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.
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.
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.
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.