Greens call for a Disability-Led Response to the Disability Royal Commission

To achieve effective reform and inclusivity both State and Federal Government must prioritise and empower disability led leadership. Today in Parliament, Abigail urged the NSW Government to ensure the Disability Royal Commission and NDIS Review responses are led by people within the disability community.

Abigail gave notice of the following motion:

(1) That this House notes that: 

  • the Australian Government and state and territory governments originally committed to responding to the final report and recommendations of the Disability Royal Commission on the 31 March 2024;
  • the Australian Government has recently announced that their formal response will now be delivered in mid-2024, as it considers each of the recommendations; and
  • according to the Australian Government in their “Progress Update on the Disability Royal Commission” published on 13 March 2024, the Government will “continue to consult with people with disability, their families, carers, representative organisations, state and territory governments, service providers, unions and the broader community to inform responses to the Royal Commission”. 

(2) That this House further notes that: 

  • People with Disability Australia (PWDA) have called for all levels of government to not simply consult with people with disability, but actually allow people with disability, their families and carers and their representative organisations to be recognised as equal partners in determining reforms flowing from the Disability Royal Commission, as well as the NDIS Review; 
  • simply consulting with people with disability is not enough on any matter, and if governments want to achieve genuine change in our communities then they much commit to empowering people with disability to lead responses and actions; 
  • PWDA have also called for firm commitments to full inclusion and an end to segregation across all settings, and for governments to outline in their formal responses how they will not only advance but fully enshrine and enforce the rights of people with disability;
  • the Australian Government in their “Progress Update on the Disability Royal Commission” published on 13 March 2024: 
    • identifies that “achieving an inclusive Australia” as a key theme for reform, with a particular focus on inclusive education, employment and housing, as well as the enabling of autonomy and access for people with disability; 
    • recognises the need to enhance the quality and availability of disability and mainstream supports and services; 
    • fails to highlight the need for eliminating restrictive practices, which was a key theme identified by the Disability Royal Commision; and
    • fails to highlight the need to move away from substitute decision-making and toward supported decision-making across all states and territory guardianship frameworks; and
  • a Motion moved by Abigail Boyd was passed in the Legislative Council on 17 October 2023, which called on the NSW Government to “commit to ensuring all implementation be driven by genuine consultation with and leadership of people with disability”.

(3) That this House calls on the Australian Government and all state and territory governments to ensure that any response to the Disability Royal Commission is led by people with disability, their families and carers and their representative organisations, as well as the determination and implementation of any reforms flowing from both the Disability Royal Commission and the NDIS Review.

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