Disability Advocate appointed in South Australia
David Caudrey has been appointed Disability Advocate for South Australia. His role is identify issues and inform policy associated with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). He will work from the Office of the Public Advocate for a 12-month period.
This new role will not replace existing complaint or individual advocacy systems, rather it has been designed to engage with the disability sector and work closely with all levels of government to leverage change where needed.
Caudrey describes the role as a “mixture of lobbying, advocacy and ensuring the relevant minister in the state has good quality ammunition when they are arguing for changes to policy settings or changes to funding allocations, because the State Government does contribute nearly 50 percent of the NDIS funding in SA and it does have a big stake in its success".
South Australia is entering the final stages of the transition from state-funded disability services to the NDIS and it is essential that policy settings work well for all participants.
Caudrey will be meeting with as many agencies, consumer groups and family members as possible, in order to be well informed. He is particularly concerned about eligible people who have cognitive challenges, poor family or community support and do not easily engage with services; the people who are most at risk of missing out.
Caudrey is interested in hearing from people with disabilities and their families, service providers, advocacy agencies and any other stakeholder in the success of the NDIS.
Contact Details for the Disability Advocate:
Phone: 8342 8200