Recent BCA Submissions

Please find here a summary of recent BCA submissions. The full documents can be found on the BCA submissions webpage

Aged Care Legislative Review

A robust and responsive aged care system is core to the needs of Australians who are blind or vision impaired. According to Vision 2020 Australia, around 80% of vision loss in Australia is caused by conditions that become more common as people age. This raises a number of implications for Australia’s aging population, with one in every four Australians projected to be 65 years of age or older by the year 2056.

Blind Citizens Australia asserts that older Australians who are blind or vision impaired, when provided with the appropriate support, can continue to lead full and active lives and make valuable contributions to their communities. To this end, we welcome the opportunity to contribute to the review of Aged Care services in Australia and thank the Aged Care Sector Committee for providing us with this opportunity.

Federal Election Inquiry 2016

Securing a method of casting a secret, independent and verifiable vote for people who are blind or vision impaired has remained at the top of Blind Citizens Australia’s policy agenda for several years. The 2013 Federal Election brought us one step closer to this goal, with the introduction of the Blind and Low Vision Telephone-Assisted Voting Service. Our submission will focus on this component of the 2016 election proceedings, as it is of most relevance to the experience of people who are blind or vision impaired.

Mobility Allowance Legislative Amendment November 2016

Blind Citizens Australia is please to have the opportunity to comment on the amendment to legislation which would see the mobility allowance be transitioned into the NDIS, as part of the support available under that scheme. There are however, some grave concerns that need to be addressed fully, so that the wellbeing of people who are blind or vision impaired who are not eligible for the NDIS will be assured. These changes will affect people with other types of disability who are not eligible for the NDIS in similar ways.

Submission on the Review of the NDIS ACT

The Australian Government commissioned an independent review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth) (NDIS Act), as required under Section 208 of the NDIS Act. In accordance with this legislative requirement, Disability Ministers had agreed that Ernst & Young (EY) conduct the review.
The purpose of the review is to assess the operation of the legislative framework (comprising the NDIS Act and the NDIS Rules) and develop recommendations as to whether any improvements can be made to better support the objectives and principles of the NDIS Act.

The Blind Citizens Australia submission to the then released discussion paper can be found here: BCA NDIS ACT Review October 2015 (Word doc)

Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Review 2012: Response to the Draft Review Report – July 2014

While access to public transport has improved in a number of ways since
the implementation of the standards in 2002, and the first five year review in 2007, there continue to be a number of barriers preventing people who are blind or vision impaired from enjoying full access to the transport experience. We are also greatly concerned about the lower levels of compliance reported in rural and regional areas and strongly believe that low levels of demand for accessible public transport should not negate the need to provide a service that is universally accessible.

These and other aspects were outlined in the Blind Citizens Australia’s response to the 2012 Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Draft Review Report. You can find a copy of our submission on our Submissions page