Region 16 Newsletters

WEST VIC NEWS Summer 2018

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WESTVIC NEWS SUMMER 2018

Welcome to the NDCO Summer newsletter for 2018 forcusing on Graduate opportunities and information gathered from the Australian Network on Disability.

I hope you all have a safe, happy festive season!

Kindest regards,

Pam Anderson

National Disability Coordination Officer

Western Victoria Region 16

Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Mobile: 0418108555

Graduate Opportunities Websites to check out:

http://www.graduateopportunities.com  (GO)

The purpose of GO is to provide you with comprehensive information about a wide range of graduate employment opportunities, including:

  • employers currently seeking graduates
  • graduate programs, vacation programs, cadetships and other employment programs
  • when to apply
  • how to apply
  • eligibility requirements
  • employer contact information.

If you are in your final year of study, don’t leave it until November to think about career options! Most employers recruit for their graduate programs from as early as February in the year prior to graduates taking up employment. The sooner you arm yourself with all the relevant information the better-placed you will be to land the graduate job of your dreams!

As well as our employer profiles, GO provides you with comprehensive job-hunting advice and industry profiles. It is up to you how you want to utilise the wealth of information in GO. To get the most out of it, we suggest the following “GO user tips”:

Take the time to read through the job-hunting advice and industry profile sections. You’ll find plenty of useful information – everything from interview advice to the latest statistics on graduate employment.

Browse the GO employer profiles, as well as using the career search function to sort employers by location, disciplines, work program and more.

Check out the profiles of professional associations relevant to your discipline, interests and long-term goals.

Subscribe to GO email updates.

If you are considering further study now or in the future, browse the postgraduate options section for an overview. Make sure you bookmark the GO website and visit regularly!

Grad Australia

https://gradaustralia.com.au

About GradAustralia

GradAustralia was founded by three graduates from the University of Adelaide. Co-founders Jeff Duncan, Steve Butler and Geoff Adams shared a vision to launch new products that would help every university student get the best possible start to their career.

In 2015, GradAustralia was officially launched and the first edition of Australia’s Top 100 Graduate Employers guide was published. Jeff, Steve and Geoff were overwhelmed by the positive feedback from students, educators, and careers services alike, and GradAustralia has since grown to produce a range of print and online products that are used by over 500,000 students annually.

The GradAustralia team are continually testing new products and ideas to transform the way that young people make their career decisions. We always appreciate your feedback, so don’t hesitate to drop us an email at contact@gradaustralia.com.au to let us know your thoughts and ideas!

Graduate Careers Australia

http://www.graduatecareers.com.au

Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) is one of the leading authorities on graduate employment issues in Australia. We use this position, underpinned by our research and over 40 years of experience, to foster employment and career opportunities for graduates, in association with the higher education sector, government and industry. We are a respected research organisation, providing research services and consulting to CPS the Australian higher education sector, governments and commercial organisations across the world. We conduct extensive and highly regarded research into the outcomes, perceptions and experiences of higher education students and graduates in Australia. On the GCA website, you can explore the wealth of information gathered through our research activities, or start by finding out more about our broad range of surveys and detailed research reports.

Victorian Government Graduate Careers

https://careers.vic.gov.au/career-pathways/graduates-1914

Each year hundreds of graduates join the Victorian public sector to start new careers — you can be one of them. Graduates join us because of unparalleled opportunities. No other employer can offer the breadth of opportunities across a range of roles and industries, and across the state  — in metropolitan, rural and regional areas. Once you join us, you’ll be encouraged to experience different departments, take up temporary roles, and tap into your leadership potential. Our ongoing personal development and training programs ensures your career keeps on moving. And apart from the attractive salaries and generous benefits, you'll receive one more important perk — you get a chance to contribute real change to improving the lives of Victorians. Read more reasons why you should work for Vic. To get started, search for any advertised position or apply in advance for one of our well-regarded graduate programs.

Graduate programs

Our graduate programs provide all the structured support you need for a new career in the Victorian public sector. You'll join a network of like-minded people and have access to professionals for ongoing mentoring and guidance. Some of the public sector’s brightest stars are alumni of our graduate programs. All graduate programs are listed below. Please note that applications are only open during specific times of the year.

Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS)

GRADS is a 12-month development program with three rotations in major departments and agencies. When you successfully complete this program, you’re guaranteed a job and a promotion. For more information, see the GRADS page.

Aboriginal Pathway to the Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme

The Aboriginal Pathway is part of the 12-month Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) described above. This pathway includes cultural sensitivity, pastoral care and strong indigenous networking. For more information, see the GRADS page.

Science Graduate Program

This is a two-year training and development program with three rotations for recent graduates of science, natural resource management, agriculture, ecology, conservation, planning and related fields. This program is jointly offered by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

 

Professional Services Graduate Program

This 12-month program has rotations through Victoria's justice system. After successfully completing the program, you'll get an ongoing role in a justice related business unit. This program is offered by the Department of Justice and Regulation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Koori) Graduate Scheme

This 12-month program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have completed their degree or are in the final year of studies. Opportunities include working on initiatives to connect and communicate with indigenous communities. This program is offered by the Department of Justice and Regulation.  

VicRoads Graduate Program

The VicRoads Graduate Program is an 18-month program offering three 6-monthly rotations across different business areas. You''ll receive professional development, executive mentoring, relocation assistance, and opportunities to travel and work overseas. The program is offered by the VicRoads

Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) Graduate Program

The VMIA Graduate Program is a 16-month program with four rotations within an insurance and risk management organisation. The program features professional development, mentoring, work-life balance options, and generous pay and leave. This program is offered by VMIA.

Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) Graduate Program

The VAGO Graduate program is a structured 12-month learning and development program which leads to an ongoing full time position. Financial audit graduates will also get help joining professional accountancy bodies such as ICAA or CPA. This program is offered by VAGO.

Information Technology Graduate Program

The Information Technology Program is a 12-month program leading to an ongoing full time position. You'll be involved in ICT support, advice and project work across state-wide operations. This program is offered by the Department of Justice and Regulation.

Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) Graduate program

The LXRA Graduate program is a two-year program offering graduates hands-on experience on one of the most high profile infrastructure projects in Melbourne’s history. Graduates will be exposed to industry experts, formal training sessions and support from a professional mentor. This program is offered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority.

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) Graduate Program

The MMRA Graduate program is a two-year program including an 18-month structured learning and development program including multiple rotations, graduate learning services, understanding the network program and a career planning program. This program is offered by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.

Cenitex Future Leaders Graduate Program

This 12-month program offers development opportunities across a range of areas and includes work on major ITC projects and mentoring from Cenitex leaders. You'll work on real-world ITC projects that support the State Government’s commitment to a digital Victoria and better outcomes for the community. This program is offered by Cenitex.

Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO) Graduate Lawyer program

The VGSO Graduate Lawyer Program is a 12-month program including three-month rotations across four of the five Branches of VGSO. Graduates will have access to continuing professional education, attend courts and tribunals, become involved in major commercial agreements and gain practical involvement with specialised areas of law. This program is offered by the Victorian Governments Solicitor’s Office.

Annual National Conference – Australian Network on Disability

Held annually, Australian Network on Disability's (AND) Annual National Conference provides a unique opportunity for changemakers and those responsible for creating access and inclusion for people with disability as employees, customers and stakeholders. It is also a wonderful opportunity for Disability Champions to be inspired by cutting-edge developments nationally and internationally, which are making progress on employment of people with disability. Come together to learn and share knowledge about inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.

2019 Conference

Our last conference was a sell-out, so we suggest getting involved early for our 2019 Conference, which will be held at the RACV City Club in the heart of Melbourne on Tuesday 14 May. 

Take a look at the takeaways from our 2018 conference to gain insights into the calibre of speakers, expertise and ideas you can expect from this high-impact event.

Subscribe to our newsletter for more conference announcements in the coming months or contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Australian Network on Disability - Event Accessibility Checklist

When organising an event, whether it’s a board meeting, an annual conference, or the team Christmas party, there are a few small considerations to make to ensure it can be enjoyed by everybody.

The information below is an overview of considerations that should be made to accommodate people with disability. It is by no means exhaustive, but is a good place to start when planning your event. Always remember to ask each attendee about their unique requirements; never assume.

Choosing a venue

  • Ensure entrances, lifts, ramps and corridor widths comply with Australian Standards.
  • Ensure automatic doors at entrance are available and functioning.
  • Ensure accessible bathrooms are available. Check that the bathrooms are functioning, clear of clutter, and can be easily accessed.
  • Choose a venue that can be easily accessed by public transport.
  • Make sure your venue understands the laws surrounding service animals in Australia.
  • Check that the acoustics of the venue are adequate, and that noise from external sources (traffic, crowds, other events, etc.) do not interfere.

Invitations

  • Ask attendees to advise of any accessibility requirements when registering so that these adjustments are managed as a part of the event. Outline the accessibility features of the venue you have chosen.
  • Ensure digital invitations are accessible. If you're fairly new to accessibility, check out our beginner's guide to accessible content
  • Ensure guests and participants can register for the event in a range of ways, including by phone, email or online. If using an online form or third party booking service, make sure it is accessible.
  • Provide information about accessing the venue, including accessible parking, general parking, public transport, and venue drop-off points.
  • For ticketed events, Companion cards and similar services should be honoured.

Marketing and communications

  • Written material should be available in alternative formats, as required, before and after the event (e.g. braille, large print, audio, electronic).
  • Signage, presentations and written material should have sufficient contrast levels.
  • Make written material available in plain English/Easy English alternatives.
  • Always use inclusive, person-first language

Wayfinding

  • Ensure your event venue is accessible. Is there level access? Is there braille signage? Are there sufficient Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSIs)?
  • Wayfinding materials should be simple and easy to read (clear directions, appropriate signage).
  • The emcee or event organiser should provide a verbal explanation of the layout of the venue at the start of the event. This should include the layout of the room and directions to toilets, meal areas, breakout rooms and fire exits.

Room arrangement

  • Book Auslan interpreters as needed, and reserve seats in front to enable a clear view for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Provide sufficient space between tables for wheelchair access.
  • Ensure table height is accessible to wheelchair users and people of short stature. This includes refreshment tables and buffets.
  • For standing events, provide some chairs for people who may experience fatigue
  • Venue should be clear of obstacles, and trip hazards such as cables should be removed or taped down.
  • Provide guests with access to a separate, quiet area to allow them to take a break, if needed.

Audio visuals

  • Avoid strobe lighting or flashing lights.
  • Provide a wheelchair ramp to the stage (if required) and ensure it complies with Australian Standards.
  • Provide adjustable height microphones, or lapel microphones if required.
  • Ensure a hearing loop is available.
  • Provide space for Auslan interpreters (if required). Ensure interpreters are positioned in a well-lit area and clearly visible to the audience.
  • Provide live captioning (available through Ai-Media). This involves having an adequate internet connection available for attendees to connect to through their personal devices, as well as a phone line to connect the captioners.
  • Venue should be evenly lit throughout.

Presentations

  • All videos must be captioned.
  • Videos should be audio described where appropriate. If they cannot be audio described, the presenter should supply any visual information that a person with low vision may not be able to access.
  • Presenters should describe any visual information in their presentations.

Catering

  • Provide a variety of meal options and include items that are easy to eat. Include foods that do not require utensils or intricacy.
  • Ensure catering staff are briefed and available to assist attendees with serving items where required.
  • Ensure special meals (e.g. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) are clearly labelled and easily accessible.

Everyone has a role to play to ensure inclusion of people with disability. Our new eLearning courses assist managers and whole workforces to understand and contribute to access and inclusion in the workplace every day. 

A beginner’s guide to accessible content – Australian Network on Disability

If you communicate with people, you need to know about web accessibility. It’ll help you write more compelling emails, create easier-to-read documents and improve your search rankings online.  These days, the basic principles of accessibility are easy to understand and apply. With a few simple changes, everyone in your audience will benefit.

Practical tips anyone can use

You don’t need to know the ins and outs of technical accessibility, but you do want to make sure your communications can be easily read and understood by everyone. To that end, we’ve put together some simple, practical tips you can apply day to day to make your content more inclusive.

Use meaningful links

It can be annoying for anyone reading a document or webpage to come across an ambiguous link, such as “read more” or “click here”. By following the link, you have no idea where exactly you’ll end up. You might get a reasonable idea of the destination by reading the surrounding text, but wouldn’t it be easier if you just had to look at the link text to know where you’re going?

Ambiguous links can be even more frustrating for people who are blind or have low vision and rely on screen reader software to access content. It can be helpful for a screen reader user to jump from link to link to decide where they want to go next, but this exercise is pointless if all they hear is: “click here”, “read more”, “click here”, “further information”.

Imagine not being able to quickly scan a page of content to find the information you need. 

Tips for writing link text:

  • Concisely describe the link’s target – where it will take the reader.
  • Make sure the link makes sense when read out of context.
  • Front-load with the most important words, e.g. instead of “Learn more about barriers to inclusion in the workplace,” you could simply use, “Barriers to inclusion in the workplace.”
  • If the link’s purpose is a download, include details about the type and size of what will be downloaded, e.g. “Australian Network on Disability 2017 Annual Report (PDF, 7MB).”

Provide image descriptions

Image descriptions, otherwise known as alternative text or alt text, benefit those who can’t see or can’t see well, as well as those with cognitive or learning disabilities. Alt text is picked up by screen reader software and read aloud to the user. If a screen reader comes across an image on a web page or within a document that doesn’t have alt text, the person using the screen reader may feel like they’ve missed out on information.

Imagine how much information, entertainment and understanding you’d miss out on if you couldn’t see pictures.

Tips for writing image descriptions:

  • The description should accurately reflect the content or function of the image.
  • Be succinct.
  • If the image contains text, replicate that text in the description.
  • If the image has been used as a link, describe the link destination in the description.
  • If the image serves a purely decorative purpose, it could be described as “decorative” or have a null alt (a null alt looks like this in HTML: “”, which is a cue for screen readers and other assistive technologies to ignore it). Which method you use depends on the platform you’re using.

Alt text can be added easily within most platforms. For example, in newer versions of Microsoft you can simply right-click the inserted image, “Edit Alt Text” and add a description. In your website’s content management system there’s likely to be an image description field.

Use ‘true’ headings

We use headings all the time. They help us section blocks of content into smaller, more digestible chunks. Meaningful headings make content easier to read and navigate. For example, many of us will skim over all the headings in a document or web page to get a quick picture of what it’s about and where we should focus our attention. But what if the reader can’t see the headings?

People who are blind or have low vision may rely on screen reader software to read content out to them. In this case, if the person who created the document or web page has used only visual cues to identify headings – for example, made them bigger, bolder and a different colour – the headings will be read in the same way as the rest of the content. Without this structure, it’s difficult for the reader to get a quick overview of the content or be able to jump to the parts that interest them.

Imagine how difficult it would be to read a 200-page document without any headings. Imagine how frustrating it would be to find specific information within that document.

‘True’ headings are structural elements you can use to identify heading hierarchy from the back-end. The most important heading is level 1 (or H1), followed by H2, then H3, and so on. For example, the heading hierarchy in this article looks like this:

  • H1: You need to know about web accessibility
    • H2: Practical tips anyone can use
      • H3: Use meaningful links
      • H3: Provide image descriptions
      • H3: Use ‘true’ headings
      • H3: Use transcripts and captions for videos
      • H3: Makes it as easy as possible for the reader
    • H2: A note on web accessibility standards and obligations
    • H2: Further support to drive accessibility in your workplace

Even though you can’t see the hierarchy when looking at the content, a screen reader can pick it up and announce the heading level to the reader. It will say, “Heading level one: You need to know about accessibility,” “Heading level two: Introduction to accessibility video,” and so on. This gives the screen reader user a clearer picture of the content as a whole and enables them to skip to the sections they want to read. ‘True’ headings can be found in the “Home” ribbon of Microsoft Word, the “Format Text” ribbon in Microsoft Outlook, the editing section of your website’s content management system, or the structure tree within a PDF authoring tool.  

Use transcripts and captions for videos

More than ever before, videos are being used to communicate with both internal and external audiences. So, it’s important to know how to make them accessible to everyone. This largely comes down to two areas: captions and transcripts.

Imagine watching your favourite movie without being able to see it or hear it. 

Captions are an equivalent, synchronised, textual version of what is spoken throughout the video. Closed captions can be turned on or off, whereas open captions are always visible. They benefit people who can’t hear or hear well. They’re also useful to people who have a different native language, and those who can’t have the volume on or too loud, such as parents of sleeping babies and commuters.

Transcripts are important for those who can’t or don’t want to access the audio or video. It’s a textual version of what is said during the video, but may also include descriptions, explanations or comments. An example transcript (text description) can be found accompanying Australian Network on Disability’s Access and Inclusion is Good for Business video.

Make it as easy as possible for the reader

Accessibility techniques are designed specifically to improve access for people with disability. However, they often have far-reaching benefits related to general readability, comprehension and findability. Here are some additional tips to make it as easy as possible for every reader to enjoy your communications.

Tips for readability:

  • Use clear, simple, inclusive language that is appropriate for your intended audience
  • Left-align text to avoid uneven spacing between letters and words.
  • Use sans serif fonts, such as Arial or Verdana.
  • Use real text, not images of text.
  • Expand acronyms on first use and wherever else is reasonable.
  • Use ‘true’ lists (same concept as discussed in “Use ‘true’ headings).
  • Avoid excessive use of bold, capitals, italics and underlines.
  • Avoid very small font sizes.
  • Links should be underlined and in a colour that stands out.
  • Ensure good colour contrast between text and its background (a number of free tools are available to test this, such as Vision Australia’s Colour Contrast Analyser).
  • Avoid using colour alone to convey information. 

A note on web accessibility standards and obligations

The current and complete global standard for web content accessibility is the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1, commonly referred to as WCAG 2.1. This technical standard is most useful to web developers and those involved in the maintenance of online content. WCAG was developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the W3C in pursuit of a web that is accessible to people of all abilities. Watch their video, which introduces web accessibility.

The Australian Human Rights Commission endorses the application of WCAG in an Australian context in its World Wide Web Access: Disability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes

Web teams, and anyone with permission to upload content to your organisation's website, should be familiar with and responsible for applying the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Where extra technical support is needed, there are many specialist accessibility consultancies in Australia that can provide expert advice. 

Media stereotyping people with intellectual disability

Often, a person with intellectual disability is treated as either ‘heroic’ or ‘tragic’ in the media. By maintaining these stereotypes, we maintain the assumptions and prejudices that go with them. How can we tell stories that truly promote inclusion?

Read about media stereotyping people with intellectual disability. 

What does a diverse workforce really look like? 

Plenty of studies show that a diverse workforce leads to business gains, either in engagement, profit or efficiency, but we're still not embracing a diverse population, often one with non-visible disabilities, in large numbers. It's an untapped resource that may be costly to ignore in the future.

Read about what a diverse workforce really looks like 

Interviewing People with Disability 

The main purpose of any recruitment process is to find out whether an applicant has the skills and capability to undertake the “inherent or essential requirements” of the job. In order to ensure that potential applicants are able to make it through to the interview stage, the application must be accessible. This involves making application forms and other material available in accessible formats, an accessible website, and further information acknowledging workplace adjustments and your disability employment policy. 

Many employers may not need to modify their current interviewing practices. In some cases, an applicant may not disclose their disability at the time of application in order to avoid potential discrimination. Because of this, it is recommended that all applicants proceeding to interview, not just those who advise they have disability, are asked whether they require any adjustments or assistance to participate in the interview. 

For some people with disability, an interview may not be the best way to demonstrate their skills. Some may be nervous about interviews, particularly if they have been unemployed for some time. A person with disability may have the skills to perform the job but not interview well. In this instance, there are alternatives to consider. Adjustments may involve offering work for a contractual period, or an alternative means of assessing an applicant's suitability. This could include a work trial, or offering the applicant the opportunity to have a support person attend with them. 

Interview preparation

If a candidate shares their disability upon application, ask them what adjustments they may need for the interview. For example, a person with vision impairment may need detailed instructions and extra time to find the building. Your building and interview room need to be accessible, as do your processes. If any paper work needs to be completed during the interview, make sure they are available in alternative, accessible formats. 

