Community Celebration to welcome the NDIS in Albury Wodonga Region

Community Celebration to welcome the NDIS in Albury Wodonga Region at Retro Youth Cafe Albury Friday 12th May 2017 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Posted: April 28, 2017

Regional Disability Advocacy Service - Call for applications

Regional Disability Advocacy Service - Call for applications to join a new Board to take a new Direction Are you a leader who wants to make a difference and support disability advocacy in Regional Australia? Regional Disability Advocacy Service (RDAS) is being established in 2017 as a merged organisation between Disability Advocacy Network Inc (DAN) based in Wagga Wagga and Disability Advocacy and Information Service (DAIS) based in Albury/Wodonga.
Posted: April 12, 2017


DAIS Advocates NDIS Presentation to Junction Support Services

DAIS Advocates Dave and Paige gave a presentation on the NDIS to Junction Support Services
Posted: April 09, 2017

Indigenous Community Support at Gateway Health Wodonga

Indigenous Community Support Team at Gateway Health Wodonga provide case management in areas including: Health Care, Housing, Employment and more
Posted: March 31, 2017

Wheeleasy Website Survey

Wheeleasy is a website where consumers can get information about wheelchair access. They are asking the public to complete a survey
Posted: March 31, 2017

Beat It Exercise Program Albury

Beat It Exercise Program Albury is run by Diabetes NSW. Two x 1 hour exercise sessions per week for 8 weeks at Flex Out Physiotherapy. Start Date and Time: Monday 17 April 2017, Mondays & Wednesdays at 5pm. Start Date and Time: Tuesday 18 April 2017 Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am. Please call 1300 136 588 to book.
Posted: March 24, 2017

AlburyCity Disability Inclusion Action Plan Community Survey.

The AlburyCity Disability Inclusion Action Plan is currently being developed.The surveys will enable AlburyCity to gain a better understanding of key concerns and issues relating to inclusion and access.
Posted: March 21, 2017

Expression of Interest: Advisory Group for People with Disability in Wodonga

The Advisory Group group will inform Wodonga Council and local agencies and service providers by identifying local barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating and accessing community life. Applications close on Friday, March 31.
Posted: March 06, 2017

Law Access NSW Information

LawAccess NSW, is a free government service that provides legal help as a starting point for people who have a legal problem in NSW. LawAccess NSW provides free legal help for people who have a legal problem in NSW through two service channels:A telephone service Ph 1300 888 529 A website,, . Law Access wish to spread the word about their service .
Posted: February 20, 2017

NDIS Transition Support Package Information Sheet

NDIS Transition Support Package Information Sheet 16 provider and consumer peak organisations in Victoria have been funded to support people with a disability, their family and carers and service providers transition to the NDIS. Organisations will focus on 3 areas Service Provider Readiness, Participant Readiness and Family/Carer Readiness. An Information Sheet is available to provide information on the organisations and what information sessions they will be running.
Posted: February 20, 2017

Hume Riverina Community Legal Service New Address and Contact details

Hume Riverina Community Legal Service New Address and Contact details New Address 27-29 Stanley Street Wodonga New Phone: (02) 6055 8090
Posted: February 15, 2017

News from Beyond 18: The longitudinal Study on Leaving Care

The Beyond 18 study seeks to track young people who have left or about to leave care to better understand the difficulties they face, their life outcomes. The Department of Health & Human Services (Vic) has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies to conduct the study.
Posted: February 03, 2017

Addressing Hoarding and Squalor Behaviours Brochure

Centacare and Hume PIR have led a systems change project, addressing Hoarding and Squalor Behaviours. A community brochure, explaining hoarding and squalor behaviours has been developed.
Posted: February 03, 2017

Listening with Love - Companions for People Living with Dementia Program EOI Benalla

Expressions of interest for program to be held in Benalla in March/April 2017
Posted: January 13, 2017

Disability Advocacy Network Australia Newsletter

The Disability Advocacy Network Australia Newsletter is now available Topics in this newsletter include BUT are NOT limited to: Reminder: DANA Surveys; Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) win for workers with intellectual disability; Resources on Centrelink debt recovery
Posted: January 13, 2017

National Aboriginal Wellbeing Conference Ballina Call for Workshop Presenters

Call for National Aboriginal Well being Conference Ballina Workshop Presenters Expression Of Interest The Conference is on the 29th & 30th March 2017 the Ballina Beach Resort Quality Hotel Compton Drive Corner Cedar Crescent, Ballina NSW. The deadline for submissions is Friday 10 February 2017.
Posted: January 06, 2017

Sailability Albury Wodonga 2017 Dates

Sailability Albury Wodonga runs at the Albury Yacht Club in Bonegilla. The Hansa Dinghies used are easy to sail and cannot tip over, ideal for people with limited motor abilities.Sessions run in January to March. Registration is essential
Posted: December 16, 2016

Women with Disabilities Australia launches new human rights toolkit

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has worked hard to research, develop and publish a suite of resources focused on key human rights issues for women and girls with disability in Australia.
Posted: December 16, 2016

Advokit Update - December

Informing advocacy for people with disabilities by DANA . The advokit website is This Update is for people interested in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and particularly those issues relevant to independent advocacy in relation to the scheme.
Posted: December 16, 2016

HEAL Program North East Victoria 2017 Call for Participants

HEAL is a five week program that will teach you how to live a safe and healthy lifestyle.It is run by NESAY Wangaratta. The Proposed Dates for the Program to be run in North East Victoria in 2017 have been released
Posted: December 02, 2016

Association for Children with a Disability NDIS website survey

Association for Children with a Disability run a website called NDIS4kids which aims to provide information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for families who have a member with a disability.They are conducting a survey about what families want to know about the NDIS
Posted: November 23, 2016

Department of Health and Human Services Workforce Network Mailing list

The Department of Health and Human Services Workforce Branch encourages you to join our mailing list to keep abreast of information occurring within the Hume Workforce Network.
Posted: November 23, 2016

Lesley Hall Scholarship applications open

Lesley Hall Scholarship applications open The scholarship prize is a $3,000 grant and a 12-month internship at Art Access Victoria The successful applicant will be a person with disability. Applications close at 5pm on 18 November 2016.
Posted: October 28, 2016

