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NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
Asha's battle to receive fair treatment from her private rental property managers is one many of us can relate to - but what if you were also receiving 24 hour care as the result of a stroke, and had to deal with the situation alone? This is the story of how Spinal Cord Injuries Australia stepped up to advocate for Asha, assisting her to navigate the legal system and find better housing without being unfairly penalised.
Thousands of stories like Asha's are happening at any one time in NSW, and continued funding for disability advocacy is vital to ensure that people's dignity and human rights are protected.
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
Members of the NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance look forward to contributing to the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner's review of disability advocacy services and funding, which is due to be completed by the end of this year. However we are concerned that there is not enough funding or resources to complete a thorough report on such a short deadline.
We call on the NSW Government to continue funding advocacy groups for two years or more so that the review can be thorough, and disability advocacy organisations can continue to support people with disabilities during the review period.
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
Advocates are important. Why? They support people with disability to get a fair hearing in cases like this www.standbyme.org.au #StandByMe
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
Congratulations to NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance member Christine Agius (Action For People With Disability) who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List! Christine was the Executive Officer of Action For People With Disability for 20 years, working to achieve positive outcomes for people with disability, recently retired, but now working as a voluntary advocate. The NSW Government's lack of commitment to ongoing disability advocacy funding means that Action and many similar Alliance organisations will be forced to close their doors on 30 June 2020.
Thank you to Christine for continuing to advocate tirelessly alongside the NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance to ensure that this vital funding is not lost.
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
We welcome the appointment of the Hon Robert Fitzgerald AM as the new NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner, and are pleased that a person as experienced as Commissioner Fitzgerald has been appointed to this vital new role. However we remain strongly concerned that people with disability in NSW will have no way of reaching the new Commissioner if disability advocacy, representation and information services close through lack of funding, which some are likely to do within a few weeks.
Read our media release in PDF form here, or view in the attached image. https://standbyme.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Media-Release-New-Commissioner-welcome-29-06-19.pdf
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance
Whilst the NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance welcomes the establishment of the Ageing and Disability Commissioner last night, the Commission can only work to stop violence against people with disability if both the Commission itself and independent disability advocacy, information and peak representative services are fully and adequately funded.
The NSW Government missed an opportunity to recognise the obvious support of so many sides of Parliament for the crucial role that disability advocacy services play in preventing violence against people with disability, and our key role in supporting the work of the new Commissioner.

Read our media release in PDF form here, or view in the attached image. https://standbyme.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Media-Release-Ageing-and-Disability-Commissioner-in-NSW-June-2019.pdf

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New Ageing & Disability Commissioner's first duty is to report on NSW #disability #advocacy & #peak services funding, but will he have the time and resources to do this adequately? @gladysb https://t.co/zqfNcLuCW2

Advocates are important. Why? They support people with disability to get a fair hearing in cases like this #StandByMe https://t.co/G89kH1fZoq

Welcome to new Disability & Ageing Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald. ⁦ @StandByMeNSW⁩ looks forward to working with him to address the huge need for #disability #advocacy in the commission & greater NSW community ⁦ @GladysB⁩ ⁦ @SophieCotsishttps://t.co/Jg31tud6zo

Interested to hear from @DamienTudehope on all things budgetary this morning at the @_NCOSS_ budget breakfast ... indexation a big concern for many NGOs whom need to pay staff in the upcoming year @PWDAustralia @ACWA_CCWT @StandByMeNSW https://t.co/Z1BwpdLqec StandByMeNSW photo

Minister Ward “There’s some important achievements we need to make for people with disability, particularly those whom aren’t eligible for the NDIS. We need to be very conscious of that”. We agree Minister & so important that #disability #advocacy is funded! ⁦ @GladysBhttps://t.co/GkTmc7cR5m StandByMeNSW photo

“We need more collaboration.” Words we love to hear Minister Ward...now let’s move those words into actions & work together to ensure all people with disability have a voice & the support provided by advocacy services in NSW. ⁦ @PDCNSW⁩ ⁦ @PWDAustralia⁩ ⁦ @nswcidhttps://t.co/LQ1n1QBxD1 StandByMeNSW photo