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Review kicks off into disability advocacy services

Last published on 13 Aug 2019 in News

A review into disability advocacy in NSW has been announced by the Commissioner.

Ageing and Disability Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM has today announced the commencement of the review into disability advocacy in NSW.

The review will explore the purpose, functions and funding arrangements for independent specialist advocacy, including information and representative organisations for people with disability across NSW.

"I have always believed in the promotion and protection of the rights of all individuals and groups. Advocacy plays a valuable role amongst other supports in our community to ensure people with disability are represented fairly, their needs are met and their issues are taken seriously" Mr Fitzgerald said.

"This consultation will explore the types of advocacy, information and referral services currently available, how these services are being used, and offer a better understanding of the future service needs of people with disability in NSW.

"It is important that we engage with a range of people during the consultation, including people with a lived experience of disability and their supporters."

An independent consultant will run the consultation process, with an issues paper available for public comment in early September and sector consultations across metro and regional NSW throughout October.

The Commissioner will also consider current relevant reviews and recommendations of the National Disability Agreement and the National Disability Strategy, with the final report due to Parliament by 31 December 2019.

More information about the consultation plan and key dates can be found here.

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