Types of questions

Members of recruitment and selection panels need to be disability aware and confident. Ask the applicant the same questions that you would anyone else. Ensure the questions address the inherent requirements or job essentials.

Use behavioural interview questions that are framed around the job essentials. This allows applicants to demonstrate where they gained their skills and abilities, regardless of the context. 

For example, instead of asking “describe your call centre experience”, ask “tell me about a time where you’ve solved a problem for a difficult customer”. This will allow an applicant to demonstrate they have the skills required for a customer service role. 

What questions can I ask a person about their disability?

The only questions an employer can lawfully ask about a disability or injury relate to:

  • Any adjustments required to ensure a fair and equitable interview/selection process.
  • How the person will perform the inherent requirements of a job.
  • Any adjustments that may be required to complete the inherent requirements of the job.

Any other questions about an individual’s disability are inappropriate, including questions about:

  • How the individual acquired their disability
  • Specific details of the individual’s disability.
  • How the disability will impact ability to perform aspects of the role 

General interview etiquette

  • Don’t patronise people with disability. Treat adults as adults.
  • Don't be embarrassed if you use common expressions such as "see you later" to a person with vision impairment.
  • If you offer assistance, wait until the offer is accepted. Be prepared for your offer to be refused.
  • Use a normal tone of voice when extending a welcome. Do not raise your voice unless asked.
  • Speak directly to the person with disability, rather than through a companion, interpreter or aid if they are present.
  • Allow sufficient time for an applicant to respond to questions.
  • Never pretend to understand if you don’t. Instead, repeat what you have understood and allow the person to respond. The response will guide your communication.

Interviewing people with physical disability

  • Offer to shake hands even if they have limited hand use or wear an artificial limb. A left-hand shake is acceptable.
  • Never lean on a person's wheelchair as the chair is their personal space.

Interviewing people who are blind or have low vision

  • Allow a person with who is blind or has low vision to take your arm near the elbow to guide them rather than propel them.
  • Always identify yourself and others who may be with you.

Interviewing people who are deaf or hard of hearing

  • To gain attention, tap the person on the shoulder or wave your hand.
  • Look directly at the person.
  • For those that can read lips, face the light and keep your mouth clear when speaking.
  • Be aware of the impact of background noise for people who are hard of hearing.

Interviewing people with intellectual disability

  • Speak in a straightforward manner and check understanding.
  • Be patient and wait for the person to finish what they are saying.
  • Don’t pretend to understand the person if you don’t. Ask them to repeat what they have just said or to say it in another way (using different words, for instance). 

Disability information sharing

There is no legal obligation for an employee to disclose a disability unless it is likely to affect their performance in a role. However, you should explain your workplaces’ diversity policies to applicants. This will assure them that your organisation actively encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds, and that it has an inclusive culture.

(Source www.and.org.au

To contact your nearest NDCO please visit the Victorian NDCO website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au

West Vic News Spring 2018

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Friday, September 14, 2018
West Vic News

Spring 2018

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

NDCO News and Events

Free Career Conversations Workshops

Career Conversations workshops are suitable for parents, teachers, service providers, volunteers and mentors from any background. We reviewed the Department of Education & Training’s “Engaging Parents in Career Conversations 2014” coupled with “Parents as Career Transition Support (PACTS)” and “Lasting Gifts” materials developed a new package which is user friendly and fun for anyone wishing to know more about career pathways and development for young people with disability. Workshop run for two and a half hours and each participant will received their own FREE copy of our Career Conversations card decks. These cards focus on five different career conversation messages as follows:

  1. What is your Career?
  2. Discovery (based on Customised Employment Discovery Process)
  3. Reputation
  4. Opportunities and Who you Know
  5. Career Allies

There are ten questions on individual cards under each of the five messages above which will enable Career Allies to have a tool they can use when speaking with a young person about their future career goals.

Feedback from a recent workshop:

“Very informative, with great skills going forward” ES Staff

“The biggest impact from the session for me was knowing what also interacts with a career” ES Staff

“A great discussion” ES Staff

“I think this is a great opportunity for the ES staff to get involved in careers” Careers Practitioner

“Learning how many jobs roles are involved in creating a pencil made the biggest impact on me” ES Staff

If you are interested in hosting a FREE workshop delivered by your region 16 NDCO, please make contact on  email pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

NDCO Inclusive Learning and Pathways Conference- 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

Workshop Streams

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 sally.bailey@skillsplus.com.au

Tips, Tools, Clips & Websites

disABILITY AWAREness, An introduction to Disability.

The disability AWAREness eLearning training package is a free on line training program for people to become more informed and discover inclusive practices for the workplace and community. Easy to use and covering range of disability awareness topics I highly recommend this series of modules for

all people wishing to understand the world of disability .

Disability awareness website

There is also dedicated Facebook page

Policy, Funding, Research & Resources

Inquiry into Career Advice Activities in Victorian Schools

A report on the enquiry into Career Activities in Victorian Schools in now available. Download report

Workforce Capacity Project

Vic-Deaf have commissioned a report with Apex Consulting into workforce capacity for

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.

Teachers Tool Kit for Students with little or no Speech

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. For more information

Social Sector Urged to Implement ‘Trauma-Informed’ Approach to Service Delivery
Social sector service providers need to implement a “trauma-informed” approach when dealing with childhood trauma victims, according to a new report.
The Blue Knot Foundation released its
Talking About Trauma report on Saturday to coincide with World Health Day, as a new guide for services to improve their engagement with survivors of childhood trauma.
The report said all services, including police, legal and health professionals, could improve their understanding, interactions and supports for those who have experienced trauma in childhood.
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2018/04/social-sector-urged-implement-trauma-informed-approach-service-delivery/

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior
Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious
The more commonly recognized symptoms of anxiety in a child are things like trouble sleeping in his own room or separating from his parents, avoidance of certain activities, a behaviorally inhibited temperament. “Anyone would recognize those symptoms,” notes Dr. Prager, co-author of Suicide by Security Blanket, and Other Stories from the Child Psychiatry Emergency Service. But in other cases the anxiety can be hidden.
https://childmind.org/article/how-anxiety-leads-to-disruptive-behavior/

Disability Employment Services Guide to Eligible School Leavers

Department of Social Services publishes a Disability Employment Services Guide to Eligible School Leavers. It provides criteria for various scenarios and evidence required for eligibility. This may be helpful to some schools. A copy can be accessed from this link: -

https://www.dss.gov.au/freedom-of-information/operational-information/disability-employment-and-carers-group/des-eligible-school-leaver-guidelines

Australian students feel lonelier and more left out than a decade ago
International study finds significant decline in engagement, particularly among Indigenous students and other disadvantaged groups. Australia now ranks below countries such as the United Kingdom and United States, and well below the OECD average, on its students ‘sense of belonging’. The latest study from the Program for International Student Assessment – or Pisa – has revealed that Australian students’ rank well below the global average when it comes to how comfortable they feel at school. The report measured students’ “sense of belonging” at school by asking questions such as whether they “feel like they belong at school” or whether they felt lonely or left out. In 2003 88% of Australian students agreed that they “feel like they belong at school”. By 2015 the figure had decreased to 72%, almost double the average decline across the OECD. Similarly, in 2003, 92% of Australian students disagreed with the notion that they “feel like an outsider” at school. By 2015 it had decreased to 77%.

www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/07/australian-students-feel-lonelier-and-more-left-out-than-a-decade-ago

Free TAFE in Victoria: who benefits and why other states should consider it
The Victorian government’s budget announcement on May 1 included a significant reinvestment in TAFE. Courses in 30 key skill priority areas will be free from the beginning of 2019.
This bold move signals a shift away from the
market approach to technical and vocational education. This approach saw many people caught up in fees debacles who received low quality training through the dodgy market practices of predatory education providers pursuing financial advantage and profit. This policy puts TAFE squarely back at the centre of a trusted technical and vocational education and training system.

https://theconversation.com/free-tafe-in-victoria-who-benefits-and-why-other-states-should-consider-it-96102

Future job openings for new entrants by industry and occupation
Chandra Shah, Affiliate, Faculty of Education, Monash University, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for International Research on Education Systems, Victoria University
Janine Dixon, Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University

This research provides forecasts of job openings by occupation and industry for new entrants to the Australian labour market. It does this by combining two employment-related estimates:

  • employment growth (or decline) in the industry or occupation
  • replacement needs; that is, the new workers required due to worker retirement or those leaving the occupation.

This information may be useful to various stakeholder groups. Students and career advisors, for example, might use the information to make choices about occupational paths to follow, while policymakers might use the forecasts for long-term planning in education and training, as well as for workforce development purposes.
www.ncver.edu.au/publications/publications/all-publications/future-job-openings-for-new-entrants-by-industry-and-occupation#

Opportunities

Stepping into is a paid internship program & Connect 50

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.

Connect 50 is a paid internship scheme in Regional Victoria that matches talented university and TAFE students with disability with roles in local business. For students, it's a chance to gain vital work experience during study. For businesses, it's a talent pipeline that helps cultivate a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. The program is designed to help students gain a paid, supported introduction to the workplace. Students develop self-confidence, build their network of contacts, and make it easier to transition from study to employment. Connect 50 is a project managed by the Australian Network on Disability (AND), a national, membership based, for-purpose organisation that makes it easier for organisations to welcome people with disability in all aspects of business. Since 2005, AND has facilitated hundreds of internship opportunities for students with disability across the Australian workforce. Amy Whalley who is managing an exciting new project the Australian Network on Disability is launching in regional Victoria. Connect 50 will match students from Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Gippsland with leading employers in the region, with the goal of providing valuable work experience opportunities to students with disability while building disability confidence in business.

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.

To apply: students need to  complete online application form by 14th October 2018.

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 applications@and.org.au.

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.

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.

NDIS

Explore the workforce and VET implications on the delivery and assessment of NDIS related qualifications workshop
An 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).
Facilitators:
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

To register

Conferences, Workshops, Webinars, Forums and Training

NDCO Webinar – The Neurodiverse Workforce – Tapping into the Autism Advantage Movement

When: Thursday, September 27, 12:00-13:00 AEST

Presenter: Vicky Little, Employment Services Manager, Specialisterne Australia

Title: The Neurodiverse Workforce: Tapping into the autism advantage movement

Description:

While as many as 1 in every 59 people is on the autism spectrum (CDC, 2018), 31.6% of working age autistic Australians are unemployed (ABS, 2015). This is more than three times the unemployment rate of people with disability (10.0%) and almost six times the rate of people without disability (5.3%).

We know autistic individuals have significant abilities and skills to offer the workforce but face significant barriers to employment in the traditional recruitment system.

Commonly dubbed the ‘Autism Advantage’, many employers are now realising there is a talent pool of untapped talent that they aren’t accessing as a result of the interview process.

Our innovative approach at Specialisterne Australia aims to break down these barriers by transforming the traditional recruitment process enabling autistic individuals to access meaningful opportunities and enabling employers to access autistic talent.

This webinar will look at strategies for supporting individuals on their transition to employment and explore ideas for working with employers to think differently about their recruitment process to tap into the 'autism advantage'.

Speaker bio:

Vicky Little is the Employment Services Manager at Specialisterne Australia based in Sydney. Vicky is a passionate disability consultant, trainer and mentor with over 12 years’ experience in the field of autism employment in Australia and the UK. Her experience includes establishing and delivering autism specific recruitment programs, training employers and higher education institutes and establishing NSW’s first autism specific employment service, Aspect Capable.

Specialisterne assists organisations to access, embrace and integrate skilled autistic individuals into the workplace through alternative recruitment pathways and autism education. Vicky is passionate about enabling employers to tap into the skills and strengths of autistic individuals and empowering workplaces to embrace inclusion and neurodiversity.

To register please click the link below:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2859120952072294915?source=Region+16

Pathways 14 Conference

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.

There will be sessions available on the topic of Best Practice for TAFE and Universities. Find out more

Inclusive Education Summit

26 to 28 October Deakin University Waterfront Campus

The Inclusive Education Summit invites the many to come together to consider educational democracy at a moment in global history where the political order fractures populations, and the displacement of socio-economic participation is displayed in every news bulletin – true, fake or otherwise. Under these conditions, the significance of academic activism, wherein diverse perspectives, methodologies and theoretical approaches are put to work to increase equity in education, has perhaps never been so stark.

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. To register

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 to register  

 

Useful Websites

Kids Chat 2 You

A free service delivered by Scope which provides specialist advice and tools to help develop your child’s communication abilities now and in the future

Learn more or register for an upcoming workshop

Disability Australia HUB
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations recently launched the
Disability Australia HUB website which provides the community with a gateway to access high quality, up-to-date, disability specific information informed by people with disability and their families

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)
A4 is the National grassroots organisation delivering systematic advocacy for autistic people and their close associates. A4 advocates for policy, programs and anything else that improves the lives of autistic people.
Learn more

Little Dreamers- support for young carers
The Little Dreamers Dream Experience program provides opportunities for young people to live their Dream.
Whether it be working as a zoo keeper for the day, travelling in a limo or running onto the ground with a favourite sports team, an experience of a lifetime can be made possible.
Learn more

Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities. You can access contact to all Victorian NDCO’s via the state website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au

NDCO West Vic News Spring 2017

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Welcome to the Spring NDCO Region 16 newsletter. I hope it will keep you updated on the latest news, events and professional development opportunities to support the very vital work you do to support people with disabilities. Follow

Yours Sincerely

Pam Anderson

NDCO Region 16 – Western Victoria

Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Mobile: 0418 108 555

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-16

Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities.  You can access contact to all Victorian NDCO’s via the state website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au

NDCO Western Victoria happenings….

Passport 2 Employment Program 2017

The Passport 2 Employment program has been delivered in Portland, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Geelong and Ballarat this term to eighty five students from local secondary and special schools. We are amazed every year how these special young people participate with such enthusiasm and willingness to learn about life after school. 

If you are interested in attending a graduation in your area, please see below dates and venues. Special thanks to Glenelg Southern Grampians LLEN, Geelong Region LLEN, Highlands LLEN, South West LLEN, South West TAFE, Gordon TAFE and the many school support staff and stakeholders involved with planning and coordinating the program. 

Warrnambool: Monday 4th September 2017, 6pm-7.30pm Level 3, South West TAFE, Timor Street

Ballarat: Thursday 7th September 2017, 5.30pm-7pm, Federation College Atrium, Grant Street, Ballarat

Geelong: Friday 8th September 2017, 6pm-7.30pm, Gordon TAFE Gallery, 2 Fenwick Street, Geelong

Hamilton: Tuesday 19th September 2017, 12.45pm-2.45pm, South West TAFE, Ballarat Road, Hamilton

Portland: Wednesday 20th September 2017, 12.00pm-2pm, South West TAFE, Hurd Street, Portland

Wan-Yaari Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training, Geelong

Wan-Yaari are excited to be offering a Professional Development opportunity in Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training in Geelong. The following topics will be covered in the training session:

  • Welcome to Country & Acknowledgment of Country examples and definitions
  • Historical Timelines
  • Aboriginal Identity: Pre & Post Colonisation
  • Aboriginal Maps of Victoria/Australia
  • Overview of government policies and initiatives
  • Stolen Generations
  • Strategies to improve engagement and working relationships with Aboriginal clients, families and community groups
  • Group interactive activities

This four hour Aboriginal cultural awareness training is available for individuals or work teams to attend as a professional development session. 

Session details:

When: Tuesday 19th September 2017

Time: 10.30am – 3.00 pm (lunch provided)

Venue: Wurdee Youang Road, Barwon Water Geelong

Cost: $190+ GST & booking fee

Bookings essential.

To register please click on the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wan-yaari-professional-development-aboriginal-cultural-awareness-training-tickets-37230337943 

Indigenous Cultural Awareness

Just something a little bit different and worth considering re cultural awareness training was the recent high-lighting of the ‘Colonial Frontier Massacres in Eastern Australia 1788-1872’.

To access the interactive map courtesy Newcastle University, click here: https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/map.php

Yarn Up Service providers and Community Research Project, University of Western Sydney

NDCO Western Victoria in partnership with Karen Soldatic from the University of Western Sydney will be holding “Yarn Up” discussions as part of a research project, funded by the Australian Research Council, with full ethics approval from Western Sydney University: Disability Income Reform and Regional Australia: The Indigenous Experience. Karen will be conducting the interviews, a researcher with the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. 

Any information people provide is strictly confidential. Personal and Professional details, such as name, position and organization remain anonymous throughout the project.  

We are holding two separate talks, one for service providers and one for members of our ATSI community.  Community members will received a gift card for attending.  Details as follows:

Yarn Up – Community Talk

The project wants to learn about your experience of the Disability Support Pension or NewStart in particular the amount of paperwork involved. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to attend.  Non-Aboriginal people with a disability are also welcome to attend but bookings are essential.

When: Tuesday, 17th October 2017

Time: 10.30 am – 12 noon

Meeting Place: Deakin Cats Community Centre, Skilled Stadium, Geelong

Come for lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm. 

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE

(You will receive a $20 Gift Card for participating!)

PLEASE RSVP TO PAM ANDERSON, BY FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER TO:

pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Yarn Up - Service Provider Talk

Disability & Income Payments

Do you work with people with disability?

Do they receive a disability support pension?

Are they are on NewStart even though they have a disability?

Have you helped someone apply for a disability pension?

This project wants to learn about the impact of changes to the Disability Support Pension and NewStart Allowance for Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people living with Disability.

When:  Wednesday 18th October 2017

Time: 10.30 am – 12 noon

Meeting Place: Deakin Cats Community Centre,

Skilled Stadium, Geelong

After the discussion, a Lunch will be provided from: 12 noon to 1 pm

PLEASE RSVP TO PAM ANDERSON, BY FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER TO:

pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Enhancing the Links – A FREE Workshop for school staff (Careers/Pathways/Integration) Supporting Students with Disability

Enhancing the Links workshop is brought to you by the NDCO program Region 12 and Region 16 (Western Melbourne and Western Victoria) for careers, pathways, and Integration staff supporting students with disability transitioning from secondary school.  By attending this workshop you will be provided with current and relevant information about the various post-school pathways for students with disability; hear from guest speaker Daniel Giles (Speakers Bank) about autism and his career journey; be given the opportunity to workshop challenges and share ideas; be provided with a record of VIT professional development and take away an NDCO resource pack. 

Enhancing the Links will be held at Werribee Learning Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Werribee on Friday 27th October 2017 from 10am-2pm.  To register please contact Pam Anderson on 0418 108 555 or email pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au  An Eventbrite link will also be available to register.

Nelson Park Special School – Futures Expo

NDCO Western Victoria in partnership with Nelson Park Year 10-12 Campus, Illinois Avenue, Corio are organising the “Futures Expo 2017” (Post School Information Evening) for students/families from Years 10-12 on Thursday 12th October 2017 from 5.30 – 7.30 pm. The aim of the Expo is to inform students and families of different options available once students complete year 12.  The idea of the night is to introduce/reintroduce students and families to some of the possibilities the students have once they have left secondary school.  To register please contact Pam Anderson on 0418108555 or email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au .

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS), NDCO Regions 15 and 16 on the Road – Mildura Swan Hill

NDCO’s Mark Cottee (Northern Victoria) and Pam Anderson (Western Victoria) in partnership with the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) will be delivering two NDIS 101 and Assistive Technology workshops at SuniTAFE, Mildura and Swan Hill Campus on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th of November, 2017.  These workshops will be FREE for all students, parents and teachers. 

To register your attendance or for further information, contact Pam Anderson on 0418108555 or email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au 

NDCO Latest News

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Vic West Engagement Team:

1 October 2017 is a very significate date for the NDIA with full scheme beginning transition in Wimmera South West.  We are currently in planning stages for the Mallee which is scheduled to roll out 1st January 2019. Engagement will begin in this area approximately 9 months prior to roll out.

Our website has various resources available which will assist the schools in preparing for the NDIS. Our participant pathway booklet (http://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/planning-process ) is our latest resource which explains the NDIS process.

