Come Over to My House

This delightful picture bookexplores the home lives of children and parents who are Deaf or disabled. Featuring a gorgeous die-cut cover, bright illustrations and a diverse cast, this is a must-read for all families.  A cast of friendly characters invite friends over for a play – there’s fun to be had, food to eat and families to meet!… RRP $24.99. –

Disability Inclusion Bill Exposure Draft

Closing date: October 31, 2022

The Victorian Government is reviewing the Disability Act 2006 following the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is important that Victoria’s disability legislation is contemporary and fit-for-purpose. The review of the Disability Act is part of the broader reform agenda set out in Inclusive Victoria: State disability plan 2022–2026. As part of the review, the government is seeking your views on creating a new Disability Inclusion Act, including the establishment of a Commissioner for Disability Inclusion. The new Disability Inclusion Act would sit alongside the Disability Act.

Use of unregistered providers and independent contractors in the NDIS: experiences of choice, benefits and implications for participants and their support staff workers

This study will examine the experience in using unregistered providers and independent contractors from the perspective of people with disability/plan nominees who use these services. The aim is to understand NDIS participant choice making and the benefits and implications for both participants and their staff in utilising these services. You are invited to participate in this study if you are over the age of 18 an either plan manage or self manage your NDIS plan and purchase services from at least one unregistered provider or independent contractor. You will need to provide consent to participate in an 1 hour online or phone interview.

To register your interest in taking part in this research, contact Sophie Yates, Research Fellow at:
T: 0403 610 410

Consultation Draft – National Principles to Address Coercive Control

Closing date: November 11, 2022

The Australian Government and state and territory governments are working together to develop National Principles to Address Coercive Control, which will outline a common understanding of coercive control and its impacts. Once finalised, the National Principles will help raise awareness of coercive control, inform more effective responses to family and domestic violence, and promote more consistent support and safety outcomes for victim-survivors. You can contribute to a shared national understanding of coercive control by providing your feedback on the draft National Principles by completing a survey.

Australia NDIS Gets App with Blockchain: What Could Go Wrong?

Disabled Australians will soon receive an app that implements a welfare compliance system devised by the same individuals who created robo-debt. However, this is not at all good news. The point is that it is evident that the Australian government intends to extend technology-driven compliance to all Australians, with an emphasis on punishing your failures rather than theirs.

Communications Advisor

Closing date: September 26, 2022

This role creates a range of engaging content for a variety of channels and translates complex information into clear, easy-to-understand information that is targeted to meet the needs of families of children with disability. You will use analytics expertise and strong knowledge of communications trends to ensure ACD’s communications resources are strategic and effective.

The Disability Paradox

When asked to rate disabled people’s quality of life, nondisabled people assume it is low—lower in fact than people with the disability in question rate their own quality of life. This gap between what nondisabled people believe and what people with disabilities actually experience is known as the disability paradox.

Faster hospital discharge for NDIS participants

Minister Shorten said the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is implementing an operational plan to reduce the time taken for participants to be discharged from hospital.

Local MP chairs inquiry into NDIA

An inquiry will be held into the Geelong-based National Disability Insurance Agency, which runs the NDIS.  Corangamite MP Libby Coker is the chair of federal parliament’s Joint Standing Committee, which will be running the inquiry.  She said it would be looking into how to identify and improve the NDIS operations, focussing on its capability and culture.

Capability and Culture of the NDIA

Closing date: October 12, 2022

As part of the committee’s role to inquire into and report on the implementation, performance, governance, administration and expenditure of the NDIS, the committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into the Capability and Culture of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The committee particularly welcomes submissions from people with disability, families and carers; allied health professionals; and representative organisations. 

Note: There are 2 closing dates.  Submissions received on or before October 12 will be considered for hearings in 2022.  Submissions received after 12 October will be considered for hearings in 2023.

Inquiry to probe NDIA’s ‘capability and culture’

It will focus on the “operational processes and procedures” employed by the NDIA, as well as the “nature of staff employment”, and the impact this has on the “experiences of people with disability and NDIS participants trying to access information, support and services from the agency”.