The National Standards for Disability Services are currently being reviewed as part of disability reform and will be an essential building block for the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. Carers WA and Carers Victoria worked together on a response to the draft standards. These draft standards largely reflect the principles contained within the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007). Carers WA and Carers Victoria response focussed on the need to ensure that the standards reflect the lived experience of people with disabilities and their families. The response highlighted the interconnectedness of people with disabilities and their families and friends as well as the significant need to recognise family as partners in care. In addition, it stressed the need to reflect the Carers Recognition Act (2010), including the rights of families and friends to make complaints on behalf of their loved one and as well their own treatment. An additional edited version of the draft National Standards for Disability Services was also submitted. To read a copy of the written response click here.