Southern Melbourne NDCO Newsletter
Spring Edition 2018
Welcome to the Spring edition 2018 of the NDCO Program Newsletter for region 14 Southern Melbourne. If you would like further 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
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NDCO Inclusive Learning and Pathways Conference
SAVE THE DATE: Friday 23 November 2018
Keynote Presenter Sarah Barton
Award winning producer of ‘Defiant lives’ a documentary that explores the history of the Disability Rights Movement https://defiantlives.com/
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
Inclusive Educational Practice
Inclusive Employment Pathways
Register your interest here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDCOILC
For more information go to
or contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email email@example.com
Policy, Research and Reports
ongoing need for support, growth and development of the Auslan workforce.
The specific objectives of this desk-top project were to assess the workforce capacity to meet existing Auslan interpreting service demand in Victoria and identify strategies to improve workforce capacity to meet future demand.
To view this report go to VicDeaf Workforce capacity Project_______________________________________________________
Revised reasonable adjustment guide now available
Recent legislative changes have prompted updates to the vocational education and training (VET) guidelines for reasonable adjustment. Based on these changes as well as feedback from VET practitioners, we have recently updated the Reasonable adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment: A guide for VET practitioners.
This guide is used widely by VET practitioners to make reasonable adjustment for learners with disability. Teachers, trainers, tutors, disability practitioners and educational managers can apply the strategies and measures outlined in the guide to ensure learners with disability are not disadvantaged when undertaking training or undergoing assessment.
As part of this update, we have streamlined the guidelines; updated legislative references, including copyright based on the December 2017 legislative changes; and outlined the interface of VET supports and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Check out the latest revision of the guide
Inquiry into Career Advice Activities in Victorian Schools
A report on the enquiry into Career Activities in Victorian Schools in now available on the line at:
Pathways 14 Conference
There will be sessions available on the topic of Best Practice for TAFE and Best Practice for Universities. Find out more
The Pathways 14 Conference will be held from Wednesday 5th December to Friday 7th December 2018 at the Novotel Manly Pacific. In the spirit of the Pathways 14 theme Progressive Partnerships - Inclusive, Innovative and Ingenuity the committee have decided to absorb the pre-conference workshop into the conference program.
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.
Supporting 'Education for all' Conference
Education for all is a school policy that gives schools a clear definition of inclusive education and what the legal obligations are for supporting students with disabilities.
Monday 10th of December, 2018, Victoria University City Conference Centre, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne 3000
$150 Standard registration, Limited spaces
Tickets and registration https://bit.ly/2LBrW9o
Some of our presenters
Dr Silvana Micallef - Snr Clinical Neuropsychologist Austin Health, Monash Health
Claire Tobin - Principal Medical Advisor Victorian Dept. of Education and Training
Thomas Howell - National Training Manager Premium Health
Rheana Nation - Parent perspective Epilepsy Foundation
Jan Davis Course Coordinator Holmesglen Institute
Victoria Desouza Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager
Andrew Zreczycki Specialist Mentor for Students with Autism
• Supporting students with mental health issues in schools
• From the classroom to the workplace
• Supported internships: From secondary school to TAFE
• Social inclusion for young people with disability
• Epilepsy and education, impacts and solutions
• Supporting students with autism
• Epilepsy from a parents perspective
Working across cultures in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) are working to support the transition to the NDIS for people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
CEH and ECCV are running a FREE training and networking session for disability service providers in the South East to enhance their reach and engagement with people with disabilities and their families/carers from diverse backgrounds. This event will be held at Dandenong Civic Centre (Formal Meeting Room), Level 2, 225 Lonsdale St on Thursday 13 September.
This event is free to staff from disability services registered with the NDIS. There is a maximum of 3 registrations per agency. Participants can register for one or both sessions.
Training: 9.30am - 12.15pm
Cultural Competence in a disability context
A professional development session
(incl. presentation by the Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre) to increase disability workers’ ability to work effectively with CALD communities.
Registration on Eventbrite:
VET Training and Assessing in NDIS related Qualifications Workshop
The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has funded the VET Development Centre (VDC) to develop and deliver specific professional learning for Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers, trainers and assessors delivering National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) qualifications. This training is part of a suite of quality initiatives under Victorian Government’s Keeping our Sector Strong: Victoria’s Workforce Plan for the rollout of the NDIS. The overall objective of this professional development program is to:
- ensure VET trainers and assessors are current and able to teach skills required for the NDIS environment
- connect trainers and assessors with NDIS clients and service providers
- focus on the fundamental changes in thinking and acting that are required to put the principles of the NDIS into practice
- provide assistance for the transition to NDIS, and enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
This interactive workshop has been developed by VDC and NDS for VET trainers and assessors to discuss NDIS and explore the workforce and VET implications on the delivery and assessment of NDIS related qualifications.
Areas of focus:
- The road to NDIS
- The Pre-Training Review
- Choosing suitable and appropriate candidates for enrolment
- Person centred approaches and active support
- Integrating policy with units of competency and associated assessment requirements
- Unpacking the unit and the assessment requirements to provide individualised support
- Work Placements - Forming partnerships with service providers
- Vocational Competence and Industry Currency
Who can attend?
The workshop is for Victorian VET trainers and assessors, curriculum managers and coordinators with experience delivering NDIS related qualifications (Certificate III in Individual Support; Certificate IV in Disability; Certificate IV in Mental Health; Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work; Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance and Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance).
Rosalie Flynn is an accomplished facilitator and consultant, with extensive experience in the education, health, community services, and NFP sectors working at national and state levels.
Jenni Oldfield has more than 25 years’ experience working with the VET sector in various roles, including developing units of competency and qualifications across a range of training packages including: the CHC Community Services and HLT Health Training Packages.
