OPAN and AFDO Discussion Paper – Supports for Older People with Disability

This is a unique time for disability policy in Australia. We are acutely aware that for the past decade, public rhetoric has focused almost exclusively on the NDIS to the exclusion of all else. It is time for this to change! This paper comprehensively maps out where and how services are provided to older people … Continued

Sidelined too long: Calls to modernise the Disability Discrimination Act

More than four million Australians live with a disability. Their rights are protected by a variety of laws, some international – like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) – and some national, like the Disability Discrimination Act (Cth) (DDA). But despite the existence of these laws, people with disability … Continued

National Disability Asset webinar

Inclusion Australia CEO, Catherine McAlpine, spoke at the National Disability Asset webinar. The Asset aims to better understand specific needs and goals of people with disability – to give a more complete picture of their lives. For more info, watch the highlights video

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) Experts by Experience Advocates

The Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) Experts by Experience Advocates (Experts) are a group of 12 women with diverse experiences of disability. The Experts support the development of policies, products and services by sharing their lived experience expertise through consultations and co design sessions. The Experts meetings are held monthly on Thursdays, from 11:00am to … Continued

New resources to strengthen inclusion in early childhood education and care

The Government is focused on building the capability of families and carers of children with disability or developmental concerns in early childhood and education and care settings through new resources aimed at boosting inclusivity and building staff and educator capacity. Delivering on the Government’s commitments under Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-2031 Early Childhood Targeted Action Plan, … Continued

PhD scholarship in Disability, Diversity and Inclusion Studies

Closing date: October 23, 2023

The new Disability, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne invites Expressions of Interest for a PhD. The Initiative aims to create and promote safe and socially just futures, where people with disability have access, are included and their diversity valued in all facets of social, political and … Continued

New Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022: Sector briefing

Victoria will have a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act from 1 September 2023. The new Act replaces the Mental Health Act 2014. It has new rights-based principles that promote the values, preferences and views of Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress. The new principles guide how service providers should deliver assessment, treatment, care and support.

Failed Ambitions: Kew Cottages and changing ideas of intellectual disabilities

This meticulously researched book uses archival records to explore the history of Kew Cottages through the trajectory of ideas behind development of disability policy, both nationally and internationally, and the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities in institutional care, covering the evolution of disability within our society. Everyone with an interest in the history of disability rights in Victoria should read this book which explores the way policies and services have evolved as our understanding of intellectual disability improves. 

National Disability Advocacy Framework 2023 – 2025 and Disability Advocacy Work Plan

The new National Disability Advocacy Framework 2023-2025 (NDAF) and associated Disability Advocacy Work Plan were endorsed by Disability Ministers on 21 April 2023.  They were developed by the Australian, state and territory governments, in consultation with people with disability, families, carers, disability advocacy providers and disability representative organisations. The NDAF commits governments to work together to improve national consistency and access to advocacy services for people with disability across Australia.  The Work Plan identifies shared priority work areas for the Australian, state and territory governments, to work on to support the outcomes in the NDAF.

NDIA chair Kurt Fearnley on ‘fundamental’ reform of the disability scheme

The federal government is trying to contain the exploding cost of the landmark National Disability Insurance Scheme – especially difficult given the fears of vulnerable people who rely on it.  In this podcast, former Paralympian Kurt Fearnley, chair of the National Disability Insurance Authority, which implements the scheme, discusses its issues and the road ahead.

Shorten backs ‘ethical’ automation for NDIS assessments

Government Services minister Bill Shorten has called for the greater use of data and automation in National Disability Insurance Scheme assessments as long as an “ethical framework” is in place. He said that the problem with the former government was that it took the “human elemen out.”