Training guide

Including children and young people in reportable conduct investigations

Whether they are alleged victims or witnesses, children should be interviewed as part of investigations of alleged reportable conduct unless there is a good reason why this should not occur.  This resource kit is designed to help organisations conduct effective and appropriate interviews with children and young people, and take a trauma-informed approach.

Advocacy Sector Conversations resources – November 2019

These resources are from the Advocacy Sector Conversations forum held at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre on 14 November 2019. Each session includes videos with Auslan, audio, transcript and links to information mentioned during the presentation. Session topics at this forum include the Connect 50 Advocacy Project, using consumer law in the NDIS, changes to SDA agreements, the National Redress Scheme, complaints through the newly opened Victorian branch of the NDIS quality

Mike’s Story: Housemates

This documentary addresses somebody with an intellectual disability living in their own home with the support of housemates. Mike has been living under this model for several years with the support of his parents Rosie and Kelvin, who also explain how the model works from a parent’s perspective and why they favour it over other models such as group homes. 

Supporting Justice

People with cognitive impairment and intellectual disabilityhave the right to be treated fairly in the criminal justice system in Victoria. Supporting Justice provides practical resources to help people in the criminal justice system get fairer outcomes and needs-based support.

Right to make your own medical decisions brochures

Everyone has the right to play an active role in making decisions about their own health and to receive the support they need to do so. These two brochures have been produced to promote the role of supported decision making and importance of communication in medical decision making.

Self-Advocacy for the NDIS (Mental Health)

This resource aims to help people experiencing mental health issues to self-advocate for what they need under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The workbook was developed following a co-design process, in partnership with VMIAC and Tandem. The booklet is available for download in PDF and Word formats. 

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.

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.

Quality, Safety and You: NDIS Worker Orientation Module

This module is an interactive online course that explains the obligations of workers under the NDIS Code of Conduct – from the perspective of NDIS participants. It was developed in consultation with the sector, including NDIS providers and people with a disability.

Employer Toolkit

This toolkit includes short video guides and downloadable resources with practical advice on disability and employment – from inclusive policies and recruitment, to workplace changes and managing staff. Topics covered in this program include disability employment basics, fundamentals for organisations, recruiting people with disability, getting your workplace ready and managing your team. This toolkit is freely available online and can be completed at your own pace.

Self Advocacy and Safe Story Sharing: A Guide for Organisations

People with disability share their stories of abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination to create change for others.  Sharing stories can be hard; it is emotional work that can leave self advocates feeling upset long after they have finished sharing. Self advocates have created 10 rules for safe story sharing. Please follow these as a guide … Continued

Staying Safe

The ‘Staying Safe’ resource is a video series that inform the community about the need to respect people with disability and to prevent abuse and neglect.  According to research the level of abuse and neglect that people with disability experience is alarmingly high and this needs to change. The best way to prevent the abuse of people with disability is by informing them about their rights and encouraging them to speak up. Another prevention strategy is through raising public awareness of the abuse and neglect of people with disability within society.

Studying in Australia as a Disabled Student

This online guide will help you define what specific needs you will submit to the disability support service running at your university and will help them effectively meet your disability-related demands. The range of services that disabled students need is wide and often specific to an individual, and sometimes unintentionally universities’ disability support services may … Continued

Mental Health in Australia: A quick guide

This quick guide provides an overview of mental health in Australia, including the prevalence of mental health conditions, the cost of mental illness, government responsibilities, and mental health services available in Australia.