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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.

Everyone Can Play in NSW Consultation

The NSW Government has collaborated with a number of stakeholders to create Everyone Can Play in NSW, a practical toolkit for creating inclusive playspaces. The toolkit is aimed to ensure playspace planners and designers create spaces which are accessible for everyone. You can view and provide feedback on the draft guidelines until 21 September here.

NSW Department of Justice Disability Inclusion Plan
The NSW Department of Justice is currently undertaking consultation on the development of a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). The DIAP is designed to set out the steps that the Department will take to promote disability inclusion in their services, policies, programs and employment. More information, including the current Disability Inclusion Action Plan and how to make a submission, is available here. Submissions close 21 September.

Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Consultation

Following the announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Australian Government is seeking feedback to inform the terms of reference. The Royal Commission is expected to cover the quality of care delivered to older Australians and the delivery of care to people with disability in residential aged care, particularly younger people. You can provide feedback through an online survey here. You can also subscribe to be kept up to date on the Royal Commission here. Consultation closes on 25 September.

Jobactive Inquiry  

The Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment are currently undertaking an inquiry into the appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of jobactive. Jobactive is the generalist employment program that is designed to assist people to find and sustain employment. Submissions for this inquiry close on 28 September 2018. You can access full terms of reference and make a submission here.

UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report Consultations
The United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) is one of the most important and influential reports tracking the progress and challenges related to achieving global education targets. The 2020 report will focus on inclusive education, an issue of critical relevance to children and young people with disability. You can participate directly through the UNESCO online consultation here until 30 September.

Victoria Disability Advocacy Futures Plan 2018-2020 Consultation
The Victorian Government is currently undertaking consultation on the development of a disability advocacy plan. Feedback is being sought on the Discussion Paper which is available here. Consultation closes on 30 September.

Queensland Portable Long Service Leave Scheme

 The QLD Government is currently looking at options for a portable long service leave scheme for workers in social and community services, including disability services. A portable long service leave scheme allows workers to accumulate entitlements based on continuous work in a particular industry, rather than with a single employer. A Consultation Paper has been released and feedback can be provided until 8 October. More information is available here.

Human Rights Council – Rights of the Child Consultation

The United National Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have announced that the theme of the 2019 annual day of discussion on the rights of the child will be, ‘Empowering children with disabilities for the enjoyment of their human rights, including through inclusive education’. To inform that discussion the UNHRC have commissioned a report to be prepared in consultation with stakeholders, including children themselves. More information about how to contribute to the report and specific issues of interest is available here. Consultation closes on 10 October.

Draft Charter of Aged Care Rights

The Australian Department of Health is currently seeking feedback on the draft Charter of Aged Care Rights. The Charter provides protections and sets out the rights of people receiving aged care services. It is also aimed at ensuring a shared understanding between consumers, families and providers of the obligations, rights and expectation in the delivery of aged care services.You can view the draft and provide feedback here. Consultation closes 10 October.

South Australia Inquiry into the NDIS and the Provision of Mental Health Services

A parliamentary inquiry in South Australia is being held into the provision of mental health services under the transition to the NDIS. This includes examining the lower than anticipated levels of mental health clients receiving NDIS support. It will also examine the adequacy of services provided to NDIS participants and people who are ineligible for the NDIS. Submissions close 29 October. Terms of reference and details about how to contribute are available here.

Accessible Public Transport Standards Review

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is currently undertaking the third five year review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards). The Standards were made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and are designed to support public transport operators and providers to remove discrimination from public transport services by detailing specific standards they must meet. An Issues Paper has been released to assist people in providing feedback and comment to this review. Additional information, including audio files of the Issues Paper, is available here. Submissions close 30 November.

New South Wales Curriculum Review

The NSW Government has commenced a review of the school curriculum with the aim of ensuring the education system is preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century. This includes examining how the curriculum can better support all students in their learning. More information is available here. Consultation closes on 30 November.

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.

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 will also soon be available. For more information about how to get involved click here.    

South Australia Child Protection Survey

The South Australian Guardian for Children and Young People is asking the public to provide feedback on how to best improve the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children. You can share your priorities and ideas through a short online survey here. There is currently no close date for the survey.

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.