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National Ethnic Disability Alliance | NEDA


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TASC has been appointed by the National Ethnic Disability Alliance as its Queensland Representative Member Organisation.
NEDA believes in an inclusive Australia where cultural diversity and disability rights are valued as essential aspects of an equitable society. This aligns well with TASC’s Mission of Social Justice for All.

About NEDA

NEDA is a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO); the majority of councillors are people who live with disability from NESB or CaLD backgrounds.

What NEDA does.
NEDA advocates at the federal level for the rights and interests of people from NESB with disability, their families and carers so that they can participate fully in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life.

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NEDA Council Meetings

TASC’s membership will involve engagement in NEDA Council Meetings (via teleconference) approx. 6 times per year, and attendance at the face-to-face Annual meeting.


We will also be included in the NEDA Policy Reference Group where we will have the opportunity (when possible) to inform the NEDA research team on the local issues facing CaLD people with disability.
We are excited to join this Alliance, and believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to extend our work and services in a very direct way and to make a positive difference in the lives of many in our community.”


For more information on NEDA please visit http://www.neda.org.au/

Launch of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Action Plan

On 19 August TASC launched its new Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Action Plan. We have had an Action Plan for a number of years, but the time came when it needed reviewing and updating to address the growing needs of an increasingly diverse and multicultural Toowoomba.
The premise behind having a CaLD Action Plan is to ensure TASC is as accessible as possible to all members of our community. We are particularly interested in ways to reduce barriers to access of services and ensure that we offer services appropriately. To inform the Action Plan we sought advice from key community members and sector leaders who were particularly welcoming and forthcoming and gave significant contributions. The Action Plan is a living document, that is, we hope to amend the Plan as we receive feedback from our clients, our community and agencies and look forward to becoming increasing aware of how we can do business better.

We were delighted to welcome The Mayor, Mr Paul Antonio, and a number of colleagues to join us at the launch.

David Barton from Mercy Community Services; Ms Ann Holden from the Department of Human Services; Suresh Rajan, President of NEDA; Dwayne Cranfield, CEO of NEDA; Cr. Roberto Garcia, Community Development Officer – Multicultural (LAMP), Community Development Services, Toowoomba Regional Council; Sally Hewes, Family Carer Support Officer, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Program, Carers Queensland; Sue Bishop, Refugee Support and Student Inclusion Officer, University of Southern Queensland; Hannah Belesky, Settlement Coordinator of the TRAMS program, Centacare (TRAMS); Michael Maguire, Mediator, Maguire Mediation, and also on the Management Committee TASC; Pamela Whitman, Organisational Psychologist; Daniel Toombs, Management Committee TASC; Lesley Beames, Management Committee TASC all attended the Launch.

Members of our Management Committee also attended the Launch – our President Dan Toombs, Lesley Beames, Justin Searle and Michael Maguire were all present. Their attendance reflected the commitment that exists within TASC to pursue these important social justice issues.

At the Launch we were proud to announce TASC’s appointment as the Queensland Representative of the National Ethnic Disability Alliance. NEDA’s President, Suresh Rajan, and CEO Dwayne Cranfield attended and we were very happy to welcome them to Toowoomba and to TASC. NEDA is the national peak organisation representing the rights and interests of people from non-English speaking background (NESB) with disability, their families and carers throughout Australia. The philosophies that underpin the work done by NEDA closely reflect TASC’s aim of social justice for all..(link to NEDA website?)


We look forward to working with our community leaders and colleagues to address the needs of our multicultural population and to support the work being done by NEDA in the National Arena.

Latest NEDA News & Resources

7th December 2017

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

MEDIA Release

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) as a part of its continued celebration of the 2017 International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s NEDA Medal. Since 2015 NEDA has presented the “NEDA Medal” to individuals who champion the rights and lives of CaLD people living with disability.


Read the message in .pdf format here

Latest NEDA News & Resources

24th February 2017

Mr David Bowen


National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

email: david.bowen@ndis.gov.au


Dear Mr Bowen


We are writing on behalf of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA), the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the below signatory organisations to request a meeting time to discuss the important issue of interpreter funding for NDIS participants.


It has come to our attention that there has been a recent change in policy and practice around the funding of interpreters for NDIS participants from non-English speaking backgrounds.


It is our understanding that non-English speaking participants with disability are no longer able to access NDIS funding to purchase professional interpreting and translating services (unless the need is a result of a participant’s disability).  In agency correspondence, we have been informed that this came about because these supports can be accessed through other ‘mainstream services’.  We believe this is not the case.


