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Legislation and regulation in Australia: Children and young people with disability in primary and secondary education settings’.

The report provides a general description of how Commonwealth funding for education operates; a detailed explanation of how laws regulating education for students with disability function in each jurisdiction; and an examination of each jurisdiction’s anti-discrimination laws as they apply to education (including the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 issued under that Act.)

Belonging Matters Podcast

This podcast series is for people with disabilities, family and friends of people with disabilities, and anyone interested in providing a more inclusive life for people with disabilities. The podcast is a collection of real life stories focused on the good life for people with disabilities sourced from people with disabilities and their families, and a spectrum of professionals and advocates.

Good Practice Guidelines Resource Manual

Women with disability are at greater risk of experiencing Ddomestic family violence than those without disability. Domestic family violence services, therefore, need to be able to effectively support people with disability and to address any barriers they may face in accessing support. The Guidelines provide a framework of overarching principles. The Resource Manual supports the guidelines by providing practice-based resources and tools to support both frontline workers and service managers in good practice service delivery.

Planet Puberty

Puberty can feel like a brave new world, or even a whole new planet – and for children with disability, there can be unique issues to address. Planet Puberty is an online resource designed to help parents and carers of children with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder navigate the changes to their bodies, emotions and social interactions occurring during adolescence. A range of inclusive and accessible digital resources is available including factsheets, videos and useful books that cover everything a child needs to know as they go through puberty, including information about body changes, hygiene, periods, emotions and relationships.

NDIS National Workforce Plan: 2021-2025

Closing date: June 30, 2025

The plan outlines the Australian Government’s commitment to work with NDIS participants, industry and other stakeholders to grow a responsive and capable workforce for the NDIS that attracts workers with suitable skills, values and attributes. The plan includes 16 initiatives that aim to ensure the care and support market and workforce are able to support participants to meet their needs and achieve their goals.

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on mandating vaccination among residential disability support workers

Many people with disability have a higher risk of developing severe illnesses from COVID-19. Ensuring high vaccination rates among residential disability workers will help protect people with disability.  In light of this, AHHPC recommends National Cabinet strongly encourage all disability support workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect their own health and the health of the people for whom they are caring

Annual Financial Sustainability Report Summary

Closing date: June 30, 2022

The report provides an assessment of the financial sustainability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This interim report also includes analyses and discussion on recent Scheme experience, best estimate projections of future participant numbers and costs (based on emerging experience and future expectations), and strategies to address risks to sustainability.

Vaccination communication resources

These resources have been produced to help people with disability and low English literacy understand more about coronavirus vaccinations. The resources include a social script, visual schedule, Easy English document and Key Word Sign video.

La Trobe Support for Decision Making Practice Framework: An online learning resource

Being able to participate in making decisions is a basic human right. The foundation of current approaches to providing support for decision making are that everyone has the right to participate in decision making.
People with cognitive disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities or acquired brain injury, are likely to need support to make some decisions about their lives. This course was designed for supporters of people with intellectual disabilities and people with acquired brain injury.  Supporters include: frontline managers, disability support workers, team leaders, clinicians, friends, spouses, parents and other family members. It can also be used by case coordinators, case managers, local area coordinators and ability linkers.

The future for the NDIS

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) CEO Martin Hoffman has opened up about where the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is heading in an exclusive interview with Summer Foundation Policy Manager and disability advocate, Dr George Taleporos.

Disability Research Collection

Research reports contained in the collection were produced between 2012 and 2021 with the aim of sharing evidence and knowledge on a range of topics to help advance the rights of people with disability. Designed to improve policies and practices, this Collection is for people with disability, their family, caregivers, allies or supporters, disabled people’s organisations, policymakers, researchers, advocacy organisations, service providers and practitioners.

Securing Their Future: Planning for the future when you care for a person with disability

This guide has been created to help you put in place some safeguards to ensure the person with disability you care for is properly provided for, if something were to happen to you. It outlines actions carers can take now to ensure safeguards are in place, should the time come when they are no longer able to care for the person with disability.

Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum Resources – June 2021

This forum series provides an opportunity for advocates to gain access to in depth expert knowledge on topical issues which directly impact on the practice of disability advocacy. The session resources available include video, audio, transcript and links to downloads and references mentioned. Disability and Disaster Resilience Issues Paper Associate Professor Michelle Villeneuve from the … Continued

Disability Support Work and the impacts of COVID-19

The study provides important insights into the challenges experienced by staff working in Victorian disability residential settings in the second wave of Victoria’s COVID-19 pandemic. It describes the findings from a national on-line survey of 357 disability support workers (DSWs) conducted between May and June 2020.

Human Rights and Technology Final Report (2021)

This report is the culmination of a three-year national investigation into human rights risks posed by new and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence. It reflects the Commission’s extensive public consultation regarding the impact of new technologies and contains 38 recommendations.