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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, Twitter and Instagram.

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.

TWO ACT SERVICES FUNDED BY THE NDIS
Two service providers have been granted funding for the delivery of NDIS services in the ACT. Feros Care has been given funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) services and EACH has been funded to provide Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services. 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

AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH INTO ABUSE OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITY RELEASED
New Australian research has found that children with disability are three times more vulnerable to experiencing abuse and maltreatment than their peers without disability. The research by Telethon Kids Institute analysed data about 524,534 children born in Western Australia between 1990 and 2010. 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.

SENATE INQUIRY INTO DELIVERING OUTCOMES UNDER THE NATIONAL DISABILITY STRATEGY AROUND ACCESSIBLE COMMUNITIES
The Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs recently announced an inquiry into Delivery of Outcomes Under the National Disability Strategy to Build Inclusive and Accessible Communities. The terms of reference will examine progress in relation to: accessibility of the built and natural environment (including housing, public and commercial spaces); transport and infrastructure; and communication and information systems. Submissions are due 28 April 2017Further information.

AUDIT OF NDIS DECISION MAKING CONTROLS FOR THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
This audit will assess whether decisions regarding access to the NDIS for people with disability are consistent with legal and other requirements. Public feedback to inform the audit is due 5 May 2017. Further information.

ISSUES FROM THE MEDIA