We also have our NDIS ready page (http://www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-ready ) which is another helpful resource with videos explaining the process. This page also has plenty of resources which will assist. We also have various fact sheets and publications explaining the scheme (http://www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/fact-sheets-and-publications). I have also attached our NDIS Ready Toolkit for your information.

There are a number of information sessions that are held in various states of Australia. These can be found here http://www.ndis.gov.au/news/events

 

Principles to determine the responsibilities of the NDIS & other Service Systems

All governments have agreed that our vision is for an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens. To achieve this vision, all Australian governments, non-government organisations, business and the wider community have a role to play.

The interactions of the NDIS with other service systems will reinforce the obligations of other service delivery systems to improve the lives of people with disability, in line with the National Disability Strategy. To view this document go to:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57c65af5cd0f68b1295663dc/t/586092084402439b0c8370ab/1482723859121/NDIS+-+Principles+to+Determine+Responsibilities+NDIS+and+Other+Service+Systems+-+Revised+27+Nov+2015+%281%29.pdf

NDIS Appeals service

AMIDA now offers free support to anyone who would like to challenge a decision made by the NDIS. This could include someone who has been denied access to the NDIS, or any NDIS participant who is unhappy with their plan. If you’d like some postcards about the NDIS Appeals service, please send your postal address to Kathryn, the NDIS Appeals Support Advisor, at appeals@amida.org.au, and let her know how many you need. 

If you have any questions about the service, or would like to organize a short NDIS Appeals training session for a disability group you are in, email Kathryn at appeals@amida.org.au or call: 03 9650-2722. You can find more information about the service and resources to help you plan for the NDIS here: http://www.amida.org.au/membership/ndisappeals/

What is a LAC?

Local Area Coordinators (LACs) are local organisations who have partnered with the NDIA to deliver the NDIS. For a majority of participants, LACs will work with you to develop your plan, implement and monitor, plus link you to community services. Find out more via https://www.ndis.gov.au/communities/local-area-coordination

ILC National Readiness Grants

The next round of Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants is open..The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is now accepting applications for ILC National Readiness Grants (Round 2) in Activity Area OneInformation, linkages and referrals. Applications for this round will close 2pm AEST on Friday 29 September 2017. Up to $30.08 million of funding is available over 2017-18 and 2018-19 for this round. Organisations can apply for grants of up to 2 years. You can apply through the ILC Grants page on the NDIS website. https://www.ndis.gov.au/communities/nr-grants.html?utm_source=Information%2C+Linkages+and+Capacity+Building+updates&utm_campaign=83ed5bbd5e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_09639bbccd-83ed5bbd5e-51045297

Tips, Tools & Websites

Employability Curriculum Linked to the ‘Employability DVD’

In 2017 the film ‘Employability’ was produced by Debbie-Ann Johnson, from Sale & District Specialist School, Andrea McCall-Evans from NDCO and Leanne Wishart, Rural Access, Wellington Shire. Darryl Whitaker was our cameraman and donated some of the time to help edit the film. The film would not have been possible without the grant from the Commonwealth Bank; we thank them for their generous donation. The film focusses on the eight employability skills and features a number of young people with disabilities in the workplace.

The Employability Curriculum can be downloaded from the NDCO Website PDF – www.ndcovictoria.net.au

The employability DVD’s can be found as follows:

Whole Film -all eight skills https://youtu.be/vGjNI16pxn8     

Communication https://youtu.be/4-vwF4DVAzM     

Teamwork https://youtu.be/SJxeSEndST0    

Problem solving https://youtu.be/kIysQa3z1Q4     

Initiative and enterprise https://youtu.be/zF5uWlKgkwI    

Planning and organising https://youtu.be/u1Cc98TTXcc     

Learning https://youtu.be/Pi5kqlcwvKU     

Technology https://youtu.be/Srv94j3WddY   

Self-management www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOBoP0qoFmM

New Resources Intellectual Disability 3DN

3DN has launched new practical tools and resources designed to enhance the skills of professionals and carers who support people with an intellectual disability. The new resources were officially launched on 25 July 2017 by the Hon. Tanya Davies, Minister for Mental Health at a Research to Action Day which was sponsored by NSW Health, and Ageing, Disability & Home Care, Family and Community Services. The resources that were launched included:

-       The Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework: A Practical Toolkit for Mental Health Professionals

-       New e-Learning modules for disability professionals, carers and mental health professionals

-       Podcasts on responsible prescribing to people with an intellectual disability for health and mental health professionals

-       A new Positive Cardio metabolic Health for People with Intellectual Disability e-Learning module aimed at health professionals

More information about intellectual disability resources can be found at 3DN’s website https://3dn.unsw.edu.au/

In the News

University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP)

University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP) is an NDCO driven pilot project to place an employment consultant on University campuses, supporting graduates with disability to find a career.  This includes linkages with employers, assistance with disclosure of disability and negotiation of adjustments, assistance with applications, brokerage of work experience and internships as required.  It is available in a limited fashion while in trial phase. 

We welcome expressions of interest from students outside of trial locations to give us an indication of where this type of service may be in demand. https://www.usep.com.au/. To help promote USEP and promoting improvements on graduate employment for university students with disability, Sam has shared his story as a recent pharmacist graduate and his quest for work so far. Can we ask you to leverage your social media to share or support this – it is on:

Facebook: @USEPau - https://www.facebook.com/USEPau/

YouTube: NDCO Program Channel - https://youtu.be/L8HQme4gGBw

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarleneMcLennan/status/899471231228956673

NCVER VET DATA 2016

NCVER have just released the data on VET enrolments for 2016 and it was good to see there is an increase in enrolments from SWDs. Students with disability increased by 1.8% to an estimated 180 400 students, representing 4.3% of total estimated students. See report here:

https://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/publications/all-publications/total-vet-students-and-courses-2016#

Reports / Research

Held back: The experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools Analysis paper July 2017

A Commission report into the experience of students with disabilities in Victorian schools has found that there have been significant policy developments and action but more work is required to measure and ensure real change for students.

The report details the progress made by the Department of Education and Training on the Commission’s recommendations made in its ground breaking 2012 research report Held back: the experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools.

This report draws on an analysis of information and engagement with the Department and other key stakeholders.

http://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/home/our-resources-and-publications/reports/item/1602-held-back-the-experiences-of-students-with-disabilities-in-victorian-schools-analysis-paper

HEPPP: The Australian student equity program and institutional change: paradigm shift or business as usual?

A report by NCSEHE Equity Fellow Dr Nadine Zacharias from Deakin University examined how the HEPPP initiative had been implemented by universities and whether it had met government aspirations for achieving student equity in higher education. This Australian-first comprehensive analysis of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) has informed recommendations for systemic change in policy and practice in student equity, which complements the current HEPPP review report, and could be a valuable contribution to the forthcoming national evaluation framework.

https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/publications/the-australian-student-equity-programme-and-institutional-change-paradigm-shift-or-business-as-usual/

NCSEHE: Successful outcomes for students with disability in Australian higher education

This evidence-based resource collates NCSEHE funded research to inform policy and practice and improve outcomes for equity students in Australian higher education.   Current research outlined in this paper includes a focus on sub-groups of students with a disability, such as Indigenous students and students on the Autism Spectrum, which not only deals with issues facing these particular groups, but which reinforces the variety, range and individuality of students with a disability.

https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/ncsehe-focus-successful-outcomes-students-disability-australian-higher-education/

Study underlines usefulness of lecture captions for all students

A 2017 study by Curtin University in Australia examines the benefits of captioning lecture capture recordings as a mainstream learning tool, with reference to inclusive teaching practice and the fulfilment of universities’ legal responsibility to provide equal access for all students.

http://www.ai-media.tv/study-shows-lecture-captions-benefit-students/

Barriers people with an ASD face outside of university

Universities across the board are experiencing an increase in the number of students requesting mental health support, and a similar rise is being seen in the number of students accessing support for autism spectrum conditions. Our executive director, Eileen Hopkins, considers those whose condition prevents them entering higher education.

http://www.ai-media.tv/what-about-the-young-people-with-an-asd-not-going-to-university/

The Brotherhood’s response to Senate Inquiry into delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020

Enabling people with disability to participate fully in society requires investment in advocacy and in community supports, in the Brotherhood’s view. This involves more than service delivery, in order to position people as active members of local social and cultural networks. Read via: Response to Senate Inquiry into delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010-20: http://library.bsl.org.au/jspui/bitstream/1/9843/1/BSL_response_Senate_Inquiry_outcomes_under_National_Disability_Strategy_Apr2017.pdf

Conferences, Workshops, Forums and Training

Amaze Online Training – Autism & Positive Behaviour Support

Access training at anytime from anywhere with Amaze flexible online autism training courses. You are able to purchase, complete and review your courses at any time with a certificate offered on completion. Also - try the Myth Busters Course FREE and have a look at the learning centre. At the same time, you will discover some of the common myths surrounding autism.

Autism: Diagnosis and History

This is a 1-hour introductory course which will provide you with an understanding of:

What autism spectrum disorder is

Understand the recent changes in the diagnostic criteria

Understand how sensory processing differences impact a person when engaged with environment

Develop an understanding of the impact of the history autism has on people and their families

Understand the diagnostic process for children, youths and adults

General Price $65 incl. GST per person

Amaze Member Price incl. $45 per person

Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support

This 1-hour course will introduce you to the concepts of:

The differences between behaviour and behaviours of concern

Understanding and applying positive behaviour support/Describing behaviour

The functions of behaviour/Recording and monitoring behaviour/ Behaviour support plans/Your legislative and ethical requirements regarding restrictive interventions

Regular price: $65 Amaze Member’s price: $45 per person

For more information about Amaze Online Training visit: http://www.amaze.org.au/discover/howwe-can-help-you/amaze-training/

Free Webinars - Learning Differences and Dyslexia in High Schools

The Learning Difference Convention is proud to offer a series of 9 FREE webinars over 9 days.  Presentations by international experts working with the British Dyslexia Association towards international dyslexia awareness. The box set and PDFs will be available for purchase after the last webinar on the 12 September. Post NAPLAN reflection for teachers, parents and students

Dates: 4 September to 12 September 2017

To register go to: http://www.learningdifferenceconvention.com/webinars/

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017      

Getting into gear for the NDIS journey will feature a keynote address and facilitated panel discussions looking back on the journey so far, how well the principles of choice and control are being embedded in NDIS policy and processes and what road blocks to avoid on the road ahead. The conference will be held at NAB – Docklands on Thursday 14th and 15th September 2017. For more information and to register: http://www.daru.org.au/event/strengthening-disability-advocacy-conference-2017

Disability Awareness is an important part of establishing real inclusion for people with disabilities. It is the first step in overcoming any concerns or stereotypes that you may have interacting with people who have a disability. Become more informed with this FREE, self-paced introduction to disability and discover inclusive practices for the workplace and the community. Start your FREE Disability Awareness Training today: www.disabilityawareness.com.au

Vision Australia’s Building Stronger Futures Program for Youth – 15-24 years

Vision Australia, in collaboration with the Empowering Youth Initiative (EYI), is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting national employment skills program for youth, Building Stronger Futures.  Over the next 18 months, the programs will be delivered in various locations across Australia. The program involves a three week face-to-face interactive skills development program, followed by job placement and problem solving assistance for six months. During this time, participants will receive:

  • Advice on career pathways and job seeking techniques
  • Cover letter and resume writing advice
  • Addressing employment issues specific to vision impairment
  • Interview skills development and coaching
  • Networking and matching your skills to an employer’s needs

If you are blind or have low vision and aged between 15 and 24 years inclusive, not currently in secondary education and are willing and motivated to gain employment then this program is for you.

Express your interest now:

Contact: Belinda Wilson

Email: Belinda.wilson@visionaustralia.org

Phone: 03 8378 1223

Understanding Disability Workshops

Horsham Special School invites school staff, parents, carers, other professionals and community members to participate in workshops that focus on developing a deeper understanding of students with a disability. The free workshops will be facilitated by Principal Matt Copping and participants are welcome to attend one, some or all. These are fantastic workshops and all participants will receive a Certificate towards VIT registration. Click here for more information: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/fa963480523b28cb589d691fc/images/eabae5f1-b933-4eb2-8a52-782c28d04f22.jpg?utm_source=Test+List&utm_campaign=7b2a117b8f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2914817b8a-7b2a117b8f-308045133

Disability Employment Australia's Annual Conference 2017

Disability Employment Australia’s Annual Conference is Australasia’s premier conference for managers, practitioners, and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector. This year’s conference will be held in Brisbane on the 6th and 7th of September 2017. For more information and to registrar: http://dea.conferenceworks.com.au/

West Vic News Winter 2017

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Monday, June 12, 2017

West Vic News

Winter 2017

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

Welcome to the Wintert NDCO Region 16 newsletter. I hope it will keep you updated on the latest news, events and professional development opportunities to support people with disabilities. Follow

Yours Sincerely

Pam Anderson

NDCO Region 16 – Western Victoria

Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Mobile: 0418 108 555

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-16

Youth Disabiltiy Advocacy Service & NDIS 101 Workshops

The NDCO is working in partnership with the Youth Disabiltiy Advocacy Service to provide NDIS 101 workshops to students, parents and teachers.

The following workshops will be delivered across Western Victoria:

South West TAFE, Warrnambool

Monday 14th August 2017

Time: 11-2.30 pm

South West TAFE, Portland

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Time: 9.30 - 5pm

South West TAFE - Hamilton

Wednesday 16th August, 2017

Time: 10.00 am - 5pm

To register for the workshops, please contact NDCO, pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDCO has taken a partnership approach in supporting the Victorian Government and peak bodies in their work to prepare participants and their families, service providers and education institutions for the transition to the NDIS.  This has been done by supporting and promoting community engagement, information seasons and workshops that enable and skill development and networking.

During the months of June and July, NDIA Vic West Community Engagement Staff will be on the road promoting the NDIS and how to GET PLAN READY for the up and coming scheduled rollout date of 1 October 2017.  

GET NDIS READY - CAMPERDOWN

Wednesday 26 July, Time: 7.00 pm

Community Information Session

Killara Centre, Camperdown

GET NDIS READY EDENHOPE

Community Information Session

Thursday 22 June. Time: 6:30 pm

Edenhope District Memorial Hospital

GET NDIS READY - HAMILTON

Community Information Session

Tuesday 25 July. Time: 7:00 pm

Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton

GET NDIS READY - HOPETOUN

Community Information Session

Tuesday 27 June. Time: 6:30 pm

Hopetoun Gateway, Hopetoun

GET NDIS READY - HORSHAM

Community Information Session 

Wednesday  21 June. Time:  7:00 pm

Horsham International Hotel, Horsham

GET NDIS READY - NHILL

Community Information Session

Wednesday 28 June. Time: 7:00 pm

The Community Centre, Nhill

GET NDIS READY - PORTLAND

Community Information Session

Monday 24 July. Time: 7:00 pm

Portland TAFE, Portland

GET NDIS READY - STAWELL

Community Information Session

Tuesday 20 June. Time: 7:00 pm

Stawell Health & Community Centre, Stawell

GET NDIS READY - WARRNAMBOOL

Community Information Session

Monday 17 July. Time: 7:00 pm

The Warrnambool Lighthouse Theatre

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 Tips, Tools & Websites

What It’s Really Like To Live With A Disability

 A really good article by the Future for young Adults (fya).

http://www.fya.org.au/2015/11/18/what-its-really-like-to-live-with-a-disability/

SIMPLIFI is a new accessible app that can help people with disability find the planning support they need as they begin to plan to access the NDIS. SIMPLIFI contains prompter questions for people with disability and their carers, which can be used in support meetings, discussions and planning sessions.The app's intention is not to answer questions but rather build confidence in posing questions as part of the planning process.

The app features six domains that users can access to browse the database of questions. It is also possible to search by age, capture notes and save questions for future access.

http://communitynet.ngo/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74456:simplifi-app-for-people-with-disability&catid=392:resources&utm_source=newsletter_1511&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=communitynet-sector-resources-publication-e-news-15-may-2017

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In the News

13 Reasons Why

This new TV show about youth suicide has become a hot topic around the world. This information sheet from Mental Health First Aid Australia outlines the plot, warnings and important points for discussion. 

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/bd618aab747cdfbc9535ac587/files/2393a6e7-42e3-432d-b867-ffbca62a9582/MHFA_Aus_13_Reasons_Why_plot_and_talking_points.pdf

Reports / Resources

The Higher Education Reform Package

The Australian Government has announced a range of reforms they say improve the higher education sector. The report states the reforms will deliver a more sustainable sector, more choices for students and increase transparency and accountability in higher education. To read the full report:

https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/ed17-0138_-_he_-_glossy_budget_report_acc.pdf

Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute's joint youth report

A joint report recently released by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute shows nearly one in four young people in 2016 met the criteria for probable serious mental illness. To read the full report:

https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/news-blog/blog/the-five-year-youth-mental-health-report-has-launched

Foundation for Young Australasians (fya): The New Work Mindset

There is an urgent need to shift mindsets in our approach to jobs, careers and work. New big data analysis provides us with insights into the patterns of skills young people now require to navigate complex and uncertain working lives. We must act now to ensure young Australians can thrive in the new world of work. To read the full report:

http://www.fya.org.au/report/the-new-work-mindset-report/

Improving outcomes Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders with disability

An urgent call for a more just approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. To read the full report:

http://janeprentice.dss.gov.au/media-releases/improving-outcomes-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander

Learning Difficulties Australia—Magazine

The Learning Difficulties Australia Bulletin is a magazine-style publication in the area of learning difficulties. For more information: https://www.ldaustralia.org/lda-publications.html

Working with interpreters  

This online learning resource aims to promote and enhance their work with interpreters. For more information: http://www.vtmh.org.au/education-and-training/learnonline

How to get the NDIS on track - NDS paper released

NDS has released the paper 'How to get the NDIS on track', as part of its push for the best National Disability Insurance Scheme possible. The paper details recommendations on the way forward for the scheme. It commends the NDIS as the right reform for Australia, but warns that the scale and complexity of implementation is placing great pressure on stakeholders, including service providers. To read the full paper:

https://www.nds.org.au/news/how-to-get-the-ndis-on-track-nds-paper-released

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)

 ADCET has resources and tips for anyone working with people with disability in education and training settings.http://www.adcet.edu.au/

Research

Social Marketing Strategy for Low SES Communities

This report outlines the findings of a project ‘Social Marketing Strategy for low SES Communities Research and Strategy Phase’ which was commissioned and funded as part of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s National Priorities Pool 2014 round. The objective of the project was to ‘research and design an appropriate, cost effective national social marketing campaign targeted at low socio-economic status (SES) students and communities that will assist universities to increase awareness of, and raise aspiration to, higher education.’ To read the full report: https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/publications/social-marketing-strategy/

Conferences, Workshops, Forums and Training

Disability awareness is an important part of establishing real inclusion for people with disabilities. It is the first step in overcoming any concerns or stereotypes that you may have interacting with people who have a disability. Become more informed with this FREE, self-paced introduction to disability and discover inclusive practices for the workplace and the community. Start your FREE Disability Awareness Training today: www.disabilityawareness.com.au

Employment Support in the NDIS this workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging disability employment funding landscape, mapping where NDIS meets DES and exploring the emerging opportunities for truly innovative service design. Topics we will cover include:

•What the NDIS will fund in employment (and for whom)?

•Who can become a provider of NDIS employment supports?

