Current Projects

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COVID-19 AND DISABILITY

  • Accessing NDIS Packages during COVID-19
    This is a series of interviews with NDIS participants and plan nominees about access to supports and services during COVID-19, and is part of our larger project on Underutilisation of NDIS plans.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Disability Support Workers
    This is a national study surveying support workers about their experiences during COVID-19. The findings will better inform how the government can plan to prevent and respond to outbreaks among people with disabilities and their workers.
  • Risk of transmission of COVID-19 among people with disability and their support staff
    This project involves the collection of data from people with disability and support workers to map networks of care. The research is time-critical to minimise risk of harm to people with disability during the COVID-19 lockdown and in any subsequent easing of restrictions before a vaccine is available.

VIOLENCE AND DISABILITY

  • Family violence prevention for women with disabilities
    This study aims to establish an evidence base on the causes of violence perpetrated against women living with a disability or disabilities, and laying the necessary foundations to test and evaluate effective approaches to prevention and drive the uptake of best practice primary prevention
  • Violence and abuse against people with disabilities: Using existing data to inform the Royal Commission
    There is an urgent need to have contemporary estimates of the prevalence of violence and abuse against people with disability for the public, policy makers and Commissioners to consider. We will provide current statistics on violence and abuse as well as identify ways forward for providing better data and research. 
  • National Survey on Community Attitudes against People with Disabilities
    This is the first national survey to identify attitudes towards people with disability in Australia. The survey is focused on attitudes that impact the social and economic participation of people with disability of all ages. It will provide the first population-level data about attitudes toward people with disability
  • Discrimination and bullying against Australians with disability
    What is the extent of bullying and discrimination experienced by Australians with disability, and what is the impact on their social and economic participation, as well as their health and wellbeing
  • Discriminatory acts towards young Australian adults with disabilities in public places
    We investigate interpersonal discrimination young people (15 -29 years) with disabilities experience in public and the impact of this discrimination on their social, economic, cultural and emotional lives.

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME (NDIS)

  • Under-utilisation of NDIS Packages
    This Victorian-based project aims to explore why NDIS participants are not fully using their allocated funds and to determine whether under-utilisation of NDIS plans is driven by socio-demographic disadvantage or other factors. 
  • NDIS and Disability Employment Services
    We investigate NDIS and DES participant and stakeholder perspectives on the role of DES on disability employment outcomes.
  • Stewarding Thin Markets: Improving NDIS Market Effectiveness
    Partnering with the Department of Social Services and National Disability Services, the project aims to better understand market stewardship in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  • Choice, Control and the NDIS
    This project explored the degree to which the NDIS is achieving its aims and objectives from the perspective of people with disability using these services.

EMPLOYMENT AND DISABILITY

MONITORING INEQUALITIES

NEIGHBOURHOOD DESIGN