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Current 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.

Victorian College for the Deaf Review
The Victorian Department of Education and Training is undertaking an independent review of the Victorian College for the Deaf. The review will examine the practices of the College and ways to improve student outcomes. Feedback can be provided through an online survey, a written submission or in Auslan by uploading a video. Consultations close 16 December 2018. More information, including in Auslan, is available here.

Status of the Teaching Profession Inquiry 
This inquiry, by the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training, will examine the status of the teaching profession and look for ways to improve outcomes in a range of areas. This includes investigating ways to: increase retention rates; reduce out-of-hours and at-home work; provide appropriate support platforms for teachers; and increase the attractiveness of the profession for teachers and principals. Submissions close 21 December 2018. More information is available here.

NDIS Fraud Control Program Audit 
The Australian National Audit Office is conducting a performance audit into the effectiveness of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) fraud control program. This includes determining whether the NDIA has implemented effective strategies to prevent, detect, report and respond to fraud. Feedback can be provided until 2 January 2019. More information is available here.

Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces
The Australian Human Rights Commission are currently undertaking a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The inquiry will examine and report on prevalence rates, the use of technology and social media to perpetrate sexual harassment and the current legal framework. The inquiry will also look at the drivers of sexual harassment including whether some individuals and cohorts are more likely to experience sexual harassment in the workplace. Submissions close 31 January 2019. More information is available here.

Queensland Walking Strategy 2019-2029
The Queensland Government are inviting feedback to inform the development of the Queensland Walking Strategy 2019-2029. The aim of the strategy is to ensure Queenslanders have an opportunity to enjoy walking, be more physically active, healthier and connected to public transport. The consultation includes consideration of moving with a mobility device such as a wheelchair or walking frame. Feedback can be provided until 3 February 2019. More information is available here.

Review of the Social Security Commission Bill 2018
This Bill proposes to establish a Social Security Commission to provide Parliament with independent advice on the minimum level for social security payments, one that ensures all recipients can meet an acceptable minimum standard of living. The Commission would ensure that each payment made under the Social Security Act 1991, was reviewed at least once every four years. Feedback can be provided on the Bill until 1 March 2019. More information is here.

Productivity Commission Mental Health Inquiry
This Inquiry will examine the impact of mental health on people’s ability to participate in the community and employment. In particular, the Inquiry will examine the impact of mental health on the economy and productivity. It will also investigate how governments, employers and others can improve the mental health of Australians. Terms of reference are now available and a discussion paper is expected to be released soon. Submissions close 5 April 2019. More information is available here.

Victoria Commission for Children and Young People – Out of Home Care Consultation 
The Commission is currently undertaking an inquiry aimed at understanding the direct experience of children and young people living in out-of-home care. The Commission wants to speak with as many children and young people with an experience of living in care as possible. Expressions of interest are currently being accepted for children and young people interested in speaking with the Commission face-to-face. A short anonymous survey can also be completed by those wanting to contribute to the consultation. For more information about how to get involved click here.                                                                                        

Western Australia Transitioning to the NDIS Audit 
The Western Australian Office of the Auditor General is in the early planning stages of an audit set to examine whether the Department of Communities is effectively preparing the State to transition to the NDIS. You can provide feedback to the audit online here.There is currently no close date for this consultation. 

Review of the School Funding Loading for Students with Disability
School funding is currently calculated using the School Resourcing Standard (SRS). The SRS is an estimate of the amount of funding required per student to meet that student’s educational needs. Additional funding is provided under six ‘loadings’, one of which is for students with disability. The review will examine the Federal Government settings for this additional funding or ‘loading’ for students with disability. Terms of reference are now available and a discussion paper will be released in due course to assist with public consultations and formal submissions. More information is available here.

National Youth Commission into Youth Employment and Transitions
The Commission are undertaking a two year inquiry into the challenges and opportunities facing young people preparing for and entering the workforce. They will be examining issues including the impact of social and economic change on the labour market, the effectiveness of education as preparation for employment and the adequacy of various services systems involved in assisting young Australians transition from education to work. The Commissioner are now accepting submissions responding to their Terms of Reference. More information is available here.

WA State Disability Plan Consultations
The Western Australian Government has announced they are developing a State Disability Planto build an inclusive community which supports and empowers people with disability. The first stage of the process will be consultation with people with disability, families and care givers. More information is available here.

Draft Guidelines for the Treatment of Children and Young People in the Media
The draft guidelines, produced by the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), aim to collate issues and ideas in order to develop a set of tools for media and other organisations who deal with children and young people. Feedback on the guidelines can be provided through an online survey. Young people aged 13 to 24 can also share their opinions about the media through a separate online survey. Both surveys can be accessed here.

Queensland Audit of Family Support and Child Protection System
The Queensland Audit Office is scheduled to undertake an audit of the family support and child protection system between July and September 2019. The objective of audit is to assess how effectively Queensland government agencies work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Queensland children. There is no close date for submissions at this point. More information is available here.

Western Australia Mental Health Journeys Audit
The Western Australian Office of the Auditor General is currently undertaking an audit to assess if mental health services are available and meeting the needs of people with acute mental health issues. There is currently no close date for feedback however tabling of the audit report is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2019. More information is available here.

Victorian Ombudsmen Investigation into the Use of Solitary Confinement and Young People
The Victorian Ombudsman was announced an investigation to examine the use of solitary confinement involving young people in Victoria, using the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. The Ombudsmen will establish an Advisory Group consisting of oversight bodies and civil society organisations with experience in this space, to assist in the investigation. More details are expected to become available in due course.