Resource Library

A Future Without Violence: Quality, safeguarding and oversight to prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings

The Australian Human Rights Commission undertook a project on violence against people with disability in institutional settings. This report outlines the Commission’s findings and recommendations on the ways in which quality, safeguarding and oversight mechanisms that prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings can be strengthened.  

VCOSS Governance Healthcheck

This free online tool has been developed to asses your organisation’s governance, fine-tuning already great organisations. The Governance Healthcheck looks at board structures and policies, and financial structures, including financial oversight and controls. Board/committee members answer a series of questions, either as an individual or as part of a group. The Healthcheck then generates  tailored tips and recommendations to improve organisational governance. 

Reasonable and Necessary: Making Sense of the NDIS Series 2

In this second series, Dr George talks about different topics including self management of your NDIS Plan, support coordination and the relationship between the health system and the NDIS. The podcasts are about simplifying the NDIS and helping participants, their families and anyone else involved in supporting NDIS participants to be able to work their way through a new and complicated process.

Recognising Restrictive Practices

This resource is a set of short films and accompanying guide that explore the use of restrictive practices and encourage disability support workers and supervisors to reflect on and talk about less restrictive ways of supporting people with disability. It was developed by National Disability Services, by the Victorian Government and developed with support from the Victorian Office of Professional Practice.

Our Right to Safety and Respect

The resource aims to provide women with disabilities information about how to identify violence and abuse and how to get help to feel safe. The resource was made for and with women with disabilities and includes a video and video guide.

Accessing the NDIS

The guide is around Assisting people with psychosocial disability to access the NDIS, and aimed at commonwealth funded community mental health service providers, however it is a good resource that goes some way to explaining how to access the NDIS for those with psychosocial disability.

Online Teachers Toolkit

The Teachers’ Toolkit aims to help teachers feel more confident to engage and support their students with little or no speech, by equipping them with the latest information and practical step-by-step recommendations. Designed for busy teachers, the toolkit is intuitive with easy-to-navigate topics and interactive checklists that summarise key points.

Report: Livable housing design: the costs and benefits to Australian society

Australian Network of Universal Housing Design (ANUHD) conducted The Livable Housing Design Survey, and found that 70% of participants supported regulation. Over 50% of the participants called for an education and awareness strategy to accompany regulation so that  everyone understood its purpose and relevance.

NDIS and Health Working Together

Summer Foundation has released a new guide to assist health and NDIS staff to working with people with disabilities- from hospital admission to discharge.

New Videos about Supported Decision Making Available

Independent Mental Health Advocacy have made new video resources for people with Mental Health disabilities. Making an Advance Statement and appointing a Nominated Person to support you are two ways in which people facing compulsory treatment can set out their treatment and recovery preferences. IMHA have developed videos with consumers and AUSLAN interpreters to assist people who … Continued

Survey Results: Education Experiences of Children and Young People with Disabilities in Australia

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) conducts a national survey each year on the educational experiences of students with disability in Australia. It focuses on the direct experience of students with disability. The most recent survey results again highlight that the present education system if failing to adequately meet the needs of students … Continued

Supreme Court rules that Owners Corporations must not discriminate

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissions  intervention in the Supreme Court case of Owners Corporation v Anne Black got a great result for people with a disability seeking reasonable adjustments from owners corporations. The Supreme Court’s decision makes it clear that our Equal Opportunity Act requires owners corporations to make reasonable adjustments for both tenants and … Continued

NDIS Report Card: Outcomes for Younger People In Residential Care

The Summer Foundation has released a report card highlighting  the six most important outcomes for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to achieve for young people in residential aged care (YPIRAC). This is the second report card in its series.  

National Disability Insurance Scheme Provider Registration and Practice Standards Rules 2018

These rules set out some of the conditions that providers must comply with to become and remain registered NDIS providers. They also set out the NDIS Practice Standards that apply to all registered NDIS providers, and those that apply to providers delivering more complex supports in areas such as behaviour support, early childhood supports, specialist support coordination and specialist disability accommodation.