The Australian Aid Program’s disability budget has suffered a third devastating cut in the 2022/23 budget putting people with disabilities even further behind at a time when they desperately need our support.
We need YOU to add your voice to this groundswell of support for the government to stop the cuts, restore the disability inclusion budget and increase it to $14 million.
We believe the Australian Government can and should do more to ensure people with disabilities are front and centre. But it requires investment! Now, more than ever, it is critical that the Australian Government increases the central disability allocation to a minimum of $14m per annum, representing just 0.30% of Australia’s total aid spend.
This petition will send a strong message to Government that an increase in funding is desperately needed to save lives and livelihoods for people with disabilities.
I call on the Australian Government to restore and increase the central allocation to support disability inclusion in Australia’s aid program to help build back a #BetterWorldForAll.
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People with disabilities are being left behind
Children with disabilities are much less likely to attend school than children without disabilities. The gap in primary school attendance rates between children with and without disabilities ranges from 10 per cent in India to 60 per cent in Indonesia.
Only 20 per cent of women and 58 per cent of men with disabilities in low-income countries are employed.
The rate of violence against people with disabilities is up to four to 10 times higher than for people without disabilities. Children with disabilities are 3 to 4 times more likely to experience violence.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been much greater for people with disabilities. They have experienced higher job losses, food insecurity and faced immense challenges protecting themselves from the virus.