Disability Health Gippsland South Parliament

Call for submissions on abuse in disability services

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is encouraging community members with experience in the disability sector to make a submission to State Parliament’s Family and Community Development Committee inquiry into abuse in disability services.

Mr O’Brien said the inquiry was focused in particular on why abuse in the disability service sector was not reported or acted upon and what could be done to prevent it.

“I encourage anyone who has evidence to present or believes they can assist the committee to make meaningful recommendations to make a submission,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Committee needs to be made aware of the extent of the problem, including those in regional areas, and wants to hear suggestions about what can be done to ensure people with disabilities do not suffer abuse.

“The inquiry will also look at how Victoria’s disability care system can be improved and strengthened in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).”

Mr O’Brien said all submissions would be made public, however, confidentiality could be requested.

“The Committee needs to get a state-wide perspective on these issues and I strongly urge people living in the Gippsland South electorate to contribute to this inquiry,” Mr O’Brien said.

“So far the Committee has heard from organisations including Women with Disabilities, Life Without Barriers, Yooralla, the Youth Disability Advocacy Service and the Equal Opportunity Commission.”

Mr O’Brien said submissions were being accepted until 30 October and could be made online at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc/article/2602. Those without internet access can phone 03 8682 2843 and those requiring assistance with making a submission should call 1800 819 817.

Mr O’Brien said the Committee was due to report by March 2016 and once tabled in Parliament would be available to download online. An interim report was tabled in August and can be viewed at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc/article/1851

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