Locals encouraged to partake in Autism inquiry

The accessibility of services across health, education, disability, housing, sport and employment available to people living with autism will be examined by a Parliamentary Inquiry, The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath announced today.

Ms Bath said the inquiry would enable local families, teachers and community groups to have their say on important issues that affected the lives of those living with autism spectrum disorders.

“The Parliament’s Family and Community Development Committee will consider the adequacy of existing services as well as those that will be provided through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS),” Ms Bath said.

“The Committee also wants to find out the projected demand for services across a range of areas.”

Ms Bath said once the Committee has completed the inquiry, its report would provide the Parliament with up to date information in a range of areas, including:

  • Prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in Victoria;
  • The availability and adequacy of services provided by the commonwealth, state and  local governments across health, education, disability, housing, sport and employment services;
  • The adequacy of services to be provided under the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
  • Evidence of the social and economic cost of failing to provide adequate services; and
  • The projected demand for services in Victoria.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien urged Gippslanders to take part and make submissions to the Inquiry.

“It’s important that the Committee hears a wide range of views through public hearings and submissions, to gain an in-depth understanding of the issues and how services could be improved,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Committee will hold public hearings in Melbourne and across regional Victoria, with a schedule to be finalised shortly.”

Mr O’Brien said all submissions would be treated as public documents unless confidentiality was requested and granted, and could be made up until March 18, 2016, online via http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc/article/2846.