The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 August 2020. The four days of hearings included appearances by advocates and representatives of advocacy organisations, and National peak disability representative organisations.
In a joint letter to the Hon. Christian Porter MP, we have called upon the Attorney-General to introduce legislation into the Australian Parliament to protect the confidentiality of information given to Disability Royal Commission. As it stands, a person providing information can only be guaranteed confidentiality after the Royal Commission concludes if their information was provided in a private session. If people make a written submission, it will currently only be confidential until the end of the Royal Commission.
Earbus Foundation of WA works with regional, remote (and now metropolitan) communities across Western Australia to treat and reduce the high rates of ear disease and hearing loss in Aboriginal babies and children. Earbus features local Aboriginal schoolchildren’s art designs. Aboriginal children have the highest rates of ear disease in the world, despite mainstream Australia […]
Source: Deafness Forum of Australia
Trauma specialists Blue Knot Foundation have been funded by the Australian Government to manage the National Counselling and Referral Service (NCRS). The NCRS is now offering support to people with disability and their family and carers who have experienced or witnessed abuse, neglect, violence, or exploitation during these difficult times. Please note that you do […]
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) welcomes the Report by the Hon. Alan Robertson SC from the independent review into issues surrounding the appalling death of Ms Ann-Marie Smith in April this year. We acknowledge that the Government has already taken some action to strengthen systems and processes to better support NDIS participants most […]
From our CEO Ross Joyce Welcome to the latest edition of AFDO eNews. This year has seen many challenges for people with disability and their families as everyone adjusts to living through a global pandemic. However, the impact COVID-19 has had on people with disability is a cause for real concern. Once again weve seen people with disability […]