Dear Members,

Following the AGM on the 19 November 2015, I’d formally like to welcome the and acknowledge existing and exiting new Directors to PDA:

QLD – Francis Vicary

NSW – Jonathan Shar

VIC – Mary Reid OAM

WA – Gabrielle Trenbath

SA – Bruce Becker

NT – Liz Reid

ACT & TAS – vacant


A special mention to retiring Directors: David Gordon-Tasmania, Peter Simpson- New South Wales and Melanie Hawkes- Western Australia for their time and dedication to PDA!

I would like to acknowledge the tireless work of former President, Bruce Becker - thank you!

The new Executive comprises of:

President – Liz Reid

Vice President – Mary Reid OAM

Treasurer – Francis Vicary

Warm regards, Liz



PDA exists to proactively embrace and promote difference and diversity for an inclusive society Notice to Members - Annual General Meeting Thursday 19th November 20151:00pm - 4:00pmEastern Daylight Saving Time


Physical Disability Australia (PDA) will hold its 2014 - 2015 AGM by national teleconference.


Members may attend the AGM by teleconference. If attending the AGM, please notify the office administrator at and the teleconference details will be sent to you closer to the AGM.


All full members should indicate they will be attending the AGM by close of business (5pm EDT) Eastern Daylight Saving Time, on Thursday 12th November 2015 by responding to


Full members wishing to nominate to be a Director on the PDA Board need request a ‘Nomination Form’ by close of business (5pm EST) Eastern Standard Time on Friday 6th November 2015 to


Yours Sincerely


Bruce BeckerPresident


PDA Newsletter - Spring Edition 2014


Dear Members,


Please find below the new look PDA newsletter and the first edition for 2014. Within it you will find details on the work PDA has accomplished over the last few months, as well as a list of National events with a focus on living with disability. Hopefully you will find it informative and interesting.


We welcome any feedback through If you would like to receive a printed copy of the newsletter, please send your contact details to and we will gladly send one to you.


Happy reading!


Kind Regards,


The Board of PDA



PDA Spring 2014 Newsletter


Policy Paper - Progress on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Physical Disability Australia (PDA) has been at the forefront of efforts to make disability rights a genuine lived experience for its members. It has done so through advice and input to the builders of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This is a scheme whose foundations are based in valuing all citizens with people with disability to take a rightful place at the table as full members of the community. The journey of the NDIS to the present day has presented interesting challenges to members of the disability community as it has developed as a most important national initiative. For a disability support scheme to survive, it is required to do three things: 1. Financially long term sustainable and with extensive community support.2. Targeted at those most in need.3. Consumer driven with choice underpinning every outcome. Physical Disability Australia Submission to the Department of Social Services highlights a number recommendations for progress from the Productivity Commissions 2011 Report. PDA calls for the explicit values of rights, choice and control to be the foundational realities of the NDIS development and rollout. There is strong evidence from around the world that by trusting and investing in the capacities of people with disabilities and the families, the social and economic benefits to the whole community will follow. Key considerations for implementing recommendations: For Individuals and Families• Develop the capacity of families and individuals to make choices and fund community networks.• Create conversations concerning individualising supports that will inform wider debates around welfare and health.• Developing a detailed financial report on Disability funding which will measure and publicize how much of this resource is actually under the control of individuals. For Service Providers• Provide means for the stories about innovation in supports to shape the organisation's culture.• Advocate for smaller innovative agencies, especially those that are closer to communities. Please take the time to read the report which can be viewed in the attached downloadable file. Your comments or feedback on the report will be greatly appreciated.


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Physical Disability Australia Policy Paper - Progress of the National Disability Insurance Scheme


Disclaimer: This publication has been prepared by Physical Disability Australia for the Australian Government, represented by the Department of Social Services. The views expressed in this publication are those of Physical Disability Australia and do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government.


New Online Membership Registration Dear PDA Members,


PDA is developing a new membership system and as such is asking current members to complete the new membership form. This also provides you with the opportunity to update any of your details and also tell us what areas and skills you may like to contribute to regarding policy and systems advocacy work.


You can register to become a member, or update your information via the following link:


During this updating process we politely request that current members complete this registration form even if they have registered before.


This provides you with the opportunity to update any of your details since your initial membership registration and also tell us what areas and skills you may like to contribute to the policy and advocacy work PDA undergoes. By identifying any knowledge or expertise you have in the areas of disability does not mean you will need to participate in any consultations. Your participation is voluntary - you don't have to be involved if you don't want to and your information will be kept confidential.


PDA offers Free Membership to the following:• People with a physical disability - full voting members• Families of people with physical disability - non voting membership• Carers - non voting membership• Organisations - non voting membership


Join now to make a difference by having your voice heard at the national level. It is free and there are no obligations.


For more information concerning the privacy of your information or if you would prefer a hard-copy application form please contact and we will happily send one to you.


Kind regards,


The Board of PDA



Physical Disability AustraliaLevel 30 Westpac House91 King William StreetAdelaide SA 5000Phone: (08) 7129 8085Mobile: 0439 988 749Email:



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 BeckerPresident


Physical Disability AustraliaLevel 30 Westpac House91 King William StreetAdelaide SA 5000Phone: (08) 7129 8085Mobile: 0439 988 749Email:



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.


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 BeckerPresident


Physical Disability AustraliaLevel 30 Westpac House91 King William StreetAdelaide SA 5000Phone: (08) 7129 8085Mobile: 0439 988 749Email:



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:


Undertake a strategic review of the disability employment system in Australia, leading to a redesign of the business model for disability employment support. 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. Develop, resource and deliver a national disability employment marketing and communications strategy and campaign. 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




Bruce BeckerPresident


Physical Disability AustraliaLevel 30 Westpac House91 King William StreetAdelaide SA 5000Phone: (08) 7129 8085Mobile: 0439 988 749Email:



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 problematicPDA 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 BeckerPresident


Physical Disability Australia (PDA)


PO Box 306 | Rundle Mall | SA 5000


Telephone: 08 8415 4278 | Mobile: 0439 988 749






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


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






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: survey monkey is not for you, you can participate by completing a word document version of the survey and emailing your response back to Your response will be saved and your email destroyed so no identifying information is kept.For further information about the NDS, please go to 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


Kind regards,


Bruce BeckerPresidentPhysical 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


DisabilityCare Australia booklet


National Disability Insurance Scheme rules released







PDA supports the NDIS in Australia



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