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Media Releases

Media Release 12 May 2017

2017 Budget Response

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) welcomes the news from the 2017 budget that the Medicare levy will be lifted by 0.5% from July 2019, taking it to 2.5%. The increase will raise $8.2 billion over the budget period and will sustain the NDIS. NEDA CEO Dwayne Cranfield stated that “this is a move by the Government in the right direction. The scheme now has a plan in place that will secure its longevity and make it sustainable, allowing those 469,000 people living with disability who are eligible for the scheme, the security needed to live good lives.”

Mr Cranfield continued “we need to remember that the (NDIS) cohort is a small percentage of the disability community; most people living with disability will not receive any additional support via the NDIS. Many people with disability live below the poverty line, it’s unacceptable that in 2017 in Australia this occurs. The DSP (Disability Support Pension) needs to be reviewed.”

According to reports, more than 2000 new migrants will be barred from the age pension or disability payments from 2018 under tighter eligibility requirements announced by the government as part of the 2017 Budget. Pensioners and those claiming the Disability Support Pension (DSP) will be required to have lived in Australia for up to 15 years continuously in order to be eligible for payment. These stricter residency rules will come into force from July 2018. It is estimated that the saving will be $119 million over the next five years.

NEDA President Suresh Rajan raised concerns again that as a nation we are hitting our most vulnerable people, newly arrived people that have chosen Australia as a place to live. He stated, “increasing the waiting period from 10 years to 15 is a punitive action designed to pander to the hard right both within Government and the community.”

The NEDA President continued “these savings are small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. This is a punitive measure designed to look tough on immigration and is sadly in line with the Governments continued deportation of people living with a disability, something that NEDA has and will continue to campaign against”.

For further information, please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on 0415 369 755.


Media Release 21 Feb 2017

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) would once again express its disappointment with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Minister, in their refusal to grant permanent resident status to the Ingram family.

The Ingram family have been denied residency due to the possible future health needs of Jacqueline Ingram, wife and mother. Jacqueline and her family moved to Australia in 2011 from South Africa seeking a better life for her family. She and Clive, her husband, have two children. The family have been denied residency as Jacqueline has kidney disease. By all accounts her condition is under control; she leads a healthy life with little compromise.

Both Jacqueline and Clive are educated professionals: Clive has a law degree from South Africa and Jacqueline a Masters (MBA) from the USA. Both are working within the disability sector in Canberra, and both have undertaken studies in Australia in order to work.

The Ingrams believe that their application is now before the minister, which is of little comfort given that DIBP informed them they are to exit Australia by 7 pm Wednesday night. After many years in Australia, the family are relocating back to South Africa, being forced to leave behind their current life, friends and jobs within the disability sector.

Again, this Government is discriminating against people who live with disability. Australia is losing good, hardworking and educated people who have chosen Australia as their home. “This is a travesty,” said NEDA President Suresh Rajan, “again I would urge concerned people to contact the Minister and let the Government know that this is inappropriate, that change is needed, and to overturn both this injustice and the legislation that enables it to happen.”

The family has an online petition. “I would encourage everybody to sign on, we must change this unfair system” stated Dwayne Cranfield NEDA CEO.

Please follow the link below.

For further information, please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on 0413436001.


Don’t fund the NDIS with cuts to social services and childcare

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Don’t fund the NDIS with cuts to social services and childcare

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), is alarmed and concerned that the Federal Government is linking budget cuts in the Omnibus Bill, now before the Senate, with funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“We are shocked and troubled about this announcement from Treasurer Scott Morrison that once again links cuts to social security with funding for the NDIS,” said Ms Therese Sands, Director, DPO Australia.
“We have stated clearly, including in our pre-budget submission, that we reject any ties to funding the NDIS by cutting social security. We strongly reject measures that would seek to fill any perceived or potential shortfall in NDIS funding through a shift in revenue from other human services. ”
“We have campaigned over the last year against the creation of an NDIS Special Savings Fund because of our fear that it would be used in exactly this way, creating an expectation that the NDIS will be funded from ongoing trade-offs against other equally important human services expenditures. This is exactly what is happening, even before the Bill for the establishment of the Special Savings Fund has passed the Senate.”
“The NDIS provides essential ongoing support for many people with disability in Australia. These same people with disability will also be hurt by the proposed cuts to income support, childcare and family payments. These cuts are counterproductive to the aims of the NDIS, and it is simply unacceptable that funding for the NDIS should be linked to measures that will see so many other people in our community worse off.”
“The Government must stop this kind of politicisation of the NDIS and restore certainty to people with disability across Australia by taking the funding out of the budget cycle,” said Ms Sands.
“Trading off essential and vital disability support with cuts is a false economy that will hurt many people with disability and is simply not on, completely unfair, and goes no way to ensure the long term sustainability of the NDIS, which the Government says is the intention.”
“The NDIS is not a political football to be tossed around like this. People with disability across Australia will be rightly very angry and concerned about this decision. We call on Senators to block these measures and halt this ongoing trade-off for NDIS funding,” said Ms Sands.



El Gibbs, Communications and Media Manager
People with Disability Australia
0408 682 867







Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) is an alliance of four national Disabled People’s Organisations (organisations made up of and led by people with disability).

DPO Australia was founded by, and is made up of the First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDNA) representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) representing culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) a national cross disability organisation and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), the national organisation representing women and girls with disability.