Advocacy

Submissions

Responses to Media Issues

A recently added section of our website to display open letters Down Syndrome Australia writes in response to current media issues, in an effort to impact the stigma media places on Down syndrome and more broadly, people with intellectual disabilities. 

29 January 2018

DSA wrote to Andrew Hirst of the Liberal Party, Rebecca Galdies of the Greens and Noah Carrol of the Labor Party regarding providing accessible information at the next Federal election via Easy Read materials.

Read the letter to Andrew Hirst in PDF.

Read the letter to Rebecca Galdies in PDF. 

Read the letter to Noah Carrol in PDF.  

23 January 2018

DSA wrote to Senator Linda Reynolds regarding s 93(8)(a) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, and expressed our concerns about a number of parts of this legislation. 

Read the letter to Senator Reynolds in PDF. 

27 September 2017

DSA wrote to the Electoral Commissioner regarding intellectual disability and removal from the electoral roll. 

Read the letter to the AEC in PDF. 

Read the letter to the AEC in Word

16 December 2016

DSA writes to the ABC in regards to an article published on the ABC news website on 12 December 2016 entitled "It's like she's a three-year-old": What life's like when your children never grow up". 

Read the letter to the ABC in PDF. 

Read the letter to the ABC in Word. 

23 November 2016

DSA writes to Mamamia.com.au regarding their decision to post the experience of a woman who decided to terminate her pregnancy when faced with a prenatal diagnosis of down syndrome because she didn't want her to "endure a lifetime of pain". 

Read the letter to Mamamia in PDF. 

Education

June 2016

Down Syndrome Australia wrote a letter to the Members of the Education Council and Robert Randall CEO of ACARA regarding the collection and publication of data relating to students with disability.

Read the letter to ACARA in (PDF)

Read the letter to ACARA in Word (DOC)

Older submissions

DSA made a submission to the Senate Enquiry: Current levels of access and attainment for students with disability in the school system, and the impact on students and families associated with inadequate levels of support.

Read the Submission to the Senate Enquiry in PDF

Read the Submission to the Senate Enquiry in Word

Health

February 2017

Down Syndrome Australia made a submission to the Department of Health on the Antenatal Care Guidelines. 

Read the Submission on the Guidlines in PDF 

Read the Submission on the Guidlines in Word

Down Syndrome Australia made a submission to the Medical Advisory Committee regarding Non-invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)

Read the Submission on NIPS in PDF. 

Read the Submission on NIPS in Word.

Older submissions

Down Syndrome Australia made a submission to the Senate Enquiry: Prevalence of different types of speech, language and communication disorders and speech pathology services in Australia.

The submission about speech, language and communication disorders is available in PDF.

Senate Inquiry into the Involuntary or Coerced Sterilisation of People with Disabilities in Australia. DSA supports the position of Women With Disabilities Australia in their submission ‘Dehumanised: The Forced Sterilisation of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Australia' (PDF).

Employment

March 2018

Down Syndrome Australia made a submission to the Department of Social Services on Supported Employment, focusing on employment for people with Down syndrome. 

Read the Submission to the Department of Social Services in PDF. 

16 December 2016

Down Syndrome Australia made a submission to the Department of Social Services on Disability Employment Services Reform. 

Read the Submission to the Department of Social Services in PDF.

Read the Submission to the Department of Social Services in Word.

Older submissions:

Call for the abolition of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Our Line in the Sand (PDF).

Response from the Commonwealth to Our Line in the Sand submission (PDF).

Our Line in the Sand follow up (PDF).

Our Line in the Sand follow up (Doc).

Disability Support

February 2017

Down Syndrome Australia made a submission to the Disability Discrimination Commissioner as part of his national consultation on future priorities. 

Read the Submission to the Commissioner in PDF. 

Read the Submission to the Commissioner in Word. 

November 2016

Down Syndrome Australia made a submission to the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, regarding providing input to the inquiry on the Auditors General's Report 18 Qualifying for the Disability Support Pension.

Read the Submission to the Joint Committee in PDF.

Read the Submission to the Joint Committee in Word.

June 2016

Down Syndrome Australia wrote a letter to the Disability and Carers Group, Department of Social Services regarding the Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program.

Read the Letter to DSS in PDF

Read the Letter to DSS in Word.

NDIS

March 2017 

Down Syndrome Australia has provided a submission to the Productivity Commission Study into the Costs of the NDIS.  

Down Syndrome Australia remains strongly committed to the NDIS. The introduction of the NDIS marked a fundamental shift in how disability services are provided in Australia. For people with a disability, for the first time, it means that they have control and choice over the services that they require. Like any transformational policy, the NDIS has experienced some challenges in implementation due to the scale of change required and the rapid pace at which the roll-out is occurring. There are also a range of interface issues with how other sectors relate to NDIS and what services continue to be provided to ensure supports for people with a disability who are not eligible for NDIS packages.

As part of this submission, Down Syndrome Australia has identified a range of issues which should be addressed to ensure that NDIS funding is targeted appropriately and leads to the best outcomes for people with disabilities including: 

  • Supporting participants and families to be well informed about the NDIS, their rights and responsibilities and how the scheme will work. This includes having access to independent advocates particularly for people with Down syndrome who are older and may not have family who can provide this important support. 
  • Improving the planning process so that plans are better matched to the needs of participants and the services that are available. 
  • Ensuring appropriate resourcing of Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC).
  • Ensuring quick access to services and supports such as Early intervention which can reduce future costs to NDIS.
  • Developing better communication between NDIS and Mainstream services and resolving gaps in service provision. 
  • Implementation of the National Disability Strategy which aims to improve access to inclusive mainstream services and the broader community, will have a major impact on both the success of the NDIS and the associated costs.

Read our submission in PDF 

Read our submission in Word

Older submissions

NDIS Eligibility and reasonable and necessary supports consultation (PDF).

NDIS Eligibility and reasonable and necessary supports consultation (Doc).

NDIS Assessment Tools (PDF).

NDIS Assessment Tools (Doc).