Resource Library

Accessibility of Tram Services

Melbourne’s tram network is a crucial public transport mode, with 205 million trips taken each year. In Victoria, 17 per cent of the population lives with some form of disability. A person with a mobility restriction cannot have, in any practical sense, an accessible tram journey without both a level-access stop and a low-floor tram. This report finds that tram services are not meeting the accessibility needs of passengers with mobility restrictions. In 2018–19, only 15 per cent of tram services delivered a low-floor tram at a level-access stop.

Bushfire safety and preparedness for people with disability

There are two online training modules that have been designed to assist  disability workers operating in,  or working with people with disability, in high risk bushfire areas.

The modules include:
1. Bushfire safety for workers – For any person who works in, or travels through, high risk areas over summer to learn about the risks, what preparedness means and how to stay safe on the roads and survive.
2. Bushfire planning: How to support your clients – For any person working with clients or patients in their homes, supporting them to live independently. You will learn about different types of risk environments, your responsibility in helping your clients as well as questions to get the bushfire safety conversation going and tips on how to build the Bushfire Survival Plan to leave early.

Open letter: Improving the National Disability Insurance Scheme

This open letter was released to all participants, their families and carers. The letter provides an update on the Service Improvement Plan that was released in August and includes assurances about the implementation of the independent assessments that will be introduced as part of the access and review processes next year.

independent assessment pilot learnings and ongoing evaluation plan

Independent assessments are a big change for participants, coming into effect in 2021. the assessments will assess the impact of disability on a person’s functional capacity which is the basis for eligibility to the NDIS and will determine the supports in a person’s plan. This report outlines what has been learnt so far across 2 pilots.

Public hearing 3 report – The experience of living in a group home for people with disability

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Melbourne from Monday 2 December to Friday 6 December 2019. It inquired into homes and living for people with disability in Victoria and particularly the experiences of people who have lived or are currently living in group homes. This report finds that the closure of large institutions housing people with disability, with the resulting development of group homes has not eliminated institutional forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability, particularly those with serious intellectual disabilities.

Younger People in Residential Aged Care Strategy 2020-2025

The initiative includes $10.6m in the 2020-21 Budget for a national network of system coordinators to help younger people find age-appropriate accommodation and supports to allow them to live independently in the community. The Australian Government is committed to ensuring no younger person (under the age of 65) lives in residential aged care unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Children with disability and the NDIS

This broad suite of NDIS related content has been designed to support parents and carers of children with disability to navigate the NDIS. It has been developed in collaboration with subject matter experts.

Starting a Circle of Support with Justine Hall

In this video, guest speaker Justine Hall explains why she assisted her son Brodie to create a Circle of Support. She discusses, circle membership and invitation, the benefits of the Circle and overcoming her own fears and resistances.

Making better disability tech

Whether permanent, temporary or as result of age, millions of Australians will experience a form of disability. How do we make tech more inclusive? Meet some of the innovators with lived experience of disability driving tech innovation in Australia.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Shining a light on Social Transformation

This report was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. It investigates the early rights movement of people with disability, which “exposed the power relations inherent to the medical model of disability. The report acknowledges that the disability rights movement in Australia has driven important policy and legislative reform for people with disability. However, ‘it has not led to the social transformation required’ by the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Resources to support incident reporting, management and prevention

These resources are designed to support NDIS providers to meet their obligations under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 and to develop effective incident management systems. They provide information on the benefits of effective incident management, reportable incident obligations and timeframes, and incident management system requirements.

Independent review into circumstances relating to the death of Ann-Marie Smith

The Hon. Alan Robertson SC was appointed to conduct an independent review into the NDIS Commission’s regulation of the provider of NDIS supports and services to Ms Ann-Marie Smith, an NDIS participant who died on 6 April 2020 in appalling circumstances.

How to have more accessible online meetings

Last week CSIRO hosted the ‘Future of Meetings Symposium’. DARU was invited to submit a pre-recorded 15 minute video about how to make online meetings more accessible for people with disability. It’s now available for you to watch on our YouTube channel.

Understanding behaviour support arrangements

This webinar was held on 27 August 2020 as part of the ‘Embracing Change’ series and is now available on demand. It was designed to guide you through practical examples that will assist in understanding behaviour supports under the NDIS, including behaviour support requirements and practical tools.