Advocacy Sector Conversations forum series

Forum summaries

Alison McDonald Presenting on Family Violence with Interpreter

Family Violence and People with Disability-

Posted May 26, 2017

Alison McDonald from Domestic Violence Victoria discussed the family violence reforms and how they impact on people with disability experiencing family violence. She also covered protections available for people with disability, and other information that advocates working with people with disabilities in vulnerable situations need to know. Continue reading

Llewellyn Reynders Presenting on the Disability Advocacy By the Numbers Report with Interpreter

Disability Advocacy by the Numbers 2012-16 Report Launch

Posted May 26, 2017

Llewellyn Reynders, Policy Manager at VCOSS, showcased Disability Advocacy by the Numbers report that uses the data collected by the Victorian Office for Disability advocacy program through the Quarterly Data Collection (QDC) provided by organisations funded under the program. He stepped us through the advocacy issues and identified trends through graphic representation and analysis. Continue reading

Carl Thompson presenting on plan management options, with Interpreter

Self-managed vs Agency-managed supports in the NDIS

Posted May 23, 2017

Carl Thompson from Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) provided an   in-depth overview, including pros and cons for the various support management options, that would assist advocates when working with people with disability through their NDIs plan implementation phase. This was followed by an update from Felix Neighbour from the Office for Disability. Continue reading

Barbara Carter presenting on Child Protection with an Interpreter, and Kate Fitt sitting in the background

Child Protection

Posted May 23, 2017

Barbara Carter and Kate Fitt discussed issues around child protection and provided some practical tips on how to support parents with disability in their dealings with child protection agencies. Continue reading

Catherine McAlpine presenting on NDIS Readiness with Intepreter

NDIS readiness for advocates

Posted March 21, 2017

The NDIS is rolling out across Victoria giving thousands the opportunity to start new plans for the first time while investigating local support options. Catherine McAlpine, Manager Disability Loop at AFDO introduced a new ‘Tip Sheet’ for the planning process and provided some perspectives on the Local Area Coordinators and the Service Coordination roles at the NDIS. Continue reading

Upcoming forums

Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum


Date: Tuesday 21 November

Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Venue: Queen Victoria Women's Centre Victoria Room Level 4/210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne