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Media Releases

MEDIA Release 18 Dec 2017

The Council, management and staff of NEDA, would like to congratulate those NGO’s that received Disability Representative Organisations (DRO) grants last Thursday, December 14th. The Australian Government, via the Department of Social Services (DSS), funded the disability sector to the tune of 5.3 million dollars over the coming two and a half years (until June 30th 2020).

This was an increase to the original proposal of 875 thousand dollars. These additional funds have broadened the scope of the sector bringing in to the tent other representative organisations and national peaks such as Mental Health Australia (MHA) and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO); AFDO being a consortium of DRO providers.

The above-mentioned representative organisations are in addition to the previously funded National Peaks that make up the Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA), an alliance comprising of: People with Disability Australia (PWDA), First People’s Disability Network (FPDN) Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA).

For NEDA these funds will ensure that our constituents and membership continue to have an opportunity to be heard. Culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) people with disability require effective and meaningful policy mechanisms to ensure their full social and economic participation. This is particularly the case for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the continued development and implementation of the National Disability Strategy (NDS).  

NEDA is honoured to have played a role in the critical development of key policy and projects for CaLD people with disability over the last twenty-five years. We are keen to be engaged in the continued development of human rights based programmes and policies that will propagate a social model for people with disability, ensuring that their voices are heard, and their needs realised.

We at NEDA look forward to working closely and collaboratively with all organisations that were successful in this most recent DRO funding round.

In relation to the Government funding announcement, please see the media release from the Minister for Social Services Hon Christian Porter MP and Hon Jane Prentice MP Minister for Social Services and Disability Services below:

For further information, please call Dwayne Cranfield NEDA CEO on: 0407878933.


NEDA Medal 2017

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) as a part of its continued celebration of the 2017 International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s NEDA Medal. Since 2015 NEDA has presented the “NEDA Medal” to individuals who champion the rights and lives of CaLD people living with disability.

This is a prestigious award, given to those people who are actively working to break down barriers and stereotypes that people with disability face every day with special regard given to the nexus of disability, language, culture and ethnicity. NEDA wishes to shine a light on these people, pay tribute to them and their support of the work of NEDA, and for propagating the human rights of CaLD people living with disability.

This year NEDA celebrates the work of three people:

  • Juan de la Torre Juan has been a long-time member of the NEDA Council representing his member organisation in Canberra CMCF. Juan has held several positions within the NEDA Council notably that of President and was instrumental in the re-establishing of NEDA in Canberra. This move to the nation’s capital reinvigorated NEDA, brought it closer to the seat of power thus offering staff greater access to Parliamentarians. It was this change and Juan’s work in early 2011 that helped change the course for NEDA, moving us into a new paradigm of progressive systemic advocacy.


  • Christine Williams Christine, another long-term member of NEDA, was also instrumental in the directional change of NEDA in early 2012. Christine has held several executive positions within NEDA notably that of Vice-President and also Treasurer. Christine has represented her member organisation (Disability & Diversity D&D) advocating for the human rights of the CaLD disability community in Victoria. Christine has championed the women’s rights movement and its linkage with disability and CaLD issues.


  • Pino Migliorino Pino has been a longtime supporter and collaborator of NEDA often working together with the NEDA team on key bodies of work both within his professional work and during his time as President of the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia (FECCA). Pino is being recognised not just for his continued support of NEDA but also for the fact that it was his collaboration with NEDA that was instrumental in the formation of the National Disability Insurance Agency CaLD Disability Reference Group. This advisory group brings together key civil society stakeholders across Australia to advise the NDIA on issues and concerns relevant to the CaLD disability community.


The NEDA staff and Council would like to take this opportunity to congratulate this year’s winners of the NEDA Medal.

For further information please contact Dwayne Cranfield CEO on: 0407878933 or Margherita Coppolino NEDA President on: 0412854639


Media Release 29 June 2017





A powerful United Nations (UN) committee has recommended that the Australian Government establish a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.


The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today released its observations and recommendations on the fifth periodic report on Australia. This includes: 


Recommendation 36.        The Committee recommends that the State party fully implement the recommendations put forward in the inquiry report by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings (2015), including the creation of a Royal Commission to inquire into violence and abuse against people with disabilities.


The Turnbull Government has so far rejected calls to establish a Royal Commission.


The UN Committee also recommended that the Australian Government implement the recommendations of the 2015 Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

The Senate inquiry made 30 recommendations including the establishment of a Royal Commission.

It took the Turnbull Government 16 months to respond to the Inquiry and it rejected a Royal Commission and accepted only one of the inquiry's 30 recommendations.

A Shorten Labor Government will establish a Royal Commission so that people with disability, their families and carers can tell their stories to the highest judicial inquiry.

The Turnbull Government has failed to listen to the calls from the community for a Royal Commission.

It’s time for the Turnbull Government to listen to the United Nations, listen to people with disability and their families and finally establish a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.