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The NSW Disability Network Forum (DNF) comprises non-government, non-provider peak representative, advocacy and information groups whose primary aim is to promote the interests of people with disability. Its aim is to build capacity within and across all organisations and groups so that the interests of people with disability are advanced through policy and systemic advocacy.

News & Updates

This Update is designed to provide information on the activities of the NSW Disability Network Forum (DNF). Updates are produced regularly after scheduled DNF meetings. Contact the DNF through the NCOSS secretariat at the contact details contained in the documents.

A compilation of ageing and disability related news, publications, training and events in NSW and Australia for the social and community services sector.

In its response to this Question Paper, the DNF emphasises the importance of providing people appropriate support to make decisions. The paper deals with issues relating to decision-making capacity, as well as pre-conditions before guardianship orders are made.

The Disability Network Forum highlights its vision of the NDAP facilitating a strong and independent advocacy sector, which is able to be responsive to individuals’ needs while also addressing systemic issues.

 

This submission highlights the views of the Disability Network Forum on the proposed process for commissioning organisations in the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building component of the NDIS. It is critical that the ILC outcomes are measurable and person-centred, and that the ILC works for groups who are usually under-represented in service provision.

Detailed training and technical support, as well as a recognition of collaboration in the ILC sourcing process will assist the sector to transition to outcomes-based measurement.

The Disability Network Forum believes the review presents animportant opportunity to align NSW guardianship legislation with person centered, rights-based developments occurring in relation to people with disability at the international, Commonwealth and State levels, paticularly the assumption of legal capacity.

This submission explores the DNF’s vision for housing for people with disability, and build on the case studies and the research presented at the Beyond Accomodation Forum. It will also explore case studies promoting choice and control for people who may have required 24 hour care if they were not embedded in the community.

This submission draws on the views of a number of reference groups and other formal and informal input from seminars, forums and conferences to provide feedback on key issues important in the development of the NDIS.

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. But representation, independent advocacy and independent information for people with disability in NSW are at risk.

This submission explores the Disability Network Forum’s vision for housing for people with disability, and builds on the case studies and the research presented at the Beyond Housing Forum it held in 2015. It also explores case studies promoting choice and control for people who may have required 24 hour care if they were not embedded in the community.

In considering the options presented, the DNF seeks to maximise the choice and control of NDIS participants. A crucial part of maximising choice and control is building the capacity of participants (and their allies where appropriate) to be informed about their rights and to direct their supports with consideration of the individual risks they face.

The DNF offers the following comment against a selection of the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference to promote the need for action so young people with complex needs have greater access to accommodation and support that works for them and recognises their capabilities.

Employment is important to the self-worth and social status of all working age members of our community, and for people with disability, it is particularly important to their inclusion, self-worth and social status. Given this importance, it is critical that the Framework reflects the principles of empowerment, inclusion, choice and control on which the National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are based.

The Disability Network Forum strongly supports the Principles, Outcomes and Outputs of the current Framework. However members note that, while advocacy is a crucial factor in enabling NDIS participants to achieve choice and control, it is also central to the inclusion of people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS. Further, to achieve equityand improve the lives of people with disability, it is critical that advocacy be adequately funded.

The DNF argues the National Disability Strategy is critically important to the participation and inclusion of people with disability in Australian society. The implementation of the NDS must be well considered and capably applied to provide authentic opportunities for success for the proposed outcomes.

The NSW Disability Network Forum was pleased to provide feedback on the Discussion Paper on Eligibility & Reasonable and Necessary Support to the NDIS Select Council on Disability Reform as part of its second forum.

The NSW Disability Network Forum convened a special meeting to develop their response to the implementation plan and took into account additional comments by member organisations.

The Disability Network Forum recommends that the NDIS Rules be framed within an enabling approach rather than in a restrictive or prohibitive manner to avoid always limiting options for the person with disability rather than promoting opportunities for independence and social, economic and political participation.

The NSW Disability Network Forum considered the questions in the Issues Paper and the Discussion Paper and has provided feedback.

This submission draws on the views of a number of reference groups and other formal and informal input from seminars, forums and conferences to provide feedback on key issues important in the development of the NDIS.

The DNF is pleased to provide input to the Draft ADHC Service Charter.

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. But representation, independent advocacy and independent information for people with disability in NSW are at risk.

The NSW Disability Network Forum does not consider it reasonable to charge fees to clients under

involuntary financial management.

This resource has been produced by the NSW Disability Network Forum to encourage better Disability Inclusion Action Plans that improve access and inclusion for people with disability. Accessible version of this resource is available here:

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