THE DLP RECOGNISES PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AS VALUED MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY
Australians with disabilities want to be in charge of their lives. They want access to meaningful jobs, and they want to be able to do things for themselves where possible.
They want to be able to choose the services they need and not to be dictated to by bureaucrats.
Carers too need to be looked after and the DLP will maintain income support for carers.
The DLP will also encourage the NDIS to look into the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in residential, institutional and mainstream services.
The DLP believes that people with disabilities, their families and carers, deserve a better quality of life than what the current system can provide.
The DLP supports the adequate funding of the NDIS and believes that its implementation should be transparent and accountable.
Families and children with complex disabilities should receive adequate access to respite care options to avoid the incidence of relinquishment of their children into state care.
The DLP will encourage innovation by Australians in the design and manufacture of aides, therapies and equipment for Australians with disabilities.
DELIVERY OF THE NDIS
Australians with disabilities wait too long for equipment and services. The DLP will call for an inquiry into the delays in rolling out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and for the cutting down of waiting times.
INCREASED FUNDING FOR NDIS
The NDIS needs to be funded properly.
It is no longer acceptable to keep those with disability waiting. More funding will be allocated to the Scheme.
REDUCTION OF RED TAPE
The DLP supports all disability programs being under one department, and one minister. We support transparency and accountability.
Where possible all disability equipment will be manufactured in Australia. The DLP will work with Australian Companies so that Australia can be self-reliant as well as create more jobs.
Every Australian should have access to affordable housing. The DLP will make more public housing available for people with disabilities.
The funding of advocacy services should be reassessed and strengthened.