CYDA seeks views on proposed changes regarding mobility allowance

The Mobility allowance is going to be transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) are preparing a submission that will focus on the impact of the proposed changes on young people with disability.
Posted: October 28, 2016

Regional Well being Survey

The Regional Wellbeing Survey is run by the University of Canberra Many communities are now using the Regional Wellbeing Survey’s results to help inform their planning and decision making processes,closes on 30th November 2016
Posted: October 21, 2016

Tackling Tobacco Information Session at AWAHS Albury

Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS) are holding an information session on Tuesday October 25th at 1:30pm on how to become a Community Advocate for Tackling Tobacco
Posted: October 14, 2016

Yooralla Maintenance Crew Employment Opportunities - Benalla and Wangaratta

Yoralla have developed a maintenance crew working across Benalla and Wangaratta which has provided vacancies for up to 4 individuals.
Posted: October 14, 2016

My Learning Matters Workshop Albury - Call for Participants Expression of Interest

My Learning Matters is coming to Albury to run two introduction classes on Wednesday November 16. They are seeking interested people who would like to attend the workshop.
Posted: October 10, 2016

DAIS offers NDIS Information Sessions

DAIS offers NDIS Information Sessions Dave is our NDIA trained Advocate he can provide service providers and participants up to date information about the NDIS
Posted: October 05, 2016

Accessible/Modified Car Hire for Learning to Drive in Wagga

Northcott Disability Service located in Wagga has purchased three vehicles modified with hand control and developed the ‘Access Car Hire’ program.
Posted: October 05, 2016

NDS Launches online NDIS Help Desk via Google+

This is a state-wide Q&A forum with a single focus - helping providers transition successfully to the NDIS. NDS guarantees a response from the Help Desk within 72 hours and will, in appropriate cases, liaise with the NDIA or our NDS sector support consultants
Posted: October 03, 2016

Call for Research Participants- Young People Safety Project



Young people with disability aged 16 to 25 are invited to participate in a research project about what it means to feel and be safe.

The research is called the Safety Project and is being conducted by the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University, with the University of New South Wales Social Policy Research Centre, Children and Young People with Disability Australia and People with Disability Australia.

The researchers will be holding two sessions with small groups of young people with disability at the Youth Disability Advocacy Service, Level 3, 180 Flinders Street, Melbourne. These sessions will be held on:
• 15 November from 3-5 pm; and
• 16 November from 5-7 pm.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating, you must contact Meaghan Vosz on 02 6620 3062 or to register to attend.

Further information about the research is available at

Department of Health and Human Services Workforce Branch Mailing list

Department of Health and Human Services Workforce Branch Communications

The Department of Health and Human Services Workforce Branch encourages you to join our mailing list to keep abreast of information occurring within the Hume Workforce Network. 

These bimonthly communications are relevant to workers within health and human service organisations and will ensure that you are up to date with workforce activities including education and training.

If you are interested in joining in our mailing list please use the link attached and once completed the local Network Coordinator will be in contact.

Workforce Network Mailing List

Victorian Changing Places Accessible Toilet Location Request for Survey Participants

The Victorian Government is funding 15 new Changing Places Accessible Toilets across Victoria,Request for survey Participants Survey will close at 5pm on Monday, 10 October 2016.
Posted: September 23, 2016

NSW Accessible Toilets Updating Information

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is inviting you to get involved with a very important project – updating the accessible toilets in NSW on the National Public Toilet Map on behalf of the NSW Government.
Posted: September 23, 2016

Call for Expression of Interest in Family Law Pathways Network Training

Call for Expressions of Interest in Training Save the date!- Potential Training Date Engaging with men who use violence: Training for Family Law Pathways Network members- Wednesday 19 October, 9am - 12pm Wodonga
Posted: September 23, 2016

Ric Thompson - Art of Asking - Resources and Videos

Ric Thompson presented a workshop for DAIS / ECOS on The Art of Asking Workshop on Friday 16th September 2016 in Wodonga. In this article are some resources and videos by Ric Thompson.
Posted: September 16, 2016

People with Disability Australia Survey

People with Disability Australia looking for input from young people with disability about a ‘Young People with Disability Network NSW.’
Posted: September 09, 2016

We're The Superhumans Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer

The Paralympics run in Rio from SEPTEMBER 07 TO 18 2016 

Britains Channel 4 has a  trailer for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games called .....

We're The Superhumans Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer

Click on the image to view Trailer

Paralympics 2016 Promo


Lower Hume Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Project - Calendar of Events / Activities for Aboriginal Community

Lower Hume Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Project - Calendar of Events / Activities for Aboriginal Community

Activities include:

  • Seymour Local Aboriginal Network Meeting,
  • NDIS Community Information Session,
  • Hearing Tests by Australian Hearing,
  • Let’s Yarn About Dementia & Brain Health,
  • Seymour Local Aboriginal Network Meeting,
  • Goranwarrabul House Community Day,
  • Seymour Local Aboriginal Network Meeting,
  • Rumbalara Mobile Dental Van – Seymour

View Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Project - Calendar of Events 

Supported Decision Making Webpage developed by ADHC

ADHC has developed a webpage on Supported Decision Making (SDM)
Posted: August 26, 2016

Advokit NDIS update

Advokit website has been developed by Disability Advocacy Network Australia Limited (DANA). An Advokit NDIS update is available
Posted: August 26, 2016

Employment Enablement Packages

The Employment Enablement Strategy (EES) is a three year disability employment initiative with the aim of increasing employment for adults with intellectual disability. Applications close: Wednesday 7 September 2016.
Posted: August 19, 2016

Intereach Community Support

Intereach are currently promoting the support they provide to older people in the Deniliquin and Albury regions.
Posted: August 12, 2016

Bladder Health Program Course Delivery Information

Bladder Health Program Gateway Health can run a “Bladder Health” program to cater for the needs of the participant group, depending on days and size of the group. This program will assist participants to learn ways to manage urinary incontinence.
Posted: August 12, 2016

Women Leading by Example Melbourne Workshop - Application information

Two-day leadership workshop for young women with disabilities aged 18–30. The workshop is on in Melbourne on 20th and 21st September 2016. Applications close on Monday 22nd August.
Posted: August 12, 2016

Tax Help Program at Mirambeena Community Centre

Are your tax affairs simple? Do you earn around $50,000 or less? You could be eligible for FREE help with your 2016 tax return. Appointments start Wednesday 24 August 2016
Posted: August 10, 2016

Disability Advocacy Information Resource from DARU

What is disability advocacy?- Information sheet from Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)
Posted: July 01, 2016

Come in We’re Accessible Campaign for Retail and Hospitality Businesses.

