Disability advocacy funding to end in 2020


In less than 18 months funding for Council for Intellectual Disability's (CID's) advocacy work will end.

Our advocacy work is critically important for improving the lives and protecting the rights of people with intellectual disability.

We urgently need a commitment from the Premier Gladys Berejiklian to guarantee secure, permanent funding for CID and other disability advocacy organisations in NSW.

People with intellectual disability have a right to be heard.

More than 660,000 people in Australia have intellectual disability.

The NSW Government wants to shut down Council for Intellectual Disability’s invaluable advocacy work by cutting its funding from July 2020.

It says that since the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), NSW no longer needs disability advocacy.

But the NDIS does not protect people with intellectual disability’s right to safe, fair and inclusive treatment on public transport, or in schools, hospitals, and workplaces.

CID has been standing up for people with intellectual disability and enabling them to have their own voice on decisions that impact on them for more than 60 years.

CID members are running this “Don’t Silence Us” campaign to ask the Premier of NSW to guarantee secure, permanent funding for CID's advocacy work. Find out how you can take action to support our campaign.

We have the power to make change

Our campaigners have already had some success. The NSW Government had planned to cut advocacy funding in July 2018. But thanks to our campaigning with the other disability organisations, the Government extended funding to 2020.

Together we can make change. Join our campaign to make sure disability advocacy funding stays forever! 

What is the value of disability advocacy?

Professor Christine Bigby, La Trobe University, has recently released a report about the important advocacy work CID does for and with people with intellectual disability. Read more and download the report at the CID website.



What would it mean to some of CID’s members if they cut advocacy funding for Council for Intellectual Disability?



“If advocacy is cut, we lose our independence, it means we are going backwards instead of forwards. So we want to move forwards, we don’t want to go back to the dark ages.”

Fiona's story


“I hope they don’t (cut funding) because it will really hurt a lot of us that really thrive on how CID has helped us and we are very grateful for the support they have provided us throughout our life.”

Read more from Anthony

Anthony's story


“It means we are left out in the lurch again.”

Read more from Robert

Robert's story


"It’s important to have advocacy to help people if they can’t talk, or if they can’t read or write, you need to have advocacy because they help you and they give you a voice.”

Laura's story


Most people with disability ineligible for NDIS, may lose all support

Ninety per cent of the 1.4 million people with a disability in NSW may lose all vital support once the state government's funding of advocacy services ends in two years.

Sydney Morning Herald, 2 Oct 2018

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