•Addressing low expectations of employment outcomes for people with disability

•School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

•Global Best Practice & Case Studies

•Strategies for success and first mover advantage

•Marketing your service to NDIS participants and families

To register: http://www.disabilityservicesconsulting.com.au/register

Disability Employment Australia's Annual Conference 2017

Disability Employment Australia’s Annual Conference is Australasia’s premier conference for managers, practitioners, and academics working in or with the Disability Employment Services sector. This year’s conference will be held in Brisbane on the 6th and 7th of September 2017. For more information and to registrar

: http://dea.conferenceworks.com.au/

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017      

Getting into gear for the NDIS journey will feature a keynote address and facilitated panel discussions looking back on the journey so far, how well the principles of choice and control are being embedded in NDIS policy and processes and what road blocks to avoid on the road ahead. The conference will be held at NAB – Docklands on Thursday 14th and 15th September 2017. For more information and to register: http://www.daru.org.au/event/strengthening-disability-advocacy-conference-2017

Newsletters

Ticket to Work Newsletter

Ticket to Work is an initiative of National Disability Services (NDS). This Newsletter includes

•           Upcoming training in customised employment approach and discovery process

•           Ticket to Work outcomes

•           Our research and papers

•           New resources supporting school to work transition

http://www.tickettowork.org.au/ticket-work-news-may-2017/

PROGRAMS

Youth Mental Health Programs

Given that schools are recognised as a great facility for solutions in the of mental health area please note the following programs:

Mind Blank: is a not-for-profit organisation that generates awareness and innovative education of mental health topics in youth across Australia. http://www.mindblank.org.au/

 Batyr: is a for purpose organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health, batyr provides programs that train young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health and start a conversation in their community. batyr takes these speakers into schools, universities and corporate arenas to continue this conversation around mental health. The programs engage, educate and empower the audience to learn from the experiences of others and to reach out to the great services around them. http://www.batyr.com.au/

Drama for Emotional Health: uses drama as a vehicle to encourage thought, discussion and communication skills amongst students with low self-esteem, challenging behaviours, or mental health issues.

http://alysonevans.com/drama-for-emotional-health/Health

Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities.  You can access contact to all Victorian NDCO’s via the state website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au

 

NDCO Region 16 - West Vic News Autumn 2017

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Monday, March 27, 2017

West Vic News

Autumn 2017

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

 Welcome to autumn 2017! I hope you are well on your way into the New Year and have noticed how quickly Easter is approaching….it will be Christmas again before we know it…Yikes!

 Passport 2 Employment (P2E) recognised in Western Australia!

In December last year, the NDCO and Brad Charman (Glenelg Shire Council) proudly presented a program developed by the Glenelg Southern Grampians Transition Action Network and Glenelg Local Learning & Employment Network called Passport 2 Employment (P2E) at the National Pathways 13 Conference in Canberra last year. The Pathways 13 Conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professionals from across Australia, and students with disability, to identify and remove barriers for people with disability participating in education and training. Our presentation at the Pathways 13 Conference was so well received that we were invited to present the program to the NDCO’s and a group of stakeholders in Western Australia.

On 27th February 2017 the NDCO headed to Perth and was warmly welcomed by Dale Arthur (NDCO Southern WA Coordinator), Mark Bateman (Northern WA Coordinator) and Alex Murphy (Perth WA Coordinator). The NDCO presented at National Disability Services (NDS) in Perth, Edge Employment Solutions, Subiaco and Worklink, Albany.  The P2E presentations were a hit among the NDCO’s and the stakeholders who attended.  As a result three working groups have formed to pilot the P2E partnership in Perth, Albany and Mandurah, Western Australia.

“The group I presented to was enthused and indicated that they would pilot the P2E program in Perth this year. The schools I spoke with  indicated there were at least twenty-seven students from Years 10-12 who would benefit from attending the program”

The P2E program aims to empower young people with disabilities to build their confidence and skills in leadership and self-advocacy. Since its establishment the program has been delivered in Portland, Warrnambool, Horsham, Geelong, Colac and Gippsland. The aim is to roll it out in a number of additional locations in 2017.

 “I would just like to acknowledge my appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful NDCO’s of Western Australia and the Glenelg Transition Action Network. I must also thank the wonderful organisation and people I work for, Ben and Sally, thank you for allowing me to take this journey!! I will never forget this experience,”

Best wishes,

Pam Anderson NDCO Region 16

Mobile: 0418 108 555

Email:  pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au

Priority Investment Approach to Welfare and Try, Test and Learn Fund

 Department of Social Services

NDCO Region 16 worked in partnership with NDCO NT (Julie Forrest Davies), Elicia Ford (NSW), Lloyd Gris (NSW) and Gillian Hilt (NSW) to submit three ideas for the national Try, Test and Learn Proposal (Priority Investment to Welfare Approach) Department of Social Services – Young Students at Risk at long term unemployment. Ideas submitted and deemed eligible as follows:

  1. Part time work and work experience for tertiary students with disabilities and mental health needs leads to greater success in securing long term employment
  2. Specialist Employment Service for Graduates with Disability
  3. Job Seeker App for PWD

About the Priority Investment Approach to Welfare and Try, Test and Learn Fund:

Under the Priority Investment Approach, the Government has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to undertake an actuarial analysis of the social security system to identify risk factors driving long-term welfare dependency. This will help the Government to better assess the effectiveness of policy designed to decrease welfare dependency. New insights to be gained through the Priority Investment Approach will allow for the design and assessment of innovative policies which can increase the chances of sustained employment and self-reliance.

Under the Try, Test and Learn Fund, the Department of Social Services will seek evidence-based proposals for policy interventions from relevant Commonwealth agencies and external experts and from the not-for-profit and non-government sector who will all have access to the relevant data.

To review Try Test and Learn Fund successful submissions please click on link: https://engage.dss.gov.au/try-test-and-learn-fund/try-test-and-learn-fund-view-ideas/

 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. Central Grampians LLEN (CGLLEN)

NDCO attended Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at CGLLEN in Ararat held over two days. The course delivered by Grampians Community Health, provided an introduction to Mental Health Problems and Mental Health first Aid particularly focussed on youth – adolescent development, depression in young people, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis in young people and substance use problems in young people. 

Australians aged 16-24 with common mental illnesses in any one year: Anxiety disorders: Males 9.3%, Females 21.7%, Substance Use disorders: Males 15.5%, Females 9.8%, and Depressive Disorders: Males 4.3%, Females 8.4% and any common mental illness: Males 22.8%, Females, 30.1%. 

The course focussed on self-help strategies for young people, professional s who can help and the important role of a Mental Health First Aider.  Mental Health First aid Action Plans have been developed for each mental health disorder in young people.  Action 1: Approach the young person, assess and assist with any crisis.  Action 2: Listen non-judgementally.  Action 3: Give support and information. Action 4: Encourage the young person to get appropriate professional help and

Action 5: Encourage other supports. 

For further information about attending a course in Western Victoria, please see link: http://grampianscommunityhealth.org.au/service/mental-health-first-aid-courses/youth/

NDIS Understanding Workshops – Disability Loop and AFDO Project, Bendigo

NDCO attended a three day workshop delivered by the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations/Disability Loop in Bendigo recently. The sessions included:

  • How does the NDIS Work
  • Reasonable and Necessary
  • Planning and Standing Strong
  • I have my plan, what now,
  • Plan management explained and is self-management for me?

The workshops were delivered by Carl Thompson, a NDIS participant himself and focussed on the different disability support systems in Australia, why the NDIS is needed and how it is different to previous state systems. Many case studies were discussed in regards to accessing the NDIS during the trial phases.  People on the Disability support Register, Futures for Young Adults and in supported accommodation will be the first to transition to the scheme in each area.  Followed by people in residential institutions, community respite, therapy, PSD and HACC...

People with disability who are not in any Defined Programs, or are not accessing any services at all will need to go through the standard NDIS Access Process. People on Disability Support Pension with mobility allowance, will no longer receive mobility allowance once signed up in the scheme as it will become part of their NDIS Plan and paid every fortnight.  Currently, 30,000 people have NDIS Plans.  In addition to this, between 2016 and 2019 the NDIS will need to develop NDIS Plans for over 430,000 people across Australia.

 In regards to reasonable and necessary, supports must be reasonable, meaning they provide value for money – this does not mean supports should be the lowest price possible, but must bring a large benefit to the NDIS Participant.

Further information and resources can be found at www.afdo.org.au and www.disability.loop.org.au

Introducing “Nadia” NDIS new virtual assistant:

Nadia has been developed to provide people with disability with information about the NDIS when and how they want it. Initially Nadia will be used to answer the most common questions people have about the Scheme, but over time, with your help she will develop the capacity to provide detailed responses to a wide range of queries. Nadia has been co-designed by people with disability with the NDIS's Digital Innovation Reference Group taking the lead. Nadia will be accessible 24/7 through the myplace portal. She can speak, write and chat online and has been designed to meet international accessibility guidelines. The more interactions she has with people, the more her knowledge bank will grow. The plan is for Nadia to be released in a trial environment on the myplace portal in the next few months. Nadia will start as a "trainee". It will take 12 months and a great deal of interactions with NDIS stakeholders for Nadia to become fully operational. The Agency will hold information sessions to inform people how they can engage with and use Nadia over the next couple of months. Cate Blanchett donated her time to provide the voice of Nadia.

Professional Development, Conferences and Events

National Disability Insurance Agency Information Sessions NDIS, Western Victoria

The NDIA will be delivering Community and Provider Information Session on the NDIS in Western Victoria as follows.  Please check the sessions in your local area.

Community Information Sessions – What is the NDIS?: This information session will be delivered by NDIA staff and partners wanting to  start raising awareness and understanding of the scheme for potential participants, family, providers and community members

Provider Information Sessions – An introduction to the NDIS for Service Providers – This information will be delivered by NDIA staff wanting to start raising awareness and understanding of being a service provider for the NDIS for providers.

 Community Information Sessions

Horsham 5 April 2017

10.30am – 12noon  & 7pm-9pm

Grains Innovation Park

10 Natimuk Road, Horsham

Community Information Sessions

Hamilton 6 April 2017

11.30am-1pm & 7pm-9pm

Provider Information Session

2.30 – 4pm

Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

113 Brown Street, Hamlton

Community Information Sessions

Portland 12 April 2017

11.30am – 1pm & 7pm

Provider Information Session

7pm-9pm

South West Institute of TAFE

154 Hurd Street, Portland

Community Information Session Warracknabeal 19 April 2017

11.30am – 1.00pm

Yarriambiack Shire Offices

34 Lyle Street, Warracknbeal

 Community Information Session

Nhill 19 April 2017

7pm-8. Nhill Memorial Community Centre

77-79 Nelson Street, Nhill

 Community Information Session

St Arnaud 20 April 2017

5.00pm -7.00pm St Arnaud Town Hall

(Stewart Hall)

40 Napier Street, St Arnaud

St Arnaud

Community Information Session

Stawell 21 April 2017

12pm-2pm

Stawell Entertainment Centre

Auditorium Room

59-69 Main Street, Stawell

Community Information Sessions Warrnambool 11 April 2017

11.30 – 1pm & 7pm-9pm

Provider Information Session

2.30pm – 4pm

Warrnambool  Lighthouse Theatre

185 Timor Street, Warrnambool

National Disability Services VIC Conference 2017

Location: Melbourne Park Function Centre

Date: 27/03/2017 to 28/03/2017

 With the continued rollout of the NDIS, planning for change is something our sector understands. 

At the 2017 NDS Victorian State Conference we’ll be taking the conversation in the direction of exploring the realities, risks and opportunities of delivering change and creating great outcomes for both participants and provider organisations. With a diverse variety of insightful keynote speakers, professional development workshops and exhibitors, you’ll learn innovative and practical strategies that you can implement to: enhance opportunities for NDIS participants in their daily lives, strengthen disability culture and develop your organisation in a market environment.

Contact information

For registration and sponsorship/exhibitor queries, please contact Alyssa Mason at Alyssa.Mason@nds.org.au  or on 02 9256 3133

AGOSCI 13th Biennial Conference

17 - 20 May 2017

The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Australia

The AGOSCI Conference Theme for 2017 is "Ready, Set, AACtion". The conference is an opportunity for people who use AAC, their families, friends, work colleagues, and people who work within the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication to come together to share their knowledge and skills. Registration for the AGOSCI Conference is now open. You can easily register via an online form or download the registration brochure and manually complete a form.

Register Online Now

http://alloccasionsgroup.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=60c950af82506047d05112ca4&id=882131ce6c&e=4898c99552

AGOSCI Scholarship Information

Limited funding will be available for scholarships to support people with complex communication needs to attend the AGOSCI 2017 Conference.   Applications close 28 February 2017. Click below for further information on how to apply and who is eligible.

http://alloccasionsgroup.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=60c950af82506047d05112ca4&id=cf134975f6&e=4898c99552

Policy, Research & Resources

Welcome to the Cultural Atlas

The Cultural Atlas is an educational resource providing comprehensive cultural information on the countries that Australia’s biggest migrant populations have originated from. The aim is to improve social cohesion in Australia and promote inclusion in an increasingly culturally diverse society. The Cultural Atlas was developed to supplement SBS's Cultural Competence Program. Click on link: http://theculturalatlas.org/

National Disability Practitioners (NDP) has unveiled its new website and is offering tailored development opportunities for NDS members.

NDP is a division of NDS committed to engaging, developing and supporting the disability workforce. Since launching in December 2014, NDP has grown to represent a community of more than 14,000 individuals. Members range from disability support workers to allied health practitioners, leaders, business support staff, students and volunteers. Individuals can join NDP for $45 per person, per annum. NDP recently unveiled a new website, www.ndp.org.au. The upgraded site showcases a growing range of member benefits and tailored resources. There you can download factsheets on a variety of topics, access up-to-date information on the NDIS, attend free online courses and view video content.

A skilled, informed workforce is crucial for the NDIS. As an NDS member, you have the opportunity to support the information, learning and development needs of your staff with an NDP group subscription. Group subscriptions start at just $20 per person, per annum*.

NDP strives to build and maintain a community of capable, professional and engaged individuals who are committed to delivering high-quality supports and life opportunities for people with disability. To find out more, visit www.ndp.org.au or contact Belinda Allen, Executive Officer at Belinda.Allen@ndp.org.aor phone 02 9256 3194.

Access and Inclusion Index

Access and Inclusion is the consideration and incorporation of the needs of people with disability in all areas of an organisation’s operations. This means ensuring that people with disability have equal access to employment, training and development, products and services, premises, communication and information communication technology.  For more information about the Access and Inclusion Index and how to use it go to https://accessandinclusionindex.com.au/overview

Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT)

An innovation that revolutionises the ease and speed of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word, the Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) supports individuals and organisations to embrace accessibility as ‘business as usual’ at no cost.  The DAT puts the power of accessible functionality into the hands of content authors, for the ultimate benefit of consumers with disability or age-related impairment. https://www.visionaustralia.org/dat

Decision-making support: Building Capacity within Victoria

The aim of the Supported Decision Making Project was to build knowledge on how people with cognitive impairment can be supported to make major life decisions, such as post-school options and accommodation. The research, conducted by La Trobe University, explored the processes and dilemmas associated with supporting people with cognitive disability in decision making. The outcomes of the research were then used by Scope to develop a range of resources to improve knowledge and build capacity in the area of decision-making support. The multimedia and print resources target families and carers, service providers, and legal professionals. http://www.scopeaust.org.au/research-project/decision-making-support-building-capacity-within-victoria/

Disability Knowledge Clearing House

The CADR Disability Knowledge Clearing House exists to help us understand 'what works, for whom, under what circumstances, at what cost’. Here you will find a repository of links to a wide range of disability research and evaluation resources. CADR is constantly adding material to this site with the aim of building the most comprehensive collection of disability research and resources for the Australian context. http://www.cadr.org.au/

Downloadable Disability Access Symbols

There are over 54 million citizens with disability who want and need access to work and the buildings in which people work. Apart from all ethical considerations, the law demands that people with disability are accommodated. These symbols advertise your accessibility to employees, customers, audiences, and anyone else who needs access to your building or offices. Examples of places you’ll want to promote your accessibility include: advertisements, newsletters, conference and program brochures, membership forms, building signage, floor plans and maps. http://www.artsaccessaustralia.org/resources/publications/118-downloadable-disability-access-symbols

Employ Outside the Box

Employ Outside the Box is a series of publications to encourage businesses to diversify their workforce. By providing a clear business case and a systematic approach to internal procedures, the guides help businesses to hire people with disability, mature-age workers, Indigenous Australians and other categories of people with skills to offer. https://www.acci.asn.au/program/employ-outside-box

Get Ready Workbook Series

The NDCO program has developed a series of workbooks for young people with disability, a chronic medical condition or a mental health condition to help plan life after school. These workbooks are based on the top ten tips for moving into post school education, training and employment pathways.  They contain practical activities, facts on rights and responsibilities, useful links and more! There are three workbooks: Get Ready – Top Tips for Students with Disability; Get Ready – Top Tips for ATSI Students with Disability & Get Ready – A Guide for Parents. The workbooks are FREE to download and can be progressively completed electronically and saved to a computer.  There is also a plain text version for users of assistive technology and an Easy English version of the Student and ATSI workbook for people with low literacy or language skills. You can download all versions at www.westernsydney.edu.au/ndco/

Person-Centred Practice across Cultures resources

Person-Centred Practice Across Cultures is a series of resources focusing on the crucial importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity in disability support and service delivery.  There are 14 workbooks to assist you to be sensitive to and maximise cultural and linguistic diversity in your work. They cover issues such as choice and control for CALD customers, attracting people, engaging with local communities, bilingual workers and interpreters, and the business case for culturally-sensitive service delivery. The Person-Centred Practice Across Cultures project was designed by futures upfront for NDS. Funding was provided by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Supporting tertiary students with ASD

Information for university and TAFE students diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their parents, and tertiary staff interested in learning more about ASD. This information pertains to supporting students with an ASD in academic settings and comes from a variety of sources including local and international information, peer reviewed research and research conducted at OTARC (funded by DHS, Victoria).  The information provided is general and not targeted for specific tertiary institutions.  http://www.latrobe.edu.au/otarc/families-individuals/support

Consultation Overview – Victorian State Disability Plan 2017-2020

The Victorian Government consulted with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the Victorian State Disability Plan 2017-2020.  The Consultation overview provides a summary of key ideas that emerged from a formal consultation period that ran for six weeks from May to July 2016. The key ideas are presented by the themes of the discussion paper that was released as part of the formal consultation.  To assess the Consultation Overview please visit: http://www.statedisabilityplan.vic.gov.au/consultation-overview

Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities.  You can access contact to all Victorian NDCO’s via the state website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au

NDCO West Vic News Region 16 Winter 2016

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

West Vic News

Winter 2016

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

 The National Disability Coordination Officer Program, Western Victoria in partnership with the Glenelg Southern Grampians Local Learning & Employment Network and Department of Health and Human Services,  is proud to bring to the Western District of Victoria the “Youth Empowerment Program 2016.” For the first time we are able to offer previous participants of the ‘Passport 2 Employment’ and ‘Pathways with a Purpose’ programs, (from Portland, Hamilton, Warrnambool and Horsham), the chance to further develop their leadership skills.

The program includes a planning forum then an overnight camp aimed at empowering young people with disability to lead a full and varied life, and  stay in contact and support each other in the long term. The transition from school to adult life presents young people with a range of options, possibilities, decisions, and challenges.  The Youth Empowerment Program will be developed as follow on opportunity for those students who have already had some experience in preparing for this period through their participation in past programs. The first phase of the Youth Empowerment Program 2016 will be initiated by holding a Structured Planning Forum on Tuesday the 21st of June at the new South West Institute of TAFE campus in Hamilton.

An essential element of designing the camp - this planning forum will ensure the inclusion of young people from the very early stages. Young people will be encouraged and supported to participate in this first phase to encourage their leadership capacity and ensure that the program meets their needs.  Anne Murphy, Executive Officer of the GSGLLEN, states “Inclusion of the young people from the very initial stages of planning will ensure that this program and camp is successful.  Young people will have the opportunity to design the camp and its activities, taking ownership of the camp, whilst also learning important life skills that will assist them in years to come”.    

If you are interested in how the NDCO program could help in your local region/area please feel free to contact me. 

