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Communiqué to Members

Dear PDA Members,

I am writing to you to provide a follow up on the restructure outlined to you on 21 March 2014. As outlined, the reason for this change ties to PDA's current strategic plan that seeks to urgently address the organisation's effectiveness in the national disability reform, which includes the ‘NDIS'.

Attached you will find a communiqué which explains further the new changes to the organisational structure and operations of PDA.

The Department of Social Services has extended all peak body's funding by six months, which means PDA will continue to be funded until December 2014. Over the next 6 months there will be a significant emphasis on strengthening our partnerships and developing ways members can be more directly involved in policy development on specific topics.

We will keep you further informed and updated by email and Facebook.


Kind regards,

Bruce Becker
President

Physical Disability Australia
Level 30 Westpac House
91 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 7129 8085
Mobile: 0439 988 749
Email: pda@pda.org.au

 

Communiqué to PDA members - July 2014

 


 

Vacancies - Policy and Communications Advisor

Physical Disability Australia (PDA) is seeking a suitable candidate for the full time position of Policy and Communications Advisor.

Applicants should follow the link below.  

https://www.jobs.carecareers.com.au/disability-jobs-jobs/management-policy-and-communications-advisor-physical-disability-australia-pda-/2767858.

Please get in touch if you would like any further information regarding the position.

This is a nationally advertised position. We will negotiate the location with the successful applicant.  

Kind Regards,

Bruce Becker
President

Physical Disability Australia
Level 30 Westpac House
91 King William Street
Adelaide  SA  5000
Phone: (08) 7129 8085
Mobile: 0439 988 749
Email: pda@pda.org.au

 

Communiqué to PDA members - July 2014

 


PDA Disability Employment Services Consumer Engagement Report

From July 2013 PDA undertook a major piece of work addressing the situation for people with physical disability in the workforce.

In partnership with Mark Bagshaw (Innov8 Consulting) the 'Disability Employment Services (DES) Consumer Engagement Project' report was produced.

This report makes a number of significant recommendations in relation to the DES program, the majority of which are strategic in nature in line with the key conclusion of this report: that a new approach is required to disability employment in Australia.

Key recommendations are:

  1. Undertake a strategic review of the disability employment system in Australia, leading to a redesign of the business model for disability employment support.

  2. Establish a Disability Employment Institute, combining perspectives and expertise of employers, the employment industry, people with disability and government to lead the development of disability employment in Australia. In the first instance, the Institute would conduct the strategic review and the redesign of the business model.

  3. Develop, resource and deliver a national disability employment marketing and communications strategy and campaign.

  4. Align the new business model with the NDIS, including its culture of user choice and control, its market driven approach, and its delivery mechanism based on individual support packages. This work would be conducted jointly by the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Disability Employment Institute.

Please view the report in the attached downloadable file and provide comment and feedback through pda@pda.org.au 

Regards,

Bruce Becker
President

Physical Disability Australia
Level 30 Westpac House
91 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 7129 8085
Mobile: 0439 988 749
Email: pda@pda.org.au

 

PDA Disability Employment Services Consumer Engagement Report

 


Physical Disability Australia Response

The Commission of Audit and the NDIS

The recent release of the Commission of Audit report is a major component of the federal government's pre-budget communication to establish a context for community debate prior to the actual announcements in the Federal Budget on May 13th.
 
Physical Disability Australia (PDA) welcomes the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers agreement to continue with the timeline and funding of the NDIS, despite the report's recommendation. PDA believes that the Government needs to exercise further caution regarding other recommendations contained in the Commission of Audit report about the NDIS and changes to the Disability Support Pension (DSP), Carer Payment and Carer Allowance.  
 
In any further decisions, PDA believes that the government need to be guided by three essential considerations:
 
1.    NDIS is an investment
 
The original Productivity Commission report (Disability Care and Support Inquiry - August 2011) illustrated how the lives of people living with disability are systemically marginalised from the normal expectations and life chances in the community. One key recommendation is placing 'decision making' in the hands of people with disabilities to choose how to run their own lives and how their support funding is used. 
 
As a component of the National Disability Strategy, it is well understood that investment in people under the NDIS will return in the form of people taking up valued roles in their communities which will return both to them and their communities in the form of enhanced social and economic participation and inclusion. Furthermore, by individuals being able to focus funding where required, it will create more efficiency and quality in service provisions.
 
