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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.

South Australia Keeping Children Safe from Bullying Consultation 
The SA Government are seeking feedback from children, young people, families and other stakeholders as part of their Keeping Children Safe from Bullying consultation. They are interested in your views on what schools, families, the community and Government can do to prevent, reduce and respond to bullying. Consultations close on 21 October 2018. More information is available here.

NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy
The NSW Department of Justice are seeking feedback from people who have been the victim or perpetrator of domestic or family violence in the last two years, regarding their experience of the justice system. You can participate through an online survey, which can be completed anonymously, until 28 October 2018 here.

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 2018. Terms of reference and details about how to contribute are available here.

Ambulance Victoria Accessibility Action Plan
Ambulance Victoria is inviting feedback on the development of an Accessibility Action Plan to ensure the needs of people with disability or mental illness who use, visit, work or volunteer for the service are met. Members of the public can contribute through an online survey until 5 November. A Community Discussion Forum will also be held on 22 November 2018, you can register for the event by emailing [email protected] by 8 November 2018. More information is here.

Queensland Review of the Disability Services Act 2006 Consultations
The Disability Services Act 2006 is the primary Queensland legislation governing disability rights, services and safeguards. The Queensland Government are currently reviewing the Act and are inviting public feedback. You can participate by attending a forum, completing an online survey or providing a formal submission. Consultations close on 9 November 2018. More information is available here.

Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System
The Australian Law Reform Commission has recently released a Discussion Paper as part of its Review of the Family Law System. The Discussion paper contains 33 questions and 124 proposals for changing the family law system, including a focus on supporting children, improving public understanding of the system and ensuring accessible and coordinated service delivery. Submissions close on 13 November 2018. More information is available here.

ACT On Demand Transport Reform Consultation
The ACT Government are currently considering a range of transport reforms and have released a discussion paper to assist the public and stakeholders provide feedback. A key issue of relevance in the discussion paper is the existing cap on wheelchair accessible taxi licences and whether these should be increased or removed. To participate, you can take a short online survey or provide a submission until 20 November 2018. More information is available here.

Coordination and Targeting of Domestic Violence Funding and Actions
The Australian National Audit Office is currently undertaking an audit of the effectiveness of the Department of Social Services role in implementing the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Public contributions are open until 30 November 2018. More information is 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 2018.

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 2018.

Future Model of Family Based Care in Tasmania ConsultationsAs part of the broader Out of Home Care Foundations Project, the Tasmanian Government are developing a new way to provide family based care. This includes foster care and kinship arrangements for children and young people who are unable to live with their families. A discussion paper has been released and feedback can be provided until 30 November 2018. More information is available here.

National Arts and Disability Strategy Consultation 
Consultation is underway to renew the National Arts and Disability Strategy, a framework aimed at improving access and participation to the arts and cultural life for people with disability. More information is available here. Consultations close on 3 December 2018.

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 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.