Diversity Field Officer Service
Would you like access to a one-to-one tailored service to help your business become disability confident and welcoming?
A diverse workforce helps your business to stand out from the crowd and can bring new perspectives, innovation, and experience that your business might not have previously tapped into.
The Diversity Field Officer Service is focused on building the disability confidence of small and medium-sized businesses to become more welcoming, confident and accessible.
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This project’s objective is to co-design with people with disability on all aspects of policy, services, and facilities intended for use by people with disability.
The aim is make co-design a valued component of business rather than a compliance consideration. The results will be:
- Increased involvement of people with disability
- Services and facilities better meeting the needs of people with disability
- Employment opportunities for people with disability through a user-pays model
- Model for WA organisations to comply with National Standards
- Scaleable for regional areas
NDIS in Western Australia
We regularly seek feedback on the NDIS from our individual advocacy and the peer groups that we support. As the peak body representing people with disability in Western Australia we are often invited to participate on advisory councils and reference groups. Where possible we also directly survey our members for their views on how they are finding the NDIS. To keep up-to-date on what is happening in Western Australia we recommend joining the NDIS in WA Peer Support Facebook group, and the PWdWA Facebook page.
In Western Australia we have had a unique journey to getting the NDIS in place. From July 2014 to July 2018 Western Australia had two different models of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) being trialled in the State. During that period we surveyed people with disabilities, their families and carers in both trials in 2015 and 2016. The reports that were written are available on our submissions page and show many issues in common with NDIS rollout in other states.
For the submissions we made about the NDIS, see our Submissions page.
State election March 2017 – our priorities
We prepared a set of six election priorities that are important to our members based on feedback from our individual and systemic advocacy work. We asked all parties in the 2017 state election to commit to act on these six priorities.
You can read the full document here
Abuse and Neglect Task Force
We set up the WA Disability Abuse Inquiry, in conjunction with Developmental Disability WA and United Voice, in February 2015. In Western Australia, the high rate of violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability living in institutions has been recognised as a major systemic issue for a long time. But issues, such as a lack of data collection and barriers to justice for people with disability, have stopped this issue from being addressed. This inquiry led to our submission called ‘Behind Closed Doors' [link to submission] and the development of a number of resources for people with disabilities about abuse and neglect and where to get help.
As a result of that work, PWdWA brings together The Disability Abuse and Neglect Task Force. The Disability Abuse and Neglect Taskforce provides strategic direction and leadership in reviewing the recommendations from ‘Behind Closed Doors’ report within the broader context of:
- What is currently happening
- What further exploration is required
- Which organisation/s may be best equipped to progress the recommendations
The task force has representatives from government and service organisations in the areas of justice, health, disability, mental health, education and family and domestic violence services. They meet quarterly and have been instrumental in supporting Disability Safe Week events and resources.