The Government must act now to ensure the safety of people with disability and the workers who support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Isolation is easier for some than others. Many people with a disability rely on their support workers every day.
Disability workers call on the Federal Government to act immediately to ensure the ongoing safety of the people with a disability and the disability workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Federal Government must take action now to ensure that people with disability are able to safely access services.
The Government must urgently:
Provide funding to ensure all workers in the disability sector, regardless of employment status, do not go without pay when their ability to provide a service is disrupted due to COVID-19.
Provide additional safety equipment
Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and additional cleaning services to keep workers and people with disability safe.
Provide ongoing training
Provide ongoing infection control training.
Deliver wage increases
Deliver wage increases to ensure workers are supported to continue delivering high-quality and safe services to people with a disability.
Prepare for the future
Work with the disability unions and the broader sector to prepare for a surge in workforce need so that new workers are appropriately trained, supported and safe.
These measures need to apply to all people with disability and the workers who support them – not just those funded via the NDIS.
If we are going to beat this crisis, we need action now.
Demand action. Sign the petition now.
Why is this important?
As the principal funder of disability services, the Federal Government has the responsibility to ensure services continue in a safe way for both people with a disability and the workers who support them. The Federal Government must take action now to ensure that people with disability are able to safely access services.
Disability support workers already feel overworked and understaffed. There are also high levels of insecure, casual work in the disability sector. They must be better supported in doing their job and facing this COVID crisis – to ensure their safety and the safety of the people they support.
Join up and sign the petition now.
The ASU is the union for disability workers. We are by your side every step of the way.
For NDIS/Disability Services workers, contact your Australian Services Union State or Territory Branch:
The Services Union Queensland: (07) 3010 4498
ASU NSW & ACT Services: (02) 9310 4000
ASU SA & NT: (08) 8363 1322
ASU Victorian & Tasmanian Authorities and Services: 1300 855 570
ASU WA: firstname.lastname@example.org