Improve Access to Justice for Disadvantaged

Lawyers need to be better prepared to help disadvantaged clients navigate Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), a new report has said. A new research report prepared by the National Pro Bono (Legal) Resource Centre identifies the need for lawyers to be better equipped to assist people experiencing disadvantage to participate in ADR. The research indicates that … Continued

Top Lawyer Lacks Experience for Rights Job: Clark

HUGH de Kretser has presided over a network of non-profit legal centres, worked as a corporate lawyer and sat on legal boards – but Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark does not want him to step into a key role as an equal opportunity commissioner. The Age can reveal today that Mr de Kretser, a son of former … Continued

Yooralla Carer on Sex Charges

An alleged serial sexual predator who worked at Victoria’s largest non-government disability service is facing more than a dozen charges of abusing a disabled person in his care. But the parents of disabled Victorians exposed to the alleged offender were not told by Yooralla that he had been charged with rape in March. It was … Continued

DDLS Advocate – May 2012

This edition of The DDLS Advocate includes articles on The recent closure of the Diploma of Auslan course at Kangan Batman TAFE. and the rights of deaf people to their language-Auslan. Serious Illness Workplace: A Management Perspective New Evening Service Adverse Action and Discrimination against Pregnant Employees Why Australians living with a disability have the worst quality … Continued

You Be The Judge Evaluation

The 2012 Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference: You Be The Judge was held at Melbourne Park Conference Centre in March 2012. This is a biennial event hosted by the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) and Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV), the sector’s peak body. This Evaluation quantifies the feedback about this … Continued

Protecting us All

A new website to educate Victorians about their human rights under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was launched on Sunday 27 May at the 2012 Human Rights Film Festival by Acting Commissioner Karen Toohey. The website outlines the 20 fundamental rights the Charter protects and uses real people and their stories to explain … Continued

NFPs To Benefit From Increased Spending On Legal Services

Specialist Not for Profit legal service, PILCH Connect has secured a four year funding agreement with the Victorian Government. The funding mean Victoria’s Not for Profit sector will benefit from $1.2 million in funding over four years for free or low cost legal services. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, … Continued

Policing the Mentally Ill a ‘Drain on Resources’

VICTORIA Police apprehend a disturbed person in the community on average every two hours and transport them to a hospital emergency department, according to a study into the challenges of policing the mentally ill. Such callouts do not often lead to criminal charges, with the bulk of people having threatened or attempted suicide or other … Continued

Threat to Kill Son Finally Stirs Authorities to Act

Last June Lyn Bicknell went to her local police station and told officers that if they did not help her she would kill her intellectually disabled son. As desperate as she was – having just been pinned to a chair by the knife-wielding 15-year-old – she admits she would never have gone through with it. … Continued

Police Encounters with People with Intellectual Disability: Prevalence, Characteristics and Challenges

Closing date: October 31, 2012

This study investigates the experiences and perceptions of operational members of Victoria Police in relation to their contacts with people with intellectual disability (ID). Key interests for exploration included how frequently and in what context police reported coming into contact with people with ID, how they made this identification, and the challenges they experienced at … Continued

Know Your Rights Brochures

The brochures aim to assist people to understand their rights, identify situations where their rights are not being met and know what actions they can take The series of five Know Your Rights brochures are entitled: About Us Age Discrimination Disability Discrimination Race Discrimination Sex Discrimination The About Us brochure explains what the Commission does … Continued

Verbal Communication Support Called into Question

Over the years, seemingly miraculous feats have been performed by profoundly disabled people with the help of a controversial technique known as “facilitated communication”. It’s a method where people who can’t speak or communicate normally are given physical support to help them do so, but there have long been serious doubts over whether it actually … Continued