Advocacy by other agencies
The Listen to Children Report finds that despite ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Australia has not effectively incorporated human rights into policy and legislative frameworks to nurture and support children. In the discussion on Basic Health and Welfare in Theme 6, Children with Disabilities, the report states: Effective support for the family environment will mean that the rights and needs of siblings of children with disabilities should also be considered. These children often experience higher rates of depression whether or not they have roles as carers in the family.
National Action Plan
, prepared by Families Australia (with Siblings Australia), as part of its election proposals to the Federal government in 2010. Unfortunately the proposals were overlooked.