National disability representative organisations

The Australian Government has established a new disability peaks funding model representing the interests and views of all people with disability, which will provide advice to the Government on breaking down barriers and improving social and economic participation.

This funding model for the disability peak sector is focused on providing the best framework to effectively represent the interests and views of all people with disability.

This is a major shift in the way the disability representative sector is organised – a move from a medical model of disability to a social model of disability.

The model will represent all people with disability within the one framework that recognises that disability is more a reflection of social barriers and discrimination, rather than a person’s medical condition or impairment.

Five national disability organisations are funded to represent cross-disability issues, women with disability, children and young people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Disability, and people with disability from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

The model includes four Disabled People’s Organisations (organisations that are made up of and led by people with disability) forming Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (formerly known as the Australian Cross Disability Alliance):

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is being funded to represent children and young people (0-25 yrs) with disability and provide a link between the direct experiences of children and young people with disability and their families to Federal Government and other key stakeholders.

In addition, National Disability Services (NDS) will be funded to represent service providers.

The Government will work with the six funded disability peak bodies to deliver its commitment to represent all people with disability and disability service providers in the most effective, coordinated and collaborative way.

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