Submissions


Federal Submissions

Integral to the One Door Mental Health’s role as an advocate is to provide constructive advice, solutions and directions to the Federal Government, which includes lodging formal submissions to consultations and inquiries.

Here you can find submissions One Door Mental Health has made to Federal Government, agencies and other inquiries.

Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Position Paper on the NDIS Costs (July 2017)

This submission is a response to the Productivity Commission’s position paper, which outlines the Commission's early thinking on NDIS costs. The purpose of this submission is to provide feedback on the Commission's preliminary conclusions, and on any additional issues that should be considered before the public release of the final study report.

For more information see: www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/ndis-costs/terms-of-reference

To read One Door’s submission: 12072017 One Door Mental Health PC NDIS Costs response (PDF 512.3KB)

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into Suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel (June 2017)

Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel including the reasons why Australian veterans are committing suicide at such high rates, claims and administration, level of compensation payments.

For more information see: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/VeteranSuicide

To read One Door’s Submission: 16062017 Veteran Suicide One Door Mental Health (PDF 589.6KB)

Department of Social Services, the NDIS Code of Conduct (June 2017)

A new NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework has been developed to ensure that all NDIS participants can access high quality and safe supports. One aspect of the new NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework is a new NDIS Code of Conduct, which aims to protect the rights of people living with a disability. :

For more information: https://engage.dss.gov.au/ndis-code-of-conduct-consultation/

To see One Door’s Submission: 20062017 One Door Submission NDIS Code of Conduct (PDF 575.4KB)

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) (March 2017)

As part of the Committee’s inquiry into the implementation, performance and governance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Joint Standing Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition.

For more information see: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/National_Disability_Insurance_Scheme/MentalHealth

To read One Door’s Submission: One Door Submission NDIS Committee 2017 (PDF 300.2KB)

Productivity Commission study of NDIS costs (March 2017)

The Commission sought information on the sustainability of scheme costs, jurisdictional capacity, cost pressures (including wages pressures), changes in the agreed escalation parameters, whether efficiencies have been achieved, the impact on mainstream services, and the most appropriate levers to manage any potential cost overruns.

For more information: http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/ndis-costs/terms-of-reference   

To see One Door’s Submission:  PC NDIS Costs One Door submitted (PDF 309.6KB) 

2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission (January 2017)

One Door submitted a proposal to Treasury for the pre-Budget submissions process outlining the suggestions for the best investments to improve mental health outcomes of Australians.

To see One Door’s Submission:  SFNSW pre-budget 2017-18 (PDF 272.9KB)

The Department of Social Services (DSS) Try, Test, Learn Fund (January 2017)

The Government sought ideas on how to help people who may be at risk of being on welfare for the long term to find, retain and flourish in long-term employment. Priority groups for this cycle are young carers at risk of long-term unemployment.

For more information see: https://engage.dss.gov.au/

To read One Door’s Submission:  31012017 SFNSW submission to DSS TTL idea (PDF 152.9KB)

The new Disability Employment Services 2018 (December 2016)

The Disability Employment Services (DES) program plays an important role in supporting people with disability to gain employment in the open labour market. The Disability Employment Taskforce is reviewing the disability employment framework and has sought feedback from the disability sector to inform possible changes to DES, to come into effect in 2018.

For more information see: https://engage.dss.gov.au/disability-employment-services-reform/ 

To read One Door’s Submission:  2016 Dec Disability Employment Services SFNSW Submission (PDF 748KB)

The Department of Social Services (DSS) proposed model of integrated carer services (December 2016)

One Door submitted suggestions on the draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed new integrated carer support service system. The draft Service Delivery Model proposes a new integrated carer support service system that outlines both the types of services and how those services are suggested to be delivered in a future model.

