Federal Govt extends advocacy funding – states called on to follow suit
The Minister for Social Services Christian Porter announced ongoing funding on Wednesday for the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) appeals providers and a new funding round for Disability Representative Organisations (DRO).
Porter said the commitment ensured disability advocacy services would continue to be funded until 30 June 2020.
He said the importance of advocacy services for all Australians with disability was highlighted in the Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program consultation report released on Wednesday.
“All levels of government have a responsibility to support advocacy for people with disability to ensure they can exercise their rights and freedoms,” Minister Porter said.
“The vast majority of people requiring disability advocacy support will not be NDIS participants.
“All governments have committed to the National Disability Strategy (NDS) and that is why the Turnbull government is committed to investing in this area through $60 million in funding for NDAP, NDIS appeals, and the DROs.”
In a carefully worded statement the federal government said a national system of disability advocacy support also required “ongoing investment from states and territories to ensure their citizens can resolve issues with state-run services, and advocates can participate effectively in state-based planning”.
“We welcome Victoria’s ongoing commitment to longer-term action and investment to ensure a strong and sustainable disability advocacy and self-advocacy sector,” Porter said.
“The Commonwealth calls on other states and territories to meet their commitments to people with disability through the NDS by committing to ongoing support for advocacy under the NDIS.”
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