Come in We’re Accessible Program for Retail and Hospitality Businesses. An online resource which provides information to businesses, on how they can improve accessibility to meet their obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act. The resource includes a self -assessment so businesses can find out how accessible they currently are, as well as a suite of fact sheets.
Posted: July 01, 2016

Voting Education and Outreach Services for People with Disability Wodonga

Voting Education and Outreach Services for People with Disability. Education Sessions Informing the community about the rights of those living with a disability to vote, and the assistance that can be provided
Posted: July 01, 2016

Employment Circles of Support

Employment Circles of Support - Expression of Interest form available from Friday, 3rd of June. Workshop date: 8 July 2016
Posted: May 27, 2016

Family Violence Protection Tenancy Kit

The Tenant's Union of Victoria describes the Kit as a comprehensive and easy to use resource detailing the current provisions available in the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to assist people affected by family violence.
Posted: May 27, 2016

Financial Capability Services Albury

The Salvation Army Moneycare Financial Capability Service is a free and Confidential service for NSW clients
Posted: May 27, 2016

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation - Disability Services Expo Expression of Interest

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation - Disability Services Expo Expression of Interest
Posted: May 27, 2016

ABS is recruiting now for Census on 9 August 2016

The Census is on 9 August, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic self-starters to fill up to 6,900 temporary Field Officer positions across Victoria
Posted: May 27, 2016

Family Energy Rebate (NSW households)

Family Energy Rebate (NSW households)
Posted: April 26, 2016

Expressions of interest for the Victorian Disability Advisory Council

Applications are now open for Victorian residents who have a disability or are a carer of a person with a disability to become members of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council. This is an exciting opportunity to advise the Minister on initiatives to increase the participation of people with a disability in the Victorian community.
Posted: April 26, 2016

Albury Wodonga Cultural Exchange Survey

Albury Wodonga Cultural Exchange is asking for people to complete a survey to let us know what type of activities they would like to participate in. The survey only takes five minutes and will steer the program. For those that do not have access to the internet, they can come into the Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau which is located at 2/432 Townsend Street Albury on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between the hours of 9am - 4.30pm to pick up a survey and return the survey,
Posted: April 17, 2016

The Albury Wodonga Cultural Exchange logo competition

The Albury Wodonga Cultural Exchange (AWCE) needs a logo which represents the cultural exchange of activity and information sharing. We would love to have a design by you represented on all documents of the AWCE. Win a $50.00 gift voucher.
Posted: April 17, 2016

Wangaratta Accessibility Reference Group - Seeking Community Members

The Accessibility Reference Group aims to bring together a passionate group of people able to help the Council identify and respond to new and emerging issues that affect the broad community in regards to access and inclusion for women and men of all ages and abilities.
Posted: April 17, 2016


Children and Young People with Disability Australia are currently undertaking a national survey about education experiences and students with disability, and are keen to get a strong response from interested parties. The survey closes next Monday 4 April 2016 and can be accessed at
Posted: March 31, 2016

Transition Assistance Program NSW NDIS funding

$5 million TAP is a new grant program to assist disability support providers in regional and remote areas transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Under the TAP, providers can apply for up to $35,000 in grant funding to be used for NDIS readiness activities. Joint applications of up to four organisations can also apply together to receive a maximum of $140,000. Applications close on Friday 22 April.
Posted: March 26, 2016

MS Advisor: specialised support from a health professional, wherever you are.

Support for people living with multiple sclerosis
MS Advisors provide health professional advice, support and linkages for people living with multiple sclerosis. It aims to assist people to navigate diagnosis and treatment options, manage symptoms and access services and supports in their local communities through consultation with the Nurse, Social Work or Occupational Therapy MS Advisors. The MS Advisors provide consultation over the phone or via online face-to-face technologies (like Skype) and have the capacity to reach people in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas across NSW, VIC and ACT.

Support for health professionals

MS Advisors are health professionals with wide ranging skills and expertise in the treatment of people living with multiple sclerosis. Nurse, Social Work and Occupational Therapy Advisors offer free consultation to clinicians treating people living with the disease. We're here for individual consultation on client specific issues or a more general consultation with your team about all things MS - including our services.

Download our MS Advisor information sheet to keep handy or pass on to colleagues.

To access an MS Advisor, or learn more about our full range of support and services, contact MS Connect on (freecall) 1800 042 138 or email You can also learn more at

Have you experienced mental health difficulties? Are you now ready for new challenges and goals?

Wodonga TAFE is offering "Building Bridges". A part time course held 2 days per week for 8 weeks for people recovering from mental health issues to help you gain the skills to become an active and valued member of your community.

Course content will include the development of basic computer skills while increasing language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills for the workplace .Personal and vocational planning, project team work are core aspects of the course. Commencing in MARCH 2016.

To view Building Bridges Flyer please CLICK HERE

To view further details on Course content, please CLICK HERE


Survey on the Opal Card for NSW Transport

PDCN is undertaking a survey on the roll out of the opal card, and issues for people with disability/older Australians in using the card and its related services.

 The aim of this study is to determine the benefits and concerns of people with physical disability when using the Opal Card to pay for transport services provided by NSW Transport and to obtain feedback from as many people with a physical disability as possible. The survey is available electronically or in hard copy.
PDCN will collate the data collected from the survey when preparing submissions, speaking at public forums and any other occasion where appropriate to be advocating on behalf of people with physical disability. Issues and recommendations from the survey will be made to government departments and other stakeholders, and results will also be made available on our website.

