The Department of Social Services is leading a review into the National Disability Advocacy Framework which was endorsed by Commonwealth, State and Territory Disability Ministers back in 2012.
The National Disability Advocacy Framework provides a structure for governments to work within to enable and support people with disability to protect their rights and overcome barriers.
Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield said the review would ensure the Framework remains relevant in a changing disability environment, including the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“I encourage people with disability, their families and friends to read the advocacy discussion paper and share their views on the current framework.
Feedback from the review, together with insights from recent NDIS consultations, will be used to develop the new Framework.
Governments will use the Framework to promote greater consistency across advocacy programmes and ensure the rights of people with disability are upheld.
It will also help to describe how advocacy will be provided in the NDIS environment”.
The new Framework will be presented to the Disability Reform Council in December 2015 and will be released to the public in early 2016.
To have your say, make a submission at engage.dss.gov.au/ndaf before 24 July 2015.
Read Mitch Fifield’s full statement dated 19th June 2015 on the below link:
You may also like to look at an article published yesterday by Pro bono Australia: