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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.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - FAMILY VIOLENCE AND VICTIMS OF CRIME ASSISTANCE ACT 1996 (VICTORIA) - VLRC (OCTOBER 2017)
The Victorian Law Reform Commission has prepared two consultation papers relating to the Family Violence and Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996, along with a public call for submissions. The Commission is aiming to improve the experience of victims of family violence in accessing assistance. Currently, this can be difficult due to a lack of awareness and barriers to eligibility. To read the consultation papers, and for information on how to make a submission, click here. The closing date for submission is 31 October 2017.

AUDIT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION AND PERFORMANCE OF THE CASHLESS DEBIT CARD TRIAL
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is conducting an audit to assess the Department of Social Services’ implementation and evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card Trial. The audit will consider the appropriateness of the arrangements established to support the trial and the effectiveness of the trial evaluation process. If you would like to contribute to this inquiry submissions can be made until the 15 January 2018. Further information is available from the Australian National Audit Office at https://goo.gl/yn2y5D

2018-2019 PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSIONS CONSULTATION
The Government is inviting submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups on their views regarding priorities for the 2018-19 Budget. In order to feed into the budget process submissions are requested by 15 December 2017. Further information is available here.
 
PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION INQUIRY INTO NDIS COSTS
This Productivity Commission inquiry is reviewing NDIS costs to help inform the final design of the scheme. It is examining factors affecting the costs of the NDIS in light of the benefits and impacts on the lives of people with disability, and Australians more generally.

CYDA provided a submission for this inquiry. CYDA's submission is available here.
 
THE JUSTICE PROJECT
The Australian Law Council is conducting a national review into barriers to justice in Australia, with a specific focus on people who experience disadvantage.This project will aim to develop new justice strategies and law reform informed by available evidence. A consultation paper will be released in the near future to provide a guide for public submissions. The Project’s final report will be released by the end of 2017. Further information

NEW DATA ABOUT CHILD PROTECTION RELEASED
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released statistics around use of child protection services in Australia. This data indicates that child protection cases have increased by 20% over the last four years and three quarters of children receiving child protection services are repeat clients. Further information

REPORTS RELEASED
 
HELP SEEKING NEEDS AND GAPS FOR PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
This report explores available programs and services to prevent child sexual abuse. It found that there are limited services available and those that do exist are not well coordinated. The report is here.

A NATIONAL COMPARISON OF CARER SCREENING, ASSESSMENT, SELECTION AND TRAINING AND SUPPORT IN FOSTER, KINSHIP AND RESIDENTIAL CARE
This report examines recruitment, training and support policies and processes in place across Australia that aim to enhance the safety of children in out of home care and prevent sexual abuse. The report is available here.

GROOMING AND CHILD SEXCUAL ABUSE IN INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXTS
This research paper provides an overview of key conceptual issues in understanding grooming and discusses what is known about grooming, particularly as it relates to institutional child sexual abuse. Grooming is defined as the use of manipulative and controlling techniques with a vulnerable subject with the overall aim of facilitating exploitation. The paper is available here.
 
NATIONAL YEAR 1 LITERACY AND NUMERACY CHECK
The Australian Government has announced the implementation of a national check in the areas of reading, phonics and numeracy for all Year 1 students. An Expert Advisory Panel has also been established to advise the Australian Government on the development and implementation of the Year 1 check. Further information.
 
NATIONAL LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, INTERSEX AND QUEER (LGBTIQ) DISABILITY STRATEGY
The National LGBTI Alliance and the National Disability Insurance Agency are currently collaborating to develop a national strategy to help to ensure that LGBTIQ people and communities can access and benefit from the NDIS. Public consultations are currently occurring through an online survey and future forums. Further information.
 
ACT INQUIRY INTO THE EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
This inquiry is being completed by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services. It will focus on employment of people with disability in the ACT public service, effectiveness of current programs, reporting mechanisms and more. Further information.

INDEPENDENT REVIEW INTO REGIONAL, RURAL AND REMOTE EDUCATION
This review will consider the key challenges and barriers that impact learning outcomes of students in regional areas, including transitions to further study, training and employment. An issues paper to guide public submissions will be released in April and face to face consultations will be held in July and August. Further information.
 
THE JUSTICE PROJECT
The Australian Law Council is conducting a national review into barriers to justice in Australia, with a specific focus on people who experience disadvantage. This project will aim to develop new justice strategies and law reform informed by available evidence. A consultation paper will be released in the near future to provide a guide for public submissions. The Project’s final report will be released by the end of 2017. Further information.
 
ISSUES FROM THE MEDIA