Resource Library

Mental health and supported decision-making resources

Supported decision-making, whereby people experiencing severe mental health problems are supported in relation to decision-making, is a cornerstone of recovery-oriented and rights-based approaches to mental health care. These two online resources are aimed at improving supported decision-making practices for people with experience of severe mental health problems, and to assist family members and other supporters’ participation in supported decision-making.

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017

Resources from the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference, held on Friday 15 September at NAB The Hall, include video with Auslan, transcription and full biographical information about the presenters and panelists.

Disability Services Commissioner Annual Report 2016-17

The Disability Services Commissioner (DSC) has tabled his 2017 annual report in Victorian Parliament with statistics and information about complaints and serious incidents that occur in disability services. In the first full year of transition to the NDIS, DSC has seen an increase in the number of NDIS-related enquiries and complaints, from 12 complaints in … Continued

19 Stories of inclusion and the right to independent living

Why 19 stories? Because Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities refers to the right to live independently and participate in the community. Australia has ratified the Convention and under Article 19, it must ensure “​the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and [must] take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community.”

Violence and Disability Quarterly – Issue 28

This quarterly publication highlights projects, resources and research responding to violence against women with disabilities.

NDIS News Victoria

This newsletter provides a series of blog posts, events and resources to inform and support disability service providers in the transition to the NDIS.

Report on General Issues Around Implementation

This report provides an overview of activities that relate to the implementation, performance and governance of the NDIS from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, and considers the general issues that have been raised in evidence to the committee. The report makes a number of recommendations,.

Whatever it takes: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services

This research report aims to help tertiary response services to respond effectively to the needs of women with disabilities. Women with disabilities who have experienced violence seek help and support from tertiary services for similar reasons that other women do, including family and intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment and assault, coercive control, and stalking. However, women with disabilities also experience abuse related to their disability, including institutional violence and denial of provision of essential care

New Inspection Powers for Disability Services Commissioner

The commencement of the Disability Amendment Act 2017 provides for a new power of inspection by DSC Authorised Officers for the purpose of responding to reports of abuse and neglect.

A number of senior staff at DSC have been appointed to this position and they are immediately available to inspect disability service providers where concerns have been raised. DSC Authorised Officers have the power to visit and inspect Victorian disability service provider’s premises, effective immediately.