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
(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
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.
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.
NCOSS recently made a submission to Standing Committee on Social Issues about Inquiry into transition support for students with additional and/or complex needs and their families.
NCOSS summary and comments: Senate Community Affairs References Committee Report July 2011 - Disability and Ageing: Lifelong Planning for a Better Future.
NCOSS Submission: Adequate new funding must be provided to disability supports to ensure that people with disability across Australia have access to the range of life opportunities and choices generally taken for granted by non-disabled people of the same ages.
PADP Community Alliance Issues Paper on a proposed nationally consistent list of core equipment for people with a disability: The Alliance is seriously concerned about the development and implementation of a core equipment list for PADP and other equipment programs to support people with disability. This paper outlines the potential issues with a core equipment list and provides advice for the Australian Ministers to guide considerations on the provision of disability equipment.
NCOSS Submission: Feedback to the consultation papers for the NSW Disability Advocacy information Program.
Position Statement: NCOSS and a number of organisations and individuals have endorsed the Position Statement developed by the National and NSW Councils for Intellectual Disability and the Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine on the health of people with disabilities.
NCOSS Submission: On behalf of the PADP Community Alliance to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners review of general practitioner standards. The Alliance advocates for height adjustable examination tables to be a mandatory component of the General Practitioner standards accreditation program.
COSS Network submission: Joint Standing Committee on Migration Inquiry into the migration treatment of people with a disability. This submission draws on our experience with members in the disability, culturally and linguistically diverse (including migrant and refugee) sectors; and from our ongoing policy and advocacy work towards a fair and equitable taxation system in Australia.
NCOSS submission: This submission to the New Directions for Disability Respite Services Discussion Paper is structured in two sections, overall comments and specific comments in relation to sections of the Discussion paper.
Position Statement: The PADP Community Alliance warmly welcomes the Final Report of the NSW Legislative Council's Inquiry into the Program of Appliances for Disabled People (PADP). Note: The Position Statement is also available in Word 2003 format upon request.
NCOSS submission: Consultation draft on DADHC New Directions in Day Programs. The submission includes feedback and a number of questions.