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Consultations Underway on Government’s young Carer Education Initiative

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, will meet today in Brisbane with a group of young Queensland carers to discuss the design of a new Australian Government initiative that will help young carers pursue an education. Senator Fifield said the Young Carer Bursary Programme, worth $3 million over three years, would provide up … Continued

Joe Hockey Urged to Dismantle Ticking Pensions Time Bomb

If left unchecked, the disability support pension will pay double the jobless allowance in 15 years, creating an irresistible incentive for people to rort the payment. Amid heightened speculation the disability pension will be targeted for savings in the May budget, analysis by Deloitte Access Economics reveals the Federal Government could save $2.4 billion over … Continued

Impaired Detainee Fronts Court After 18 Months of Jail Without Conviction

The case of an intellectually disabled woman who has been jailed indefinitely in Western Australia for the past 18 months, without conviction, will be raised in Federal Parliament today. The Greens are calling on the Abbott Government to intervene, and allow the young Aboriginal woman to be returned to Alice Springs to be close to … Continued

Melbourne Comedy Festival Causes Nervous Laughs

Expect some nervous laughter during this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival, as disability and mental health issues skewer the mood. Proving that humour might well be the best medicine, three comedians share their tales from the front line. Stella Young  ”Special”, ”differently abled” and – worst of all – ”inspirational”. Stella Young, disability activist, journalist and … Continued

Disabled not Rorting the Support Pension, Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes Hits Back

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has slammed suggestions the disability support pension is being rorted. Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has hit back at the idea that there are too many people on the disability support pension, slamming claims that the system is being rorted as “completely unhelpful”. In the wake of fresh reports that … Continued

$4.9 million for Specialist Support Services for Sexual Abuse Survivors

The Australian Government is investing $4.9 million in specialist support programs for survivors of child sexual abuse. Eleven specialist organisations across Australia will use this funding to provide support for abuse survivors distressed by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The services will be specifically targeted towards people with disability, Indigenous … Continued

How Back to Back Challenges the Way we See Actors with Disabilities

This week, Back to Back Theatre’s 2012 production Ganesh versus the Third Reich will open at Sydney’s Carriageworks. The show has toured the world, winning awards and laudatory reviews in Montreal, Paris, Chicago, New York, London and Berlin. Much successful work has been done by disability advocacy groups and national organisations to improve basic rights … Continued

Lego Enterprise Assists Autistic Children

A new social enterprise in Melbourne has opened its doors to LEGO enthusiasts with the aim of creating a community for kids who struggle to socialise, including children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “The social enterprise, Inside the Brick, is an example of impact investing in Australia, producing both financial and social returns for investors,” … Continued

Fairer Treatment for Disabled Victims of Sexual Assault: Pilot Program

People with an intellectual disability struggle in the justice system, where they are often seen as unreliable witnesses. As a result many cases of alleged sexual abuse against them never go to trial. But a pilot project in Melbourne has been so successful in getting fairer treatment for disabled victims of sexual assault that it … Continued

Partnership Delivers Solution to Disability Employment

People with a disability will soon be helping sort and deliver mail in regional and remote locations across Australia, under a new national partnership between Australia Post and disability services provider Lifestyle Solutions. The partnership – one of seven national Our Neighbourhood partnerships announced by Australia Post – will promote a more inclusive community and … Continued

NDIS Administration could be Contracted Out

DAVID MARK: Figures were revealed this week showing the trials of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are running above the budget. The Federal Minister in charge of the NDIS, Senator Mitch Fifield, says he’s still committed to delivering the scheme in full. But the Treasurer has flagged concerns that it’s blowing out as he … Continued

Tim Wilson Joins Human Rights Commission

Closing date: February 17, 2014

Former Institute of Public Affairs policy director, Tim Wilson, joins the Australian Human Rights Commission on Tuesday as Human Rights Commissioner. The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, said Commissioner Wilson will focus on promoting and advancing human rights and freedoms. “The Human Rights Commission continues to meet the challenges of … Continued

NDIS Workforce Strategy Development Underway

The Abbott Government recognises that a strong, responsive and NDIS-ready workforce is key to making a better deal for people with disability a reality. The Government has kick-started the process for developing a National Disability Insurance Scheme Workforce Strategy with a report into workforce issues. National Disability Services (NDS) has been contracted to deliver the … Continued

Parents Battle for the Right Education

This story tells of a teenager who is considered too smart for a special school, but who would struggle in the mainstream. Featuring commentary from Communication Rights Australia, a disability rights organisation advocating for people with complex communication needs. Duration: 6min 39sec

Disability Inclusion – Not Just For the Big Corporates

Everyone everywhere has the responsibility of inclusion, which means you and me in our day-to-day lives, as well as our communities and the organisations we work within, writes Disability Employment Australia CEO Lynette May. It’s easy to be critical of the Australian Public Service’s fall in disability employment – almost halving from the early ‘90s … Continued