Resources

Boards need to be concerned about human rights, quality and safeguarding

For some time, royal commissions, commissions of inquiry and regulators have been stating that boards of directors of human service organisations are responsible for their organisation observing and promoting the human rights of the people the organisation supports, and for the quality and safety of services being delivered.

Don’t privatise Vic disability: union

Hundreds of protesters have demanded the Victorian government end what it says is a privatisation of disability services. The disability workers say Victoria is moving to privatise services as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll out.

Voice at the Table resource kit

Voice at the Table(VATT) is a pilot project which aims to increase the number of people with cognitive disabilities sitting on boards, committees and advisory groups within government, service providers community and mainstream organisations at a local, state and national level, in order to  inform and actively participate in planning, advocacy, policymaking, service development, delivery … Continued

Disability service standards at risk

Disability service providers who most need to upgrade staff training may not do so because of the costs under the NDIS structure, a child protection expert warns. Sally Robinson, senior research fellow at the Centre for Children and Young People, said on Wednesday she worried the “opt-in” NDIS system meant providers could choose adding skill-based … Continued

Autism advocacy and support service launched in Bendigo

People with lived experience of autism are driving a new advocacy organisation that has launched in Bendigo. The Bendigo Autistic Advocacy and Support Service has set up shop in Wills Street, along with disability support provider Distinctive Options.

To compete or not to compete – Big questions for the sector

Could increasing contestability and competition in human services deliver better outcomes for government and the community? Which services? What are the costs and benefits? Are there barriers for new suppliers to enter the human services market?  How could these barriers be removed?

NDIS countdown: Have you forgotten something?

In all the buzz about new technology and the start of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Not for Profits need to go beyond attempting baseline survival and remember that their staff are their most important investment.

The Compass: Your guide for social impact measurement

This guide is for everyone working towards the creation of positive social impact in Australia and who wants to know if they are making a difference. It will help you understand whether social change has occurred, how it occurred and identify steps to assess the effect or value. The Compass explores and explains key topics, … Continued

Planning Access Information Sheets

This suite of fact-sheets was designed to help arts organisations that are developing or updating their Disability Action Plans. It was adapted by Access2Arts and Arts Access Australia using the Arts Council of England’s ‘Action for Access’ tool-kit and research into Australian legislation, contexts and resources. There are 11 fact-sheets in total, which include: Disability … Continued

Disability advocates fear peak body funding changes could affect representation

Disability advocates are concerned people with disabilities will not be adequately represented under changes to the sector proposed by the Federal Government. Under a Department of Social Services overhaul, peak bodies that represent people with disabilities have been told to re-apply for their Commonwealth funding. The current amount of funding is modest in government terms … Continued