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Disability Support Pension changes and the appeals process

Peter Norbury from Social Security Rights Victoria updated us on the changes Centrelink made to the impairment tables in 2012 highlighting the contradictions and identifying the hurdles that need to be overcome to pass the eligibility criteria. Len Jaffit, who has been working with the Centrelink Appeals Tribunal at Victoria Legal Aid for many years then stepped us through what you need to do if you are unhappy with a Centrelink decision. Continue reading

Q&A with the Office for Disability

Felix Neighbour, the Acting Manager Strategic Engagement at the Office for Disability brought Martin Turnbull, Assistant Director, Diversity and Disability along to this Q&A session to fill us in on the boost to advocacy funding announced as part of the ‘Zero Tolerance’ initiative. An update with the ongoing dialogue with NDAP and NDIS and the launch of the State Disability Plan to start in 2017 was also discussed. Continue reading

Review of the Victorian Housing Register

Tony Newman, the Assistant Director of the Implementation support department at the Victorian Housing Register outlined the changes to the Housing Register. This was followed by Steve Staikos from Community Housing Federation Victoria who spoke about the impacts of the changes. Continue reading

Who’s not eligible for the NDIS?

The panelists represented people with disability who are either not eligible for the NDIS or who have complexities that make interaction with the agency difficult. A range of issues were raised, and information shared, however many more questions than answers were left in the air. Continue reading

Putting rights centre stage quick reference

Putting rights centre stage was the theme for the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016.  It was held at NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street Docklands with the Rights Retrospective taking place on the afternoon of 1 September with the main conference program running the next day. Summaries from the conference sessions are available and include … Continue reading

Rights Retrospective

This event celebrated the personalities and campaigns that have put disability rights centre stage over the past 30 years in Victoria. Live music performed by the Rights tough and special guest interviews were a feature. Sarah Barton, film producer at Fertile Films was the MC. Continue reading

NDIS and the National Auslan Interpreting Booking Payment Service

The National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS) is funded by the Australian Government to provide Auslan Interpreters free of charge to people who use sign language to communicate and would like to book an interpreter for private health care appointments. This is for all health care appointment, with the exception of public hospitals (which are funded by state governments) Continue reading

Becoming a NDIS Provider

session at the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum held on 23 June 2016 at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.

Paul Brady, Coordinator at Colac and Otway Ranges Advocacy Service (CORAS), and Carole Okai, Executive Officer at Assert 4 All, will step us through the process in becoming an NDIS Service Provider. Both advocacy organisations have undergone this process and have been operating successfully in the NDIS Barwon trial site.
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NDIS Opportunities training series

This was the second session at the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum held on 23 June 2016 at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.

Catherine McAlpine, Senior Manager of NDIS Disability Loop, from Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) introduced the NDIS Opportunities training series that have been developed to resource and assist small community organisations as they navigate the significant changes the new market environment brings. Particular emphasis was given to how advocacy might fit within the NDIS Price Guide and Support Clusters. Continue reading

State Disability Plan 2017-2020 consultation

This was the first session at the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum held on 23 June 2016 at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. This session was dedicated to a consultation process to provide feedback for shaping the next State Disability Plan 2017-2020 The facilitators were Llewellyn Reynders, Policy Manager, and Carly Nowell, Policy Analyst from VCOSS. Continue reading