Media releases

Turnbull Government delivers on the NDIS

Tonight the Turnbull Government delivered on its promise to fully fund the NDIS. The 2018/19 budget provides for this and there is also funding allowed in the forward estimates. “This is a pleasing result, and tonight people with disability, their families and supporters can feel relieved that the scheme, which we all fought so hard to get, is fully funded for the coming financial year,” said Ross Joyce, CEO of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).

Prime Minister, Show us the NDIS money!

The Turnbull Government has walked away from its strategy to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by a small increase to the Medicare Levy saying it will fund it fully in the 2018/2019 budget. “Despite the Government reiterating its full support...

Queensland Rail and Transport disregards human rights!

AFDO welcomes the Australian Human Rights Commission preliminary decision not to grant an exemption under the Federal Disability Discrimination Act to Queensland Rail. The joint application was lodged by Queensland Rail and Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR) for an exemption in relation to the purchase of up to 75 new six-car passenger trains which are not accessible.

Urgent action needed on abuse of people with disability

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) commends Human Rights Watch for the comprehensive and harrowing report released yesterday into the abuse and neglect of people with disability in Australia’s prisons.  AFDO notes the particular focus of the...