Kind regards,

Pam Anderson

Pam Anderson NDCO Region 16

Mobile: 0418 108 555

Email:  pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au

Professional Development

Pathways 13 Conference Website - Celebrating 25 years of Pathways

30 November - 2 December 2016 Canberra

The ATEND Pathways Conference is a bi-annual event organised by the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND). The conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professional, academic staff and students with disability to identify and remove barriers for people with disability participating in higher education and training. Pathways provides a unique opportunity to improve our knowledge and plays a pivotal role in supporting practitioners and the sector in general with an opportunity for professional development. It encourages discussion and debate which informs the sector and ensures that we are all working towards an improved practice model. Pathways 13 centres around the theme; Changes, Challenges and Choice – embracing the future.  The Pathways 13 conference will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Pathways in Australia. Register your interest here http://www.pathways.consec.com.au/register.html

SPELD Training

The following are workshops that SPELD Victoria: Comprehensive 2 day workshop for educational support staff and integration aids 15 July & 22 July 2016 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-comprehensive-two-day-workshop-for-education-support-staff-integration-aides-tickets-25041799697?ref=ebtnebtckt

Four day Teacher Training Course in Specific Learning Disorders 12th-13th & 10th -20th October 2016

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/4-day-teacher-training-course-in-specific-learning-disorders-october-12th-13th-19th-20th-registration-19466925097?ref=ebtn

Disability and a Good Life: Thinking through Disability – Free online Course

Learn how disability is part of who we are as human beings, and how a good life is possible for everyone. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/thinking-through-disability 

This course started on the 16th May however you are still able to join.

Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development

The Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development offers students a program of study to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the issues affecting the disability sector.

As such it offers study of both legal and business frameworks that might impact upon organisational operations that may affect the optimum delivery of client focused services.

At the end of the program of study students will have a sound grasp of the legislative frameworks underpinning the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

https://my.une.edu.au/courses/2016/courses/GCNDIS

Sensory Regulation – FREE Professional Development Opportunity, Wimmera Region

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16 in partnership with Horsham Special School and Wimmera Rural Access Program extend this invitation to any interested professional or person in the Wimmera who would like to understand more about disability and what it means for learning.  This workshop is FREE and is the final workshop in a series which included; Emotional Regulation, Language and Communication and more.. The workshop is delivered by education experts in the field and sponsored by the Wimmera Rural Access Program and Horsham Special School.

When:              Friday 20th July 2016

Where:            Horsham Special School , 17 High Street North, Horsham

Time:               1pm – 3pm

Registrations Contact: Megan or Shannon (03) 5381 1475

Email: horsham.ss@edumail.vic.gov.au

Transition Action Networks – Western Victoria

The goal of these networks is to support young people with barriers to transition to remain engaged in or pursue education, training, employment and/or participate in activities within the community. The networks aim to do this by building partnerships between education and community service providers.  If you are interested in participating or wish to establish a network in your area, please contact Pam on 0418 108 555 or email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

National Disability Services (NDS) Event Snapshot

One day eight cities Jul to Aug 2016

NDIS Essential Briefing

The essential NDIS info you need to know - By the time this NDIS Essential Briefing series begins, the transition to the full NDIS will be underway. Attending this event has never been more important. The 2016 Briefing series will have two sections. The morning will be focussed on the national policy environment, the need-to-know facts and data for your organisation. It will feature quick-fire updates on pricing, housing, transfer of business, LACs, workforce, the Modern Award, quality and safeguards and more. Last year over 2,100 CEOs and Senior Managers benefitted from this series. Demand will be high so make sure you register early to secure your place.

Date and location: Melbourne, 19 July, 9:30am - 3:30pm  Register now  Visit: www.nds.org.au/events-and-training

Positive Behaviour Support Workshops - Geelong

Date: 18 July 2016 – 20 July 2016; Venue: Quality Hotel Bayside, Geelong, La Trobe Room, 13-15 The Esplanade, Geelong VIC

Time: 9.30 am – 2.30 pm, BYO Lunch – Cost FREE

Aspect Victoria is pleased to offer the highly successful, contemporary, evidence based three (3) day Positive Behaviour Support Workshop.  This is a FREE workshop for parents and carers of children and young people aged 6-25 years of age who are diagnosed with Autism.. Eligibility to participate in the workshop:

  • Parents and carers of children and young people aged 6 - 25 years of age who are diagnosed with Autism
  • The individual with Autism must be living at home 
  • Participating families are encouraged to invite professionals or service providers working with them to attend the workshop with them

Families participating in this workshop will:

  • Develop an understanding of Autism and how Autism impacts on learning and behaviour
  • Learn how to be proactive by creating an Autism friendly environment at home
  • Learn how to write an Autism specific Behaviour Support Plan for one of their child's behaviours
  • Learn how to write a plan to respond confidently when challenging behaviour occurs
  • Learn how to teach new skills to promote their child's independence and quality of life

Contact: Amber Day

Email: aday@autismspectrum.org.au

Telephone: (03) 93776600

To register please visit: https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/content/events-and-workshops

Disability-related Events Calendar 2016

Each year the Australian Network on Disability compiles a list of key disability-and health-related campaigns and events scheduled throughout the year.  See more: http://www.and.org.au/pages/disability-related-events-calendar.html

June

26 - Red Nose Day - SIDS and Kids

29 - World Scleroderma Day - Scleroderma Australia

July

10-16 - Diabetes Awareness Week- Diabetes Australia

TBC - Stress Down Day - Lifeline Australia

29 - Crazy Hair Day - Cystic Fibrosis NSW

28 - World Hepatitis Day - Hepatitis Australia

August

5 - Jeans for Genes Day - Children's Medical Research Institute

7-13 - National EOS Awareness Week - AusEE Inc.

15-21 - Brain Injury Awareness Week, "Bang on a Beanie"  - Brain Injury Australia

20-27 - Hearing Awareness Week - Deafness Forum of Australia

26 - Daffodil Day - Cancer Council Australia 

Resources

Building teacher capability for inclusive education

As a part of the Victorian Governments Department of Education and Training strategic direction, building teacher capability for inclusive education requires all Victorian teachers to undertake some professional development in the area of disabilities and special needs.  For further information go to

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/snpskilledteachers.aspx

For learning diversity resources go to

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/diversity/Pages/default.aspx

The Making Experience Count eBook

The Making Experience Count eBook is a collection of 12 personal stories aimed at sharing helpful information and resources for mature age job seekers with disability.

Developed by the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC) National Disability Coordination Officer Programme - the Making Experience Count eBook showcases 12 success stories of mature age workers with disability (aged 45+), who have successfully transitioned from unemployment to employment.

https://imvc.com.au/youthservices/broaden-your-horizons/national-disability-coordination-officer/making-experience-count-ebook/

NDIS Planning Guide and Workbook

This planning guide is for people who are able to access the NDIS. It has been designed to assist you through the process of developing your individual plan. It will help you identify your needs, goals and current sup-ports. There are a number of questions for you to think about, and you can note your thoughts in the following pages.

http://www.ndis.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/planning_guide.pdf

Clips Worth Watching

NDIS Ready- National Disability Insurance Scheme

Getting ready for the NDIS Video Clip http://www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-ready

Reports / Policy

Attorney-General’s release of the Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability Report

The report findings are in three key themes:

  • Priority Government Commitments
  • Improving existing systems
  • What employers and businesses can do

With a total of 56 recommendations there is plenty of reading in this extensive report. Also included are highlighted examples of best practices, a wide variety of case studies and an appendix chock full of data and statistics. To access the full report:

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/disability-rights/projects/willing-work-national-inquiry-employment-discrimination-against

The Victorian state Government has announced -More Support For Victorians Who Have A Disability http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/more-support-for-victorians-who-have-a-disability/

Programs

Stepping into Program

Are you a student with Disability looking to gain valuable work experience whilst getting paid?  Stepping into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability.  We currently have 65 internships across Australia, with the list growing daily and we would love to get more students involved. There are currently many opportunities in Melbourne and Geelong which may be of particular interest to you.

http://www.and.org.au./pages/stepping-into...-programs.html

NDCO Victoria Website

The Victorian National Disability Coordination Officer Program website has recently been u updated. The site provides a range of general information about post school support and transition options into education and employment for people with disability.  In addition to this each region contains specific information about events and services in your local area.

http://ndcovictoria.net.au

National Disability Clearinghouse

https://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/archives/4776

Check out what’s New at the following link: http://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/news

NDIS

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Education
This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to education and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the school education system.  http://www.ndis.gov.au/node/740

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Higher Education and Vocational Training

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to higher education and vocational education and training (VET) and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the higher education and VET system. http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/741

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Employment

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to employment and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the employment system. http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/743

Or Visit: www.ndis.gov.au for further information.

Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities.

Region 11 - Inner Northern Melbourne NDCO: Tania Perez TPerez@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 12 - Western Region NDCO: TBC Phone: 0439 113 364

Region 13 - Eastern Melbourne NDCO: TBC Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 14 –Southern Melbourne NDCO: Sally Bailey Email: sbailey@skillsplus.com.au Phone: (03) 9784 0400

Region 15 - Northern Victoria NDCO: Mark Cottee Email: macottee@wodongatafe.edu.au Phone: (02) 6055 6309

Region 16 - Western Victoria NDCO: Pam Anderson Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au Phone 0418108555

Region 17 -Eastern Victoria and South East Melbourne NDCO: Andrea Evans McCall Email: andrea.evansmccall@skillsplus.com.au Phone: 0418 208 039

NDCO West VIC News Autumn 2016

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Thursday, February 11, 2016

West Vic News

Autumn 2016

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

Autumn is approaching us.... Easter Eggs are already lining the supermarket shelves..

Everybody's fighting some kind of stereotype, and people with disabilities are no exception. The difference is that barriers people with disabilities face begin with people's attitudes — attitudes often rooted in misinformation and misunderstandings about what it's like to live with a disability.

Myth 1: People with disabilities are brave and courageous.

Fact: Adjusting to a disability requires adapting to a lifestyle, not bravery and courage.

Myth 2: All persons who use wheelchairs are chronically ill or sickly.

Fact: The association between wheelchair use and illness may have evolved through hospitals using wheelchairs to transport sick people. A person may use a wheelchair for a variety of reasons, none of which may have anything to do with lingering illness.

Myth 3: Wheelchair use is confining; people who use wheelchairs are "wheelchair-bound."

Fact: A wheelchair, like a bicycle or an automobile, is a personal assistive device that enables someone to get around.

Myth 4: All persons with hearing disabilities can read lips.

Fact: Lip-reading skills vary among people who use them and are never entirely reliable.

Myth 5: People who are blind acquire a "sixth sense."

Fact: Although most people who are blind develop their remaining senses more fully, they do not have a "sixth sense."

Myth 6: People with disabilities are more comfortable with "their own kind."

Fact: In the past, grouping people with disabilities in separate schools and institutions reinforced this misconception. Today, many people with disabilities take advantage of new opportunities to join mainstream society.

Myth 7: Non-disabled people are obligated to "take care of" people with disabilities.

Fact: Anyone may offer assistance, but most people with disabilities prefer to be responsible for themselves.

Myth 8: Curious children should never ask people about their disabilities.

Fact: Many children have a natural, uninhibited curiosity and may ask questions that some adults consider embarrassing. But scolding curious children may make them think having a disability is "wrong" or "bad." Most people with disabilities won't mind answering a child's question.

Myth 9: The lives of people with disabilities are totally different than the lives of people without disabilities.

Fact: People with disabilities go to school, get married, work, have families, do laundry, grocery shop, laugh, cry, pay taxes, get angry, have prejudices, vote, plan and dream like everyone else.

Myth 10: It is all right for people without disabilities to park in accessible parking spaces, if only for a few minutes.

Fact: Because accessible parking spaces are designed and situated to meet the needs of people who have disabilities, these spaces should only be used by people who need them.

Myth 11: Most people with disabilities cannot have sexual relationships.

Fact: Anyone can have a sexual relationship by adapting the sexual activity. People with disabilities can have children naturally or through adoption. People with disabilities, like other people, are sexual beings.

Myth 12: People with disabilities always need help.

Fact: Many people with disabilities are independent and capable of giving help. If you would like to help someone with a disability, ask if he or she needs it before you act.

Myth 13: There is nothing one person can do to help eliminate the barriers confronting people with disabilities.

Fact: Everyone can contribute to change. You can help remove barriers by:

  • Understanding the need for accessible parking and leaving it for those who need it
  • Encouraging participation of people with disabilities in community activities by using accessible meeting and event sites
  • Understanding children's curiosity about disabilities and people who have them
  • Advocating a barrier-free environment
  • Speaking up when negative words or phrases are used about disability
  • Writing producers and editors a note of support when they portray someone with a disability as a "regular person" in the media
  • Accepting people with disabilities as individuals capable of the same needs and feelings as yourself, and hiring qualified disabled persons whenever possible

Reference: http://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/facts-about-disability/myths-facts.html

If you are interested in how the NDCO program could help in your local region/area please feel free to contact me. 

Kind regards,

Pam Anderson

Pam Anderson NDCO Region 16

Mobile: 0418 108 555

Email:  pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Website: www.ndcovictoria.net.au

Inclusive Learning Conference 2016 - Early Bird Registrations Open

Friday 10 June 2016

Supporting Successful Engagement in Education and Vocational Preparation

Venue: Monash University Peninsula, Campus McMahons Rd, Frankston

Target: Professionals with an interest in learning and education for people aged 14 years and over with complex learning needs. 

Stream One: Inclusive practice in education

Steam Two: Vocational preparation and mentoring

Important dates 

Call for Presentation Papers Open 23 November 2015 

Early Bird Registrations Open 1 February 2016

Call for Presentation Papers Close 22 February 2016

Early Bird Registrations Close 25 April 2016

Registrations Close 30 May 2016

For further information about the Inclusive Learning Conference 2016 go to http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-14#events or contact

To register for this event go to 

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/ndco-program-6834195823

Sally Bailey National Disability Coordination Officer sbailey@skillsplus.com.au (03) 9784 0400

For RSVP's and requested to be added to the membership please contact

Sally Bailey, NDCO, sbailey@skillsplus.com.au

Your say

Community views sought on services for autism spectrum disorder

The Victorian Parliament’s Family and Community Development Committee has invited community input to its inquiry into services for people with autism spectrum disorder. The Committee has called for people to have their say on the availability and adequacy of services provided by the Commonwealth, State and local governments across health, education, disability, housing, sport and employment services.  The Committee also wants to find out the projected demand for services in Victoria. Submissions are welcome by Friday, 18 March 2016

For information about making a submission go to http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc/inquiries/article/2586

NDIS and MS

Experience in the NDIS trial sites show that many people living with multiple sclerosis will be eligible for this insurance. If you have any impairment that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself, you might be eligible for insurance support to help you achieve your goals - whether that’s to return to work, travel or just do all the everyday things others take for granted! - See more at: http://www.ms.org.au/support-services/national-disability-insurance-scheme/my-ndis-story.aspx#sthash.ImJd4ovq.dpuf

Understanding Disability – FREE Professional Development Opportunity,

Wimmera Region

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16 in partnership with Horsham Special School and Wimmera Rural Access Program extend this invitation to any interested professional or person in the Wimmera who would like to understand more about disability and what it means for learning. This initial session will include a walking workshop through Horsham Special School that will begin to connect the dots between brain development, environment and learning.

A forum session will follow the walking tour, with an opportunity for you to discuss and query topics concerning your work or life in regards to disability.

This workshop is FREE and is the first in a series which will include; Emotional Regulation, Language and Communication, Sensory Regulation and more. They will be delivered by education experts in the field and sponsored by the Wimmera Rural Access Program and Horsham Special School.

When:              Friday 18th of March 2016

Where:            Horsham Special School

17 High Street North, Horsham

Time:               1pm – 3pm

Registrations by Friday 11/3/16: Megan or Shannon (03) 5381 1475

Email: horsham.ss@edumail.vic.gov.au

Transition Action Networks – Western Victoria

The goal of these networks is to support young people with barriers to transition to remain engaged in or pursue education, training, employment and/or participate in activities within the community. The networks aim to do this by building partnerships between education and community service providers.

Please see below dates and times for meetings coming up…

Tuesday 16th of February 2016

Southern Grampians Transition Action Network, RMIT, 200 Ballarat Road, Hamilton 10am-12noon

Monday 22nd February 2016

South West Transition Action Network, South West TAFE, Hurd Street, Warrnambool 3.45 pm-5pm

Wednesday 24th February 2016

Sunraysia Transition Action Network, Mildura Club, Deakin Avenue, Mildura 3-4.30 pm

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Geelong Transition Action Network, Deakin Cats Community Centre, Skilled Stadium, Geelong 3.30-4.30pm

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Colac Transition Action Network, Colac Specialist School, Wilson Street, Colac 3.30pm-4.30pm

If you are interested in participating or wish to establish a network in your area, please contact Pam on 0418 108 555 or email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

National Disability Services (NDS) Event Snapshot

Role of Support Workers in an NDIS World

2 March 2016

This workshop is for support workers and coordinators who support people with disability in the community. It combines theory with tools and examples to equip support workers to learn the skills to facilitate active community engagement.

Improve IT-4NDIS

3 March 2016

This workshop is part of the Improve-IT-4NDIS program, which will focus on IT planning for an NDIS environment.

Improve IT-4NDIS

4 March 2016

This workshop is part of the Improve-IT-4NDIS program, which will focus on IT planning for an NDIS environment.

Assistive Solutions Expo

5 March 2016

Spinal Life Australia's Assistive Solutions Expo will feature the latest innovations, equipment, aids and technology for people with a physical disability.

NDS VIC Conference 2016

7 - 8 March 2016

The NDS VIC Conference will be held on Monday 7 - Tuesday 8 March 2016 at the Pullman, Albert Park, Melbourne.

Costing and Pricing Phase II

8 March 2016

This workshop will examine costing and pricing for small and medium disability service organisations. The workshop will utilise relevant cases and consider the impacts of NDIS, My Way and the Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy.

Costing and Pricing - The Curtin / NDS Tool

9 March 2016

This workshop will demonstrate the use of the Costing and Pricing - The Curtin / NDS Tool by applying a case study of a typical medium sized disability service provider.

Coordinators and Team Leaders Forum

10 March 2016

This forum has been designed to provide coordinators and team leaders with the information and skills necessary to thrive in the new disability sector.

Visit the NDS Website for more information and see more events: http://www.nds.org.au/events

Disability-related Events Calendar 2016

Each year the Australian Network on Disability compiles a list of key disability-and health-related campaigns and events scheduled throughout the year.  See more: http://www.and.org.au/pages/disability-related-events-calendar.html

February

1-29 - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - Ovarian Cancer Australia

1-29 - REDFEB - Heart Research Australia

4 - World Cancer Day - Union for International Cancer Control

7-13 - Feeding tube awareness week - ausEE Inc.

18 - International Asperger's Day - Asperger Services Australia

26 - Wear Red Day - Heart Research Australia

March

1-31- Bandaged Bear Appeal - The Children's Hospital at Westmead

1 - International Wheelchair Day - International Wheelchair Club

4 - Bandaged Bear Day - The Children's Hospital at Westmead

6-12 - World Glaucoma Week - Glaucoma Australia

14-20 - Brain Awareness Week - BrainAware

10-13 - World’s Greatest Shave – Leukaemia Foundation

21 - World Down Syndrome Day - United Nations

TBC - Arthritis Awareness Week - Arthritis Australia

26 - Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness - Epilepsy Australia 

April

2 - World Autism Awareness Day - United Nations

7 - World Health Day - United Nations

11 - World Parkinson's Day - Parkinson's Victoria

TBC - Osteopathy Awareness Week - Australian Osteopathic Association

25-26 - Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Hawaii.

