National Ethnic Disability Alliance

NEDA welcomes recent changes to visa policies impacting people with disability

Media Release

05 August 2019

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance welcomes the recent changes to visa policies that will directly impact on people with disability and their families applying for permanent residency in Australia.

In an encouraging move, it is understood that “applicants with permanent medical conditions or disabilities will no longer be assessed in terms of their lifetime care cost.”

Two main changes have been made:

1) The threshold for the perceived economic cost that people with disabilities seeking permanent residency would bring to Australia has increased from $40,000 to $49,000.

2) The way of calculating the cost has also changed. “Previously, people with permanent conditions could be rejected if the hypothetical cost of their care exceeded the cost threshold over their lifetime. Now, the hypothetical cost will be calculated over ten years.”

The changes came into effect on the 1st of July 2019, in a quiet move by the Australian Government.

We wish to congratulate the Hon. Minister Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs on his decision, which we believe will help end discrimination against people with disability and their families.

NEDA has been advocating for a change in strict migration laws and policies for decades and we hope these amendments will also bring changes to the Migration Act 1958 and theDisability Discrimination Act 1992which have been deemed highly discriminatory and unfair by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

We would, in this same instance, also seek for some clarification from the Australian Government on the rights of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people with a disability applying for a tourist visa as there have been recent cases of tourist visas being denied to some people from the CALD community.
More Information:
Dwayne Cranfield
Ph: 0407 878 933

Published by comms on Mon, 05/08/2019 – 03:48 pm

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