Southern Melbourne NDCO Newsletter
2nd Autumn Edition 2018
Welcome to the 2nd Autumn Edition 2018 of the NDCO Program Newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like information about special projects, networks and professional development opportunities in relation to education & employment for people with disability please contact the NDCO program.
Sally Bailey, National Disability Coordination Officer T (03) 9784 0400 M 0439 897 027
E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.ndcovictoria.net.au
NDCO Inclusive Learning Conference
Award winning producer of ‘Defiant lives’ a documentary that explores the history of the Disability Rights Movement https://defiantlives.com/
Date: Friday 1 June 2018
Target: Professionals with an interest in inclusive education and employment for people with complex learning needs and disability aged 15 years and over.
Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston
Educational Inclusion Theory and Practice
Educational Inclusion Pathways
Early Bird Registrations Close 30 April 2018
Registrations Close 7 May 2018
Participant Registration Early Bird Registrations $100, full fee $150
Stallholder Registration (Stalls will be open during lunch break) $50
To purchase tickets go to:
For more information go to
or contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email email@example.com
Understanding School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)
Disability Services Consulting
SLES It is available to Year 12 school leavers who are eligible for the NDIS. SLES helps young people prepare for and take part in work. Through SLES, school leavers will receive supports for up to two years that are focused on improving employment opportunities by getting them work-ready. The supports provided are tailored to meet individual employment goals.
Policy and Research
Career Planning for People with Disability Survey
School inclusion of children with intellectual disability: An intervention program
Over 20 years of research has highlighted that the school integration of children with disability in a general classroom cannot by itself create satisfying relationships with peers and does not ensure that children with disability are automatically accepted by the rest of the class. Although exposure and contact may be important prerequisites to developing positive relationships with students with disability, these do not often occur spontaneously between peers with and without disability, and lack of them may cause indirect forms of micro-exclusion and marginalisation of students with disability, especially of students with intellectual disability.
Share your opinion in the disability workforce Survey
The Victorian Government wants to hear about your experience working in the disability sector. The survey will give you the opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting you, and to let the Victorian Government know what matters most to you about your work. Participating in the survey will give you the chance to influence government policy and shape the conditions in which you work.
The survey is open until 30 April 2018 and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Register for the survey here. https://www.vic.gov.au/ndis/getting-ready/disability-workforce/the-workforce-s-ndis-experience-longitudinal-research.html
Please note this survey is being conducted by the Victorian Government and is not a TAC survey.
Are you a university student with disability looking for paid work experience that counts?
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is offering students with disability the opportunity to intern with leading and forward-thinking organisations across a range of disciplines as part of Stepping Into Winter 2018.
What is Stepping Into?
Stepping into is a paid internship program designed for university students with disability who want to gain paid, hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study. Students benefit by gaining valuable experience in their desired field of work, and by having the opportunity to develop professional networking and social skills.
About the Internships
Stepping Into internships are offered across a range of industries in both the public and private sector. Internships are available for students around the country studying Finance, Law, Social Sciences, IT, Science, Engineering and many more. For a full list of disciplines covered, please visit our website. https://www.and.org.au/pages/apply.html
Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund - now open for expressions of interest
Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 are available for new and innovative projects that have the potential to improve employment services and/or contribute to enhancing employment outcomes for long-term jobseekers and those facing barriers to entering the workforce.
A new Disability Project Stream is available to support new and innovative approaches to employment support and employment services for people with disability.
Expressions of Interest open Monday 16 April 2018
Expressions of Interest close Thursday 31 May 2017 at 5pm
For information on the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund, including program guidelines, eligibility and how to apply visit the Jobs Victoria website. https://jobs.vic.gov.au/about-jobs-victoria/jobs-victoria-innovation-fund
LaunchVic’s Entrepreneurial Programs for Aboriginal Victorians
This grant round will focus on increasing diversity and inclusion by investing in organisations to deliver new and existing entrepreneurial programs that improve access and participation in the Victorian startup ecosystem for Aboriginal Victorians.
This program is an initiative of Tharamba Bugheen - the Victorian Aboriginal Business Strategy 2017-2021
Application open until 5pm AEST Thursday 24 May 2018
Online information Session: Teleconference 10:00 am – 11:00 am , Thursday 19 April 2018
To register go to:
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
NEIS offers training, income support and tailored advice to help job seekers become small business owners.
There’s a network of 21 specialist providers to help job seekers start and run a new small business via:
• accredited small business training and mentoring for up to 52 weeks
• income support for up to 39 weeks
• rental assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)
• mentoring and support from a NEIS provider in the first year of the new business
Employment Assisitance Fund (EAF)
EAF provides workers with a disability with funding for any workplace modifications, equipment or services required for them to perform their job.
