Autism Tasmania works to ensure that the voice of the Tasmanian Autistic community is heard – loud and clear!
We work to shape the programs and policies at local, state, and national levels. This includes submissions to influence the range of reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Your views are valued. To share them please contact our CEO:
The details of our current advocacy activities are set out under the below sections.
- State Election 2021
- Senate Selection Committee on Autism
- Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
- NDIS submissions
- National Disability Strategy
- Tasmanian – Accessible Island
- Local Councils Accessibility action plans
1. State Election 2021
The Tasmanian State Election is on 1 May 2021. Make your vote count.
Autism Tasmania is calling for all candidates to pledge their commit to the following:
- $50,000 per annum to reconvene Tasmanian Autism Advisory Panel to:
- Assess the impact of the ongoing retraction of the NDIS which exposes Tasmanians with Autism to unfair disadvantage.
- Coordinate statewide responses to the new National Disability Strategy, Senate Select Committee on Autism.
- $350 000 per annum to recruit Allied Health practitioners to reduce the children assessment waiting lists.
- $500 000 per annum to enable in social and economic participation for autistic Tasmanians:
- Autism awareness training for all front-line government employees.
- New HR recruitment processes and application mentoring to increase employment of autistic Tasmanians.
View the full call for action here
View the candidates Pledge on a Page here
You can help – download the call for action to take to your local candidates here
2. Senate Select Committee on Autism
In October 2021, the Senate Select Committee will report on the services, support, and life outcomes for autistic people. The Committee is currently conducting public hearings across Australia.
Autism Tasmania is an active member of the Australian Autism Alliance and are calling for a National Autism Strategy to be established.
Our submission titled the Autism Dividend provides deep insights into the lived-experience of autistic people and offers considered and strategic options to reforms.
3. Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
This Royal Commission is dealing with one of the most confronting issues for people. Autism Tasmania monitors this Royal Commission and informs membership.
The Disability Royal Commission is holding a series of public hearings around the country to gather evidence about violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation of people with disability.
Access counselling and support here
Learn more here
4. NDIS consultations
The NDIS continues to be fine-tuned and Autism Tasmania as part of the Australian Autism Alliance is active in representing the views of the Tasmanian Autistic community.
The details of submissions are below.
|Topic||Status||Further information||Outcome for Tasmanian autistic community|
|Interventions for children on the autism spectrum||Submissions close 14 May 21||Discussion paper and submission details are here.
Alliance submission TBA
|Supporting young children and their families early, to reach their full potential||Submissions closed 23 Feb 21.||View NDIS paper here
View Alliance submission here
|Independent Assessments -: Changes to the NDIA.||Submissions closed
23 Feb 21
|View NDIS response here
View Alliance submission here
5. National Disability Strategy
Accessible Island links to the National Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020 which outlines a 10-year national policy framework for improving the lives of Australians with disability, their families and carers.
The framework has expired and a new 10- year framework will be released in 2021.
Autism Tasmania is an active member of the Australian Autism Alliance and called for this framework to include strategies the improve the following for the autism community:
- inclusive and accessible communities.
- rights, protection, justice, and legislation.
- economic security.
- personal and community support.
- learning and skills; and
- health and wellbeing.
6. Accessible Island: Tasmania’s Disability Framework for action
Accessible Island links to the National Disability Strategy and is the third state of a whole-of-government approach to ensure that all government departments implement socially just policies and practices. View the 2018-2021 DFA here (https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/csr/policy/Policy_Work/accessible_island_tasmanias_disability_framework_for_action_2018-2021_dfa).
The above site also includes includes the Action Plans for all Tasmanian Government Departments. Each department provides and annual progress report to the Premiers Disability Advisory Council.
Autism Tasmania will help shape the new Accessible Island plan.
7. Local Councils Accessibility action plans
Local Councils play a critical role in access and participation for the autistic community.
Autism Tasmania is active in helping local councils craft autistic friendly services and events.
A report on progress is here.