A Future Without Violence: Quality, safeguarding and oversight to prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings

The Australian Human Rights Commission undertook a project on violence against people with disability in institutional settings. This report outlines the Commission’s findings and recommendations on the ways in which quality, safeguarding and oversight mechanisms that prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings can be strengthened.  

Project Officer: Economic Participation 

Closing date: July 31, 2018

In this role you will play a critical role in supporting the implementation of Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-20. You will coordinate, contribute to and lead strategies to increase the economic participation of people with disability, both across the Victorian Public Sector and the wider economy.

Community Counsellor/Program Facilitator

Closing date: July 17, 2018

This position provides counselling and education on an individual and/or group basis to people with disability regarding reproductive and sexual health. e you a Counsellor with experience in cognitive disability? Are you passionate about reproductive and sexual health? Are you interested in making a positive contribution to the lives of people with cognitive disability? If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then Family Planning Victoria has a great opportunity for you.

NDIS is a bureaucratic nightmare

The managers of Australia’s $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have been slammed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for being “slow”, lacking transparency and being “bloody-minded”. From The Australian:

Dylan Alcott Doesn’t Follow His Destiny, He Shapes It

“I spent the first three-and-a-half years of my life in hospital but the best thing my family did was never to wrap me in cotton wool,” says Alcott, who on this forbidding Melbourne morning is rallying against a wall in an underground carpark. “They never cared about the fact I had a disability so I took the view that if they don’t care, why should I?”

Youth Co-Facilitator – Enabling Young Women Leadership Program – Outer East (Yarra Ranges)

Closing date: July 30, 2018

This is a casual fixed-term contract running from August to December 2018. Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) are looking for a young person (18-25 years) who identifies as a woman having a disability from the local government areas of Knox and Yarra Ranges to assist with the delivery of the Enabling Young Women Leadership Program at Montrose Town Centre.

Client experiences of GP involvement in NDIS planning and implementation

Closing date: July 31, 2018

You are invited to be part of a study conducted to explore how NDIS clients and/or their carers have experienced support or help from their General Practitioner (GP) during their NDIS journey. This information will help make better decisions about how GP’s can help NDIS users in the future. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and your responses will be kept confidential.

Increasing employment supports in NDIS Plans – Where to from here?

Many of us are no doubt aware of Australia’s woeful ranking as 21 out of 29 OECD countries in employment rates for people with a disability. The hope was that the NDIS, alongside other existing systems such as Disability Employment Services (DES) would significantly improve employment outcomes for people with a disability. While increasing employment opportunities for people with a disability is a systemic issue, to date the uptake of employment supports in NDIS Plans has been disappointingly (and some may say surprisingly) low.

Project Officer

Closing date: August 5, 2018

Increasingly people requiring income support because of their disabilities find it difficult to understand, and therefore address, the eligibility requirements of the Disability Support Pension (DSP). This initiative will provide accessible resources and pathways for people with disabilities and their families to obtain information and expert advocacy support.

VCOSS Governance Healthcheck

This free online tool has been developed to asses your organisation’s governance, fine-tuning already great organisations. The Governance Healthcheck looks at board structures and policies, and financial structures, including financial oversight and controls. Board/committee members answer a series of questions, either as an individual or as part of a group. The Healthcheck then generates  tailored tips and recommendations to improve organisational governance. 

Auslan interpreter shortage ‘getting worse with NDIS rollout’

Deaf people in South Australia are reporting they are regularly forced to cancel medical appointments, delay court hearings or miss work meetings due to a dire shortage of Auslan interpreters. The National Disability Insurance Scheme was meant to improve access to interpreters by providing clients with an interpreting package for work, life and leisure; but instead, it has increased demand and made it more difficult.