28 - World Day for Safety & Health at Work - International Labor Organization (ILO)

27 - International Guide Dog Day - Guide Dogs Australia

May

1-31 - Jelly Baby Month - The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

1-31 - Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month - Neurofibromatosis Association of Australia Inc

1-31 - Miracle Month of May - Miracle Babies Foundation

6 - World Asthma Day - Asthma Australia

4-10 - Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week - Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia

1-7 - Heart Week - Heart Foundation

1-7 - National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Week - MND Australia

12-18 - International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Awareness Week - ME/CFS Australia

8 - Get Smart (Mother's Day) - Thyroid Foundation - Protect Your Baby's Brain

TBC - Schizophrenia Awareness Week - Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

15 - World Autoimmune Arthritis Day - International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis

15-21 - Support Allergic Friends Everywhere Week - Anaphylaxis Australia

17 - Australian Network on Disability's 7th Annual National Conference, Sydney

19-25 - Spinal Health Week - Chiropractor's Association of Australia

26 - World MS Day - MS Research Australia

26 - Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Cancer Council

27 - 65 Roses Day - Cystic Fibrosis New South Wales

22-28 - Kidney Health Week - Kidney Health

29 - Wear White at Work for International White Wreath Day (Suicide awareness) - White Wreath Association

TBC - Macular Degeneration Awareness Week - Macular Degeneration Foundation Australia

TBC - MS Walk & Fun Run - Multiple Sclerosis Australia

June

1-7 - Thyroid Awareness Week- Australian Thyroid Foundation

13-19 - International Men's Health Week - Men's Health Information and Resource Centre

17 - City Mile Dash - Cancer Council NSW

21 - MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Global Day - MND Australia

26 - Red Nose Day - SIDS and Kids

29 - World Scleroderma Day - Scleroderma Australia

July

10-16 - Diabetes Awareness Week- Diabetes Australia

TBC - Stress Down Day - Lifeline Australia

29 - Crazy Hair Day - Cystic Fibrosis NSW

28 - World Hepatitis Day - Hepatitis Australia

August

5 - Jeans for Genes Day - Children's Medical Research Institute

7-13 - National EOS Awareness Week - AusEE Inc.

8 - Top 8 Challenge Day - AusEE Inc.

15-21 - Brain Injury Awareness Week, "Bang on a Beanie"  - Brain Injury Australia

20-27 - Hearing Awareness Week - Deafness Forum of Australia

26 - Daffodil Day - Cancer Council Australia 

September

1-30 - Dementia Awareness Month - Alzheimer's Australia

1-30 - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

1 - Gold Bow Day - Australian Thyroid Foundation

12-18 - National Stroke Week - National Stroke Foundation

10 - World Suicide Prevention Day (UN) - Suicide Prevention Australia

8 - R U OK? Day - R U OK?

11-15 - Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week - Hypersomnolence Australia

15 - World Lymphoma Awareness Day - Lymphoma Australia

18-24  - Parkinson's Awareness Week - Parkinson's Australia

21 - World Alzheimer's Day - Alzheimer's Australia

TBC - Headache and Migraine Week - Headache Australia (Brain Foundation)

21 - World Alzheimer's Day - Alzheimer's Australia

29 - World Heart Day - World Heart Federation

October

1-31 - Mental Health Awareness Month - Mental Health Association NSW

1-31 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - National Breast Cancer Foundation

1-31 - Dogtober - Assistance Dogs Australia

1-31 - Girls Night In - Cancer Council Australia

1 - World Cerebral Palsy Day

4-16 - Down Syndrome Awareness Week & Buddy Walk - Down Syndrome Australia

7 - Light The Night - Leukemia Foundation

7 - Hat Day for Mental Health - Rotary Australia

TBC - National Amputee Awareness Week - Limbs for Life

TBC - Nation Week of Deaf People - Deaf Australia

TBC - Great Strides Day - Cystic Fibrosis Australia

9-15 - Mental Health Week - National Mental Health Commission

TBC - Haemophilia Awareness Week & Red Cake Day- Haemophilia Foundation Australia

9 - World Sight Day - Vision 2020 Australia

10 - World Mental Health Day - United Nations

12 - International Arthritis Day - Arthritis Victoria

TBC - Loud Shirt Day – (to benefit deaf children) – Hear and Say Centre

20 - World Osteoporosis Day - International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)

TBC - Pink Ribbon Day - Cancer Council

TBC - National Bandanna Day - CanTeen

November

1-30 - Movember- Movember Foundation

1-30 -  Lung Health Awareness Month - The Australian Lung Foundation

TBC - Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week - Independence Australia

TBC - National Psychology Week - The Australian Psychological Society

TBC - National Walk to Work Day - Diabetes Australia

14 - World Diabetes Day - Diabetes Australia

15 - White Cane Day - Vision Australia

16 - World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day - Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

TBC - Assistance Dogs Australia Awareness Week - Assistance Dogs Australia

December

1 - World AIDS Day

1 - Red Ribbon Appeal - runs in conjunction with World AIDS Day - ACON Sydney

3 - UN International Day of People with Disability - IDPwD

TBC - Pathways13 Conference, Canberra - Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

ANZ Graduate and Internship Program and Students with Disability

 Rob Crestani from ANZ’s Abilities program has put out a request for people with disability to apply for the ANZ Graduate Internship Program. The 2016 ANZ Graduate Program application period will begin on February 24th and finish on March 20th.  Application can be made online at www.anz.com.au/about-us/careers/graduate-intern-program .

Policy and Research

Access to real learning: the impact of policy, funding and culture on students with disability

An 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. Australia, as a nation, has allowed educational outcomes for students with disability to be poor as a consequence of failing to consider what outcomes we want for children with disability. Without defined goals or outcomes for students with disability, there has been long-term policy confusion around expectations of the school system in general and individual students in particular. What is needed, therefore, is greater consideration given to what would be the optimal educational outcomes for students with disability, and then an effort made by governments at both commonwealth and state/territory level to put into place the policies, practices and funding that would lead to these outcomes.

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Education_and_Employment/students_with_disability/Report

Building teacher capability for inclusive education

As a part of the Victorian Governments Department of Education and Training strategic direction, building teacher capability for inclusive education requires all Victorian teachers to undertake some professional development in the area of disabilities and special needs.  For further information go to

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/snpskilledteachers.aspx

For learning diversity resources go to

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/diversity/Pages/default.aspx

Final Report on the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

The Standards are required to be reviewed every five years in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Department. Urbis were engaged by the department to undertake the 2015 review of the Standards. The 2015 review recognised progress has been made since the 2010 review in raising awareness of the Standards with educators through various initiatives and resources.

The Final Report on the 2015 Review and the Australian Government initial response are now available. The Australian Government initial response outlines how the Australian Government intends to address each recommendation. https://docs.education.gov.au/node/38936

http://www.speldvic.org.au/component/dtregister/?Itemid=99999

Post School Transition, the Experiences of Students with Disability

This report is based on the direct experience of young people with disability. It highlights key issues from current research, legislation and consultation with key stakeholders. It concludes with recommendations for improving outcomes and options for post school transition of students with disability. 

http://apo.org.au/resource/post-school-transition-experiences-students-disability

Recognising Ability: Business and the Employment of People with Disability

Business Council of Australia launched Recognising Ability: Business and the Employment of People with Disability, a report which looks at the role business can play in driving greater workforce participation and inclusion for people with disability.

http://www.bca.com.au/media/recognising-ability-business-and-the-employment-of-people-with-disability

Supporting tertiary students with a disability or mental illness: good practice guide

Through the implementation of the principles outlined in this good practice guide, teaching staff and disability services staff in tertiary institutions will be better positioned to provide additional supports for students with a disability or mental illness. Based on two research reports, which consider the perspectives of students, disability services workers and teaching staff, this guide offers a wide range of individual and institution-level learning supports with the aim of improving the educational experience and rate of course completions for students with a disability or mental illness.  

Supporting tertiary students with a disability or mental illness: good practice guide

Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice

Experiencing disability or ongoing ill-health can be very disruptive to an individuals' education and training outcomes. These students may need additional support to help them successfully complete their studies. This research explores the complex factors affecting the implementation of learning supports to assist students with disabilities or ongoing health conditions. It focuses on two types of learning support: individualised reasonable adjustments; and institution-level learning supports, the latter being available to all students. The report provides examples of best practice for the provision of both types of learning supports and notes that often a combination of these may be appropriate.

Supporting tertiary students with disabilities: individualised and institution-level approaches in practice

Amendments to VET FEE-HELP

The Higher Education Support Act 2003 (the Act) was recently amended by the Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Act 2015 and will enact new measures from 1 January 2016 to further strengthen the scheme.

The amendments will:

• Strengthen the debt remission process for students under VET FEE-HELP

• Strengthen the assessment criteria for, and ongoing scrutiny of, all training providers

• Ensure student debt is incurred in line with course delivery, and establish increased protections for students

• Establish minimum pre-requisite and prior education qualification, including demonstrated literacy and numeracy requirements.

• Freeze the total loan limit for existing providers at 2015 levels

• Introduce new entry requirements for training providers wishing to offer VET FEE-HELP loans

• Move to payment in arrears for certain providers

• Pause payments to providers for new enrolments where there are concerns about performance.

For information, please refer to the following website: - https://www.education.gov.au/vet-fee-help-reforms

Students wanting to know how these changes affect them, please visit the Study Assist website at www.studyassist.gov.au

Complaints about providers can be made to the National Training Complaints Hotline 13 38 73 - https://www.education.gov.au/national-training-complaints-hotline-1

Resources

Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) beta an exciting new resource from Vision Australia!

An innovation that revolutionises the ease and speed of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word, the Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) supports individuals and organisations to embrace accessibility as ‘business as usual’ at no cost.

The DAT puts the power of accessible functionality into the hands of content authors, for the ultimate benefit of consumers with disability or age-related impairment.

https://www.visionaustralia.org/business-and-professionals/digital-access-consulting/resources/document-accessibility-toolbar#what

Toolbox talk training package for all workplaces—beyond blue

Beyondblue’s ‘Mental health in the workplace’ toolbox talk training package provides workplaces in all industries with free resources to equip team leaders, or anyone managing staff, with the skills and confidence to deliver mental health toolbox talks to their staff. The package helps them to encourage conversations about mental health in the workplace, reduce workplace stigma and sup-port staff who may be experiencing a mental health condition.  Go to webpage

Filmed over a period of eight years, Sharing Our Story follows the lives of five families as they progress through major milestones in their children’s lives and learn to manage the particular issues and challenges associated with raising a child with a disability.

Sharing Our Story

Sharing Our Story is a highly engaging adult learning tool aimed at tertiary students and service providers who regularly work with children with a disability. Sharing Our Story is designed to stimulate discussion and encourage a greater understanding of disability from a family perspective enabling professionals to work in partnership with children with a disability and their families.

Sample on you tube (https://youtu.be/Fj7icLvhLeE)

The Sharing Our Story kit includes two DVDs plus a training manual with suggested learning objectives, activities and prompts to generate discussion. The full Sharing Our Story kit is available for purchase for AUD 199.00 Inc. GST on 03 9818 2000, 1800 654 013 or mail@acd.org.au

Sane - Take the workplace mental health and wellbeing survey

Help us improve workplace mental health outcomes in Australian organisations by participating in the Mindful Employer survey. The Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing survey will provide us with invaluable insights that will help to inform our work and support workplaces.  The survey will only take 10 minutes to complete and participation is strictly confidential. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MindfulEmployerProgram

NDCO Victoria Website

The Victorian National Disability Coordination Officer Program website has recently been u updated. The site provides a range of general information about post school support and transition options into education and employment for people with disability.  In addition to this each region contains specific information about events and services in your local area.

http://ndcovictoria.net.au

National Disability Clearinghouse

https://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/archives/4776

Check out what’s New at the following link: http://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/news

NDIS

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Education
This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to education and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the school education system.  http://www.ndis.gov.au/node/740

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Higher Education and Vocational Training

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to higher education and vocational education and training (VET) and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the higher education and VET system. http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/741

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Employment

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to employment and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the employment system. http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/743

Or Visit: www.ndis.gov.au for further information.

Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities.

 Region 11 - Inner Northern Melbourne NDCO: Tania Perez TPerez@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 12 - Western Region NDCO: Gary Kerridge Email: gary.kerridge@deakin.edu.au Phone: 0439 113 364

Region 13 - Eastern Melbourne NDCO: Effie Kapsalos Email: ekapsalos@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 14 –Southern Melbourne NDCO: Sally Bailey Email: sbailey@skillsplus.com.au Phone: (03) 9784 0400

Region 15 - Northern Victoria NDCO: Mark Cottee Email: macottee@wodongatafe.edu.au Phone: (02) 6055 6309

Region 16 - Western Victoria NDCO: Pam Anderson Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au Phone 0418108555

Region 17 -Eastern Victoria and South East Melbourne NDCO: Andrea Evans McCall Email: andrea.evansmccall@skillsplus.com.au Phone: 0418 208 039

NDCO Region 16 West Vic News Summer 2015

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Friday, December 04, 2015

West Vic News

Summer 2015

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

 Welcome to Summer….only a few sleeps until Christmas and holidays! On behalf of the NDCO Program for Western Victoria I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends and travel safe to and from your holiday destinations this festive season.

The year 2015 has seen many projects and activities in relation to young people with disability transitioning from secondary school into further education/training and/or employment.  The NDCO program could not do this without the wonderful support of the people in our local communities across Western Victoria. 

Our service providers who have contributed to the Passport 2 Employment Program and Pathways with Purpose Program 2015 have been the glue and key to its success.  We hope to continue the work of this fantastic program in 2016 with further development and delivery happening in Geelong/Barwon and Eastern Victoria.  If you would like to find out more about the program for students or young people in your area, please contact me for a chat.

The NDCO has been volunteering with Karingal Disability Services (Community Living) in Geelong over the past few months with my wonderful Maremma, “Pat” (pictured below).  Pat has been providing therapy to participants at Karingal every week and is a registered Delta Therapy Dog.  Pat would like to let you know that there is a real need out there for people and their loving pooches to volunteer as a Delta Therapy team.  It’s not hard to do if you have a pooch who enjoys the company of people.

Check out the Delta Society webpage at: http://www.deltasociety.com.au/ to see what is involved! 

If you are interested in how the NDCO program could help in your local region/area please feel free to contact me. 

Kind regards,

Pam Anderson

Pam Anderson NDCO Region 16

Mobile: 0418 108 555

Email:  pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

ABORIGINAL/TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER NEWS….

The Welcome to country Iphone app

About the App:

The Welcome to Country iPhone app. delivers a simple Welcome to Country video introduction~ to Australian indigenous culture, including basic cultural protocols that are tribal boundary geo-specific^.

The app. uses the GPS function of the iPhone to deliver a Welcome to Country video (or text/image version) to the user via a push notification. Where available within a tribal boundary^, the video will be of a traditional owner (or elder) welcoming the user/visitor to their country when the user enters that tribal geo-boundary^.

The app. educates the user on the Traditional Owners' culture and heritage protocols right across the Australia. It gives the user a solid appreciation of the many cultures and languages groups that exist in Indigenous Australia. The app. also teaches users some simple, relevant information about Indigenous culture and the customs of the tribe within that tribal geo boundary. As such, the Welcome to Country iPhone app. can be used by tourists, schools, employers, government departments, by tourism bodies and many other user groups and individuals.

Version 1.0 of the Welcome to Country app. contains more than 30 tribes and languages groups (of over 500 groups!) right across Indigenous Australia. We'll be adding many more language groups over the coming months so please check back regularly for updates.

What is a 'Welcome to Country'?

"A Welcome to Country is where an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custodian or elder from the local area or region welcomes people to their land. This may be done through speech, song, dance or ceremony and has been part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocol for thousands of years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols or customs in relation to Welcome to Country are diverse and will vary from region to region."
(Source:
http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/atsia/welcome_to_country)

Most people don't know there are over 500 Indigenous tribes (and therefore tribal geo boundaries) and language groups that exist across Indigenous Australia? The Indigenous Australia map that can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/map/ is just one representation of other map sources that are available for describing Aboriginal Australia. This map in particular indicates only the general location of larger groupings of people and this may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group.

If you're a traditional owner or a member of an Australian Indigenous language group and you'd like your Mob included on the app. please contact us by email welcomeapp@wsmedia.com.au to discuss.

  Koorie Kids with Special Needs Magazine- First Edition - Victorian Aboriginal Indigenous Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI)

VAEAI has just released their first magazine focusing completely on the support available for Koorie children and young people with a disability and/or special needs.  This is a magazine for families, for community members and for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the programs, services and assistance available.

In 2014, with funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, VAEAI began looking at developing resources to support Koorie families who have children with special needs.

With the help of a steering committee of Koorie parents/caregivers, and the advice of representatives from organisations working in the field of disability, VAEAI developed a radio show which airs fortnightly on 3KND, called Koorie Kids with Special Needs.  The radio show features parents/caregivers talking about their experiences and what works for them, as well as organisations talking about programs and supported.  The radio show has been a great success and will continue to air on 3KND in 2015/2016.  What was discovered is there is a need to promote the assistance available to Koorie communities because there is help available, but not everyone knows about how to access that help.

So to complement what VAEAI is doing with the radio show, they created the first Koorie Kids with Special Needs magazine.  VAEAI hope to promote the great work that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations are doing to support Koorie Kids with Special Needs and also hope that the parent/caregiver stories featured in the magazine will give confidence to other parents who may be starting out in seeking support for their child.  Being a parent is challenging work, and having a child with special needs adds some extra challenges, but with the right assistance your child can thrive and achieve the best education outcomes possible.

For information about the magazine and to order some copies please visit: www.vaeai.org.au or contact your local Wurreker Broker.


Koorie Kids with Special Needs RADIO SHOW!

Every Thursday 12-1 pm

In September 2014, VAEAI began broadcasting the Koorie Kids with Special Needs Radio Program from 1503 AM 3KND....

What they are doing is talking to parents and caregivers of Koorie Children who have special needs.  They are talking about their experiences and how they accessed support for their kids.  The show also talks to people working in the field of disability about the range of programs that are on offer for kids with special needs.

3KND broadcaster Garry Hansen hosts the program. 

The show is very appreciative of all Koorie parents and disability support professionals who come in to share their knowledge.  They hope that other families listening in will get useful advice and know that there is support available for their child.

TUNE IN EVERY THURSDAY 12 PM - 1503 AM 3KND STREAMING RADIO!

Visit online at: www.3knd.org.au

If you are a parent/caregiver of a Koorie child who has special needs and would like to share your story VAEAI would love to hear from you.

Please get in touch with Vaso Elefsiniotis at VAEAI on 03 9481 0800 or email vaso@vaeai.org.au  You can also contact VAEAI on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vaeai

 Girrwaabugany; What Aboriginal students say is the best way to connect with them

During November 2015, the NDCO Region 16 attended the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Education Conference held at the Mercure Pullman Hotel in Albert Park.  The following presentation was delivered by Michael Donovan from the Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle.  Michael is a Gumbaynggir man with experience in various fields of health (Enrolled Nurse and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine).  Michael has also held various roles in education – Aboriginal Education Assistant, Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), Lecturer, NSW AECG Life Member and PhD candidate – “What form(s) of pedagogy are necessary for increasing the engagement of Aboriginal school students?”

 Michael’s PhD study is asking the question, “What form(s) of pedagogy are necessary for increasing the engagement of Aboriginal school students?”

  • What is significant about relationships from an Aboriginal standpoint
  • Highlight Aboriginal pedagogical theory
  • What could this mean for educators working with Aboriginal students

 What do Aboriginal pedagogical theorist say about Aboriginal students?

 Relationship development between teacher and Aboriginal students

  • The need for aspects of recognition of Aboriginal culture
  • Localised content and placing the learning in context to Aboriginal society and Aboriginal worldview
  • Use of group and peer support
  • Adapting the learning environment to be safe and free from racism
  • The engagement of dynamic teaching practices to support various preferred Aboriginal learning practices
  • Allowing Aboriginal students to be responsible for their learning with some choice within the educational framework
  • Acknowledging the use of reflective learning
  • High expectations of Aboriginal students

 What are Aboriginal students saying about the teacher and student relationship?

 School is good

  • School is social
  • Aboriginal student spaces are valuable
  • Valueing of Aboriginal culture is positive
  • A real relationship by Teachers is a must
  • Teachers being organised and consistent
  • Dynamic teaching practices
  • The Teacher is more important than the subject
  • Subjects with hands on activities or practicalities are important
  • Students see very limited value of Aboriginal culture at school
  • The recognition of Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge needs to be acknowledged in schools for both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal students and should be part of everyday practice
  • Improved teacher expectations of Aboriginal students is important

 What is meant by Girrwaabugany?”

