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.