Defend the rights of people with disabilities to decide who supports us

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The Victorian government is planning to bring in a Registration and Accreditation Scheme where some of the options being considered will remove our right to choice and hand the decision making power over to a “regulator”. Public consultation is now open for only a short period of time so please stand up for our right to decide who supports us.

Please speak up if you want to choose a worker based on their attitudes and values.

Please take action so that the government will understand how much you value choice and control.

Please spread the word to protect the right of people with disabilities and our families to make the crucial decision about who provides our support. You don’t have very long to respond, and please, it is important that you have your say if you want to continue to have choice over who provides your support.

Please lend your support, all you need to do is sign and share this Petition. If this is personally important to you please also email disabilityworkforce@dpc.vic.gov.au and tell them why you think choice and control is important and why good workers who may not have disability qualifications should be allowed to continue to work as support workers. You can even copy any of the statements below that you agree with and email it with your personal experience.

  1. If a scheme is introduced, we support a voluntary scheme so that people with disabilities can access a qualified and regulated worker if they choose. People’s with disabilities are diverse, and the need and preference for workers with qualifications applies to some but not all of us.
  2. For many of us, an individual’s attitudes and values are far more important than a qualification or accreditation.
  3. Formal disability qualifications can take many months or years to complete and cost thousands of dollars. There are many excellent support workers who will leave because they cannot afford the time or money to undertake a formal disability qualification.
  4. We need to double the workforce to meet demand under the NDIS, it is hard enough to find good workers, we don’t need the government to make it even harder for us to find and keep support workers.

Thank you, your voice and support is important and will make a difference!



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