We are deeply concerned about this decision and the subsequent impact it will have on non-English speaking NDIS participants, and their families.  It is known that only a very narrow category of specialist organisations are eligible to access the Department of Social Services Free Interpreting Service, which is typically limited to organisations providing emergency services and case work (e.g. settlement support organisations, General Practitioners (GP’s), Pharmacists and Real Estate agents).


NDIS registered service providers, on a whole, will be ineligible to access this free service.  If non-English speaking people with disability – or NDIS service providers – do require language supports, then they will be required to pay fee-for-service rates through a language service provider such as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National).


Considering that the NDIS is no longer including the cost of Language other than English (LOTE) interpreter supports in a participant’s plan, and that both non-English speaking people with disability and NDIS registered service providers are generally ineligible to access the free interpreting services, we wish to highlight that this change in policy subsequently shifts nearly all translating and interpreting costs to people with disabilities, or their service providers.


We struggle to understand how this substantial cost, and need, will be met in this new individualised funding driven marketplace, and fear professional accredited interpreters will be underutilised and/or the sector will develop an inappropriate reliance on family members to act as interpreters (which raises separate concerns around independence and privacy).


We believe that this is a basic access and equity issue.  Prohibiting translation and interpreting services from NDIS plans directly silences the voice of non-English speaking participants and their families: how can non-English speaking people with disability exercise choice and control or work towards their identified NDIS goals if they do not have access to everyday language supports for basic communication?


We are keen to work collaboratively with the NDIA to address this issue and seek an urgent meeting to discuss this matter.


Yours sincerely


Dwayne Cranfield

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

(on behalf of DPO Australia)

Dr Emma Campbell




Read the message in .pdf format here

National Ethnic Disability Alliance
MEDIA Release
February 21,2017


The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) would once again express its disappointment with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Minister, in their refusal to grant permanent resident status to the Ingram family.

The Ingram family have been denied residency due to the possible future health needs of Jacqueline Ingram, wife and mother.  Jacqueline and her family moved to Australia in 2011 from South Africa seeking a better life for her family.  She and Clive, her husband, have two children.  The family has been denied residency as Jacqueline has kidney disease.  By all accounts her condition is under control; she leads a healthy life with little compromise.

Both Jacqueline and Clive are educated professionals: Clive has a law degree from South Africa and Jacqueline a Masters (MBA) from the USA.  Both work within the disability sector in Canberra and both have undertaken studies in Australia in order to work.

The Ingrams believe that their application is now before the minister, which is of little comfort given that DIBP informed them they are to exit Australia by 7 pm Wednesday night.  After many years in Australia the family are relocating back to South Africa, being forced to leave behind their current life, friends, and jobs within the disability sector.

Again, this Government is discriminating against people who live with disability.  Australia is losing good, hardworking and educated people who have chosen Australia as their home. “This is a travesty,” said NEDA President Suresh Rajan, “again I would urge concerned people to contact the Minister and let the Government know that this is inappropriate, that change is needed, and to overturn both this injustice and the legislation that enables it to happen.”

The family has an online change.org petition. “I would encourage everybody to sign on, we must change this unfair system” stated Dwayne Cranfield NEDA CEO.

Please follow the link below.




For further information, please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on: 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on: 0413436001.

National Ethnic Disability Alliance
MEDIA Release
January 25th, 2017


The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is again questioning the policies of the Department of Immigration and that of the Minister after fresh reports of yet further discrimination against people from our culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities living with disabilities.Suresh Rajan NEDA President said, “this current example of a family facing deportation based on the disability of a child is offensive and unacceptable; it further demonstrates that this Government has little concern for those people that have chosen Australia as a place to live; choosing to discriminate against them based on their disability”.


“It is disgraceful that so close to Australia day, a day when we celebrate all that is good about being Australian and the diversity of this wonderful country, that we would discriminate against a family based solely on the disability of a child” stated Dwayne Cranfield, NEDA CEO.


SBS news reports that Sumaya Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi teenager who has lived in Sydney for eight years, is facing deportation and could be expelled from Australia as soon as Friday of this week.  16-year-old Sumaya has been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. She only knows Australia as her home.


Sumaya’s parents are both medical practitioners working in the community, with their employer considering them to be valuable assets to the Australian community.  Sumaya has the support of her family and the wider community; she attends a “special needs school”, and her parents have been pushing the case that the costs of her disability are minimal and will be met by her family.


Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke declined to intervene in the case and has stated that the minister is not compelled to intervene and that he is not obligated to defend his decision.


NEDA has in the past advocated for families in similar circumstances and notes that a number of these rulings have been overturned.  We call on the assistant Minister to show compassion and do the decent thing in allowing Sumaya to stay in Australia.


