorney General for the review of the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (WA) (the Act). The Act covers criminal proceedings for people charged with offences who are found by a court to be either mentally unfit to stand trial, or not guilty by reason of unsound mind. Recent media campaigns and targeted reviews have highlighted serious inequalities within the legislation and its procedures, where the fundamental human rights of people who have been found unfit to stand trial are not being met. December 2014
This is a joint submission by disability and mental health stakeholders. Information about the signatories can be found in Appendix 2.
The recommendations in this submission are divided into three main sections relating to overarching reforms to the Act, the processes which are prescribed by the Act, and the options available for treatment and support of individuals under the Act. December 2014
Justice Standing CommitteeSubmission to the WA Parliament Community Development and Justice Standing Committee’s Inquiry into Accommodation and Intensive Family Support Funding for People with Disabilities. January 2014.
Review of Transport Standards
Submission for the 2012 Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport. May 2013.
Peel Taxi and Omnibus Service
Submission for the Review of Peel’s Taxi and Omnibus Services. August 2013
Rottnest Island Authority’s DAIP proposed publishing guidelines
Submission for the Review of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (2007 – 2012). January 2012.
Inclusive Communication Guidelines for Emergency Managers
Feedback provided on the Inclusive Communication Guidelines for Emergency Managers. Inclusive Communication Guidelines for Emergency Managers. January 2012.
Groundwork document on the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020. January 2012.
National Disability Services Groundwork
Feedback on the National Disability Services draft ” Laying the Groundwork (2011-2014)." document. January 2012
Human Rights Action Plan
Submission in Response to Australia’s Human Rights Action Plan, Exposure Draft. February 2012.
Implementation of CRPD Article 9
Submission on the Implementation of Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. March 2012.
Review of the Fremantle Hospital Access and Inclusion Plan
Submission for the Review of the Fremantle Hospital and Health Services Disability Access and Inclusion Plan. April 2012.
Review of Department of Commerce DAIP
Review of the Publishing Guidelines and Raising Public Awareness (2012-16) Disability Access and Inclusion Plan document. March 2012.
Base Funding for Higher Education in Australia
Submission for the Review of Base Funding for Higher Education in Australia. March 2011.
Review of Education Standards
Suibmission for the review of Disability Standards for Education. April 2011.
Disability Care and Support
Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Disability Care and Support.. (Post Draft Report) May 2011.
Royal Australiant College of GPs
Submission to the Royal Australiant College of General Practices.
Standing Committee on Estimates and Financial Operations
Submission on the Standing Committee on Estimates and Financial Operations. January 2009.
Access to Premises
Submission on the Draft Disability Standards – Access to Premises. March 2009
Australian Disability Parking Scheme
Submission on the Harmonisation of Australian Disability Parking Schemes. July 2009.
Submission to the Australian Government Pension Review. September 2008
National Disability Strategy
Submission to the National Disability Strategy. December 2008.