Federal election – it’s over to you!

On Saturday, people with intellectual disability, their families and other supporters will vote in the Federal Election. To help voters make an informed choice, we have gathered information on commitments by the main parties.

Shu Hua Chan meeting Tanya Plibersek

Shu Hua Chan, CID Chairperson, talking to Labor's Tanya Plibersek

Issues we have highlighted as needing Federal Government action

Over the last three years, Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) has highlighted issues including:

Looking to the future, we have summarised new commitments made by the main parties. Below you can read these to help you think about who you want to vote for. The Greens have also produced an Easy Read version of their commitments.

Election commitments to people with intellectual disability

Commitments on health – response to the Our Health Counts campaign

CID and Inclusion Australia have campaigned for big improvements in the health care received by people with intellectual disability.

We asked parties to commit to a $50 million three-year plan:

The Liberal National Coalition has committed to a roundtable discussion to explore our proposals and inform consideration of future action.

The Labor Party has committed $9.5 million to:

The Greens have committed to our full $50 million proposal.

The Royal Commission into abuse and neglect of people with disability can also include a focus on abuse and neglect in the health system.

Commitments on the NDIS

The Liberal and National Parties Plan to Support People with Disability says that a re-elected Morrison Government will:

Labor’s Plan to fix the NDIS promises:

The Greens have committed to an easily accessed, adequately funded and staffed NDIS including:

Commitments on schools

Labor has committed to:

The Greens have committed to inclusive education including national standards for inclusive education training and upskilling for teachers.

Commitments on other issues

The Liberal and National Parties have promised a 7 percent employment target for people with disability across the Australian Public Service by 2025.

Labor has promised:

Read more here and here.

The Greens have committed to An Accessible Australia including:

Read more here and here.

Find out more


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Published 14 May 2019

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