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Current News and Inquiries

This page contains recent updates on issues relevant to children and young people with disability. Further information and articles are available on CYDA’s social media sites, Facebook and Twitter.

Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia – Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs (28 March 2018)
This inquiry will investigate the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia. Some of the specific focuses of the inquiry include: why rural and remote Australians access mental health services at a lower rate; the higher rate of suicide in rural and remote Australia; the challenges of delivering mental health services in the regions; and how technology may be used to improve service delivery. The closing date for submissions is 11 May 2018. For further information, and to make a submission, visit

Access to mental health services – Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (28 March 2018)
This audit will investigate whether people with mental illness in Victoria have timely access to the appropriate public treatment and support services they need. The audit will consider the state of accessibility of the current mental health system, as well as proposed changes to improve the system. Further information is available at

Have your say on child rights in Australia – National Children’s Commissioner (27 March 2018)
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will soon report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on how Australia is meeting its child rights obligations. National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, is calling for submissions from all individuals and organisations who would like to contribute to the report. Submissions can be made via email, to or in writing to GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2000. The closing date for submissions is the 23 May 2018.

Further information is available from the AHRC, at

The Future of Education – ACT Government (8 March 2018)
The ACT Government has been requesting feedback from the public about what they want for the future of schools and education in the ACT. Since February 2017, they have heard from over 4,500 people from school communities, parents and carers, teachers, students, and community organisations. They are now focusing on using this feedback to develop a strategy for the Future of Education. Throughout the development of this strategy, they will be consulting with key stakeholders and representatives. If you would like to be involved, register your interest by contacting the Future of Education team via Further information is available from

Implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Queensland Audit Office (8 March 2018)
The Queensland Audit Office is carrying out this audit to assess how effectively the Queensland Government is managing the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and how well prepared it is to oversee arrangements, services and outcomes for Queenslanders with a disability post transition to the NDIS. To contribute to this audit, visit

Vulnerability Speaker Series – Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia (8 March 2018)
The Commissioner for Children and Young People of Western Australia will be hosting a program of free events throughout 2018 that focus on how best to address challenges facing vulnerable children and young people in Western Australia. The first seminar will be held on 20 March 2018 and will feature two of the Commissioner’s Ambassadors for Children and Young People – Professor Stephen Zubrick and Professor Donna Cross. To register, and for further information, visit