Please click on the link below to have your say.

CENTSable No Interest Loans

Unfinished Business - Photographic Exhibition @ Albury Library Museum

Unfinished Business is a photographic exhibition by Belinda Mason revealing the stories of 30 people with disabilities from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Through their involvement in the project, participants draw much-needed attention to critical Issues that impact on their lives. Each participant's story is complex and intertwined with Australia's political and social history, which has resulted in today's high rates of disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.


Supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, First Peoples Disability Network, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Simpsons Solicitors,

Outback Academy Red Dust Heelers, Simpsons Solicitors and Primary Communication


Exhibition is on from Saturday 6 February until Sunday 20 March

RSVP for opening  on 02 6023 8333

Price: FREE

Are you interested in working with and empowering people with a disability in your community?

TAFE NSW Riverina Institute have the following courses available in 2016

Please click on the links below for further information on the courses available

Cert IV Disability

Cert III Individual Support (Disability)

Cert III Individual Support (HACC)


Providing CENTSABLE financial support

CENTSABLE is a new national website helping workers to have informed financial conversations with women on low incomes who are applying for the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS). 
Find out more ...

Mobile Plans for a Better Life

When you’re struggling financially or facing homelessness, it can be incredibly hardto keep up regular payments on something like a mobile phone plan. That's where Better Life Mobile can help. Find out more ...

Prime Minister launches Ask Izzy

Last week over 170 leaders from across the community, government, academic and corporate sectors joined us to see Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launch Ask Izzy. Read more ...

Redesign of Dementia Programmes to Improve Support


On 25 January 2016, the Minister for Health the Hon Sussan Ley MP announced significant changes to programmes and services to better support people with dementia and their family and carers from1 October 2016.

The changes take into account the findings of the Analysis of Dementia Programmes report released last year. The Government also considered advice from the November 2015 Ministerial Dementia Forum in the redesign of the dementia programmes.

The Report shows what worked well and what could be improved.

The redesign of dementia programmes will ensure a nationally streamlined approach to the design, development and outcomes from dementia programmes and services.

The Department will use the Report's key recommendations to redesign and consolidate current programmes and funded services.

The Department will go to market in the first half of 2016 for a single national provider to deliver the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, and a single national provider to deliver a streamlined dementia education programme, consolidating the Dementia Training Study Centres and the Dementia Care Essentials programmes. Both services are expected to be operational from 1 October 2016.

The Department will also work with stakeholders to develop an improved suite of consumer support programmes to help care for those with dementia across the entire life-cycle of the disease.

These new programmes will start from July 2017 and will bring together the National Dementia Support Programme, the Service Delivery Pathways Programme, and the dementia-specific activities of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme from July 2018.

To ensure a smooth transition, the Department will discuss with current providers options for ensuring continuity of service until the arrangements for the new national providers have been finalised.

For more information or to access the Analysis of Dementia Programmes report, visit the department's website.

Enquiries can be made to

Ageing and Aged Care Group,

Department of Health

Nominations Now Open for 2016 Victorian Disability Awards

This year promises to be an exciting time of change and progress in the disability portfolio. The roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria will begin from July, and we will also start consultation on Victoria’s next State Disability Plan.

Over the past year I’ve met many wonderful people who work with commitment and drive to support people with a disability to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Today we open nominations for the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards.

These awards recognise people and organisations who make an outstanding contribution to empower people with a disability and create an inclusive community.

I encourage you to help us promote these awards with your colleagues and partners, and to consider nominating those exceptional people, teams or organisations you work with.

To find out more, visit

Nominations close on Thursday, 24 March 2016.  


Martin Foley MP

Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing

Benalla Performing Arts Centre Survey

Have your say about the Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre, apologies if you have already been invited to participate in this survey.

The Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre (BPACC) is home to live theatre, movies and conferences in Benalla.

The BPACC Board of Management would like to hear from as many people as possible - those who use BPACC and those who have never been - about how important BPACC, theatre and the movies are to you.

By taking a few moments to complete this short survey, your insights will form part of a review of the services of BPACC and how theatre, cinema and conferences can be best delivered into the future.

We would be most grateful if you could complete this short survey and share this survey link with your friends and contacts.

Thank you for your time and for your support of BPACC.

FREE Suicide Prevention Workshop @ Albury

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop at Mita Mita Canoe Club – Noreuil Park, Wodonga Place Albury NSW 2640  on Saturday 12 March 2016 from 9am – 4 pm. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

The program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them.

If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please ask them to register using this link:

The training is open to community members aged over 18 years.

We would appreciate it if you could please forward this information on to others who you feel may also be interested in attending the workshop.

Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials.

Morning Tea will be provided.

Wodonga TAFE Study Opportunities in 2016 - Community Services (Youth / Disability)

Are you or someone you know interested in starting a career in the Youth or Disability Sector?
In 2016 Wodonga TAFE is offering the following courses to help you reach that goal
  • Certificate  IV Youth Work
  • Certificate IV Disability (on campus or online) (VETFEE Help Loan Scheme available)
Last Chance Information Session for February 2016 In-take
Monday 1st February at 6pm
Building B (room B020)
For more information please CLICK on links below
Cert IV Youth Work
Cert IV Disability

Key dimensions of assessment for working with vulnerable children and families

The Australian Childhood Foundation is releasing a four part series examining key dimensions of assessment for working with vulnerable children and families. The series will look at protectiveness, assessing risk, keeping assessments trauma-informed, identifying children's needs and integrating these needs in to practice. These articles will be published over the next couple of months. The first two can be accessed below.

