A big day for the equal rights of people with intellectual disability – part 1

To Whom It Should Concern – Part 1 Monday 24th November 2014 has been a big day for standing up for the equal rights of people with intellectual disability. First, the Senate rejected the Government’s bill to introduce the BSWAT Payment Scheme Bill. This Bill was an unjust remedy by the Government to address the […]

Travelling to another country when on the Disability Support Pension

 There is a rule for how long a person can travel to another country and still get paid the disability pension. This is called ‘portability’. The Government wants to change the rule. The government wants to limit the time a person can be in another country and paid the disability pension to 28 days for […]

DSP changes 2014

In the 2014 Commonwealth Budget the Australian Government announced a number of changes that affected people who receive the Disability Support Pension (DSP). At the time we received a number of calls from people concerned that their entitlement to the DSP would be directly affected. With very good assistance from Minister Andrews’ office and the […]

Minister Fifield must reward genuine effort not failure

Real Businesses Pay Real Wages.  Minister Fifield must reward genuine effort not failure.  The announcement by Minister Fifield of an additional $173 million to support employees get fair wages in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) is welcomed as a step forward by Inclusion Australia. The announcement, however, does not resolve serious concerns about the treatment of […]

Real Businesses Pay Real Wages

Real Businesses Pay Real Wages – Wake Up! It’s a reality! A response to Minister Mitch Fifield Minister Fifield said in his article, Idealism threatens jobs for the disabled, that “accusations that ADEs exploit people with disability is unfair”. The Federal and High Courts of Australia ruled that 10,000 employees with intellectual disability were disadvantaged […]

Response to Welfare Reform paper

Inclusion Australia agrees that the income support system should have a stronger employment focus. An income support system focused on evidence based employment support can significantly increase employment participation and reduce reliance on income support. To achieve such change requires an examination of our understanding about capacity to work and employment support needs, and how […]