Podcast: Greens push for Royal Commission into abuse in the disability sector

A motion from Greens Senator Jordan Steele-John to establish a Royal Commission into abuse in the disability sector passed the Senate and had the numbers to pass the House of Representatives. The Government extended Question Time by an extra hour to avoid the vote, but they’ll have to deal with it when Parliament resumes on Monday.

Young adults with Down syndrome to benefit from pilot employment program

The pilot will be based out of Melbourne’s Torren University, which will include a one-year work readiness program, including partnership with a national employer and a seven-week work placement program. Thirteen participants with Down syndrome between 22 and 35 years old will participate in the pilot. The program involves extensive collaboration across industry, education, disability employment services, media, Government and the not-for-profit sector.

Senior Adviser , Office of the Secretary

Closing date: February 26, 2019

This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to be involved with and contribute to high level discussions across a range of portfolios with respect to jobs, innovation, regional development, resources, sports and precincts.

Project Officer

Closing date: February 27, 2019

In this role you will contribute to initiatives to increase the social and civic participation of people with disability. This includes providing project support to a small grants program and the appointment process for the Victorian Disability Advisory Council.

Culturally diverse people with disability struggling to engage with NDIS

People with disability from non-English speaking backgrounds are accessing disability services up to two-thirds less than Australian-born people despite having similar rates of disability, according to a new report from Settlement Services International’s (SSI)

Invest to solve housing crisis for people with disability

Disability and housing groups have come together to call for a significant investment in disability housing to make sure that all people with disability live in homes that are safe, affordable and accessible.

Have your say on the new public facing name for Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

Closing date: February 15, 2019

User research conducted in 2018 found that barriers to accessing service included the public-facing name and the website. The website redevelopment has already started and will improve navigation and reduce the legalistic language used in the information content. It’s now your chance to have a say about what a new public-facing name might be. 

Barriers to the safe use of innovative vehicles and mobility devices

Closing date: February 28, 2019

This project aims to address the issues surrounding the safe and legal use of new and innovative personal-use and mobility devices. The current regulatory framework does not provide for the use of new and innovative personal-use devices that are readily available for sale today as they do not necessarily fit within existing vehicle classification. This also affects individuals that require the use of mobility devices due to technical restrictions set out in the Australian Road Rules.