The Greens urge Labor to commit to People with Disability Australia's 2024-25 pre-budget requests

Today in Parliament, Abigail gave notice of a motion calling on the NSW Government to commit to funding the disability sector in the upcoming budget. Last year's budget invested next to nothing in improving the lives of people with disability. It's time Labor took far bolder action to meet the demands of the sector.

Abigail gave notice of the following motion:

(1) That this House notes that:

  • People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has published its pre-budget funding needs and recommendations for change for 2024-25, which builds on investments made in the 2023-24 budget, aiming to address service gaps and respond to the Disability Royal Commission’s findings; and
  • these funding recommendations include: 
    • an investment of $1 billion per year for 10 years to accelerate provision of additional accessible social housing stock;
    • ensure social housing is suitable and accessible for women and children with disability leaving domestic and family violence;
    • an investment of $500 million per year to secure additional Temporary Accommodation and ensure its accessibility;
    • an investment in building all social and affordable housing to at least the gold Livable Housing Design Standard to maximise accessibility; 
    • an investment of a further $50 million over two years in the “Together Home” program; 
    • duplicate the 2023-24 Budget investment of $35 million, to support critical maintenance on NSW social housing stock;
    • increase the Official Community Visitors Scheme funding by $700,000 per year for the next four years; 
    • an investment of $5 million over the next two years to create a supported decision-making research fund;
    • an investment of $1,802,817 over five years to continue delivery of the PWDA Building Access Project to all NSW domestic and family violence (DVF) services;
    • a requirement for all NSW Health practitioners to upskill in cognitive disability health in 2024-25 using a curriculum co-designed by people with disability and their representatives;
    • that professional Colleges, especially the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) be tasked with developing their capacity to train specialists and upskill all their members to minimum baseline in treating people with disability inclusively and for nursing colleges to develop specialised certificates for training and professional development, commencing 2025;
    • funding for protective measures to prevent people with disability contracting COVID-19 while accessing health care, residential support and public transport;
    • funding for protective measures to prevent COVID-19 infection for people with disability and additional support, similar to the COVID Positive Pathways program;
    • improve health data collection to understand how best to reduce fatalities and poor health outcomes for people with disability;
    • commit to desegregate education in NSW within ten years in line with the Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education’s Driving Change roadmap;
    • develop a roadmap to inclusive education that steps through the reallocation of funding to Schools for Specific Purposes funding to inclusive education;
    • an investment of $250,000 to fund a one-year pilot of Family Advocacy’s work transition program and use the lessons learned to improve employment for people with disability;
    • an investment of $450,000 to fund three pilot projects to study applying supports to improve learning outcomes;
    • ensure that people with disability hold at least seven per cent of public service positions by 2025 and nine per cent by 2030;
    • appropriately resource the NSW Public Service Commissioner to audit the performance of each agency against the disability recruitment targets and require them to report back within one year to the Minister for Disability Inclusion on this and provide recommendations on how to boost representation of people with disabilities in the State Public Service; and 
    • extend the NSW Public Sector employment targets for people with disability to local government.

(2) That this House calls on the NSW Government to commit to meeting the funding requests of PWDA and the disability sector. 

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