Building Innovative Accommodation for People with Disability

Twenty-one organisations across Australia will share $60 million to help build community-based accommodation for adults with severe or profound disability. The Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund will help address a shortfall in supported accommodation and respite for people with disability. It will encourage innovation and drive change in the way supported accommodation services are provided. Negotiations … Continued

Australian Government defies United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations and the National Council on Intellectual Disability is appalled that the Australian Government has announced funding to organisations under the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund that clearly not only breach Australia’s obligations under the UNCRPD but are against the tender specifications for the program. Yesterday the Australian government announced funding … Continued

Victoria Secures New Disability Accommodation

More than 50 new accommodation places for people with disabilities have been secured through a funding commitment of more than $30 million from the Victorian Coalition and Commonwealth governments, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said today. The allocation of more than $14 million from the Victorian Coalition Government and $17 million from the Commonwealth’s Supported Accommodation … Continued

More Local Help for People with Mental Illness

More Australians with severe mental illness will have access to practical support services with $8.1 million in funding from the Gillard Government. From May, the funding will employ 36 new workers in 17 community organisations across Australia, and extend funding for existing workers in eight of these organisations for up to two years. This investment … Continued

Social Needs Directory: Research and Advocacy Tool

A searchable directory of over 500 reports and submissions relating to social need in Australia was launched at the ACOSS conference 2012. The directory provides an easily navigable and searchable directory of key reports and submissions concerning social needs in Australia since 2007, with an emphasis on those released in the last 4 years. Each … Continued

Mental Health Advice Line to Close Tonight

The Baillieu Government’s decision to shut down Victoria’s only dedicated 24-hour mental health advice line will place further strain on already stretched services, the Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Shadow Minister for Health, Wade Noonan, said today. The Mental Health Advice Line will close at midnight tonight (Monday, 19 March, 2012). “This is a major blow … Continued

Inclusion for People with Disability through Sustainable Supported Employment

year Vision for people with disability in supported employment has now been released. The report sets out the Advisory Group’s vision for the supported employment sector, underpinned by a series of principles and eleven recommendations. It is hoped the report will provide a strong framework for the employment expectations and aspirations of people with disability, … Continued

Introduction of Disability Amendment Bill 2012

The Disability Amendment Bill 2012 has been introduced into the Victorian Parliament. The Bill updates the Disability Act 2006 with the following improvements Protect people’s rights Reduce administrative burden on disability service providers Clarify unintended consequences of the Act to align with the original policy intention Address technical and administrative issues that have arisen since … Continued

Commission Welcomes Government Decision to Retain the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

The Commission welcomes the Victorian Government’s response to the review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities tabled in Parliament today. Acting Commissioner Karen Toohey said the response demonstrates the Government’s strong commitment to human rights in Victoria. It also recognises that legislative protection of these rights provides tangible benefits to the Victorian community. … Continued

State Government puts Human Rights First in Charter Decision

The State Government’s commitment to retain and potentially strengthen the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities is a valuable step for justice, particularly for vulnerable Victorians. ‘The decision to retain the Charter and to look at expanding it to include international human rights considerations shows the Government is committed to the principles of human … Continued

New Laws to Bolster Human Rights Charter

The Baillieu government will move to strengthen Victoria’s charter of human rights by making it harder for MPs to make legislative changes that affect basic freedoms. After deciding to keep the controversial charter last week, the government will introduce new laws requiring MPs who want to significantly amend a bill to explain to Parliament how … Continued

Gillard Government Listens to Sector on Not For Profit Reforms

Following extensive consultation with the not-for-profit sector, the Australian Government announced it will extend the start date of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to 1 October 2012. Assistant Treasurer Mark Arbib and Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler said that the three month extension would provide more time for the sector and Government to … Continued

Better Deal For People With A Disability

Amendments to the Disability Act 2006 will help protect the rights of Victorians with a disability while cutting red tape for service providers, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said today. The Disability Act 2006 established a flexible support system based on a person’s choice, their individual requirements and with the aim to help people with a … Continued

Another Boost for Pensioners and Income Support Recipients

More than 4.5 million Australians, including 3.4 million pensioners, will soon receive an increase in their income support payments to help meet their cost of living. From 20 March, single people receiving the maximum rate of Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment, as well as veterans’ income support recipients, will receive an extra … Continued