NSW Disability Network Forum
Representation, independent advocacy and independent information give people with disability a voice and the capacity to be actively involved in decisions that affect their lives.
They are low cost and high value: they assist people with disability to successfully negotiate the service and support system; and enable the network of generalist and specialist services, supports and resources to work effectively for people with disability. They save time, resources and effort for people and systems.
But representation, independent advocacy and independent information for people with disability in NSW are at risk.
The DNF worked from the regular version of the document and not from the Easy English version. The DNF noted, however, that the explanations provided in the easy English version seemed to have more information and be clearer than in the regular version.
The NSW Disability Network Forum conducted an intensive discussion workshop using the Issues Paper and the Act itself in February 2013. Member organisations of the NSW Disability Network Forum have contributed to this submission from their areas of expertise as well as including jointly agreed positions shared within the Forum.