Disabled Australia: Disability services needed in new laws

Australian Disability Services (ADS) wants to see legislation changed to ensure disability services are better coordinated, faster, and more accessible for people with disabilities.

Australian Disability Services president Matt McArthur said disability services in the country were not performing as well as they could be.

“Our service is often the only place for people who have a disability to find support, and we’re doing our best to get to those people and to make sure that we get to the right people as quickly as possible,” he said.

He said the changes needed to be made because of the lack of coordination between disability services and government agencies, and because of what he called “a cultural problem”.

“We have a culture of trying to go out there and find the right person, not finding the right service to meet their needs,” he told 7.30.

The government is now taking feedback on the new Disability Accessibility Bill to determine what changes will be made to ensure services can be faster and more efficient.

It is not the first time ADS has proposed changes to the law to improve services for people on the Disability Support Pension.

ADS is currently working with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to develop a plan to ensure people with a disability receive the same level of services and support they are entitled to under the NDIS, including a guaranteed minimum amount of disability support.

Senator McKernan said she was “very pleased” that the government had listened to her concerns.

But she said the new disability law needed to make the most of the expertise available to it.

“[It’s] going to have to be adapted to suit the needs of the people who need it, but I think that will take some time,” she said.

“It’s going to need a lot of time to work through the issues.”

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