Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2019
Advocacy under pressure

Monday 2 September | NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

Defending Participants Rights -Navigating the NDIS

Where does the NDIS fitwithin the Australian legal landscape?

How does an advocate/ participant recognise and navigate avaible legal remedies?

Thisforum will explore participant rights in the NDIS context and unpack the Interface between NDIS and other areas of law including:

  • Consumer and contract laws – what are participant’s rights and remedies
  • Guardianship laws – when should a substituted decision maker be appointed? Who can authorise what?
  • Untangling the complaints process – who do you complain to, when and why
  • Is there a solution to “thin markets” what to do ?

When

Tuesday 3rd September, 2019: 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Where

The Hall

Speaker

Facilitated by:

Victorian Disability Advocacy Network (VicDAN),

The main aim of the network is to assist independent disability advocates and legal service providers to work effectively in supporting Victorians with disability to access the NDIS. Activities include raising awareness with the NDIS about instances where participants in the scheme may not have their voice heard and ensure they receive effective representation to work through issues. Photo of Victorian Disability Advocacy Network (VicDAN),

Session Summary

Agenda

1:30-1:45 pm  housekeeping and traditional welcome

  • Trevor Carroll,  Chief Executive Officer, Disability Justice Australia Inc
  • Eva Sifis, Director by Accident, member of Brain Injury Matters is the Moderator for the afternoon 

1:45-2:15pm  Key note: Where are we now with the NDIS and where are we likely to be in 12 months?  

  • Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM – Melbourne University

2:15-3:15pm  Pushing the Rights Button: Bureaucracy V Human Rights in the NDIS context

This panel, followed by questions, will discuss what problems and challenges we are seeing post roll-out, and how they affect the legal rights of participants.  What can we do to ensure that the legal rights of participants are upheld.

Speakers:

  • Barbora Ježek, Solicitor at Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC)
  • Dr John Chesterman, Deputy Public Advocate at Office for the Public advocate
  • Lucy Adams, Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid 

3:15-3:30pm  Afternoon tea 

3:30-4:30pm  Navigating the NDIS: Access and Complaints – who fits where and why?

Where to complain, and who to complain to, is a maze that needs explaining. This panel session is aimed at giving practical information to ensure the legal rights of participants are upheld. Each speaker will outline their role and give practical information on how to access them.

Speakers:

  • Chris Cahill, Assistant Director Community & Mainstream Engagement Vic/Tas, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
  • Fiona Sawyers, Senior Assistant Ombudsman, Strategy Branch, Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • Samantha Dooley Capacity Development Manager, Disability Service Commissioner
  • Miranda Bruyniks, Complaints Commissioner, National Disability Insurance Scheme quality & Safeguards Commission

 

4:30-4:45pm  Wrap up  

Thank you and closure

  • Sam Drummond, Victoria Legal Aid