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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

2015 Federal Budget (1)

If you have attended to any media in the last 12 hours or so, you know that today is all about the 2015 Federal budget, delivered last night. Responses to budget measures that will specifically affect people with disabilities, their families and the services that support them are emerging, and we can expect more detailed analysis of both budget measures and their timing over the next few days:

2015 Budget: modest but welcome measures for disability

People with Disability Australia, 12th May 2015
PWDA welcomes the 2015 Budget commitments to a modest but promising package of initiatives to address employment participation of people with disability ...

Budget 2015 summary
Inclusion Australia, 12th May 2015
The information below outlines the announcements that accompanied the Budget 2015. Over the coming weeks we will be publishing the details related to each measure ...

Budget fails students with disability
Children with Disability Australia, 12th May 2015
The 2015 Budget has failed to provide certainty for students with disability in Australia.

In 2014 an interim loading for students with disability was implemented. The interim loading was rolled over in 2015 and only maintains existing levels of provision. The 2015 budget does not deliver any increase in funding for students with disability, so students around the country will continue to miss out in 2016. The impacts for young people denied access to a quality education are life-long.

Stephanie Gotlib, CEO of Children with Disability Australia (CDA) said: “Without an increase in the disability loading from the Commonwealth Government, schools around the country cannot provide adequate support for all students with disability and the many who are missing out now will continue to miss out.”

A clear commitment was made by the Abbott Government prior to the 2013 election to increase funding for students with disability as part of the National Education Reform.

Ms Gotlib said: “A typical school experience for students with disability involves limited choice of school, discrimination, bullying, limited or no funding for support and resources, inadequately trained staff and contending with a culture of low expectations,”

“These failings have become entrenched in the education system and the urgency of delivering system wide solutions is now acute. It is crucial that we have adequate Commonwealth funding to implement the necessary reform so that Australia can provide opportunities for all students.”

Response from the I give a Gonski campaign on Twitter, 12th May 2015

2015 Budget – NDIS roll-out funded in budget
Every Australian Counts, 12th May 2015
John Della Bosca, Every Australian Counts Campaign Director said “The Abbott Government’s strong support for the NDIS cannot be questioned. They are funding the NDIS and in doing so transforming the lives of people with disability.

“It’s a business as usual budget when it comes to the NDIS. The exciting part is that the business of the NDIS will enable people with disability and their families to get the support they need when they need it.” ...

2015 Budget to Support NDIS Roll-out, Disability Employment and Carers

Senator The Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, joint media release with The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Social Services, 12th May 2015
The Government will deliver support for the full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), improve employment services for people with disability and increase assistance for Australia’s 2.7 million carers ...

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