New advocate appointed to support NDIS implementation in SA
NDS welcomes the South Australian State Government’s appointment of Dr David Caudrey as the State’s Disability Advocate to strengthen and promote the interests of people with disability during the implementation of the NDIS.
The new advocate will be responsible for identifying and improving state-wide systemic issues as a result of disability reforms and the implementation of the NDIS.
The advocate will be independent of disability service delivery and part of the Office of the Public Advocate. The appointee will work closely with the Public Advocate, the Department of Human Services, the NDIA, sector partners and community advocacy organisations.
Dr Caudrey's appointment begins in January 2019 and runs for one year when it is expected that all existing clients of disability services in South Australia will have transitioned to the NDIS.
Dr Caudrey has a long history working in the disability sector, including serving as Executive Director of Disability SA and CEO of Novita Children’s Services. He was also President of ACROD (now NDS) from 1991-1993.
When announcing the appointment, Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said, “The role of the advocate will look at the NDIS and associated reform from a state-wide perspective and the role does not replace existing complaint or individual advocacy systems.”
The minister believes Dr Caudrey will play a critical role in informing the development of future policy, to ensure that people with disability in SA are well supported in the future, and that he will advocate for system improvements to ensure people with disability make a safe transition to the NDIS.