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 the impact this will have on the practice of disability advocacy.

Presentations at this forum include:

  • The NDIS, Housing and the SDA
    Dr George Taleporos and Penny Paul, The Summer Foundation

Specialist Disability Accommodation and the framework for SDA has changed the way people with disabilities can access housing. With a focus on choice and control and an emphasis on people with only the most “extreme” disabilities receiving funded support for housing, there is a role for advocacy to ensure people with disabilities can access the most suitable housing for their needs. This presentation will cover the pathway to SDA under the NDIS, some useful housing resources, and a discussion of the emerging systemic advocacy issues related to the implementation of the SDA framework.

  • Transport Accessibility Project 
    Kerri Cassidy and Katherine Marshall, Disability Resource Centre

Disability Resource Centre is undertaking a Transport Accessibility project to capture the experiences of Victorians with disabilities who use (or want to use) public transport, taxis and Uber. Hear what they have found and what their next steps are

  • Taxi Services Commission future strategy
    Colleen Furlanetto, Disability Taxi Services Commissioner

Colleen Furlanetto was appointed as the new Disability Commissioner at the Taxi Services Commission in January this year. This session will hear what her focus will be for this term.

  • Changes to the Medical Treatment and Planning Decisions Act 2016, Powers Of Attorney Act 2014 and flagged changes to the Guardianship and Administration Act in 2018
    Sharon Cutrale, Medical Decision Support Officer Office of the Public Advocate

There have been some significant changes to decision making laws in Victoria, effective from March 2018,  that have an impact on people with disabilities with limited decision making capacity. This is an overview of what these changes are and how to work with them

  • Office for Disability Update Felix Neighbour, Manager of Strategic Engagement Office for Disability, Michael Cromie, Manager, Engagement, NDIS Transition and Peter van Vliet, Assistant Director, Disability and NDIS Branch

This session provides a unique opportunity for the Office for Disability to update the sector directly on key government initiatives including ongoing work to strengthen the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program.

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Thu 28th Jun, 201811:00am - 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:
(03) 9639 5807


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