“Again we see people being devalued based on the discrimination of disability. They are being reduced to a mathematical formula with regard to cost and burden. People are much more than numbers on a page” said NEDA President Suresh Rajan. NEDA calls on Minister Dutton to overturn this callous decision., For further information follow the link below and sign up to the Change.org campaign.


NEDA’s membership and constitution

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) AGM, held in late 2016, saw some changes made to NEDA’s constitution and membership.

While NEDA’s Council is still comprised of representatives from each state and territory member organisation, membership is now opened to include individuals as well as organisations. NEDA has made this change to strengthen their status as a disability organisation. Further to these changes NEDA has an additional position for Community Representative on the Council to be filled by an elected person. To be eligible for election to the NEDA Board as the Community Representative, the individual is to be of a CALD background or have a disability. New members are welcomed to inform NEDA about issues important to CALD people with disability, thus strengthening NEDA’s advocacy, while at the same time staying up to date with what is happening in disability policy at a federal level. 

In the next few months NEDA’s new website will be up and running, allowing members to access policy documents and research and subscribe to NEDA’s mailing list and social media platforms.

NEDA also presents their new membership form and current constitution.

A joint Media Release by FECCA, NEDA and NWRN (National Welfare Rights Network)

A joint Media Release by FECCA, NEDA and NWRN (National Welfare Rights Network)  Re: Proposed Changes to Newly Arrived Residents Waiting Period has just been released. For more information click here.

A joint Media Release – Employment of family and friends by recipients of NDIS

A recent media release from NEDA with regard to the employment of family and friends by recipients of NDIS supports has just been released. For more information please click here.

Toowoomba Chronicle -$2 cabs for disabled and elderly residents launches

TASC is delighted to see this wonderful initiative for Toowoomba residents. For more information please click here

A joint Submission – Willing To Work Enquiry

A joint submission with regards to the “Willing to Work Inquiry”  between NEDA and our friends at FECCA. For more information please click here.

AMPARO Advocacy

“AMPARO Advocacy have recently released two factsheets about ‘ Understanding Disability in Australia’ and “What is the NDIS?’. They are available in various languages to provide culturally or linguistically diverse communities access  to translated information about disability. For more information and to access these factsheets, please follow this link http://www.amparo.org.au/factsheets/”.

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

MEDIA Release

February 22, 2016


The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) calls upon the Attorney General Senator George Brandis to reinstate the position of a dedicated Disability Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in light of the recent resignation of Mr Tim Wilson. NEDA also endorses and supports the calls by the President of People with Disability Australia, Craig Wallace for the position to be reinstated. read media release here

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

MEDIA Release

February 22, 2016


The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) calls upon the Australian Government and the Minister for Immigration Mr Peter Dutton to outline a clear plan for the ongoing support and care of baby Asha and her family post her recovery within community detention.

NEDA like many is buoyed by the news today that baby Asha and her family have been released from hospital and are now residing in community detention. read full report here

Australian Cross Disability Alliance

MEDIA Release

May 06, 2016


Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) has released a Media Release welcoming the new commissioners to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Download Media Release click here
The media release can also be found here at the ACDA website


MEDIA Release | Budget

May 06, 2016

NEDA has issued a Media Release with regard to budget. To find out more please click here.


Submission | Human Rights Act – QLD

May 06, 2016

A submission was prepared by the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services in association with its members made to the Human Rights Act inquiry. To read the full statement please click here.

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

Media Release

April 28, 2016

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) Media Release 28 April 2016. NEDA has been requested to advocate on behalf of another case of discrimination against people living with disability; again involving those people seeking permanent residency. To read the full media release please click here.

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

Media Release – Funding boost helps people with disability get NDIS ready”

April, 2016

Queenslanders with disability will benefit from a $2.8 million funding boost and additional support services to help them prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will roll out in Queensland from mid-year. To read the full media release please click here.

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

Media Release 

May 19, 2016

NEDA has released a media statement with NEDA with regard to recent statements made by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. To read the full statement please click here. To read the full media release please click here.

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA)

ACDA 2016 Election E-Bulletin: Building a Disability Inclusive Australia

Election Bulletin

June, 2016

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) has released a 2016 Election E-Bulletin.


This E-Bulletin provides information about why it is important to vote, how to vote and voting accessibility.


This E-Bulletin can be found here:


This E-Bulletin also outlines the Election Platform 2016 of the Australia Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA), Building a Disability Inclusive Australia.

Multicultural Recognition Bill 2015

NEDA recently made a submission Re: Multicultural Recognition Bill 2015. To view the correspondence please click here

The University of Sydney recognises the work done by NEDA

For more information and to read the full media release please click here

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