Andrew Minge has worked in various roles in both government and community based settings including disability, youth justice, child protection, adoption and permanent care, academia, epidemiology and mental health. Andrew currently works with NDS as part of the projectABLE team.
Cath Ralston has worked with NDS since August 2014 in a range of roles with a focus on workforce planning and development. Her projects have included development of a suite of training resources, establishment of a training quality network and facilitating an action learning network.
Melbourne CBD and Regional locations
Workshops 1 - 4 held on the 4, 12, 17 and 25 October 2018 for this series will be held at the VDC Training Rooms - Level 8, 379 Collins Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000
- A regional workshop (12 November 2018) will be held at the Horsham International Hotel
To register go to : https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/W18070/
Building and Transitioning the Health and Social Services Workforce
Workforce Implications of Consumer Choice and Control Implementation in Health and Community Services
The disability, aged care, mental health and primary care service sectors are undergoing significant reform. At the heart of these reforms is the rights of people to have greater choice and control over the services and supports they select. These reforms are being felt broadly across the health and community services sectors.
Our latest forum aims to better understand the workforce implications of consumer choice and control / consumer directed care reforms across the wider Health and Community services sectors. Industry experts will provide their insights and lead discussion on the workforce implications of person-led reforms to deliver more coordinated services to ensure the consumer gets the right support at the right time.
Feedback captured through our earlier forums has revealed that one of the biggest challenges and priorities facing service providers is attracting, recruiting, retaining and upskilling a workforce to respond to the changing nature of service delivery brought about through the reforms. It is clear that workforce must have the appropriate education and training, skills, and attributes to provide quality care, but what are the new roles and skill sets that have emerged with the implementation of CCC / CDC models across the health and community service sectors?
We will look at the latest intelligence regarding the workforce and new skills requirements and utilisation across service sectors, and how the workforce will grow, diversify and adapt to enable it to respond to a person-centred approach to providing support, including
- Re-skilling of the current workforce
- Creation of new roles, new jobs and new ways of working
- Emergence of new employment models
- Changing role and delivery of workforce education and training
- Management of workforce quality and performance
To register : https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/building-and-transitioning-the-health-and-social-services-workforce-tickets-48053815255
Do you know a student with disability who will be interested to gain 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.
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.
Internships will generally last 4 to 8 weeks (with the opportunity for flexible work hours to manage your disability or other commitments).
Am I eligible?
- Stage of study: final or second last year of university
- Discipline of Study: All are encouraged to apply
- Citizenship status: Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident or International student with full working rights in Australia
AND accepts applications from students with all types of disability including but not limited to physical disability, mental health conditions, sensory impairments and immunological conditions.
How do I apply?
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
To speak to a member of the Stepping Into team call 1300 36 36 45 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dial in to an Information Session
The presentation will offer an overview of the Stepping Into program, recruitment process and what will be next steps. You will get full understanding about the internship program.
For the schedule of the information session please see below.
Also, if you would like us to arrange a information session face to face with your students, we are happy to arrange that as well. Please let us know if you would like it in person.
- Thursday 13/09/2018 - 3:00PM - 4:00PM*
- Friday 21/09/2018 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM*
*All times are Melbourne/Sydney time*
To participate in the webinar you will need to dial in to the teleconference for audio and the webinar for visuals.
Login details are below for you.
Step 1: Webinar Login
Go to the Webinar Login Page
Enter this code in the ‘I am a participant’ field: 6367393293
Step 2: Teleconference
Phone: 1800 896 323
Participant Code: 6367393293
Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. There is no need to RSVP to the webinar._____________________________________________________________
Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries
Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.
The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life.
For more information and details on how to apply, please visit:
If you have any queries or would like to speak with our bursary coordinator, please feel free to make direct contact:
Ph: 03 8378 1220
NDIS workshops –Bayside Peninsula and Southern Melbourne
A large portion of AAPathways is dedicated to providing Career Advisers with the information and resources needed to support and assist students and job seekers.
The update to the Career Advisers section ensures more accurate content, as well as completely up to date information on Australian apprenticeships and traineeships.
This toolkit helps teachers provide an inclusive education to students with communication support needs.
All students with communication support needs have the potential to learn, achieve and thrive, yet this goes unrealised if they are not understood in their schooling years.
We have collaborated with educators, speech pathologists, students with communication support needs and their families, and the Victorian Department of Education to provide teachers with the latest information and practical step-by-step recommendations for supporting students with little or no speech, so that they may reach their highest potential both academically and socially.
WCAG 2.1 Summary for Web Writers
To support content authors with the transition to WCAG 2.1 Vision Australia’s training partner, Dey Alexander from 4 Syllables, has provided a plain language summary and checklist for 27 WCAG 2.1 criteria relevant to content producers.
The article covers navigation, structure, images and colour, instructions and errors, documents and pre-recorded audio and video. Read the 4 Syllables article WCAG 2.1 summary for web writers now to learn more.https://4syllables.com.au/articles/wcag-summary-writers/
Changing Places Toilets are on the Mornington Peninsula
Two fully-accessible Changing Places toilets are available on the peninsula.
Changing Places toilets are designed for people with a disability who have high support needs, including requiring the assistance of a hoist and/or height adjustable table.Changing Places toilets are currently located on the Mornington Peninsula at:
• Octavia Street, Mornington
• Arthurs Seat Eagle, 795 Arthurs Seat Road, Arthurs Seat
To find other Changing Places toilets across Australia visit Changing Places Toilet Map
Find where to purchase or borrow an MLAK key to access the Changing Place Toilets
For more information and how to advocate for Changing Places Toilets visit Changing Places Toilet Australia
To contact the Shire about Changing Places Toilets: 1300 850 600 or email@example.com