5 May, 2016
This urgent message is about a new publication and what you can do as a result.
A number of national people-with-disability organisations, involved in peak advocacy and representation, lost their core funding as a result of an Australian Government decision at the end of 2014.
Despite budget agility and funding scraps, these organisations are now at imminent risk of closing down.
Given the importance of the consumer voice in the rollout of the National Disability Strategy and the NDIS we think it makes compelling good sense for Australia to provide sustainable funding to these organisations. If they are left to close down, that will be bad.
JFA Purple Orange has published a paper setting out the importance of such organisations and why sustainable funding is important. We hope you will be interested in downloading and reading it, and that you find a way to add your support. We encourage you to share this information with your social networks on Facebook, Twitter and by email. Forward this to whoever you think will care, and forward it to your local MP stating your support for urgent action.
The key agency who can fix this funding issue is the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services (DSS). Please understand the Australian Government is not the enemy here, and the paper has not been written to start a big fight. If Australia truly wants lasting positive change in the life chances of people living with disability and their families, it has to be a collaborative effort - the disability community, the broader community, the private sector, and Government. From the heart.
So our goal for this paper is that it helps build a shared connection with the Department of Social Services and other policy leaders in Government, about why these organisations are important. Even though their work can sometimes be uncomfortable to Government folk, they are critically important.