Barriers to Support: Uptake of the Child Disability Allowance in Otara

On 21st November 2016, CPAG launched the a new report Barriers to support: Uptake of the Child Disability Allowance in Otara

This report is following on from the 2015 Child Poverty Action Group report  It shouldn't be this hard:children, poverty and disability which highlighted that the Child Disability Allowance (CDA) is under-paid and difficult to access for some families in need.

Considering the relationship between disability and low- income households, this preliminary study set out to examine rates of child disability and levels of access to the CDA in Otara, a suburb of South Auckland. An additional aim of  this project was to assist Otara families with disabled children who are not receiving their CDA entitlements to gain these payments.

The report includes an overview of and analysis of Ministry of Social Development (MSD) payment rates of the CDA, as well as the purpose, method and findings of the survey on CDA uptake in Otara. 

The survey was developed together by CPAG, Disability Connect and Otara Health Charitable Trust.

Watch the recording of the event below.


Alan Johnson (MC): Alan is an author of this report and housing spokesperson for CPAG. He currently works as a social policy analyst for The Salvation Army's Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit.

Jessica Suri: Jessica is an author of this report. She is a postgraduate student in at the University of Waikato (currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology in Community Psychology) and is an intern psychologist at Otara Health Charitable Trust. 

John Coffey: Taranaki te maunga,Taranaki te iwi, Ngati Haupoto te hapu. General Manager of Otara Health. John first joined Otara Health Charitable Trust as a member of the Trust Board in November 2011. He later stepped down from the Board to take up the position of General Manager in October 2013 to lead the Trust in its day-to-day operations.  

Lisa Martin: CEO of Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect.  Lisa is also the mum of two adult children, one of whom is 22 with autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy. Lisa joined the Disability Sector eight years ago, believing her personal experience could inform a professional role in the disability sector.  

Media response: 

25 November NZ Doctor Make it easier for parents to apply for child disability allowance

23 November NZ Newswire Govt urged to act on disability support

23 November HRC Poorest children missing out on disability support because of red tape - HRC

23 November NZ Herald Editorial: Time for rethink on child disability allowance

22 November NZ Doctor Confusion over child disability allowance sees many missing out

21 November Radio NZ Children with disabilities missing out on financial help

21 November Radio NZ Families of disabled children missing out on allowance

21 November Green Party Child disability allowance should be made more available - Greens

21 November NZ Herald Families missing out on child disability allowance, survey finds