The now completed Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability contains recommendations to give people with disabilities power of choice, and to create a better regulatory structure. Now is the time implement those changes, including creating a Minister for Disability Inclusion responsible for developing and overseeing a disability inclusion strategy and implementing policies and programs. Let us work together to make the system better.
Of 2,000 people on the NDIS in hospital, over half are medically ready for discharge but lack an appropriate support system and accommodation. Around 30% of those in a hospital are waiting for their application for support to be processed. Another 20% are trying to find housing. Help us advocate for a system that works by ensuring reasonable timeframes to house those needlessly languishing in hospitals.
The Victorian Disability Act 2006 is currently in review, which opens the opportunity for amendments that will ensure people with disabilities can live decent lives, free of abuse and neglect. Help advocate for the rights and well-being of people with disability across Victoria.
Representative democracy is built on the concept that all citizens have an equal right to have a say in how we are governed. Each person gets an equal vote regardless of their background or circumstances. The reality is that currently, the system allows the wealthy to skew our laws and policies towards their preferences. Work with us to restore faith in our Democracy so that everyone benefits, not just the rich.
In Victoria, people found mentally unfit to stand trial can end up in prison for longer than a person who pleads guilty for the crime they are accused of. There are pending reforms in this area that will hopefully lead to improvements, but they first need to be legislated. Act to ask the Government to pass the necessary legislation, and improve access to mental health support for those in prison.
As technology has developed, it has improved our ability to share information and be more connected. The online world has created many positive outcomes in our lives but has its negative side. Technology has provided new tools to those seeking to harm others, including those who engage in child sexual abuse. Help us make the online world a safer place and prevent human rights abuses.
Take action to support children reaching their full potential, and to not be locked up. In 2019 the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended member states raise their minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 years of age. Currently, this minimum is 10 years of age across all jurisdictions in Australia. Raising the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 allows a greater emphasis on supporting pro-social behaviour and the welfare of the child by not separating them from their families.
Progress has been made in Australia to provide better support and services to people with disabilities, but the experience of such people indicates more is needed. There is a need to recognise the human rights of people with disabilities so they are treated with dignity and respect within our society. Write to improve the framework that exists to improve the lives and dignity of people with disabilities.
Australian Governments, Commonwealth and State, have introduced the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to support people with disabilities. Often it grants funds directly to the person with the disability or their carer. However, the NDIS has marketised and privatised care of people with disabilities which threatens exploitation by people working to provide services, thereby degrading quality of care. Taken to safeguard the NDIS and safeguard those who access it.