Vale Frank Hall-Bentick, 1953 – 2023
Vale Frank Hall-Bentick. A champion for disability rights and advocacy in Australia and internationally. We share in the sadness of Frank’s passing that our community is feeling this week. There is no doubt that Frank has left a legacy in the work he achieved for...
NCDA 2023 Consultation Report launched at online forum
On 17 May 2023, DANA held an online forum for the launch of the Consultation Report on the establishment of the National Centre for Disability Advocacy (NCDA). The report outlines feedback from the consultation process and gives an insight from the sector around the Centre’s national purpose to improve access to and quality of individual advocacy services by executing three main functions: Capacity building, Identifying and addressing unmet demand and need; and Identifying and elevating systemic advocacy issues.
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Getting the AAT right for people with disability
Independent disability advocates around the country have shared their experience and expertise to recommend a better appeals system for people with disability who use the NDIS and call for an urgent increase in funding for advocacy.
The Federal Government is changing the AAT. DANA talked to many of the advocacy organisations around the country who work alongside people with disability to appeal to the AAT. Advocates talked about the many problems in the AAT, and how unfair the process has been for people with disability. They also talked about how the new tribunal and decision process can be made better for everyone, most importantly for people with disability. Here are the key areas that will make the new appeals system fairer.
The National Centre for Disability Advocacy releases 2023 Consultation Report
The NCDA is pleased to release the 2023 Consultation report: Consultation Report for the establishment of a National Centre for Disability Advocacy. This report was written following consultation sessions held around Australia and online between October 2022 and February 2023. 140 people from across the disability advocacy sector attended 14 consultations held in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane and Darwin. These consultations provided an opportunity to hear directly from advocates and managers about how the NCDA could best support their work. The report explains the purpose of the NCDA, highlights areas of priority as identified by the sector and proposes planned activities that relate to the Centre’s functions.
DANA welcomes two new members to leadership team
Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) is pleased to announce two new members of its leadership team, Jeff Smith and El Gibbs. Jeff has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer after a rigorous recruitment process. Jeff first joined DANA over 12 months ago as Chief Operating Officer. He brings to DANA a wealth of governance and strategic experience, having been an Executive in the community sector for 15 years. Additionally, we welcome El to DANA in the new role of Director, Policy and Advocacy. El is a seasoned advocate, communications genius and NDIS specialist.
DANA eNews – April 2023
Check your inbox and junk folder for the April edition of DANA Monthly eNews! This edition is full of the latest news about advocacy, the NDIS, the Disability Royal Commission (DRC), and COVID-19 information.