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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is calling for submissions on its proposals for ensuring that it is the wishes and preferences of people with disability that drive the decisions they make and that others may make for them.

People with disability, like everyone else, have to make decisions about a myriad of things that affect their lives, including on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), social security and health issues.

The model of supported decision-making proposed in the ALRC Discussion Paper moves the emphasis towards recognising the ability of people with disability to make decisions for themselves and to provide the necessary support so that they can do this with dignity and respect. This represents a significant shift and would require reconfiguration of decision-making approaches across many areas of Commonwealth law.

The ALRC is keen to hear from stakeholders by Monday 30 June about how they think this model will work and how it may affect the different decision-making regimes under state and territory laws, including guardianship.

People with disability in rural, remote and regional areas are one of the groups to be given particular consideration.

The Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice and the National Rural Law and Justice Alliance gave substantial input to an Issues Paper earlier in the Inquiry and the detail of this input is acknowledged in many parts of the Discussion Paper.

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