GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT WILL ADDRESS THE NEED OF THE SERIOUS INEQUITY EXPERIENCED BY ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AND THEIR FAMILIES.

By any measure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities are amongst some of the most disadvantaged of all Australians. This is often because they face multiple barriers to their meaningful participation within their own communities and the wider community.

This election policy platform is created with the context of four key reforms that are due to commence or are being reformed during 2019.

These are:

1

Reform of the National Disability Agreement
2

Reform of the National Disability Advocacy Program
3

Further implementation of the National Disability Strategy
4

Closing the Gap

At FPDN we know that meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities is one of the most critical social justice issues in Australia today.

45%

of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people have some form of disability
or long term health condition

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Recent detailed data analysis undertaken by FPDN’s living our way research program in partnership with the Australian Bureau of Statistics has concluded that not only is there a significantly higher prevalence of disability amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but they are also experiencing significantly higher rates of disadvantage on a wide range of different social measures, including access to education, employment and health services.