Disability Advocate appointed to support NDIS implementation
From January 2019, Dr David Caudrey will take on the role of South Australia’s State Disability Advocate.
The advocate is independent of disability service delivery, with responsibility to identify and improve any systemic issues related to reform of disability services and the introduction of the NDIS.
Dr Caudrey has a long history of leadership in the disability sector, including Executive Director of Disability SA and CEO of Novita Children’s Services. He has excellent knowledge of how the government and non-government disability services operate, as well as the NDIS.
Dr Caudrey will examine the NDIS and associated reform from a state-wide perspective. He will be responsible for advocating for system improvements to ensure people with disability make a safe transition to the NDIS. He will also provide critical information and advice to inform the development of future policy, to ensure that people with disability in South Australia are well supported in the future. The advocate does not replace any existing complaint or individual advocacy systems.
The Disability Advocate is part of the Office of the Public Advocate and will work closely with the Public Advocate, the Department of Human Services, the National Disability Insurance Agency, sector partners and community advocacy organisations. The Disability Advocate has been appointed from January 2019 for a period of one year.