Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum – 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.


Thursday 3 June 2021 | 11am – 12pm

Disability and Disaster Resilience Issues Paper

Associate Professor Michelle Villeneuve from the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney, who leads Australian research on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, has compiled the Issues Paper coming out of the Disability and Disaster Resilience Forum that DARU hosted in August last year. Michelle will present an overview of the consolidated issues and what actions need to be taken by individuals and community organisations, and supported at all levels of government.

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Tuesday 8 June | 11am – 12pm

Renters Rights Rundown: Victoria’s new renting rules

Deborah Fewster is Advocacy and Engagement Manager at VCOSS and she will be joined by James Latham from Department of Justice and Community Safety to provide an overview of the more than 130 changes to Victoria’s renting rules which came into effect on 29 March 2021. The changes apply to all types of tenancies, including private rentals, caravans, residential parks, rooming houses and specialist disability accommodation.

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Wednesday 9 June | 10am – 12pm

Gateways and Gatekeepers: An exploration of the issues facing people with episodic mental illness – during transition to the NDIS

Dr Elizabeth Hudson will present the findings from her PhD research Which involved exploring the experiences of people with psychosocial disability during transition to the NDIS. She discovered that system-level structural barriers and rationing decisions applied by NDIS staff do indeed lead to differential pathways for people experiencing mental illness.

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