The EAF is available to people with disability who are about to start work or who are currently working as well as people who need help to find and prepare for a job.
It is also available to people who are self-employed, and jobseekers who need Auslan assistance, or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.
Conferences and Workshops
Inclusive Education Summit 2018 is being held at Deakin University Waterfront Campus from October 26-28
The Inclusive Education Summit seeks to engage with researchers, students, education professionals and leaders, advocacy organisations, and people experiencing exclusion to consider human rights in relation to inclusive education.
Participation in the Summit is invited through both the Call for Papers and Registration, with all the Summit information available via our website www.deakin.edu.au/ties2018. Visit the website today to submit your Abstract for presentation or to take advantage of the early bird discounted registration rates.
Frankston Mornington Peninsula - CAREERS EXPO
Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Venue: Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston/Flinders Rd, Hastings
Contact: Jane Ling, FMPLLEN Frankston Mornington Peninsula Careers Expo Coordinator
Mobile: 0422 126 985
Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties in Class
Free limited places
A workshop for Support Staff and Tutors at Institutes of Further Education: Colleges and TAFES
Date: Friday 4 May 2018
Venue: Level 2/54-58 Wells St, Frankston VIC 3199
To book go to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/supporting-students-with-learning-disabilitiesdifficulties-in-class-tickets-44430884973
Sponsored by the National Disability Coordination Officer Program for Southern Melbourne
Transition Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum
To register click on the link in your area below.
Jeanette Purkis presents
post-school transition strategies for students on the autism spectrum (tertiary study and employment)
Strategies to support autistic students
Autism - what you need to know, Do’s and Don’ts,
Aspiration and resilience building
Penny Robinson (Werribee, Moonee Ponds & Sunshine) - as someone who has ‘been there, done that’, and successfully transitioned to tertiary education – and out the other side into employment, Penny will share this journey with you.
Max Williams (Melton only) - his autistic superpower is his witty, punchy way with words, which is a staple of both his work with the I CAN Network (as both Speaker and Editor in Chief) as well as his blog. Max will share his personal journey through university and beyond.
Q&A ‘You can’t ask that!’ style
Info pack/helpful hints
Werribee - To register for Werribee Seminar https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-strategies-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-werribee-tickets-44786534731
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Location: Kelly Park Centre
Moonee Ponds - To register for Moonee Ponds Seminar https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-strategies-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-moonee-ponds-tickets-44789658073
Date: Thursday 3 May
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Location: The Clocktower Centre
Melton - To register for Melton Seminar https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-strategies-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-melton-tickets-44789823568
Date: Friday 4 May
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Location: Bridge Road Community Centre
Sunshine - To register for Sunshine Seminar https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-strategies-for-students-on-the-autism-spectrum-sunshine-tickets-44789862685
Date: Friday 4 May
Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Location: Visy Cares Hub (behind Sunshine Library)
Sonocent Audio Notetaker sessions
Anyone interested can book in via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/note-taking-accommodations-with-sonocent-audio-notetaker-tickets-44667656162
disABILITY AWAREness an eLearning training package freely available in Australia
It’s a great place to start if you have little or no knowledge of disability, or if you want a quick refresher to update your awareness.
Become more informed and discover inclusive practices for the workplace and the community.
The training has been developed by the National Disability Coordination Officer Program, an Australian Government initiative.
Start your FREE disABILITY AWAREness Training today. http//www.disabilityawareness.com.au
The latest assistive technology for people with print disability
Quantum Reading Learning Vision is inviting you to attend our free “Reading Reinvented” seminars in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane this April 2018. These hands-on events are for everyone that might be interested in learning how the new model OrCam MyEye wearable technology is assisting people overcome their reading disabilities.
Monday 9th April 2018
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 883 853
Everything Carers—Promotion of carer events, resources and activities
At Everything Carers we are bringing together local caring news, information about peer support groups, local service providers and information and advice about the topics carers need to know about, including the NDIS, reforms to the aged care and mental health systems, advice on returning to work after caring and how to cope with some of the difficult situations carers encounter.” www.everythingcarers.org.au
Women Enabled International's accountABILITY Toolkit
Women Enabled International’s accountABILITY Toolkit seeks to empower women with disabilities and organizations working on their behalf to make use of available U.N. human rights mechanisms. Bringing the voices and experiences of women and girls with disabilities to the U.N. human rights system is essential to hold States accountable for their human rights obligations and to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities worldwide.