Assessment in practice with vulnerable children and families series - Part 1 

Assessment in practice with vulnerable children and families series - Part 2 

Information for Benalla Residents

If you are a resident of Benalla or surrounding area and wish to know of some Health & Community Services that are offered in your area, please CLICK HERE to view

Australian Cross Disability Alliance calls for investment in Australians with disability for future prosperity

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance is calling on the Government to end speculation about the National Disability Insurance Scheme and to give certainty to all Australians with disability.
  The NDIS is an essential part of our social infrastructure that will ensure   that all Australians with disability finally have the support they need. This long overdue investment in people with disability and their families will enable more people to move into work, and also create jobs in the disability support sector. Reporting on just the costs of the NDIS misses the increase to GDP from the NDIS and the other economic benefits of having more Australians able to participate in the community.  
  Delivery of the NDIS on time and in full was a key commitment by the Coalition to Australians going into the 2013 federal election and one that, so far, they have delivered under two Prime Ministers.  
  "Over the last five years, the NDIS has gained the overwhelming support of State and Territory Governments, both sides of Federal politics and the Australian community in a way that few reforms have before. Australians have simply decided this is the right thing to do. It’s time to take the NDIS out of the annual pre-Budget and policy fights to provide peace of mind for people with disability, their families and carers. These are issues affecting millions of Australians. Time and again, we have seen that most people see the sense in having social insurance for disability in the same way as we carry insurance for other major financial and life events," said Craig Wallace, from the Australian Cross Disability Alliance.
  "So far, the Government has delivered on their 2013 election mandate to deliver the NDIS in full. Any change to this commitment would be a major breach of trust with the Australian people. There would be a strong reaction from across the political divide, especially as we enter an election year."
  "The existing disability support system is broken, failing and becoming increasingly expensive - the NDIS is a carefully designed response to this crisis that will cost less over time, while giving people access to the support they need."
  “We have always welcomed a discussion about funding the scheme so it is sustainable and we believe in a rational and sensible approach to that conversation is in the context of the tax white paper and broader discussions about the revenue, tax and spending mix of our nation. A range of options should be on the table to ensure we deliver the NDIS."
  Targeting people with disability, and the supports they need to get out of   bed, have a shower and leave the house is no answer. Commentary on the NDIS rollout should also balance implementation with the downstream benefits as more people with disability return to work; carers are freed up to pursue   employment and people are kept out of expensive high care options,” said Mr Wallace.


Craig Wallace, President
People with Disability Australia
0413 135 731

El Gibbs, Communication and Media Officer
People with Disability Australia
0408 682 867
 (02) 9370 3100


The Australian Cross   Disability Alliance is an alliance of four national Disabled People’s   Organisations (organisations made up of and led by people with disability):

People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN)

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)


Children with Disability Australia (CDA) is currently preparing a submission regarding the Australian Government Jobs for Families Child Care Package. Through this package, announced in the 2015 Federal Budget, the Child Care Rebate and Jobs, Education and Training Fee Assistance will be combined into a single means-tested subsidy (the Child Care Subsidy). Eligibility will also be determined by an activity test, requiring recipients to complete a defined amount of work, training, study or other recognised activity to receive the Child Care Subsidy.

Further information about the reform can be found at or

CDA is keen to hear from families of children with disability about any direct experiences or concerns you may have in relation to child care and the present reform process. If you wish to share your experiences, please contact CDA on 03 9417 1025 or via email to

Announcing The National Auslan Conference 2016

When: 14th - 16th October

Where: Pullman Park, East Melbourne

CLICK on the following link to view further details


How To Cope and Survive The Heat

 Know the effects of extreme heat, who is at risk and how you can prepare yourself and others

Please CLICK HERE for Information

Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)

Following a review of the VPTAS in 2014, all the documentation for the program has been reviewed and re-written. These documents are now available at the Department of Health and Human Services website:
Posted: January 15, 2016

Save Money on Energy Bills

Concerned about the cost of your rising energy bills? You are not alone.

You are invited to attend a FREE workshop in Wodonga to learn how you can find better energy deals and support your community to save money.

When: Wednesday 20th January
            2pm - 4pm

Where: Junction Support Services
             155 Melbourne Road

Please CLICK HERE for further details


SeniorsLINK Program

SeniorsLINK aims to connect seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to a range of activities, services and programs, while having fun and making new firends.

The SeniorsLINK Program commences Thursday 4th February 2016, and runs for 16 weeks. It is a program of the Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council, in partnership with Gateway Health and Wodonga Senior Citizens Centre.

When: Weekly on Thursdays and  the 3rd Friday of each month.  11am - 2pm

For further information and Registration please CLICK HERE

DAIS Office is open for business !!


DAIS has re-opened after the Christmas break - hours are 9:00 to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Having A Say Conference 2016

Preliminary Program for HaS:2016 has been released. It is an exciting program full of individual stories of achievement, all the usual activities, performances, information workshops, skill development opportunities and lots of fun!! Register for a day or for the whole conference!! Come & Try Activities bookings are now OPEN. Attached is the Preliminary Program and the Come & Try booking sheet for HaS:2016. Please read the instructions carefully as some activities have special requirements. As usual popular C&T’s will fill up fast so the later you book, the less likely it is you will get into these activities.
Posted: January 01, 2016

Children with Disability Australia (CDA) December e-Bulletin

December edition of CDA e-Bulletin include the following topics:

* Post School Transition
* Senate Inquiry into abuse of people with disability
* Education Update - Report released on review of Disability Standards of Education 2005
* NDIS Update
*Royal Commission into Institutional Repsonses to Child Sexual Abuse
*Employment Update
*SCIA Independence Expo

To view Bulletin, please CLICK HERE

Have your Say in Rural City of Wangaratta's 2016 Budget

Through an online process, you can post ideas and vote on the most important issues you believe should impact on Council’s decision-making for the 2016-17 budget. Everyone that registers on the OurSay forum, along with being able to post their own ideas, will have 7 votes to put to the ideas they like across the page.
Posted: December 04, 2015

Are you interested in joining the Benalla Rural City Council Accessibility Reference Group?

The Accessibility Reference Group aims to bring together a passionate group of people able to help the Council identify and respond to new and emerging issues that affect the broad community in regards to access and inclusion for people of all ages and abilities. 

Members of the Accessibility Reference Group will ideally have experience of disability or the carer’s role;  be part of established networks and groups in the community; and be able to regularly attend and participate in meetings as scheduled  (initially on a monthly basis).

Members to the Accessibility Reference Group will be appointed by the Council.

