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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.

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 Plan to build an inclusive community which supports and empowers people with disability. The Western Australian Government are seeking feedback on through a series of consultation events and an online survey. 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.