Treating the student “like your Mob” or in a familial relationship

  • Relationships needs to be based on an Aboriginal understanding of family
  • Development of an authentic relationship that is relational with shared experiences
  • Respect needs to be foundational
  • “So if there is a cultural difference between the teacher and the student then this difference needs to be recognised, acknowledged and engage with in this relationship to effectively occupy the Aboriginal student worldview.”  (Donovan, unpublished thesis)
  • What can this relationship be?
  • Develop some social connection and understanding of your student.. “I started with a teacher I didn’t like, therefore I didn’t like the subject”
  • Recognition of the students Aboriginality… “If they know more about your life, they can understand if something happens at home”
  • Greater than a “9 to 3” relationship
  • Based on shared respect and high expectations… “She listens to you, not like other teachers.”
  • “You have a better relationship with your teacher if they know more about your life.”
  • “He’s a fun person to know, you can talk to him about personal stuff and he’ll be good with it, he’ll be cool.”
  • “Some of them really take the time to get to know you and they even help you through stuff that you needs help with.  Like even if it’s not schoolwork.”

 Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) Resources

 Community Partnerships

VAEAI encourages all schools wanting to work collaboratively with their local Koorie Community to create a culture of high expectations for Koorie students, to enter into a School-Community Partnership Agreement.  You can read more about the KPaCE program and how to develop a School-Community Partnership Agreement in The Koorie Parent and Community Engagement Model (2103), available at: http://www.vaeai.org.au/_uploads/_ckpg/files/KSCPA_booklet_FINAL_low_res.pdf

 Start-Up Guide for Both Schools and Communities

The VCAA has provided a start-up guide for schools or community members wanting to get involved in reclaiming and reviving Victorian Aboriginal Languages and cultures, through starting up start-up a school-based language program.  See: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/alcv/aboriginal_stds.aspx

The VCAA website highlights the importance of following protocols developed through community consultation.  The protocols guide and LOTE standards for teaching Victorian Aboriginal Languages can be viewed at: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/alcv/aboriginal_stds.aspx

(Reference: Protocols for Koorie Education in Victorian Primary & Secondary Schools (2015) proudly produced by the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI))

Assistive Technology: changing lives

The NDIS Assistive Technology (AT) Strategy was released at the NDIS New World Conference in Brisbane at the end of last month.

Technology is increasingly a part of everyone’s life, and for people with disability it can help them perform tasks they could not otherwise do, and to do this more safely and securely. It is allowing many people with disability to reach their potential at home, in their community and in the workplace.

AT is a big component of the NDIS, with up to 50 per cent of participant plans in trial sites including AT so far. We expect to be spending $1 billion a year on AT supports with NDIS participants when the Scheme is active across the country.

Our aim is for participants to have choice in and access to the AT solutions that give them greater autonomy and independence and enable them to live the lives they want.

It is critical that the NDIS harnesses the full potential of technology in the short and long term. It is creating opportunities in employment and participation that will change lives and also the Scheme.

Three priorities of the NDIS AT Strategy are:

  • Supporting and stimulating a vibrant and innovative AT supply market for NDIS participants by providing a conduit for such innovation and promoting the take-up of AT solutions
  • Encouraging informed, active, participant-led demand for AT by empowering participants to choose technology that best supports their needs
  • Delivering a financially robust, sustainable approach that generates economic and social value in the long term

The NDIS can see great potential for innovative service delivery models to emerge through the use of technology generally (eg. ICT, remote equipment diagnostics), particularly in remote areas.

Co-design work with people with disability and sector stakeholders was part of creating the AT Strategy. This approach will continue to be a fundamental part of strategy development and implementation for NDIS.  Read the Assistive Technology Strategy.

NDIS benefitting more people with disability, their families and carers

The latest quarterly report on the progress of the NDIS was recently released. The report shows that delivery of the NDIS continues to be on time and on budget.

More than 19,700 people are now benefitting from the NDIS, with more than $1.2 billion invested in the services and equipment Australians with disability need to live more independent lives.

Key findings of the report include:

  • 19,758 people with disability had an approved NDIS plan, at a total cost of $1,201.1 million. This represents 94% of the bilateral targets.
  • The cost of the average package (excluding residents of large institutions) is $34,831. This remains below the expected full Scheme average of $38,600.
  • Participant satisfaction levels with the NDIS remain very high.

The full report is available on the Quarterly reports page.

For further information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme visit: www.ndis.gov.au

Changes to the “BACK TO WORK” Scheme

The Victorian Government has boosted the Back to Work Scheme to assist Victorian job seekers and employers looking to hire new staff……

From 1 November 2015, employers will receive a significant increase in government funding of up to $12000 when they hire long term unemployed workers (now 26 weeks unemployed, reduced from 52 weeks), and up to $5000 for retrenched workers, out-of-trade apprentices, and young people aged between 15 and 25 who have been unemployed for three months or more.

The eligibility criteria for the scheme has been expanded to include new apprentices and trainees as well as unemployed people who are disability and sole parent pensioners, members of drought affected farm households, people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, refugees, social housing residents and young people in or exiting out-of-home care or who are a current or recent youth justice client.

Employers are able to elect to have this funding redirected, for example, to services supporting disadvantaged job seekers with placement and employability skills support. Up to $4000 for training will also be provided to employers who provide accredited training to a new employee. This will be on top of any other payment received.

More details of the scheme can be found on the notice in the Victoria Government Gazette

What are the key changes to the Back to Work Scheme?

The Back to Work Scheme is being expanded to provide better support to employers who employ disadvantaged job seekers. The changes include:

  • increased payment amounts,
  • additional payments for accredited training,
  • additional groups of employees who will attract the payments, and
  • shorter waiting periods for some groups.

What are the changes to the payment amounts?

Payments to employers hiring full-time workers will be increased as follows:

  • For young unemployed and retrenched workers, employers can claim $5,000 (up from $1,000).
  • For long-term unemployed workers, employers can claim $12,000 (up from $2,000).
  • Employers hiring new part-time employees can claim 75 per cent of the above payments.

What additional payments will be provided for accredited training?

Employers that provide accredited training to new employees in any eligible category will receive an extra payment of up to $4,000.

What additional groups of employees will attract the payments?

The category of eligible employees is being expanded to include apprentices and trainees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, disability pensioners, drought-affected farm households, refugees, social housing tenants, sole parent pensioners, youth justice clients and young persons in or exiting out of home care.

What other changes are being made?

Persons who are unemployed and seeking work for 26 weeks or more are now considered long-term unemployed workers (previously 52 weeks).

Are there any changes to the process to make a claim?

The process for making a claim for the existing category of eligible employees (i.e. young unemployed persons, long term unemployed persons, retrenched workers and out of trade apprentices) is unchanged. There will be a new process for making a claim for the expanded category of eligible employees and to claim accredited training costs.

When do the changes to the scheme commence?

The changes commence for any eligible employee (including the expanded categories of eligible employee) that commence employment with an eligible employer on or after 1 November.

Where do I get more information?

Full details of the new payment amounts, the expanded category of eligible employees and other changes will be detailed in the revised Eligibility Criteria, which have been Gazetted on 29 October 2015. You can access the Gazette via the following link:

http://www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2015/GG2015S320.pdf

New University Preparation Resources for Students!!

Below are links to two new web-based resources available for people considering university as a pathway:

What's Uni Like is an online course helping people answer the following questions: Is university for me? What should I expect at university? What academic skills will I need?

http://www.whats-uni-like.edu.au/

Campus Quest is a game designed to help people understand and prepare for life at uni

https://campusquest.com.au/

Developed at Curtin University with funding from the Australian Government Department of Education.

The world’s largest job search website for jobseekers with disabilities…..Toozly is all about YOU.

Whether you’re a jobseeker with a disability looking for work, an employer looking for staff or a service provider assisting clients with disabilities to return to the workforce, you’ve probably found yourself wondering – Why is there no major online jobsearch platform specifically for people with disabilities ?

There is now.

What you might not have known is that Toozly was created by professionals with over 30 years experience in Disability Employment Services, Business, Human Resources, Psychology, Education and Training.

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the free services and support available to employers and jobseekers with disabilities ? You may want to browse our Resources section for more information as well as loads of tips and advice for supporting jobseekers with disabilities into the workforce.

For those of you who believe that people with disabilities (18.5% of Australia’s population) are greatly under-represented in the workforce, we’ve created The Toozly 5-Step Plan to help organisations assess and improve their diversity and inclusion practices.

The Toozly 5-Step Plan is freely available in our Resources section.

The Toozly Pledge, featured on our front page encourages employers to commit to the Toozly 5-Step Plan and is a public show of support for Diversity and Inclusion in the workforce. Employers are encouraged to showcase their commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. Take The Pledge and put your company in our Hall of Fame !

Our goal for Toozly is quite simple:

Employers are sitting on a goldmine of underutilised talent and in an ageing population it makes good business sense to tap into this resource and hire a person with disability. Toozly is here to make that process easy !

For case managers and people with disability we believe the time is right for a big picture approach to assisting you to find work for yourself or on behalf of your clients. Toozly is the vehicle that can display your talents to a wide cross section of employers who are looking for reliable and talented staff.

We trust that Toozly is of value in assisting you to achieve your employment goals.

To get started visit: https://www.toozly.com.au/

NDCO Victoria New Website

The Victorian National Disability Coordination Officer Program website has recently been u updated. The site provides a range of general information about post school support and transition options into education and employment for people with disability.  In addition to this each region contains specific information about events and services in your local area.

http://ndcovictoria.net.au

National Disability Clearinghouse

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

https://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/archives/4776

Check out what’s New at the following link: http://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/news

NDIS

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Education
This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to education and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the school education system.  http://www.ndis.gov.au/node/740

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Higher Education and Vocational Training

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to higher education and vocational education and training (VET) and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the higher education and VET system . http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/741

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Employment

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to employment and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the employment system. http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/743

Or Visit: www.ndis.gov.au for further information.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities.

Region 11 - Inner Northern Melbourne NDCO: Tania Perez TPerez@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 12 - Western Region NDCO: Gary Kerridge Email: gary.kerridge@deakin.edu.au Phone: 0439 113 364

Region 13 - Eastern Melbourne NDCO: Effie Kapsalos Email: ekapsalos@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 14 –Southern Melbourne NDCO: Sally Bailey Email: sbailey@skillsplus.com.au Phone: (03) 9784 0400

Region 15 - Northern Victoria NDCO: Mark Cottee Email: macottee@wodongatafe.edu.au Phone: (02) 6055 6309

Region 16 - Western Victoria NDCO: Pam Anderson Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au Phone 0418108555

Region 17 -Eastern Victoria and South East Melbourne NDCO: Andrea Evans McCall Email: andrea.evansmccall@skillsplus.com.au Phone: 0418 208 039

West Vic News Winter 2015

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Monday, November 09, 2015

West Vic News

Winter 2015

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

 Welcome to Winter!   Breaking news……  Introduction to “The Diversity Field Officer Project (Geelong)”

The Diversity Field Officer project, a joint project by Deakin University and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), aims to test an employment engagement strategy for small to medium businesses to increase confidence to employ people with disability. AFDO is the national independent voice of people with disability, run by and for people with disability.  The pilot, which will take place in Geelong, will involve Diversity Field Officers who will work directly with small to medium businesses (from very small businesses to businesses with less than 100 employees) who are interested in developing employment opportunities for people with disability. The Diversity Field Officers will work with businesses to

  • Develop understanding of business needs and how employment of a person with a disability can add value
  • Build awareness of businesses of how to accommodate disability in the workplace and the supports that are available
  • Provide specialist advice and one to one tailored support, including review of policies and procedures, to remove and minimise barriers which impact the recruitment and ongoing employment of people with disability
  • Facilitate connections with a wide range of employment supports and resources to support businesses to become disability confident, and continue that confidence post the pilot

Geelong has been specifically chosen as the pilot site due to the changing workforce demography of the region and as the Victorian trial site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme which is principally focused on increasing social and economic participation.  To recruit local businesses, a series of business events will be held with the support of Geelong partners. Intensive one to one support will be provided to up to 50 businesses.   The project will include a full evaluation that will enable proof of concept and provide an evidence base for the scaling up of the model.  A literature review and international scoping exercise will also be undertaken to inform the model. 

The project is supported by numerous partners including Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, National Disability Insurance Agency, Worksafe Victoria and Disability Employment Australia as well as local partners including the National Disability Coordination Officer Program, Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Committee for Geelong, G21 Geelong Region Alliance and local employment service providers.

WATCH THIS SPACE!   Keep warm and stay snug this Winter!

Kind regards,

Pam Anderson

  Pam Anderson NDCO Region 16  Mobile: 0418 108 555 Email:  pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

 REVIEW:  AFDO Launches Disability Loop Website

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is delighted to launch the Disability Loop website at www.disabilityloop.org.au  

Disability Loop aims to give people with disability and their families information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that is up to date, easy to find and easy to use.   Disability Loop is different to the NDIS website because it is run by and for people with disability and their families.  It also brings together information from lots of different websites, not just the NDIS.  Disability Loop is a project run by AFDO and funded by the NDIS Sector Development Fund (SDF).

The Disability Loop website is one element in the broader Disability Loop project. More elements of the project will be developed later in the year. The main things we have worked on so far this year are:

 

  • The Disability Loop website. AFDO has developed and and will maintain this new website to house and promote information relating to the NDIS. Disability Loop staff have developed and will distribute an accompanying email newsletter, and accompanying social media activities.
  • Gap analysis and resource development. Disability Loop project staff have been consulting widely with the Australian disability advocacy sector about the NDIS. Disability Loop will provide a comprehensive report on the information needs of people with a disability and/or their families, and develop resources to meet identified needs. This may include printed and electronic resources.

People that are currently subscribed to AFDO email communications, as well as people or groups we have consulted with already will automatically begin receiving our new email newsletter.


You can unsubscribe or change your preferences using the links at the bottom of this or any future Disability Loop emails, or by
 contacting us.

Catherine McAlpine
Senior Manager, NDIS Information Loop Project
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
 
Level 2, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
T:
  03 9662 3324   M: 0419 530 524
E:
 
Catherine.McAlpine@afdo.org.au

Budget support for NDIS

The 2015-16 Federal Budget was released this month and it contained funding for two key NDIA projects.

One is to build a new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) computer system to support the scheme as it begins nationally.

The other is an early transition of young people in the Penrith and Blue Mountains area of New South Wales to NDIS. $143 million will be spent on a new NDIS ICT system. It will be built by the Department of Human Services (DHS). In time, the new system will support over 460,000 participants and service providers, deliver improved data to federal, state and territory governments to help them plan for the future and simplify the online experience for people with disability, their carers and providers. By working with DHS, the new system will also feel familiar to people who use other DHS ICT systems such as Centrelink and Medicare because the design and the language used will be consistent.

It will also cut administration tasks and streamline payment processes for NDIS providers because it will allow providers to join up their practice management systems with the NDIS system. This will reduce the amount of time people spend keying in information and allow immediate payments to be made.

In the longer term, the ICT system will also function as an e-marketplace, which will be a digital environment in which buyers and sellers, that is participants and providers, can directly do business. It will allow participants to find providers, do business with them and pay them online. 

The Government also announced an early transition to the NDIS for young people in the Penrith and Blue Mountains area in New South Wales. You can read more about this announcement in the Nepean Blue Mountains article below.

NDIS begins early in Nepean Blue Mountains

The NDIS will be available in the Nepean Blue Mountains area of NSW from 1 July 2015 as part of an agreed early rollout of the Scheme. The formal announcement at a service provider forum in Penrith on 19 May was a significant step towards the national rollout of the NDIS. Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, and NSW Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka, signed the agreement in front of more than 150 representatives from local organisations that work with children and young people with disability.

From 1 July the NDIS will initially help children, young people, their families and carers to get ready for the Scheme through community engagement forums and assistance with access and planning.  From September, up to 2000 children and young people aged 17 years and under will gradually phase into the Scheme, receiving individualised plans.

The focus is on early intervention, which ensures children and young people with disability are able to access supports early on in life with a view to helping them attend mainstream schools, engage in community activities and participate fully in life.

While speaking at the event, NDIA CEO David Bowen highlighted the significance of the announcement for children and young people, their parents and carers because of the positive changes the NDIS will bring to their lives. 

The announcement is also significant for the many well-established community organisations that will help local families prepare for the NDIS. They will also play a vital role in assisting children and young people to achieve their goals.  Following the announcement, there was a NDIS information forum where a panel of experts, including NDIA CEO David Bowen, took questions relating to the Scheme rollout from the many local service providers.

Details regarding when people will phase into the NDIS around Australia, are being negotiated between the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments and should be known in the coming months. Existing national and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plan with the NDIS.

Growing Jobs and Small Business – Youth Employment Strategy – intensive support – transition to work

Young people who are not in education or employment and are at high risk of becoming long-term unemployed will be given pre-employment assistance to prepare them for work, an apprenticeship, a traineeship, or further education.

This may include:

  • support in overcoming barriers to working
  • access to coaching and mentoring
  • career advice
  • work experience
  • help to gain drivers’ licences (particularly in regional areas)
  • referrals to relevant support services in their local area

 For more information:  http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/publications-and-resources/budget/1516/measures/young-people-and-students/002145

 2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference (NATSIEC)

Call for Abstracts

 VAEAI is hosting the 2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference (NATSIEC), to be held 10th - 13th November at the Pullman and Mercure Hotel, Albert Park Melbourne.   The conference draws together community leaders and educators in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education through sharing stories and experiences.

The conference theme, Identity, Culture and Learning represents the achievements made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and what education should be about: community empowerment, local ownership, quality of life and celebrating knowledge as power.

We invite you to be part of this exciting event by submitting an abstract (proposal) to be considered for presentation at the conference in a number of formats as detailed below.  Submissions should be centred on the conference theme of Identity, Culture and Learning. We are seeking a range of abstracts from all sectors, including community organisations, government, schools, universities, TAFES and training providers to share their experiences, perspectives and insight in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
 
Proposals may address questions such as: What progress has been achieved thus far? What is the role of community empowerment and local ownership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education? How can our communities shape the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education for students and their families?

 Submissions that are creative, innovative and draw inspiration from the 21 goals outlined in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy will be highly valued. 

 Formats
 
1. Interactive Workshops: 120 minutes
2. Full Discussion Panels: 60 minutes
3. Long Discussion Papers: 40 minutes
4. Short Discussion Papers: 20 minutes or 30 minutes
5. Soapbox Presentations: 10 minutes with optional poster
 
All proposals must be submitted through the conference website
http://www.natsiecvic.com.au/

All submissions will undergo a blind review process by the Selection Committee, who will then advise applicants of the outcome. Abstract guidelines are detailed on the website.

 Abstract submissions close at 11.59pm, Friday 19th June.  

 Please note that the rest of the website is being developed and conference registration will open in mid June. More updates will be sent through as the conference develops.

 ACCOR Indigenous Job Ready Program

Please be advised that Accor is running another Job Ready Program due to commence on Thursday 18th June 2015. Should you have any Indigenous clients that may be interested please feel free to send through resumes.  An information session for this program will be on:

Location:  Ibis Melbourne Hotel & Apartments, iBistro Restaurant

Therry Street (Just down from Queen Victoria Markets)

Date: Thursday 4th June 2015

Time: 10.30am

I encourage you to attend with your client/s should you wish to gain further information about this program.

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact Abel Britton on the below details.

Thank you

Abel Britton

Indigenous Employment and Support Specialist 

Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia

Tel :    +61 (3) 9666 0008

Mob :  0419 891 385

15 Therry Street

Melbourne Vic  3000

www.accor.com | www.facebook.com/Accor  | www.accorhotels.com

SAVE THE DATE:

 Ballarat Koorie Engagement Action Group & Local Indigenous Network –

NAIDOC Awards Celebration

Date: Saturday 18th July 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 12:00am,

Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Sturt Street, Ballarat

Further information please contact:

Anthony Lovett

Aboriginal Community Services Officer

Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd

403 Main Road, Ballarat Victoria 3350

Ph:   03 4308 0781

Fax: 03 4308 0783

Refugee Week 2015 – G21 Campaign

For the second consecutive year, the G21 Refugee and Asylum Seeker Group will be coordinating a social media campaign in support of Refugee Week (14-20 June).   After the success of the 2014 campaign, we are again calling on your support to spread the word and raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers in our region.   

