Resource Library

Thomas “Marksey” Marks – This Is My Story

Proud Indigenous man Thomas Marks tells his story of being Stolen Gen, incarceration and turning his life around through art. This is his story told in his own words for the Disability Royal Commission.

Special Election Series of Reasonable and Necessary

The election special features interviews with Minister for the NDIS Linda Reynolds, Shadow Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten and Greens spokesperson on Disability Rights and Services Jordon Steele John. The series concludes with a special panel providing commentary including former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, PWDA President Samantha Connor and Bruce Bonyhady and Kirsten Deane from the Melbourne Disability Institute.

Physical Restraint Direction Paper and Guidelines

The directions provides guidelines and standards for the use of physical restraint which must be complied with by disability service providers and registered NDIS providers as part of Victoria’s authorisation process.

Intervention in G93966 – HYY (Guardianship) VCAT 97 – Jan 2022

This case is about when and how an appointed guardian can authorise the use of forcible physical restraint in order to administer medication to people under their guardianship.  This case concerned an older woman, HYY, who was under a guardianship order. HYY was voluntarily admitted to hospital for treatment of her psychological and physical health conditions. However, at times during her hospital stay HYY refused to take her anticoagulant medication.

Changing community attitudes to improve inclusion of people with disability

Researchers asked more than 60 people from business, government, community and advocacy organisations around Australia about how to change community attitudes and looked at past studies on changing attitudes and behaviour.  The research found that to create change there needs to be an ‘active presence of a diversity of people with disability across all life domains, including inclusive schooling, employment and communities’.

Informing Investment Design: Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Research Activity

Between June and November 2021, this research project was undertaken to assist the Department of Social Services (DSS) to build an evidence base for the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program and inform the future investment strategy. The study includes a review of grants information, surveys and interviews of grantees and sector informants, and a desktop review of literature on current identified needs and priorities to achieve inclusion/equity for people with disability. This report is a final overview report comprising high level analysis across these data sources.

2021 AEDC National Report

children have developed by the time they commence school. Key findings from the 2021 AEDC data found that children who started school in 2021 experienced some disruption to their early learning, but at a glance, the majority of children were developmentally on track on all five domains.

NDIS legislation amendments 2022

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Participant Service Guarantee and Other Measures) Act 2022 passed both houses of Parliament on 30 March 2022 and received Royal Assent on 1 April 2022. This amendment to the NDIS Act 2013 establishes the Participant Service Guarantee which will improve the experience and outcomes for people with disability who engage with the Scheme.

Guide for understanding employment supports

There are lots of different supports for people with disability who want to work. This guide can help you understand which supports you could use to help you pursue your work goals.  The Guide has been created to help participants, their families and carers think about what supports might best suit their individual needs in … Continued

Why is supported decision making important?

The decision could be about a financial, health, legal, lifestyle, work related or other matter and the support is important because it gives people with disability choice and control over their lives.

My Story

Closing date: June 30, 2022

Like any community, people with disability have diverse views. They deal with issues like accessibility, discrimination, and exclusion on a daily basis. Today we’re going to bring you some of those unique perspectives – all stories told by people with lived experience. Meet six Australians who share their own personal stories of living with disability. 

Appointing a nominee

If you’re 18 or older, you have the right to make decisions about your business with the NDIS. If you’re not able to make decisions, even with support, you will need representative decision-making. The person undertaking this role is called a nominee and they do this voluntarily. The guidelines provide consistency and transparency about how nominee decisions are made and explain the nominee roles and responsibilities. They also provide information about agency-initiated appointments

Vehicle modifications explained

The guidelines for vehicle modifications and driving supports has recently been updated. It includes information on which modifications and supports are funded by the NDIS and the information and assessment required to receive them. Watch the video to learn more about the updated guidelines and templates.

Experiences of acquired brain injury (ABI)

The effects of this complex and evolving disability, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), are profound and poorly understood by many in the community. This session was part of the Health Discussions Project. Hear from Lisa, Manda and Anat who talk about their experiences of living with ABI.