Western Australia

First round of $1.2 million disability advocacy funding delivered

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Six Western Australian advocacy agencies will share $1.2 million in WA Government funding for projects designed to drive long-term change for people with disability and improve the quality of their lives.

The WA Government announced funding for systemic disability advocacy earlier in 2018 after a period of consultation and research undertaken with stakeholders.

A wide variety of applications for first round funding were received, demonstrating a clear need for systemic advocacy services in Western Australia.

The successful tenderers for funding are People With Disabilities WA, the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre, the Carers Association of WA, Consumers of Mental Health WA, the Development Disability Council of WA and the Autism Association of Western Australia.

The funded projects will address systemic barriers to improved life outcomes and access for a range of people with disability across the State.

The WA Department of Communities engaged extensively with the sector to develop an effective systemic disability advocacy approach for Western Australia.

Consultation with the sector noted multifaceted and complex issues in a range of areas, including transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), housing, health, mental health, employment, finance and accessibility, as well as issues specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and cultural and linguistic diversity.

Advocacy is a key element of the National Disability Strategy (NDS) 2010-2020.

Source: WA Government