Annual report tabled
The report highlights the cumulative effect of growing demand for the office’s services, increased complexity of work and the impact of new legislation.
The report notes there has been:
- a 22.6 per cent increase in guardianship matters over the past two years
- a 41 per cent increase in legal cases over the past year – largely due to the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
- an 8.7 per cent increase in calls to the Advice Service over the past two years
- a three-fold increase in the number of notices for people with disability to vacate their accommodation under the Disability Act compared to the previous year.
The report also includes case studies that highlight the challenges of protecting the human rights of, and securing accommodation and support for, people with complex needs.
For example, one young woman in prison on minor charges has spent 16 months on remand, despite being found unfit to stand trial, because no effective discharge option could be found.
Another case, involving a man with disability that affects his ability to regulate his own behaviour, highlights the need for a provider of last resort, when the NDIS market lacks providers willing and able to deliver services to clients with very complex needs and difficult behaviours.
The 2016-17 annual report is available to download from the OPA website >