Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum

This forum series provides a space for advocates to gain practical information and share knowledge by participating in topical, interactive sessions. It’s more imperative than ever to keep abreast with the ever changing disability services and supports landscape to understand how it impacts on the practice of disability advocacy.

The agenda is now finalised. A downloadable Word version is available below.


Connect50 Advocacy Project

Emma Henningsen, Australian Network on Disability (AND)

Connect50 is an exciting project that is offering university and TAFE students with disability, an internship opportunity within Victorian disability advocacy organisations. The project provides 10 placements across metro and regional Victoria at no cost to host organisations. Emma Henningsen explains how it works.

Using Consumer Law in the NDIS Context and Reforms to SDA Temancy  Legislation

Barbora Ježek, Solicitor, Consumer Law Action Centre  and Natalie Staub, Project Manager, Specialist Disability Accommodation Implementation Project at the Department of Justice and Community Safety

Using consumer law to test the fairness and validity of Service Agreements within the context of an NDIS plan is a new and evolving area. The Consumer Law Action Centre has been tracking developments. Barbora Ježek shares some emerging trends and tips. Then Natalie Staub explains the changes to specialist disability accommodation (SDA) rental agreements in Victoria which are now regulated by Consumer Affairs Victoria via the Residential Tenancies Act 1997(RTA). This came into effect on 1 July  2019 and impacts Victorians who need SDA, residents already living in SDA, and SDA providers.

National Redress Scheme for Child Sexual Abuse
Di McCarthy, Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) and  Aiden McCarthy, Lawyer at knowmore

The National Redress Scheme is available to anyone who might have been a victim or survivor of child sexual abuse whilst experiencing institutional care.  CYDA is a support service ensuring that children and young people with disability, the families and supporters are assisted in an inclusive trauma-informed framework to understand their choices relating to redress, and receive not only information but warm referral support to their closest National Redress Support Service. Di McCarthy will step us through the process for accessing the scheme.  Then Aiden McCarthy will provide some Information about knowmore and give us an overview of some  legal issues arising from the National Redress Scheme, particularly in relation to institutions joining the scheme.

 NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission In Victoria

Rachel Mathison,  Director of Complaints- Victoria

The Victorian office of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has been established and opened for business on 1st July 2019. This session will discuss the processes for making complaints, what complaints can be made via this channel and information about other work and functions that this office have that are relevant to the work of disability advocates.

2019 UN Outcomes Report

Patrick McGee, National Manager Policy, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) and Lauren Henley, Disability Advocate

Recently, a delegation of people with disability went to the United Nations to report on Australia’s compliance to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. The UN committee published an outcomes report on their findings which covers positive developments, areas of concern, as well as listing the committees recommendations for Australia to action. Patrick McGee will provide a summary of the findings.  Lauren Henley was a part of the delegation that went to the UN and she will give a first hand account. Note: This replaces the regular Office for Disability Update.

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Thu 14th Nov, 201911:00am - 4:00pmQueen Victoria Women's Centre
Victoria Room Level 4
210 Lonsdale Street

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Event type:
ASC forum

Contact person:
Natasha Brake

Phone number:
9639 5807


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