Please CLICK HERE to view Nomination Form

Breastscreen Victoria's Mobile Screening Service is coming to Mansfield

7th December 2015 to 10th February 2016

Please CLICK HERE to view details

NSW Smoke Alarm Subsidy Scheme

It can take less than three minutes for a fire to completely engulf a room.

Do you live in NSW and experience severe to profound hearing loss or know someone who does?

Please CLICK HERE to find out more information about The Deaf Society - Smoke Alarm Subsidy Scheme

Benalla Rural Council Accessibility Reference Group Seeking Community Members

This is a great opportunity for people of all ages and ability to actively contribute to positive changes in our community.

The Accessibility Reference Group aims to bring together a passionate group of people able to help the Council identify and respond to new and emerging issues that affect the broad community in regards to access and inclusion for people of all ages and abilities.  

Members of the Accessibility Reference Group will ideally have experience of disability, the disability sector or the carer’s role; be part of established networks and groups in the community; be able to regularly attend and participate in meetings as scheduled  (initially on a monthly basis).

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Council’s website at or requested by email:

Hardcopies can be obtained from the Council Customer Service Centre, Bridge Street, Benalla Library and Benalla Community Care Centre.  

For further information or assistance with completing nominations contact Jane Taylor, Rural Access Worker on 0438 702 602.

 Nominations close 5:00 pm  Friday  27 November, 2015.

Wodonga's Sport and Recreation Plans are now open for public comment

User groups, community and key stakeholders are encouraged to have a say on the strategies and master plans.
Posted: November 11, 2015

Do you have a child or young person with disability?

 Adaptation to the needs of a child with disability can be very different for each family. Understanding of the needs of families helps develop supports which can improve the wellbeing for the child with disability and for their family.

Annemarie Ashton-Wyatt is a PhD student at the School of Demography, ANU, with many years’ experience in social policy and disability advocacy. Annemarie would like to talk to parents about how having a child with disability may strengthen or challenge family relationships.


Mobility Beyond Driving Sponsorship Program - Applications Open

 Supporting the Victorian community is at the heart of the RACV’s mission. Each year, RACV provides financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to a wide range of Victorian charitable and community organisations to implement specific programs which benefit our members and their communities.

Reforming Mental Health: Call for Reform Proposals

Suggestions for reform of mental health are invited. Consumers, carers, friends, support organisations, community groups, services and policy makers are invited to contribute to this people-driven process to break the stalemate in reform.


Victorian Concessions

A guide to discounts and services for eligible households in Victoria
Posted: November 09, 2015

Take the Regional Wellbeing Online Survey

The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia. To achieve this, we need to hear the views of all people living in rural and regional Australia.
Our 2015 survey is now open. Please consider participating, and forward this email to others who might be interested in the survey. Everyone aged 18 or over who takes part in the survey can enter the draw to win one of 15 prizes worth a total of $7,000.

Do the survey online at
Call 1800 981 499 if you’d like us to post you a paper survey, or for help with the survey.

This year, you can choose to do a short or long version of the survey. People who choose to do a longer survey receive additional entries into the prize draw.
Your participation helps us produce data your community can use, as we produce results for every community from which we receive more than 100 responses. Many communities are now using the Regional Wellbeing Survey’s results as a key resource. To see results from our 2013 and 2014 surveys, click here.
The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes on 1 December 2015, at midnight. Thank you for taking the time to participate in this important study and sharing your valuable insights.
Jacki Schirmer
On behalf of the Regional Wellbeing Survey team, University of Canberra
Survey prizes:  Winners receive their choice of a Coles-Myer, WISH, or Flight Centre gift card, to the following values – 1st prize $2,000; 2nd and 3rd prizes $1,000; 6 runner-up prizes $500. Click here to see the prize draw terms and conditions. 

Volunteer Funding Grants Now Available

The Federal Government's ever-popular Volunteer Grants program has reopened after two-and-a-half years in hiatus.

Small community organisations can apply for grants of up to $5000 to purchase small equipment to assist their volunteers, reimburse fuel and transport costs for volunteers, and contribute towards the cost of training courses and background screening checks for volunteers.

Applications are open until 2pm on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, with grants expected to be paid by 30 June 2016.

Details here.

Sign up to celebrate International Day of People with Disability in 2015!

Event registrations are now open for 2015 International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). 

3 December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and realising an inclusive society for all. Disability organisations, businesses, governments and the community come together at events across the country to mark the occasion and celebrate the achievements of people with disability.

Organisers who register their events will again receive free promotional packs.

Supported by the Australian Government, International Day of People with Disability events can be registered right up to 3 December, but if you want our free promotional products, make sure you have signed up before 18 November.

If you haven’t already, please consider registering your event on our public community calendar at


Fostering Inclusive Pathways

Developing and Holding a Vision for Inclusion & Valued Roles This workshop is the first of a series of four workshops designed for families who are serious about exploring and discovering opportunities for welcome, contribution and connection that abound within our communities for individuals with a disability. This workshop will assist participants to imagine and plan for more inclusive and typical opportunities and community pathways. This session will include presentation material, individual and group work and guided discussion. It will include topics such as:
Posted: October 30, 2015

Williamson Community Leadership Program 2016

Unique scholarship opportunity for an individual with a disability Leadership Victoria (LV) runs the acclaimed Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP). WCLP provides an unparalleled year of leadership–focused activities designed to develop and connect leaders across sectors, backgrounds, generations and regions. Effective leaders with or without a disability, mobilise and empower others to get extraordinary things done in their organisations and in the community.
Posted: October 28, 2015

An Invitation to Join an Elite Volunteer Workforce

Disasters can have enormous social and economical impacts on communities.

People who put their hands-up and spontaneously volunteer when a disaster hits can be a great help with relief and recovery efforts. However, if not well managed, even the best intentioned efforts can overwhelm communities and local organisations, and unintentionally add to their stress and burden.

Could you or a volunteer manager or coordinator you know help harness the power of spontaneous emergency volunteers in disaster recovery?


Please CLICK HERE for Registration details


You can help the Victorian Government to do a better job for people with a disability

The government wants to know what you think

The government wants to improve the lives of people with a disability so that they have the same choices and opportunities as everyone in our community.

