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The National Disability Strategy: something to think about

Sunday 14 December 2008

Australian Government: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous AffairsWomen with Disabilities Australia has made a submission to the National Disability Strategy review which covers quite a range of issues.

We’re encouraging everyone with an interest in this – i.e., almost every Australian visitor to this site – to brief themselves thoroughly on the review.

Get prepared to bash those politicians’ ears whenever you come across one of the breed. Journalists and bureaucrats will do, too!

Read on…


Dear Colleagues

In November 2008, theAustralian Governmentreleased for consultation its Discussion Paper ‘Developing a National Disability Strategy for Australia’ [download – PDF, 185KB].

WWDA’s Submission in response to the Discussion Paper provides detail on what WWDA considers to be vital elements of a National Disability Strategy (NDS). WWDA is of the view that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provides a clear context and logical framework for the development of Australia’s National Disability Strategy, and that such a Strategy is a key element of the Convention’s implementation at the domestic level.

WWDA’s Submission also advocates that the NDS accord priority to the needs of vulnerable groups of people with disabilities, as well as thematic issues of major concern. In this context, we consider women, Indigenous peoples, children, refugees & asylum seekers, and prisoners as warranting particular attention. WWDA has identified several issues which we believe must be given priority within the NDS and these are: forced sterilisation; violence; removal of children from parents with disabilities; abuse in institutions; over-representation in the criminal justice system; poverty; data collection & research; unmet need; capacity building of disability organisations & networks; and, digital inclusion. The rationale and context for these priority groups and issues are discussed in the Submission.

WWDA’s Submission in response to the Australian Governments Discussion Paper: 'Developing a National Disability Strategy for Australia' (December 2008) is available on WWDA’s website in HTML, Word and PDF formats, and can be found at:

Alternatively, if you would like a copy emailed directly to you, please email WWDA at

Kind Regards


Carolyn Frohmader
Executive Director
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
PO Box 605, Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Ph: +61 3 6244 8288 Fax: +61 3 6244 8255
ABN: 23 627 650 121

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