Petitioning Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Disability Services Raymond Williams and 1 other

Continue Funding Disability Advocacy for people from CALD/NES Backgrounds in NSW

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The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW Inc (MDAA) is a peak body in New South Wales providing advocacy for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and non-English speaking (NES) backgrounds with disability, their families and carers.

For over 23 years, MDAA has been advocating for the rights of people with disability from CALD/NES backgrounds, their families and carers for better outcomes and improved access to services, opportunities and participation in the disability sector.

From July 2018, the NSW government will transfer the $25 million per year funding for disability advocacy and information services, to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

MDAA is greatly concerned that without independent, culturally competent advocacy, the barriers faced by people with disability from CALD/NES backgrounds will deepen. There is already an under-representation of people from CALD/NES backgrounds participating in the NDIS and without the support of advocacy organisations like MDAA this gap will increase. People with disability who are not eligible to access the NDIS or other disability support programs can fall through the gaps and for some people, this can lead to crisis and life-threatening situations.  Finally, the loss of independent, culturally competent, individual and systemic advocacy means people from CALD/NES backgrounds with disability face serious disadvantage in having a voice to raise their issues and effectively exercising their rights as enshrined in domestic and international obligations such as the core principles of the NDIS and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). 

We therefore urge the Federal and State government for assurance of the continued funding for individual and systemic advocacy for people with disability, particularly people from CALD/NES backgrounds, in the state of New South Wales.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Disability Services Raymond Williams
  • Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services The Hon Jane Prentice MP

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