 
2.    People living with disability (and their families) must be at the heart and centre to direct future reform to the NDIS.
 
PDA believes any reforms to NDIS should come from the individual and families themselves in conjunction with government, and be based on evidence. The NDIS framework is derived directly from the Productivity Commission report recommendations
 
A good system of individualised funding creates decent entitlements for people with disabilities - letting people get on and build good lives for themselves. Furthermore, a good system requires people with disabilities (and their families) to be directly involved in decision making not just about their supports, but the ongoing operation of the NDIS.  This is the central core of the Productivity Commission recommendation and has and must continue to be at the heart of the NDIS.

 

3.    Further reviews of pilot could make the success of the NDIS rollout more problematic

PDA agrees that the issue is not if there should be an NDIS but how it might be transacted. Whilst there are learnings that can be taken from the pilot sites, undertaking further reviews potential delays many Australians with physical disability rights to fundamental supports.

Furthermore, many people and organisations have committed significant emotional, physical and financial energy into the NDIS rollout.  PDA believes that many of the best early adopters and innovators would be further discouraged with a loss of momentum and expertise if the rollout were to be delayed. If we are seeing inflationary pressure within the rollout, then the Government should be aware that people with disability are their natural partners and should be welcomed for their expertise and knowledge in the on-going development of the NDIS.    

Bruce Becker
President

Physical Disability Australia (PDA)

PO Box 306 | Rundle Mall | SA 5000

Telephone: 08 8415 4278  | Mobile: 0439 988 749

Email: pdamembers@gmail.com

 

 


Communique: Update on PDA Restructure

Dear Members of PDA,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please find attached a communique that seeks to clarify and advise of the restructure currently proposed for Physical Disability Australia (PDA).

Also attached is PDA's Strategic Plan which was previously distributed to members with the PDA Newsletter in December 2013.

If you have any question please, call me on 0439 988 749 or email us on pdamembers@gmail.com

Kind Regards

Bruce Becker
President

Physical Disability Australia (PDA)

Level 4 | South East | Riverside Centre | North Terrace | SA 5000

Telephone: 08 8415 4278 | Mobile 0439 988 749

Email: bruce.becker@dcsi.sa.gov.au

 

 


Report card on the National Disability Strategy's Progress

Dear Members of PDA,

We are seeking your views on the National Disability Strategy's (NDS) progress. In particular, the various government's performance in carrying out the NDS and the level of progress you feel has been made in improving the lives of people with physical disabilities.

Your experiences are of great interest to PDA, and will form part of a report to Department of Social Services.

You can share your views by completing a brief 9 question anonymous questionnaire.  To participate, please click on this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XDY3TT5

If survey monkey is not for you, you can participate by completing a word document version of the survey and emailing your response back to pdamembers@gmail.com  Your response will be saved and your email destroyed so no identifying information is kept.

For further information about the NDS, please go to  http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/government-international/national-disability-strategy
and http://www.coag.gov.au/node/197  or download these fact sheets provided by Department of Social Services.

NDS Fact Sheet final from 25th February

NDS Fact Sheet Plain English

Report Card on the NDS Progress

If you have any questions please contact me on 0439 988 749 or email us at pdamembers@gmail.com

Kind regards,

Bruce Becker
President
Physical Disability Australia

 


 

Please enjoy PDA's December 2013 Newsletter

PDA Social Media Acceptable Use Policy/PDF

 


 

Communicating with People with Disability: National Guidelines for Emergency Managers - Australian Government

PDA Unmet Needs of People with Physical Disability /PDA - A prelimary Report for the 2012 Survey

PDA Submission to Medical,Disability Aids and Equipment Pricing Investigation /PDF - Sept 30, 2013

 


 

PDA Annual Report 2012-2013 /PDF

Signed Audit Report

Accounts to PDA (Income Statement)

 


 

PDA Final Income Support Paper

PDA Submission to AAWG re. Two Wheelchair Policy - by Niki Sheldon

 


 

NDIS Information

http://www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au/

DisabilityCare Australia booklet

National Disability Insurance Scheme rules released

 


 

PDA supports the NDIS in Australia 

 

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