News and updates

News and updates

For media enquiries please contact Lisa Clarke at 02 9211 1611 or media@nswcid.org.au.

Berejiklian to reverse funding cuts to disability groups

Great news!

Thanks to our supporters and campaigners, the NSW Government has reversed ts plan to cut funding organisations that advocate for people with a disability.

Sydney Morning Herald 6 April 2018

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Protest march calls for continuation of funding

“Losing advocacy services like…Council for Intellectual Disability will mean that people with disability will have fewer allies in their corner fighting for inclusive transport, education and employment.”- Paralympian Liesl Tesch.

 

Coast Community News, 9 Mar 2018

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Budget cut hits ‘vital’ organisations that aid abuse investigations

“Investigations into soaring rates of assaults, sexual offences and neglect of disabled people will be hit by planned cuts to funding of disability support groups, the NSW Ombudsman warns.

The [cuts are] estimated to wipe out…advocacy groups, such as the 60-year-old NSW Council for Intellectual Disability.”

Sydney Morning Herald 14 February 2018

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Residents rally to protect disability advocacy groups

“The loss of [advocacy] groups would be a ‘’disaster’’ for people with disabilities and their carers.” –  Shooshi Dreyfus.

As the parent of a young man with a severe intellectual disability, Shooshi Dreyfus has needed the support of advocacy groups many times.

Illawarra Mercury, 30 Nov 2017

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Plea for Premier to reverse disability funding cuts as pressure mounts

“Advocacy groups are like a telephone line that helps people with a disability to be heard clearly.” –  Leigh Creighton.

A report on the Parliamentary Forum held on 16 November 2017 with Stand By Me, our sister campaign as part of the NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance.

Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Nov 2017

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Calls to maintain advocacy funding

https://dontsilence.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ABC-news-call-for-state-govt.mp4

ABC News, 10 Oct 2017

NSW disability groups face wipeout, new figures show

Up to half of the groups who advocate for people with a disability in NSW are facing being wiped out by funding cuts, as the state government hands over responsibility for disability services to the Commonwealth, new figures show.

Sydney Morning Herald, 16 Oct 2017

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Disability groups facing closure as states withdraw funding before NDIS

Disability advocacy groups across the country are facing closure as states withdraw funding ahead of the transition to the national disability insurance scheme.

The Guardian, 13 Oct 2017

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