Extension for SA Disability Advocate
The State Government has extended the term of Disability Advocate Dr David Caudrey for a further six months to June 2020. This will ensure continued support for South Australians with disability during the ongoing roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Since Dr Caudrey commenced in the role in January 2019, he has participated in 82 stakeholder meetings in addition to 58 discussions with NDIS participants, gathering first-hand accounts of their NDIS experience. While a high level of satisfaction with the NDIS has been reported, the main issues raised include delays in finalising plans, not knowing who to contact when there is an issue with the plan and the NDIA not being flexible and responsive to sudden changed circumstances or crises.
Feedback the Advocate receives, along with suggested improvements, is raised at regular meetings with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Dr Caudrey will consider emerging issues in 2020, such as reporting and consent requirements.
The Disability Advocate is part of the Office of the Public Advocate and works closely with the Public Advocate, the Department of Human Services, the NDIA, sector partners and community advocacy organisations. Dr Caudrey, long recognised for his leadership in the disability sector, was appointed to the role in November 2018.