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Submission to the Legislative Council Inquiry into Vocational Education and Training in NSW

18 January 2016

This submission focused on the role of the VET system in supporting people with disability and the role of the VET system in developing the specialist workforce needed to support people with disability. Recommendations included; the need to maximise choice and control by changing 'Smart and Skilled eligibility requirements around fee exemptions; develop a flexible approach to disability loading and; support the growth and capacity of the disability workforce through 'Smart and Skilled' funding priorities.

NSW Disability Inclusion Plan Discussion Paper and Draft Outline

9 January 2015

This submission comments on the discussion paper and draft outline of the NSW Government's Disability Inclusion Plan (DIP). The submission proposes four guiding principles for the DIP; developing a culture of action; enabling effective information and consultation; improving government's engagement with individuals and communities and instituting appropriate governance and accountability for inclusion. Specific recommendations were made under the four areas of focus- 'attitudes and behaviours', 'liveable communities', 'employment' and 'systems and processes'.

Disability Inclusion Regulation 2014

16 December 2014

NDS has made a submission on the exposure draft of the Disability Inclusion Regulation. The Regulation will accompany the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 when it is enacted on 3 December 2014, International Day of People with Disability. Consultation with NDS members identified 10 recommendations regarding financial assistance, disability planning, probity checks and the meaning of 'supported group accommodation'.

Strengthening provision of public secondary education in Inner Sydney for students with disability

30 June 2014

In Australia, about 1 in every 13 children and young people aged 5 - 24 have disability. In 2012, the proportion of Australians with disability aged 15 - 64 who had completed year 12 or equivalent was only 36%. Given this, there is clearly a way to go in creating inclusive high school education in NSW. This submission to the NSW Department of Education and Communities highlights the importance of all planning for future high schools incorporating the needs of young people with disability and creating opportunities for access to the full range of public school services and activities.


30 April 2014

Submission to the Review of the exercise of the functions of the WorkCover Authority (Inquiry)

1 January 2014

Workforce and the launch of the NDIS in the Hunter

1 December 2013

Standing together: Mental Health and Disability Services

1 November 2013

NDS Submission: ‘It Stops Here’: Proposed NSW Domestic and Family Violence Reforms

24 July 2013

In this submission, NDS reviews the framework that the NSW Government has proposed to reform its response to domestic and family violence. NDS identifies aspects of the plan which need to be addressed to enable the framework to be effective in responding to people with disability, their families and carers who are affected by domestic and family violence. Overall recommendations include acknowledgement of people with disability at all levels of service provision, awareness of the implications of DisabilityCare Australia for service provision and cross service sector communication, education and flexibility in responding to domestic and family violence.

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