Resource Library

Senator Jordan Steele-John talks about why the proposed NDIS Streamlined Governance Bill should not be passed.

A guide for GPs to support their patients accessing the NDIS

This guide outlines the process for completing an Access Request form. It also includes information regarding how GPs can access further resources through the National Disability Insurance Agency which can assist them in supporting their patients in the application process.

Get NDIS ready

This learning portal was developed as part of Keeping Our Sector Strong – Victoria’s NDIS Workforce plan. It provides free access to learning modules that are publicly available online that anyone can register to access.  It includes a self-assessment tool to assist disability workers to identify their NDIS development needs and learning modules that support workers in NDIS service delivery.

People with a psychosocial disability

This report is part of a series of publicly shared reports that include specialist data in addition to the comprehensive quarterly and other reports regularly released. The data provides invaluable insight for the community and wider mental health sector to identify where it can best support participants, demonstrate evidence of the benefits of the NDIS, and chart the outcomes of NDIS participants. 

Women, disability and violence: Barriers to accessing justice: Final Report

This research report draws on the insights of 36 women with disability living in New South Wales and Victoria who outlined their experiences of seeking justice and security in the context of violence that they had experienced.

Ask An Expert: The Balancing Act of Supported Decision Making

The right to make your own decisions. It doesn’t get more fundamental than that when considering what makes us human. Questioning a person’s capacity to make decisions is one of the gravest insults one can make, yet in disability it can be thought of like an item on a grocery list. The assumption that people with disability have the right to make their own decisions, and should be given every support to do so, is a transgressive idea in our society. And as with any rights based social change, implementation can get a little tricky.

2019 UN Outcomes Report

The findings cover how Australia is doing with regard to the rights of persons with disabilities, and covers positive developments, areas of concern, as well as listing the committees recommendations for Australia to action. The Report recognised the positive work that Australia has undertaken.  However, the Report also revealed that the committee is deeply concerned … Continued

Guardianship List of VCAT Duty Lawyer Service

The Duty Lawyer service is available for people having a hearing at the Guardianship List of VCAT. The Duty Lawyer Service operates out of the William Cooper Justice Centre in Melbourne on Wednesdays along with regional attendances at Shepparton, Morwell and Ballarat.

State of the Industry Report – Accessibility

This is the first report from the commercial passenger industry regulator which highlights how this industry is integral for people with a disability or mobility impairment. While most users of these services, and the drivers, have a positive experience, it also demonstrates that there is still more work to be done.

Where not-for-profits fear to tread

A new report commissioned by Pro Bono Australia in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre, has found that not for profits are on a path of quiet advocacy. The Civil Voices research showed that to a greater or lesser degree civil society organisations are engaging in various forms of “self silencing” – treading very carefully in their advocacy work, less they risk financial security and political retribution.

Changes to renting specialist disability accommodation (SDA) in Victoria

Due to recent changes to the State legislation, Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) rental agreements in Victoria are now regulated by Consumer Affairs Victoria via the Residential Tenancies Act 1997(RTA). This affects Victorians who need SDA, residents already living in SDA, and SDA providers.

Kevin Stone…The Long Game

Interview with the inimitable Kevin Stone AM, CEO of VALID. Always the advocate, Kevin talks of his decades long journey in the disability sector and his unyielding confidence and belief in the people he serves. It’s hard not to be moved by this man’s tenacity in speaking truth to power.

People with disability in Australia

This report brings together information from a range of national data sources to contribute to a greater understanding about disability in Australia. It shows that some people with disability face challenges routinely and actively participating in everyday life areas (such as employment) and are more likely to experience poor health, discrimination and violence.

Jenny Macklin and the creation of the NDIS

Jenny Macklin held many social policy portfolios over her long political career. As Minister for Disability Reform in the Gillard government she ushered in the NDIS. Jenny talks about the process of winning support for big social policy changes.