Category: Submissions

Royal Commission TORs

QAI’s comments on the Draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability     Letter to Department of Social Services re draft TORs for disability RC 20190325

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QAI Submission: Recording Mental Health Review Tribunal hearings

The Mental Health Review Tribunal is conducting a project regarding the Electronic Recording of Tribunal hearings. They asked for feedback from patients, support persons, legal representatives, advocates, clinicians, family members and carers, or anyone else about how they feel about audio recording Tribunal hearings. Up until now, the only official record taken of the hearing […]

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Reshaping the Disability Services Act Submission by QAI

Key Recommendations for the New Disability Services Act (‘The Act’) The Act should include a preface that places strong emphasis on the shared responsibility across agencies and the community to uphold the rights of people with a disability. The Act should require government departments and statutory bodies to align with the Convention on the Rights […]

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Opening Doors to Renting Reform Consultation Submission by QAI

Recommendations Lessors must provide a statutorily mandated reason to end a tenancy. Prohibit the use of ‘end of fixed term’ notices to leave except for statutorily mandated reasons. Prohibit false, misleading or deceptive representations by lessors or agents. Stipulate pre-contractual disclosure of; – plans to sell – asbestos Limit bond maximum to four weeks’ rent. […]

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Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Submission by QAI

The Guardian online recently reported that in the UK, buses and taxis will lead a self-driving public transport push.1 All very high-tech but not a word on how people will hail, alight or access these buses and taxis. Direct assistance at boarding / alighting will not be possible unless the units are crewed with a […]

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Inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism – Queensland Productivity Commission

The Queensland Government asked the Queensland Productivity Commission to determine how government resources and policies may be best used to reduce imprisonment and recidivism to improve outcomes for the community. QAI had a lot to say about this, having published editions of  Disabled Justice in 2007 and 2014.   Ten percent of prisoners in this state have […]

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Protecting Queenslanders: QAI submission is critical of Queensland bill that would give the Premier power to make decisions on monitoring of people with disability convicted of sexual offences

The QAI submission to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee Inquiry into the Bill 2018 (‘the Bill’) opposes the Bill in general, and is critical of a number of provisions in the Bill proposed by Mr David Janetzki MP, the Member for Toowoomba South.  In particular, QAI opposes the provision  that would give the Premier power […]

Response by QAI to the Queensland Government’s review of the operation of the Forensic Disability Act 2011 (Qld)

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) thanks the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (Department) for tabling their review of the Forensic Disability Act 2011 (Qld) (FDA) on 9 October 2018 (FDA Review). We acknowledge that the FDA Review annexes the independent review of the Queensland Forensic Disability Service System prepared for the Department (FDSS Review) by the […]

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Human Rights Bill Submission Making Tool and Resources

We are encouraging Queenslanders to make submissions to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee in support of a Human Rights Bill. We understand this process can be difficult, time consuming and pose significant challenges for some resulting in important voices not being heard.  The below link provides guides, resources and a submission making tool […]