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Warrnambool City Council Clarifies Laws on Disability Access Renovations

State laws requiring sometimes expensive alterations to shops for disability access have been clarified by Warrnambool City Council in response to criticism over costs hindering CBD trade. According to city growth director Bill Millard the disability requirements were triggered where building alteration works required a council permit. In those cases all areas used by visitors, … Continued

Navigating the Complexities of the NDIS: DARU Forum

Disability advocates need to help their clients stay informed and navigate the complexities of the new NDIS to make sure no one misses out, those attending a recent DARU forum were told. About 30 people from the disability sector across Victoria took part in the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum this … Continued

National Press Club: Graeme Innes

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes reviews his eight and a half years in the role at the National Press Club in Canberra.

The NDIS, One Year On: a Colac Mother and Disability Worker Reflects on a Year of Change

Not many people have had such a close-up view of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as Jacqui Suares. She runs a Colac-based disability organisation and has a daughter with a disability. After a year of momentous change, Jacqui Suares can tell her daughter Mia is happier than ever by the condition of … Continued

Behind the Labels: who is Really on the Disability Support Pension and Why

The Abbott government’s landmark review into the welfare system has suggested that only people with a permanent disability and no capacity to work should receive the disability support pension. In response, the Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has said that the ”real issue” with the DSP is that it has been a ”set and forget … Continued

Graeme Innes: I have never accepted the concept of ‘Lifters’ and ‘Leaners’

“Australians with disabilities would be lifters, if there were not barriers in society that force us to lean every day. I have challenged this my whole life.” Outgoing Australian disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes delivered this speech to the National Press Club on 2 July, 2014. I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land. I … Continued

Outgoing Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes Gives Parting Words to Tony Abbott

Outgoing Federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has been a driver behind some of the most significant reforms of his generation, nationally and internationally. He joined Life Matters to deliver his frank parting words to the federal government and Prime Minister Tony Abbott

NDIS Funding Levels not Satisfactory, Disability Service Providers Say

The peak body representing disability service providers has flagged major concerns with the Federal Government’s level of funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Federal Government released its eagerly awaited pricing schedule on Friday, ahead of the wider rollout of the NDIS. It comes as the ACT prepares to begin its rollout of … Continued

Lilydale Uniting Church Sold to Melba Support Services as Part of Deal to Build Units for Disabled

A 131-year-old Lilydale church will be saved and housing created for people with a disability under a revolutionary plan from a Mt Evelyn not-for-profit organisation. Melba Support Services has bought the Lilydale Uniting Church in Anderson St, Lilydale. They plan to retain the church for use by parishioners and use some of the site to … Continued

Disabled Man Asked to Leave Melbourne ABC During Ramp Up Protest

Police asked a disabled man to leave the foyer of the ABC at Southbank in Melbourne during a protest against the axing of the disability website, Ramp Up. About 20 people held a protest outside the building. Some of the protesters entered the foyer and security called police when a 39-year-old man in a wheelchair … Continued

TAFE Cuts Threaten Disabled Student Enrolments

As a school student, Andre Zdroykowski was forced to sit on his hands to stop him using sign language to communicate. Deaf students were told to read and mimic lip movements. ‘‘I left school with a very basic education and crappy speech,’’ he says with his hands. Now a successful small businessman, Mr Zdroykowski has … Continued

Social Services Minister Enthusiastic about Interim Welfare Report

The Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has come out in support of the interim report into the welfare system by Patrick McClure. Mr Andrews claims the disability support pension has been a ‘set and forget’ payment for decades and needs more oversight.

Welfare Advocates Worried by McClure Interim Report

Welfare and disability groups say they the Government hasn’t left enough time for public consultations about the interim report into the welfare system by Patrick McClure. They say the process will cause unnecessary fear for some disabled recipients of payments, and an apparent link between the DSP and the NDIS is very concerning.

Australia Signs the Marrakesh Treaty

The Australian Government signed in Geneva overnight the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled. The treaty will give an estimated 285 million people with vision impairments around the world access to more books published in accessible formats including large print, braille or … Continued