National Disability Agreement 2020wxadmin
The report consolidates the results of the national public consultations that took place in early 2019. During these consultations, community members identified issues that were important to people with disabilities, such as employment, career opportunities and community accessibility. The National Disability Agreement, established in 2009 by the Council of Australian Governments, is a high-level agreement between Australia and the governments of the state and territory regarding the provision of services to people with disabilities. It contains clear roles and responsibilities for each level of government and combines these efforts, although nationally agreed goals and outcomes for people with disabilities, their families and family caregivers. S Robert (National Minister of Disability Insurance), Coag Disability Reform Council meeting, press release, March 18, 2020. The Western Australian government has introduced a free and essential shopping service for vulnerable people isolated in their homes, including people with disabilities. In 2012, all Australian governments approved the National Disability Agreement (NDA) revised by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). The NDA is the national framework and key areas for reform in the provision of public assistance services to people with disabilities.  For example, bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth of Australia and the governments of all states and territories under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In its report on the revision of the study report on the National Disability Agreement, the Productivity Commission recommended that a new NOA be needed, at least in part, as the landscape of disability policy has changed considerably since the signing of the current NOA in 2008. The DSS will once again deal with people with disabilities and the wider Australian community in early 2020.
The new NDA should also recognize that all governments – Australia, the state, the territory and the locals – are jointly responsible for bringing their traditional services into compliance so that they are accessible, inclusive and culturally responsive to the needs of all persons with disabilities, particularly those with complex needs who may need differentiated assistance. The Victorian government announced that it would release $17 million for additional disability services during COVID-19. Initiatives included: (e) the development of employment opportunities for people with disabilities – through models to improve independence and availability at work at different crossing points. Ms Cash (Minister of Employment, Qualifications, Small Business and Family Enterprises) and S Eisens (Assistant Minister of Vocational Training, Vocational Training and Learning), New Skills to Support Joint Press Communication for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities, 21 May 2020.c) Strategies for wider choice, control and self-sustaining decision-making – setting up individualised and/or self-controlled funding systems for disability services that focus on the possibilities of choice and control of the person with disabilities.