For more information see: https://engage.dss.gov.au/a-new-integrated-carer-support-service-system/ 

To read One Door’s Submission:  2016 Dec Integrated Carer Services SFNSW Submission (PDF 496.5KB) 

Letter to Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) on the NDIS (December 2016)

One Door was co-signatory on a letter, along with a diverse partnership of representative organisations of people with disability, disability advocacy organisations and disability peak bodies, calling for stronger engagement with people with disability and our organisations in all aspects of the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  

To read the letter:  DPOA NDIS Civil Society Statement 1216 Full V1 (PDF 823.7KB)

The 5th National Mental Health Plan (December 2016)

The Fifth National Mental Health Plan (Fifth Plan) seeks to establish a national approach for collaborative government effort over the next five years, from 2017 to 2022.

For more information see: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/mental-fifth-national-mental-health-plan 

To read One Door’s Submission:  20161125 Fifth National MH Plan SFNSW Submission (PDF 550.3KB) 

The Medical Benefits Schedule Review on physical health (November 2016)

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce is considering how the more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients. 

For more information see: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/mbsreviewtaskforce 

To read One Door’s Submission:  20161031 MBS review mental health items Submission (PDF 233.8KB) 

The Productivity Commission inquiry on competition in Human Services (October 2016)

The Commission consulted on how to apply increased competition, contestability and informed user choice to thehuman services sector. The Human Services sector covers a diverse range of services, including health, education and community services, for example job services, social housing, prisons, aged care and disability services.

For more information see: http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/human-services/reforms#draft 

To read One Door’s Submission:  20161027 SFNSW PC submission human services (PDF 231.4KB) 

The National Consensus Statement Submission: Essential Elements for Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in a Person's Mental State (September 2016)

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) undertook a consultation process in developing the Consensus Statement for Essential Elements for Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in a Person's Mental State. 

For more information see: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/recognising-and-responding-to-clinical-deterioration/implementing-r-and-r-systems/the-national-consensus-statement/ 

To read One Door’s Submission:  16092016 National Consensus Statement Submission SFNSW (PDF 176.7KB) 

State Submissions

One Door Mental Health is a service provider located across NSW and the ACT. As such, our role as an advocate also includes contributions to state and territory policy.
Here you can find submissions One Door Mental Health has made to State Government, agencies and other inquiries. 

Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in NSW Health facilities (July 2017)

This review considers legislation, policy, clinical governance and oversight, principles and practice are consistent and adequate in relation to the seclusion, restraint and observation of mental health consumers in NSW Health facilities.

For more information see: www.health.nsw.gov.au/patients/mentalhealth/Pages/terms-of-reference.aspx

To read One Door’s Submission: 19072017 NSW Inquiry Seclusion and Restraint (PDF 552.4KB)

Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into Management of Health Care Delivery in NSW (June 2017)

This inquiry explores how the current delivery system performs against measurable targets. Topics covered include performance reporting framework, data collection, the provision of performance information to patients, clients, health providers and health system managers, if the current framework drives improvements and other related matters.

For more information see: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries/pages/inquiries.aspx

To read One Door’s Submission: 22062017 NSW Health Performance One Door (PDF 546.6KB)

NSW Foundations for Change - Homelessness in NSW (November 2016)

One Door made a submission to the NSW Government on how to reduce homelessness and intervene early to prevent it from happening.

For more information see: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/reforms/homelessness-strategy 

To read One Door’s Submission: 20161027 SFNSW Homelessness in NSW submission (PDF 337.7KB)

NSW Law Commission – Guardianship (October 2016)

The NSW Law Commission consulted on how the guardianship system is working and whether it needs to be changed. This included whether NSW should move from a system of substitute decision-making to supported decision-making, whether the law should acknowledge carers and informal supporters, guardianship arrangements under the NDIS, and who can consent to medical treatment and restrictive practices on someone else's behalf.

For more information see: http://www.lawreform.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/lrc/lrc_current_projects/Guardianship/Public-consultations.aspx 

To read One Door’s Submission:  20161004 Review Guardianship Act QPaper1 SFNSW Submission (PDF 314KB)

Other Submissions

Proposed changes to the DSP in the Omnibus Bill

One Door wrote to key politician seeking your urgent engagement on the Commonwealth government’s proposal to cease DSP payments for patients in confinement who have been charged with a serious offence (Schedule 20: confinement), in the Omnibus Bill.

To read One Door’s letter:  20160901 SFNSW Letter Macklin DSP Confinement (PDF 324.4KB)