Working with and accountable to the disability movement

In partnership with the disability movement, CBM Australia strives to end the cycle of poverty and disability. We work hard with the Australian Government, the Australian public, and our colleagues in the sector to ensure the voices and the needs of the most vulnerable are heard. In our advocacy, in our field programs and through the technical advice we offer via our Inclusion Advisory Group, we are determined to make inclusion a reality through systemic policy change as well as impact on the ground in the lives of families and communities.

Advocating together, our work can and has made a difference. Here is what you have made possible.

CBM supporters’ voices heard on reinstating the budget

CBM supporters joined us in lobbying the Government to restore the disability allocation within the Australia budget.

At the end of the previous financial year, extra funding was retrospectively applied to the core budget, increasing it from $9.6 million to $12.1 million. This is a huge win for our advocacy efforts and a sign our continued lobbying is having a real impact on decision-makers. The fight is not over yet — the 25% cut for the current year (2021/2022) is unfortunately still sustained. We are now focusing our efforts on restoring this year’s budget and, of course, looking ahead to next year.

We were thrilled to recently meet with the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Zed Seselja, to discuss the inclusion of people with disabilities in Australia’s aid program. Together with ADDC, our CEO Jane Edge spoke directly to the Minister about how people with disabilities are being impacted by COVID-19; and the need to prioritise people with disabilities in the Australian aid program. The Minister was positively engaged, and we will continue to find opportunities to share with him the voices and priorities of people living with disabilities in our region.

CEO Jane Edge

“People with disabilities have lost their jobs disproportionately more than people without disabilities; can’t get enough food to eat or access to health services — much less protect themselves from the virus.”

Jane Edge, CEO CBM Australia

CBM calls for a third iteration of the Development for All policy

The Australian Government was among the first to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and it led the way by introducing the world’s first strategy for disability-inclusive international development. Together, we have ensured the Government will work with the disability movement on the next iteration of a disability inclusive development commitment.

Coming together on International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD)

Every year on 3 December, the Australian public and the development sector come together with the disability movement to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people with disabilities and to promote inclusion.

As the end of the year approaches, we are preparing to raise our collective voices and make this International Day of People with Disabilities one of the biggest yet! We invite you to mark Friday, December 3 in your diaries and join us as we support people with disabilities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. To do that we need your energy, commitment, and support to build a #BetterWorldForAll!

IDPD 2020 - Better World For All

IDPD 2019 - Now I Am Safer: Disability Inclusion in Disasters

IDPD 2018 - Don't Underestimate Me

Want to add your voice to the calls for an inclusive aid program?

You can join CBM’s advocacy list to find out about what’s happening in the aid program and lend your voice to our advocacy efforts.