Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2019
Advocacy under pressure

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

Getting it right: Decisions that make a real difference

Appealing NDIS decisions involves taking cases to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. What are some of the things that advocates need to know about this process to get the reasonable and necessary outcomes that their clients need and deserve?

When

Monday 2nd September, 2019: 3:20pm - 4:20pm

Where

The Hall

Speakers

Professor Darren O’Donovan BCL (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer, Director of Engagement La Trobe Law School

Dr Darren O’Donovan is Senior Lecturer in Administrative Law at La Trobe Law School. His research focuses primarily on frontline administrative justice and the integrity branch of government, and he has published widely in both areas. Darren is co-author of the NDIS Digest, a regular accessible guide to NDIS appeals and policy developments for the disability sector and the broader public.

Photo of Professor Darren O’Donovan BCL (Hons), PhD, Senior Lecturer, Director of Engagement La Trobe Law School

Tim Noonan, Lawyer, Economic and Social Rights Program, Victorian Legal Aid

Tim Noonan is a lawyer in the Economic and Social Rights Program at Victoria Legal Aid. He practices in a range of areas of law, with a particular interest in administrative law and medico-legal matters. He has conducted, and provided advice in relation to, a number of reviews of NDIS decisions at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, with an emphasis on jurisdictional and procedural issues.

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Mary Mallett, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)

Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) is the Canberra based national peak body for independent disability advocacy in Australia. DANA supports organisations in every state and territory that work to promote and advocate for the rights of people with disability. With the advent of the NDIS independent advocacy will be even more important in assisting people … Continued

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Session Summary

Increasingly, NDIS participants are disappointed by their approved  plans  because they  don’t meet their needs and don’t reflect what was discussed at the planning meeting. Advocates then step in to assist the client to sort out what is a complicated and tangled mess. Reversing bad plan decisions usually ends up by taking the case to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). What are some of the things that advocates need to know about this process to get the reasonable and necessary outcomes that their clients need and deserve?