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Papers and Reports



Cost Benefit Analysis of Australia's Independent Disability Advocacy Agencies Report 2017

Undertaken by Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)

  • Independent Cost Benefit Analysis Summary  -  PDF
  • Independent Cost Benefit Analysis Summary - Easy English  -  PDF
  • Independent Cost Benefit Analysis Report  -  PDF


DANA (Disability Advocacy Network Australia) submission to the Disability Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation - Independent Disability Advocacy - December 2022 | PDF

Queensland Public Advocate Report:  Public accountability, private lives: Reconsidering the Queensland guardianship system’s confidentiality requirements - August 2022 | PDF

Queensland Public Advocate Report:  Better Pathways:  Improving Queensland's Delivery of Acute Mental Health Services - August 2022 | PDF

Queensland Public Advocate Report:  Adult Safeguarding in Queensland - Vol 1:  Identifying the Gaps - July 2022 | PDF



Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Social Services) Australia's Disability Strategy 2021 - 2031 

  • Strategy - Full Version  -  PDF
  • Strategy - Summary  -  PDF
  • Road Map  -  PDF

House of Representatives Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention:  Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - Final Report   -  PDF

Joint Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS:  General issues around the implementation and performance of the NDIS  -  Unreasonable and unnecessary harms:  Joint submission regarding the NDIS internal review and external appeals processes  -  August 2021  -  PDF


Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme:  Report into Supported Independent Living - May 2020

  • Full Report  -  PDF
  • Full Report  -  WORD


Overview of the 2019 Review of the NDIS Act and NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

To develop the Guarantee, the Government has commissioned a review of the NDIS Act. The review will focus on opportunities to make the NDIS process simpler and more straight forward and remove barriers to positive participant and provider experiences with the NDIS.

The review will consider what changes may need to be made to the NDIS legislation to support the Guarantee and set new standards into law. This may involve amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (the NDIS Act) and the NDIS Rules, but will not change the design or intent of the NDIS.

The Government has appointed an independent expert, Mr David Tune AO PSM, to lead the review.  The review’s recommendations are due to be delivered to the Government by the end of 2019, to support the rollout of the Participant Service Guarantee on 1 July 2020.

Discussion Paper:      WORD    |    PDF    |   Easy Read WORD   |   Easy Read PDF   |  Listen to PDF 

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Disability Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability:  First Progress Report - December 2019 
DRC Report Page:

Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013:  Removing Red Tape and Implementing the NDIS Participant Service Guarantee.  David Tune AO PSM - December 2019

NDS - State of the Disability Sector Report 2019: PDF  -  WORD

Productivity Commission Study Report - Review of the National Disability Agreement - January 2019

  • Report Factsheet:  PDF 
  • Report Overview:  PDF  |  WORD
  • Report:   PDF  |  WORD 

United Nations - Human Rights

Concluding observations on the combined second and third periodic reports of Australia - Oct 2019  -  PDF

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - PDF

Universal Declaration of Human Rights  -  PDF   -  Illustrated Version PDF -  Read Online  

Australian Human Rights Commission:   Equal Before the Law - Towards Disability Justice Strategies - 2014:     PDF     WORD




NDS - State of the Disability Sector Report - 2018PDF  |  WORD

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS - Market Readiness for Provision of Services under the NDIS - September 2018:  PDF

Australian Human Rights Commission

  • A Future Without Violence Report - June 2018:    PDF  |   WORD
  • Access for all:  Improving accessibility for consumers with disability:    PDF  |   WORD
  • Disability Discrimination Act (25th Anniversary) - Easy Read Guide:    PDF  |   WORD

Commonwealth Ombudsman - Report on the National Disability Insurance Agency's Handling of Reviews - May 2018

Queensland Audit Office - Access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme for People with Impaired Decision-Making Capacity Report 2:  2018-19

Queensland Audit Office - The National Disability Insurance Scheme Report 14: 2017–18

Mental Health Australia/KPMG - Investing to Save:  The Economic Benefits for Australia of Investment in Mental Health Reform.  Final Report - May 2018

Productivity Commission Position Paper - NDIS Annual Report  2017-2018 and Stakeholder Survey Report

Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights

On 14 December 2018, the Australian Human Rights Commission announced a major project: ‘Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights’ (the National Conversation).

Throughout this year, we will be talking with people nationally to identify what makes an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia?

The purpose of the National Conversation is to:

Terms of Reference    PDF 

Discussion Paper:   WORD  |   PDF 

Issues Paper:   WORD   |   PDF 



NDS - State of the Disability Sector Report - 2017:   PDF  |  WORD

NDIS Costs - Productivity Commission Study Report - October 2017

Consultation Report - Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program - July 2017
WORD | PDF | Easy Read Version - WORD

Disability Support Services:  Services provided under the national disability agreement 2015-2016 - June 2017  -  PDF

Productivity Commission Position Paper - National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs - June 2017


Joint Position Statement in opposition to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Transition Mobility Allowance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme) Bill 2016  - PDF   - WORD

Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry Report - June 2016  -  PDF

Decision-making Support and Queensland's Guardianship System - A systemic advocacy report (Office of the Public Adocate (Qld)  -  April 2016 - PDF

Investing in women’s mental health, strengthening the foundations for women, families and the Australian economy, AHPC Policy Paper No. 2016-02 - April 2016 - PDF

Upholding the right to life and health: A review of the deaths in care of people with disability in Queensland - February 2016 -  PDF