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This summary and analysis outlines what is in the Bill and some of NCOSS' concerns.
This submission is structured in three sections. The Overview and Recommendations summarise the key issues and recommendations contained in the submission. The General Comments section provides feedback on general aspects of the Bill and related issues and which in some instances pertain to more than one area of the draft legislation. The Specific Comments section provides detailed feedback and discussion on particular clauses of the Bill or parts thereof.
In December 2013, NCOSS wrote to the NSW Minister for Disability Services the Hon. John Ajaka to support the closure of the Stockton large residential centre for people with disability. Large residential centres have been shown to have a number of adverse outcomes for people with disability, and their closure offers an opportunity for a better life for people living in them. Representative and advocacy organisations are vital to this process to ensure the voices of people with disability are heard. NCOSS encourages others to use this letter as a basis to write to the Minister to support the closure of Stockton and other large residential centres for people with disability.
This NCOSS submission is a response to the Issues Paper Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws, by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) as part of its Inquiry into legal barriers for people with disability. ALRC has published the submission on its website.
NCOSS consulted the Assistive Technology Community Alliance NSW and the NSW Disability Network Forum to gather information for the response to this Review.
This submission builds on previous submissions to the NDIS from the NSW Disability Network Forum, particularly the response to the Rules Discussion Paper available at bit.ly/NDIS-rules
NSW HACC Issues Forum supports a number of aspects of the draft Bill, and notes that they have considerable prospects for successfully supporting people living with disabilities to live well. NSW HACC Issues Forum particularly supports the person centred approach embedded in many aspects of the draft Bill, and the provision for considerable choice and control by people living with disabilities in support of a good life.
This submission is made on behalf of the national COSS Network. The State Councils of Social Service are the peak bodies representing the needs and interests of service providers and their clients in the non-profit social service sector in Australia. Our members comprise community service providers, professional associations and advocacy organisations.
This NCOSS Submission was prepared in June 2012 in response to a consultation on an early draft of the National Disability Strategy NSW Implementation Plan 2012-2014. It was decided to release this Submission when the final National Disability Strategy NSW Implementation Plan 2012-2014 was published on 3rd December, 2012.
The ADHC Living Life My Way Discussion Paper April 2012 is designed to canvass proposals for people with disability on how to implement person centred approaches, individualised funding arrangements and support pathways from 2014. This represents a transformative change that is intended to put people with disability and families at the centre of decisions about their lives the services that support them. NCOSS has prepared a submission on the major issues in the Living Life My Way Discussion Paper.