Research Projects

Barriers CALD communities face in community engagement research project

Students of Master of Social Work at Federation University have been commissioned by Speakers Bank to conduct research with people with a disability belonging to CALD communities. The research will identify and assess the barriers and challenges for this cohort to engage  in community participation and to raise awareness with a vision to develop a more inclusive and accessible society.

Spotlight on Invisible Women

Are you a woman with disability aged between 50 – 65 years living in rural, regional or metro Victoria? we would love to hear from you! The ‘Spotlight on Invisible Women’ project is aimed at engaging with older women to identify the unique barriers experienced in accessing the information you need.

Stocktake on hate research project

Organisations who work with clients who may become victims of prejudice or discrimination are invited to participate in this research project. This project aims to improve the quality of data collection for hate incidents and hate crime and to explore the barriers to reporting hate incidents and hate crime.  Your participation involves completing a voluntary survey that asks you questions about your organisation’s hate crime and hate incident data collection methods, and what needs and gaps face your organisation in relation to the collection of this data.  

Survey: People with Disabilities and Disasters

Are you a person with disability living in Asia or the Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand)? This online survey is anonymous and aims to understand whether and how people with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific are involved in disaster risk reduction, and what factors can help or hinder. You will be able to tell us your biggest concerns and recommendations in relation to disasters.  

Experiences with NDIS services during COVID-19 research project

The NDIA is working with the University of Melbourne about the changes made to the NDIS in response to COVID-19. By completing a short survey,  participants, their families and carers have a chance to share their experience of interacting with the NDIA and the Scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will also help us to understand how NDIS participants have found using telehealth to access allied health services.

CP Info Project – get involved

The project is being delivered by a consortium of organisations led by Cerebral Palsy Australia, Ability First Australia, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the Cerebral Palsy Support Network to establish a national online platform to increase the quality and accessibility of information available to people with cerebral palsy and the key people and services that most impact their lives. There are a few ways to get involved including participating in surveys or joining the reference group.

For more information contact the CP Info Project at:
T:+61 2 8259 7705

Have your say on Melbourne’s Disability Action Plan

Closing date: August 5, 2020

Help make Melbourne one of the world’s most accessible and inclusive cities. The fifth Disability Access Plan is now open for comment and we want to hear what you think. People with disability are invited to share their views on what needs to be done to make the city more inclusive. This feedback from the community, along with help from our Disability Advisory Committee, have gone into the draft plan.

Keeping Pain in Check research project

Closing date: August 20, 2020

Too often, people with intellectual disability are not able to express their feelings of pain verbally and their communication is misinterpreted by support workers who unwittingly overlook pain as an issue. The aim of this research is to determine if the checklist can help support workers identify pain. The Scope Research Team is looking for direct support workers to participate in the research by completing a 20-minute online course about pain in adults with intellectual disability.  After completing the module, support workers will be asked to complete a brief survey and a checklist about pain. 

For more information about the research, please contact Tessa Zirnsak:

Achieving justice for street harassment

Closing date: December 20, 2020

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about your experiences of street harassment and your perceptions of justice in relation to street harassment. While street harassment is often sexualised in nature, it can also take the form of racism, transphobia, homophobia and biphobia, and ableism.  If you have a self-defined experience of street harassment, are over the age of 18 and live in Victoria or NSW, you are eligible to participate. participants will be reimbursed for their time and expertise with a $100 gift card.