You know what works best

We want to make sure that the plan is on the right track and is making the changes that matter to people with a disability.

That’s why we are asking people with a disability who are over 18 and who live in Victoria to answer some questions.

To answer questions, please CLICK HERE

Good Practice Guides to Housing-Focused Support

Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has launched a brand new collection of Good Practice Guides to Housing-Focused Support designed for and by our homelessness sector. The five Guides will be a great resource for new workers to the Specialist Homelessness Sector covering: An overview of homelessness Engagement and building rapport The role of assessment in housing-focused support Supporting consumers to access housing, and Supporting resettlement and stabilisation.
Posted: September 23, 2015

Changes to the Home and Community Care Program

To view a Fact Sheet about upcoming changes for people who receive Home and Community Care Services (HACC), please CLICK HERE.

Register for ARTfinder 2015

The ARTfinder Project is a statewide web based database that will enable people with disabilities to identify the nearest art courses, classes and programs within their local community. Linked into national databases, ARTfinder will map out 
ongoing programs for all art forms (visual, performance and writing) and will enable a person to search for arts programs by postcode, art form, title of activity, or municipality. 
It is anticipated that the size of the data base will grow, as more and more ongoing programs are identified. 

Register now and become a part of this exciting project to strengthen the disability arts movement, making participation in art accessible to everyone! 

Please CLICK HERE to Register

Free mobile app for care leavers

Sortli (short for "sort out your life") is a free mobile app for young people leaving care.

Sortli has information relevant for all young people leaving care. It helps young people think about:
* finding a place to live
* looking after your health
* managing budgets
* finding a job
* doing some training
* general life skills

The app can be installed on Apple, Android or Microsoft mobile devices

A carer's story: lessons from 28 years of fostering

In the 28 years that Phyllis Downward has cared for more than 100 foster children, she has come to believe the most important lesson she can give them is the experience of real love.
“So many of these kids have been through huge trauma and what they need most of all is loving, caring people and a real family home,” she says.

One of the main problems, Phyllis believes, is that 18 is too young for young people to leave care. She thinks they should be able to stay until they are at least 21 years old.

“Most kids don’t leave home at 18 but these kids, who are already behind the eight ball because of the trauma they have experienced, are just expected to make their own way.”

 Many foster carers, she believes, would be happy to keep their foster children for longer. Phyllis has “gone into battle” to keep 18 year old foster children in her care while they are still doing their VCE.

“I treat them as if they are my own children. I try to teach them independence and life skills – to make their beds, to go to school and study,
to budget, to be in society and go out to restaurants.”

 Phyllis believes providing a secure family environment is the key to giving these adolescents a chance at a successful independent life. 
In the end, it's being part of a stable family makes a difference: “It’s a hard job being a foster carer, it has its ups and downs, but it works most of the time and it is worth it.”

Survey for 16 - 19 yo hits halfway mark

Beyond 18 is halfway to its goal of surveying 200 young people with a care experience.  Thanks for spreading the word about the study! 

Play your part this National Child Protection Week

If you work with, or know anyone who has spent time in foster care, kinship care, lead tenant, residential care or permanent care, and is aged 16-19 in 2015, please ask them to take part in Beyond 18.

The results will be used to make the care system stronger and better for young people, by finding better ways to support them both while they are in care and after they leave care.

Children with Disability Australia’s (CDA) submission to the Senate Inquiry

Children with Disability Australia’s (CDA) submission to the Senate Inquiry into ‘Current levels of access and attainment for students with disability in the school system, and the impact on students and families associated with inadequate levels of support’ is now available at 

The submission includes 219 direct experiences of students with disability. These experiences paint a clear picture of an education system that is failing to meet the needs of students with disability. The key issues highlighted include ongoing and persistent experiences of discrimination, limited or no funding for support and resources, inadequately trained staff, a systemic culture of low expectations, exclusion, bullying and abuse.


NILS is a national, community led initiative providing NO INTEREST LOANS to those on low incomes.
Posted: September 04, 2015

Aboriginal Flexible Respite Program

Do you have a Disability or care for someone with a disability and need that extra break from your day to day caring role?

If so, please find the attached information regarding the Aboriginal Flexible Respite Program.

Please CLICK to view a flyer and the application form.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact AFRP administration staff on the details below

Josephine Klauss – Business Support Officer

Aboriginal Flexible Respite Program

Department of Family and Community Services | ADHC
T 02 60570405 F 02 6057 0499
A Level 4, 470 Wodonga Place, Albury NSW 2640



Serviced Office Space for rent (furnished), Wodonga

DAIS has office space available in our bright, new premises located in Melbourne Road, Wodonga. Opportunity to rent close to the CBD – either Daily, Short Term or Long Lease. Rates $400 per month (+GST) or $25 per day casual hire. Discuss your requirements with Martin Butcher by phoning (02) 6056 2420 or emailing:
Posted: August 31, 2015

The Rural City of Wangaratta 2015/2016 Community Grants Program - Minor Category - now open!

The Rural City of Wangaratta will be hosting a Community Grants Roadshow and invite all applicants to join them at the following locations to discuss project ideas and applications.
Please CLICK HERE for dates, times and locations.

Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability

 The Hon. Susan Ryan, AO, Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, is conducting a National Inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians and Australians with disability.

The Inquiry will examine the barriers to employment for people with disability and older people. The Commission will make recommendations about practices, attitudes and Commonwealth laws that should be changed, and actions that should be taken in order to address employment discrimination.

How can you participate?

Consultations are being conducted in every capital city and some regional centres. The consultations will take place from July to November 2015. The consultations are a critical part of understanding the key concerns and challenges, as well as identifying leading practices and effective strategies.

The Commission is also receiving submissions in a variety of different ways: online, in writing, and by telephone. The submissions process will coincide with the consultations.

Please CLICK HERE to view more.

Have your say on mental health in Victoria

Online consultation for Victoria’s next 10-year mental health strategy is now open. Your ideas and insights will help shape the strategy, including shared goals for the future of mental health and wellbeing in Victoria. Visit to join the conversation.
Posted: August 18, 2015

Nominations for the 2015 National Disability Awards are now open

Supported by the Australian Government, the National Disability Awards recognise outstanding achievements that have improved the lives of people with disability.

