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People with disability have the right to be free from all forms of violence, abuse and neglect, and to be empowered through a system with effective protections. The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework and federal budget measures include positives toward achieving this, however some gaps remain.
Funding to support people in the transition to the NDIS and to reduce abuse in disability services are among some modest positive 2017 Victorian Budget initiatives to help improve the lives of people with disability.
Did you know a large number of people living with serious mental health conditions—up to 10,000 in Victoria alone—could miss out under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Many people living with mental illness will be ineligible for NDIS individual funding packages. VCOSS believes state and federal governments have a joint responsibility to continue funding community mental health services outside of the NDIS, so these people can access support for recovery. Community mental health services in Victoria have long provided psychosocial rehabilitation and support services, helping people with mental health difficulties stay well and able to work, study, care for their families, and participate in community life.
This video, prepared for VCOSS’s 70th birthday celebration at the Melbourne Town Hall in November 2016, charts the organisation’s progress and evolution through the decades.
VCOSS has welcomed the Victorian Government's response but says it is vital for short-term, one-off funding to be backed up by a long-term financial commitment.
With one in five Victorians living with a disability, it is critical to address their needs in emergency planning.
Australia’s ageing population and the rollout of the NDIS will turbocharge demand a whole new 'support and care’ workfroce over the next decade. Are we ready for this jobs boom? [Speech]