Petition for Continued Funding of Disability Advocacy for people from CALD/NES Backgrounds in New South Wales

Please Sign the Petition

The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW Inc (MDAA) is a peak body in New South Wales providing advocacy for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and non-English speaking (NES) backgrounds with disability, their families and carers. For over 23 years, MDAA has been advocating for the rights of people with disability from CALD/NES backgrounds, their families and carers for better outcomes and improved access to services, opportunities and participation in the disability sector. From July 2018, the NSW government will transfer the $25 million per year funding for disability advocacy and information services, to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). MDAA is greatly concerned that without independent, culturally competent advocacy, the barriers faced by people with disability from CALD/NES backgrounds will deepen. There is already an under-representation of people from CALD/NES backgrounds participating in the NDIS and without the support of advocacy organisations like MDAA this gap will increase. We therefore urge the Federal and State government for assurance of the continued funding for individual and systemic advocacy for people with disability, particularly people from CALD/NES backgrounds, in the state of New South Wales.

This petition will be delivered to:

  • Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Disability Services Raymond Williams
  • Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services The Hon Jane Prentice MP


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