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Suffer No More – a documentary about the NDIS

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme continues to roll out, people are feeling overwhelmed, unheard and facing road blocks at what can feel like every turn. Brisbane journalism student Loughlin Patrick has collated peoples experiences and brings you ‘Suffer No More’, a documentary that looks into the NDIS from many perspectives, including from QAI NDIS […]

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Fitness to Plead or Stand Trial Submission by QAI

QAI’s Recommendations to the Tasmania Law Reform Institute QAI supports and recommends to this inquiry the 2014 position of the Australian Law Reform Commission (‘ALRC’): that the test for fitness should be reformed consistently with the National Decision-Making Principles. People with intellectual impairments are capable of making decisions about their own lives.   Intellectual impairment on […]

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Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Qld) Submission by QAI

Introduction The Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Qld) (DSLA Bill), a Government Bill to amend, chiefly, the Disability Services Act 2006 (Qld) (DSA), arises from a state-wide legislative review in anticipation of full NDIS roll-out, and commencement of operation of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission in Queensland, by 1 July 2019. […]

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation within the Disability Sector

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced a three-year $527 million  royal commission that will examine violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation within the disability sector.  Former Federal Court Judge Ronald Sackville AO QC will lead the Royal Commission.  The supporting Commissioners will be – Barbara Bennett PSM Dr Rhonda Galbally AC Andrea Mason OAM Honourable […]

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The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health Submission by QAI

Introduction The focus of this inquiry is on the link between mental health and economic participation, productivity and growth. The Productivity Commission Issues Paper (Issues Paper) notes that mental health is a key driver of economic participation and productivity in Australia, with the potential to impact incomes and living standards as well as social engagement […]

Election sweetener short-changes people with disability

4 April 2019 Media Release The disability advocacy sector has welcomed the commitment of funding for the Disability Royal Commission in the federal budget. QAI commends Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Jordan Steele-Johns, and the many, many other disability advocates who convinced the Federal Government to commit to a Disability Royal Commission. We also commend […]

NDIS Appeals Advocacy funding commitment to deal with backlog of complaints

Media release 28 March 2019 The decision by the Federal Government to maintain the current level of funding for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) appeals advocacy, rather than proceed with proposed cuts, in the upcoming financial year is good news for advocacy organisations already struggling to meet demand. The proposed cuts were based on a […]

Disability Royal Commission – what do you think of the terms of reference?

QAI welcomes the announcement by the Federal Government of its plans to establish a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.  QAI has strongly advocated for the calling of a disability Royal Commission for many years.  These calls have been supported by many people with disability in our community and […]