Policy Submissions and Proposals

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Jul 2021

Sumission to the Australian Building Codes Board on the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 Public Comment Draft

This submission suggests a range of potential improvements to current signage and premises standards, with the aim of making compliance requirements easier to understand, and addressing gaps, similarities and variations in Specification D3.6 and AS1428.1.

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Jun 2021

Submission to the National Skills Commission: Care Workforce Labour Market Study

This submission describes some of the unique challenges service providers face in sustaining the workforce of specialists supporting people with permanent vision loss, noting that shortages and thin markets are a significant problem, as they are in the disability and aged care sectors more generally. It also notes that though the number of older Australians […]

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May 2021

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Inquiry into Independent Assessments

This submission raises concerns about the planned rollout and implementation of the NDIA’s independent assessments process, noting that the chosen assessment tools and workforce may not be able to consistently capture the true functional capacity of people living with vision loss. It makes  a number of suggestions as to how the NDIA could introduce a […]

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May 2021

Medical Research Future Fund engagement and submissions

There are periodic reviews undertaken of MRFF strategies and missions, Vision 2020 Australia co-ordinates cross sector submissions to these where its members feel there is value in a consolidated response. Links to those submissions are provided below. Vision 2020 Australia’s submission in PDF and Word: MRFF Dementia Ageing and Aged Care Mission Review PDF MRFF […]

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Apr 2021

National Preventive Health Strategy submission

Vision 2020 Australia recently made a sector submission on the Draft National Preventive Health Strategy, released in March. The Draft set out a number of aims, principles, enablers and focus areas. Vision 2020 Australia supported the aim of longer life through better health, but sought stronger focus on maintaining independence as part of a healthy […]

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Mar 2021

Submission to the NDIA: Supporting Young Children and Families Early, to Reach their Full Potential

This submission highlights opportunities to improve system settings for people who are blind or have low vision as part of the planned reset of their Early Childhood, Early Intervention process. In particular, it notes that some children have not been given access to supports because they were awaiting medical diagnosis or because developmental delay couldn’t […]

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Mar 2021

Submission to the NDIA: Planning Policy for Personalised Budgets and Plan Flexibility

This submission celebrates positive changes which will give NDIS participants who are blind or have low vision more flexibility in the way they use their funds. It also highlights some opportunities for making sure the new planning process and other reforms work well for this cohort, including commitment to a timeframe for delivery of a […]

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Mar 2021

Submission to the NDIA: Access and Eligibility Policy with Independent Assessments

This submission highlights some potential difficulties people who are blind or have low vision may face following the introduction of the NDIA’s proposed independent assessments process later in 2021. It suggests a solution where independent assessments for this cohort are performed by experts in their needs such as orientation and mobility specialists, orthoptists and occupational […]

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Feb 2021

2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission

Vision 2020 Australia is committed to raising awareness of the importance of good eye health and vision care for all Australians and our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific region. The COVID-19 pandemic has had substantial impacts for Australia’s health system and economy that will likely be experienced for many years to come. This submission proposes investment […]

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Jan 2021

Submission to review of the current version of the Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice

Strengthening the role of general practice in identifying and referring people who are at risk or are experiencing vision loss is an important element of preventing avoidable vision impairment and blindness. Vision 2020 Australia members recently worked on developing advice to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) about suggested changes to the next […]

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