ILC investment strategy: Funding secure to 2022

The much anticipated ILC Investment Strategy taking us beyond 2020 was released within a hair’s breadth of Christmas Eve.

The strategy remains true to its foundation principles outlined in the Commissioning Framework, particularly in relation to the importance of maintaining a strong outcomes focus and the balance between building individual capacity and creating broader opportunities for people with disability. 

However, it is in the application of these principles that we see a different approach to previous years. 

2017 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award – Nominations now open

Closing date: August 28, 2017

This award recognises and rewards the contribution women with disabilities have made that is of direct benefit to women with disabilities, or to making a more inclusive community, in Victoria. You are invited to nominate a woman with a disability, or a group of women with disabilities making a difference.

Human Rights Awards 2016

Australian Human Rights Commission held their 2016 Human Rights Awards. Congratulations to all winners and finalists, your contributions are truly amazing. Watch the video here.

Disability sector shines at national awards

The National Disability Awards are one of the major events in the lead up to International Day of People with Disability on 3 December 2015. Keran Howe, the founding Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Victoria, was recognised with the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability. Preventing violence against women with disability is … Continued

Kensington mental health worker awarded top Australia Day honour

Betty Kitchener has poured years of work into demystifying myths and misconceptions about mental health issues. Ms Kitchener’s creation of the world-first mental health first aid course has earned the Kensington resident an Australia Day honour by being named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). “It really gets people to understand what is … Continued

Order of Australia Medal for Lesley Hall, past CEO of AFDO

The Board and staff of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) warmly welcome the recognition of Lesley Hall’s work with the award of a posthumous Order of Australia Medal today. “Lesley was a strong advocate with a life-long disability who worked to empower people on low incomes, indigenous Australians and people with disabilities in … Continued

Funding cuts closes disability orgs

Peak disability support organisations have been forced to either close their doors or reduce services and retrench staff thanks to Federal Government funding cuts. CEO of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), Matthew Wright, said 10 peak organisations run by people with disability will be left with no choice but to either close their … Continued

Fears specific disability expertise could be lost after funding cuts

A raft of disability advocacy organisations discovered just before Christmas that they would no longer receive government funding. Many of these organisations were peak bodies specific to a single disability, such as Deaf Australia and Blind Citizens Australia. There are now concerns that specific expertise about particular disabilities will be lost, as staff become retrenched … Continued

Disability Rights Campaigner Nominated for Justice Medal

Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes AM, now chair of Attitude Foundation, has been nominated for the 2014 Justice Medal. Exodus Foundation founder and CEO Rev Bill Crews is also among the nine nominees for the prestigious medal. The Justice Medal will be presented at the 16th annual Justice Awards dinner, hosted by the Law … Continued

Kairsty Wilson Wins Hesta Community Sector Award

AED is pleased to announce that last Wednesday evening 11 June at the Brisbane Town Hall Kairsty Wilson, AED’s Principal Solicitor, won the prestigious HESTA Community Sector Award for the Social Impact category. HESTA CEO Anne-Marie Corboy, said the judges were looking for an individual or organisation making an outstanding contribution to social justice in … Continued

Real Law Vote Now

Closing date: June 9, 2014

The Law Institute of Victoria has launched Real Law, a community recognition program highlighting the contribution many lawyers make within their communities through advocacy, charitable works and volunteering. There are five lawyers shortlisted who have made a substantial contribution to their communities. Kairsty Wilson from Association for Employees with a Disability (AED) Legal Centre, is one of … Continued

Supporting Advocacy and Leadership Opportunities for People with a Disability

The Victorian Coalition Government is enhancing advocacy and leadership opportunities for people with a disability, with additional funding for the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) announced today by the Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge. Ms Wooldridge said the Coalition Government will invest an additional $43,000 annually in the SARU as part of … Continued