Open nominations will be accepted in addition to nominations in six categories. Nominations are welcome from anyone making a difference across any sector, including employment, education, health, housing, sport, tourism, arts and cultural events.

To make a nomination, and for more information, go to

Please forward this email on to your networks and help promote this important event.  

Follow on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with the latest on the Awards.

Nominations close on 4 September 2015.


Release of the Individual Funding Handbook and Intermediary Guide

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) announced the publication of the Individual Funding Handbook and its companion, Individual Funding Packages – Guidance for Intermediaries. These new resources are designed to assist people with disability in receipt of individual funding provided by ADHC, their family and carers, and intermediaries who administer the funding on their behalf.
Posted: August 07, 2015


Training for Community Workers

The Law Check-Up is a simple checklist to help community workers and case managers “diagnose” a client’s legal needs.

This free 1 hour workshop will help you to:

Identify typical legal problems experienced by your clients

Use the Law Check-Up

Refer clients to legal assistance services.


To request a presentation at your organisation, contact:

 Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

Ph: 1800 918 377 or 02 6057 5000


Survey for Single Men

The Hume Region Homelessness Network identified Single Men as the key client focus for  2014-2015.

A regional steering group was established to assist to identify the best way of focussing on the issues affecting this client group. The group has been meeting to determine the
most effective approach to identify the key issues for the client group and it was agreed to conduct a survey of single men (current clients of existing services) around their housing needs. The regional steering group developed a survey (see attached) for commencement of data collection across the region. As agreed by the Steering Group, the survey is to be completed by those agencies that are currently working with single men who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness, and will only be used for the purpose of data collection. The survey will take place over a three month period commencing Monday 20th July and ending on Friday 16th October 2015.

Please CLICK HERE to view and complete the SURVEY.



Direct Experience of Students with Disability must be Heard by current Senate Inquiry


Concerns regarding accessing and participating in education have been some of the most significant challenges reported to Children with Disability Australia (CDA) by its members over many years. A Senate Inquiry was announced last month into current levels of access and attainment for students with disability in the school system, and the impact on students and families associated with inadequate levels of support. CDA is calling on students with disability and their families to contribute to the Senate Inquiry currently underway regarding education. It is vital that a strong and large representation is made to this Inquiry which clearly illustrates the range of issues students with disability and families contend with. 


Benalla Community Care - Visiting & Associated Programs

Benalla Community Care have compiled a list of Visiting & Associated Programs offered to the Benalla Community
Posted: July 03, 2015

Benalla Community Health Program

Benalla Community Health Service have developed a list of Programs offered and Contact Details for interested people living within the Benalla Community
Posted: July 03, 2015

GV Disability Expo - Shepparton

Looking for a way to promote your service in Shepparton. Book a site at the GV Disability Expo
Posted: July 01, 2015

National Carer Gateway - Research and Carer Gateway Advisory Group

On 24 June 2015, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, announced the establishment and membership of a Carer Gateway Advisory Group. The Advisory Group will provide advice and inform the development and implementation of the national carer gateway. Commencing in June 2015, consumer research is being undertaken by Australian Market Research to underpin the development of the national carer gateway.
Posted: June 24, 2015

Expressions Of Interest - 2016 Having A Say Conference

Announcing the ... 2016 Having a Say conference Do you want to be a part of Australias largest conference for people with disability held in Geelong
Posted: June 19, 2015

Elder Abuse Prevention - online professional education training

Elder abuse is much more common than our society has traditionally admitted. Much of the problem has been hidden, undefined and under reported. While elder abuse is not a new problem, our society is increasingly recognising and describing ‘elder abuse’ as a range of situations involving the maltreatment or neglect of older people by people they should be able to trust, such as family and friends.



Gambling Help counselling services helping local communities

Gambling Help is a free and confidential counselling service that assists problem gamblers and their families across NSW.
Posted: March 04, 2015

New Community Youth Collaborative for the North East Region

Wodonga Council, in conjunction with headspace Albury Wodonga, are seeking to establish a Community Youth Collaborative that will provide opportunities for community service organisations to work collaboratively on key issues affecting young people in the North East Victorian region.
Posted: February 20, 2015

Before you sign up for a training course - know your rights

A "free" gift could cost you thousands Don't be scammed by "free" offers
Posted: February 20, 2015

TAA Emergency Relief Changes

Travellers Aid Australia (TAA) will be unable to assist with interstate travel and will have to restrict any travel related Emergency Relief to regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
Posted: January 30, 2015

Hume Region Homelessness Network Calendar 2015

Hume Region Homelessness Network & Regional Co-ordinators Calendar 2015
Posted: January 09, 2015

Corowa Roster 2015

Free Legal Advice & Advocacy Clinic each Thursday
Posted: January 09, 2015

Attitude on ABC TV

From the Solomon Islands to Timor-Leste, Afghanistan to Australia, seven documentaries from the award-winning Attitude series, portraying the lives of people living with disability, will feature this summer on the ABC 1, Saturday 6:30 pm
Posted: January 04, 2015

New process for reporting abuse in NSW supported accomodation

From 3 December 2014, funded providers of disability supported group accommodation in NSW will be required to notify the NSW Ombudsman of ‘reportable incidents’ involving people with disability. The head of agency (CEO) of a funded provider will be required to notify the NSW Ombudsman, within 30 days, of becoming aware that a reportable incident has occurred within their service.
Posted: November 25, 2014

New Centralised Intake and Assessment Service

Since 1 September 2014 a new system has been put in place for people wishing to use alcohol & drug or mental health community support services. This system involves calling a centralised Intake and Assessment service run by the Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO). This service is called ACSO Connect.
Posted: November 21, 2014

New laws - Failure to disclose child sexual offences

Reporting child sexual abuse is a community-wide responsibility. Accordingly, a new criminal offence has been created in Victoria that imposes a clear legal duty upon all adults to report information about child sexual abuse to police. Any adult who forms a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child under 16 has an obligation to report that information to police. Failure to disclose the information to police is a criminal offence.
Posted: November 14, 2014

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