This year, the Refugee Council of Australia is encouraging organisations to celebrate a unified Refugee Week based around the theme ‘With courage let us all combine’.   G21 would like to support this theme by inviting you and your organisation to stand up for refugees and asylum seekers in our region, and combine our efforts through social media.

The G21 region as a whole has been incredibly supportive towards refugees and asylum seekers, with four of our five local councils signed up as Refugee Welcome Zones.  There are also a huge number of organisations, advocacy groups, and health and community services who are passionate about making a different to the lives of these brave and courageous people who have fled their countries in fear of persecution, torture or loss of life. 

We need your help to spread the word!

The #G21RefugeeWeek campaign is your opportunity to celebrate and promote the wonderful work and achievements you’re involved in.  

When creating a new tweet, or Facebook post, please include #G21RefugeeWeek so that others are able to show their support by retweeting and sharing your posts.

G21 will be leading the campaign on Monday 15th June, with a focus of promoting a number of local resources and reports that have been created to promote diversity, increase awareness and assist those committed and willing to support refugees and asylum seekers, so put a reminder in your diaries now and show your support.

For further information please contact:

Kate Smith

Project Support Worker (Tuesday,Thursday & Friday)

G21 - Geelong Region Alliance

 OFFICE: (03) 5227 4000  I FAX: (03) 5224 2594 

PO BOX 478   I  131 MYERS STREET, GEELONG, VICTORIA 3220

www.G21.com.au

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Volunteering with a difference:  Delta Therapy Dogs

National Volunteer Week

Delta Society has over 1000 volunteers and their special dogs making regular visits to health care facilities across Australia. Our wonderful, dedicated therapy dog teams brighten the lives of an estimated 20,000 Australians in hospitals and care facilities every week.
 
We are lucky to have husband and wife dynamic duo, Chris and Pauline Brandt and their 6 year old Alaskan Malamute Luca. The Brandt's take turns visiting Karinya Village in Laidley, QLD with Luca every fortnight.
 
Large, lovable Luca brings much joy to the lives of the residents and always brings a smile to their faces. As well as their regular volunteering, Chris and Pauline always put their hand-up for any assistance required at assessment days, community events and fundraising days.
 
 
Providing a helping paw to VCE students at Melbourne Girls College

At the start of the year, Delta Society ran a 4 week trial therapy dog program at Melbourne Girls College to assist VCE students. Claire and her 3 year old Golden Retriever, Gilbert attended the College once a week over a  four week period.

Claire and Gilbert were a huge hit and were introduced to the 220 students at Year 12 assembly and then proceeded to visit each house group.
  
The school with strong backing from the participating students asked Claire to continue with pet therapy for year 12 students. “The Gilbert Committee” was created from nominated students to manage Gilbert’s interaction and time with the students.
 
Gilbert and Claire bring a lot of joy and happiness to the girls during a very stressful time of their young lives. Principal, Karen Money says "Our VCE students work hard and are very aspirational which can create some anxiety during exam and school assessed coursework periods. Gilbert has brought a sense of calm and happiness to every girl he meets, watching their smiles and interactions with Gilbert inspires joy for all at MGC".


 SAVE THE DATE AND SPREAD THE WORD: (Disability inclusive)

 Autism Survey for Employers

Please find following the links and information for a survey with employers of adults with autism.

This survey is looking to find the benefits and costs of employing an adult with autism. It is hoped that this information will encourage future employers to hire adults with autism. Research has shown that having access to employers tends to be a little tricky, mainly for the reason of confidentiality.

For that reason, all that is asked of you and your team is,  if possible, can you please email the below message  and electronic survey link to employers you have contact with who employ at least one adult with high functioning autism and/or Asperger’s syndrome.  All the information is completely anonymous, so much so we won’t know the identity of the employers or the name of their business, if it does come through their answers by any chance, all this information will be de-identified to protect and maintain their privacy.

Join us and help improve employment opportunities for people with autism!

•We want to know some of the benefits and costs for employing adults with autism.

•We hope this information will encourage future employers to hire adults with autism.

What we ask you to do?

•We would really appreciate if you could answer the attached survey link.

•The survey takes approximately 30- 45 minutes and does not store any personal or confidential information.

By participating in this survey you are:

•Voicing your unique perspective as an employer of adults with autism.

•Providing valuable insights and information to inform future employers on the benefits and costs of employing an adult with autism.

More information

•If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Andrew Jacob on andrew.t.jacob@student.curtin.edu.au or 0439 855 904

LINK TO ELECTRONIC SURVEY

 https://curtin.asia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06wcUTZtM4FjcO1

Kind regards

Andrew Jacob

Honours Student

Curtin University

Melissa Scott
PhD Candidate | School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University
Tel | +61 8 9266 5164   
Mobile | 041 603 2771
Email | melissa.scott@curtin.edu.au
Web | http://curtin.edu.au
 

News from Beyond the Bell

Beyond the Bell is gaining momentum across the Great South Coast. A regional plan and six local community action plans have also been completed, with the active involvement of over 110 people at the local level working together to implement these plans. 

These people represent a range of organisations, agencies and community groups.  In addition, a further 2000 people had a say in the development of the plans, and more and more people are getting behind the Beyond the Bell Initiative.

The Beyond the Bell vision is that:
"Our community is a leader in working together to enable our young people to succeed"
We will know we have succeeded when we have 90% or more of our young people achieving Year 12 or equivalent (Certificate III) by 2030.

Education attainment is viewed as a 'continuum from conception to adulthood'.  Improving one point of the education continuum will make little difference unless all parts are improved at the same time.  We recognise that no single person, organisation or sector, however innovative or powerful can accomplish this alone.  Instead, collectively we will strive to coordinate improvements at every stage of the continuum, from conception to adulthood.

The local action groups have identified priority areas to start their work.  These areas will be probed and investigated, relevant data collected and examined, and the people involved (with the lived experience) will be engaged to tell their stories.  Once the issue is properly understood and clearly defined, appropriate actions will be developed and implemented.  These areas include:
  
Early years literacy and oracy

  • Parental capacity, support, and engagement
  • Re-engagement of students(includes disengaged and out of school)
  • School attendance (absenteeism)
  • Resilience of children and young people
  • Transitions (kinder to primary school, primary school to secondary school, etc.)
  • People with a disability, carers and children/young people in 'out of home' care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - community engagement and risk factors

You will be able to access the regional plan and all six local action plans next week at: 
http://www.greatsouthcoast.com.au/beyond-the-bell-education-attainment-project

 Conferences, Workshops and Training

Western Victoria Careers Expo

Longerenong Events Centre, Longerenong

Date: Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Time: 9-4pm

Website:  www.wimmeracareerexpo.com

Where to from Here Forum – Horsham

Horsham Special School

Date: Tuesday 21st July 2015

Time: 10am-2pm (Day Session)

Evening Session for Parents/Carers: 4pm-7pm

Contact Pam Anderson for further info and to register.

E: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au or 0418 108 555

Grassroots Democracy – The Campaign for Disabiity Rights

Launch Wednesday 1 July 2015, 12pm to 2pm

Venue: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), Ballarat

This display tells the story and includes photographs of leaders for the disability rights movement

Forum: Join leaders of the movement to debate the achievements of the campaign so far, and the questions for the future.  For more info see website: www.made.org  or P: 1800 287 113

Passport 2 Employment Program (P2E) – Southern Grampians (Hamilton) & Warrnambool

Glenelg & Southern Grampians LLEN alongwith the newly formed Southern Grampians Transition Action Network will be delivering the P2E in Hamilton for students with disability in Term 3.  Due to the success of the program currently delivered in Portland, P2E is now available in Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland and Horsham. Sessions will focus on topics like employability, communication, presentation and life skills. 

Commencement Dates as follows:

Hamilton:  Wednesday 29th July 2015

Warrnambool: Monday 10th August 2015

For further information or to register students for the above program please contact Pam Anderson, National Disability Coordination Officer Region 16 on pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au or mobile 0418 108 555

Pathways with Purpose – For Students with Special Needs (Wimmera)

Commencing Thursday 23rd July 2015 – Thursday 10th September 2015

The Pathways with Purpose program aims to prepare, support and assist students for their transition period from school into further training/education and/or employment.  This program has been adapted with permission and acknowledgment from the Passport 2 Employment program currently offered in Glenelg, Warrnambool and Hamilton through the Glenelg Southern Grampians LLEN, South West LLEN and South West TAFE.  Please contact Pam Anderson, National  Disability Coordination Officer Region 16 on pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au or mobile 0418 108 555 for more information or to register students.

SAVE THE DATE: “Time 2 Transition” Careers Forum

Geelong Cats  Community Centre, Skilled Stadium Geelong

Date: Tuesday 8th September 2015

Time: 5pm-7pm

Useful Websites

NDCO Victoria New Website

The Victorian National Disability Coordination Officer Program website has recently been u updated. The site provides a range of general information about post school support and transition options into education and employment for people with disability.  In addition to this each region contains specific information about events and services in your local area.

http://ndcovictoria.net.au

National Disability Clearinghouse

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

https://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/archives/4776

Check out What's New at the following link: http://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/news

NDIS

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Education
This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to education and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the school education system.  http://www.ndis.gov.au/node/740

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Higher Education and Vocational Training

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to higher education and vocational education and training (VET) and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the higher education and VET system . http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/741

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Employment

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to employment and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the employment system. http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/743

Or Visit: www.ndis.gov.au for further information.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities.

Region 11 - Inner Northern Melbourne NDCO: Tania Perez TPerez@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 12 - Western Region NDCO: Gary Kerridge Email: gary.kerridge@deakin.edu.au Phone: 0439 113 364

Region 13 - Eastern Melbourne NDCO: Effie Kapsalos Email: ekapsalos@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 14 –Southern Melbourne NDCO: Sally Bailey Email: sbailey@skillsplus.com.au Phone: (03) 9784 0400

Region 15 - Northern Victoria NDCO: Mark Cottee Email: macottee@wodongatafe.edu.au Phone: 02 6055 6309

Region 16 - Western Victoria NDCO: Pam Anderson Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au Phone :( 03) 5329 1531

Region 17 -Eastern Victoria and South East Melbourne NDCO: Andrea Evans McCall Email: andrea.evansmccall@skillsplus.com.au Phone: 0418 208 039

West Vic News Spring 2015

Region 16 Pam Anderson - Monday, November 09, 2015

West Vic News

Spring 2015

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

Welcome to the start of Spring….beautiful sunny days to wash away the damp, cold winter we have just experienced!  Birds are tweeting, everything is turning green and wildflowers coming out in full bloom…

The Passport 2 Employment Program has been delivered in Portland, Warrnambool, Hamilton and Horsham (Pathways with Purpose) with a total of 68 students participating in this fabulous program.  Negotiations are underway to deliver the program in Geelong & Eastern Victoria (Gippsland) in 2016.  The P2E program was an original initiative of the Glenelg Transition Action Network and Glenelg Southern Grampians LLEN.  So far the program has been highly successful with preparing students for the world of work and/or further education and training.  Many have gone on to part time jobs, work experience, structured work placements, volunteering and some have commenced courses through TAFE.  The beauty about this program is the collaborative effort from key stakeholders working together towards a common goal.  Stakeholders have included, Federal and State Government Departments, Government Secondary Schools/Special Schools, Private & Independent Schools, Disability Employment Services, TAFE, Rural Access (Council/Shires), Australian disability Enterprises, Health Services, Mental Health Services,  Local Learning & Employment Networks (LLEN’s), Industry/Businesses, NDCO, Volunteering Organisations, Disability Services, Community Services and special mention must be had to our wonderful PSD Coordinators in schools of which are sometimes flying under the radar so to speak!  So far the program has been delivered with minimum funding required but some funds were accessed through the WDEA Charitable Trust (Portland) and Department of Health & Human Services (Warrnambool).  The Horsham program has been delivered from support by Horsham Special School, Warracknabeal SDS, NDCO, WSMLLEN and Horsham Rural Council.

Recently members of the Glenelg Transition Action Network attended the Victorian Disability Sector Awards at Federation Square in Melbourne to receive an award as one of the Top Five Finalists in Victoria for “Excellence in Learning and Development Outcomes” for people with disability.  The Passport 2 Employment Program was voted as a finalist out of 103 nominations.  Well done team!

This program would not be sustainable without the whole of community approach and enthusiasm I have witnessed from all providers involved (including competitive organisations).  We hope to keep delivering the program to more students in the future years to come.

If you are interested in how this program could work in your local region/area please feel free to contact me. 

 Kind regards,

Pam Anderson

 

Pam Anderson NDCO Region 16 Mobile: 0418 108 555 Email:  pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au  
 

THE 2015 EMPLOYMENT AWARDS 

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference will host the 2015 Employment Awards 9-10 November, 2015 at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The 5 awards will be presented during the Welcome Reception at the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference.

The Awards aim to recognise individuals and organisations for their continuous work and commitment to excellence, dedication and achievements within the Employment Industry. Award winners will be profiled by media partners and will be featured on the Conference website and social media.


Award categories include; 
Youth Employment Organisation
Indigenous Employment Organisation
Disability Employment Organisation 
Regional Employment Program
Employment Officer for 2015 (Nominated by an Organisation).


For further information and how to nominate, please visit the website.

Nominations close August 31st, 2015.

Nominations Open Now

Conference Secretariat- Samandra Edwards
Email:
secretariat@longtermunemployment.org.au
Website:
longtermunemployment.org.au
Phone: +61 7 5502 2068

 BE QUICK!

Nominations Open for Disability Awards

The 2015 National Disability Awards are now open, giving Australians the chance to acknowledge the many people, organisations and initiatives across the country that make a positive impact on the lives of people with a disability. These awards help build awareness of disability issues and showcase important work throughout the community, enabling people to fully participate in work and society. This year the Awards are looking for nominations that demonstrate great community initiatives. I encourage people across Wannon to put forward a person, organisation or initiative in their community that deserves recognition. To nominate for the National Disability Awards, go to www.idpwd.com.au Or call 1800 672 682. TTY users please call 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 672 682.

Nominations for the National Disability Awards close on FRIDAY 4 September 2015.

 WEBINAR COMING SOON…….

Supporting tertiary students with disabilities, mental illness and long term health conditions: Student and staff perspectives of what works.

Date:   Wednesday 9th September 2015
Time:   10.00am – 10.45am AEST
Cost:    VETnetwork Australia members $49, Non-members $69
Presenters: Dr. Annie Venville and Professor Ellie Fossey

This webinar brought to you by VETnetwork Australia and NCVER will summarise the findings of two NCVER-funded research projects focused on the learning experience of tertiary students with disability, mental illness or ongoing ill-health:

The webinar will focus on the following implications for practice

  • The need for VET organisations to focus on inclusive teaching practices; identifying and acting on key early warning signs that apply to all students that may be at risk of non-course completion or poor progression.
  • Information about study supports and reasonable adjustments and the formal provision of these should be provided to all students, and not be predicated upon the disclosure of mental illness.
  • Changes to the way VET institutes collect disability related information that ensure data collected for organisational reporting purposes is transparent and clearly delineated from that designed to enable the identification and provision of student support.
  • The provision of institution-level learning supports may be made more visible so as to foster learning environments that are inclusive of tertiary students with disabilities.
  • The provision of relevant and effective reasonable adjustments for individual students could be enhanced with greater emphasis on collaboration among the parties involved, with the student at the centre. 
  • Enhancing student awareness of available learning supports and increasing transparency about the nature and types of disability support available could reduce the variability in tertiary student experiences of learning support. 
  • The provision of institution-level learning supports may be made more visible so as to foster learning environments that are inclusive of tertiary students with disabilities.

For more information visit the VETnetwork Australia website or contact
Keri Torney on (08) 8297 4533 or at keri.torney@vetnetwork.org.au.

 Disability-related Events Calendar 2015

Each year the Australian Network on Disability (AND) compiles a list of key disability- and health-related campaigns and events scheduled throughout the year.  If you are aware of an event or campaign that is missing from this list, please contact info@and.org.au with the details.  Here are the events/campaigns coming up for the remainder of 2015….. Happy fundraising!

September

1-30 - Dementia Awareness Month - Alzheimer's Australia

1 - Gold Bow Day - Australian Thyroid Foundation

14-21 - National Stroke Week - National Stroke Foundation

10 - World Suicide Prevention Day (UN) - Suicide Prevention Australia

10 - R U OK? Day - R U OK?

15 - World Lymphoma Awareness Day - Lymphoma Australia

21 - World Alzheimer's Day - Alzheimer's Australia

14-20 - Headache and Migraine Week - Headache Australia (Brain Foundation)

21 - World Alzheimer's Day - Alzheimer's Australia

29 - World Heart Day - World Heart Federation


October

1-31 - Mental Health Awareness Month - Mental Health Association NSW

1-31 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - National Breast Cancer Foundation

1-31 - Dogtober - Assistance Dogs Australia

Various - Girls Night In - Cancer Council Australia

1 - World Cerebral Palsy Day

TBC - National Amputee Awareness Week - Limbs for Life

4-11 - Mental Health Week - National Mental Health Commission

11-17 - Haemophilia Awareness Week & Red Cake Day- Haemophilia Foundation Australia

9 - World Sight Day - Vision 2020 Australia

10 - World Mental Health Day - United Nations

12 - International Arthritis Day - Arthritis Victoria

16 - Loud Shirt Day – (to benefit deaf children) – Hear and Say Centre

20 - World Osteoporosis Day - International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)

TBC - Pink Ribbon Day - Cancer Council

30 - National Bandanna Day - CanTeen


November

1-30 - Movember- Movember Foundation

1-30 - Lung Health Awareness Month - The Australian Lung Foundation

TBC - Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week - Independence Australia

9-15 - National Psychology Week - The Australian Psychological Society

14 - World Diabetes Day - Diabetes Australia

15 - White Cane Day - Vision Australia

22-28 - Assistance Dogs Australia Awareness Week - Assistance Dogs Australia


December

1 - World AIDS Day

1 - Red Ribbon Appeal - runs in conjunction with World AIDS Day - ACON Sydney

3 - UN International Day of People with Disability - IDPwD

 

Employment Charter for the Employment of People with Disability

These are the key principles that assist organisations with their development of long term sustainable approaches for inclusion of people with disability as employees.  We encourage organisations to adopt these principles in their employment practices.

Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedures
Employment of people with disability will form an integral part of all Equal Opportunities policies and practices.

Staff Training and Disability Awareness
Specific steps will be taken to raise awareness of disability throughout the organisation.

The Working Environment
Specific steps will be taken to ensure that the working environment does not prevent people with disability from taking up positions for which they are suitably qualified.

Recruitment Commitment
Recruitment procedures will be reviewed and developed to encourage applications from, and the employment of, people with disability.

Career Development
Specific steps will be taken to ensure that employees with disability have the same opportunity as others to develop their full potential within the organisation.

Retention, Retraining and Redeployment
Full support will be given to any employees who acquire a disability, enabling them to maintain or return to a role appropriate to their experience and abilities within the organisation.

Training and Work Experience
People with disability will be involved in work experience, training and education.

People with disability in the wider community
The organisation will recognise and respond to people with disability as clients, suppliers, and members of the community at large.

Involvement of People with Disability
Employees will be involved in implementing this agenda to ensure that wherever possible, employment practices recognise and meet their needs.

Monitoring Performance
The organisation will monitor its progress in implementing the key points.  There will be an annual audit of performance reviewed at board level.  Achievements and objectives will be published to employees and in the annual report.

For further information visit: http://www.and.org.au/pages/employment-charter-for-the-employment-of-people-with-disability.html

 What is “Inclusive Language?”

 Language is an incredibly powerful tool, and can be used to create a sense of empowerment, pride, identity and purpose.  Contrary to the old adage "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," improper use can have a devastating impact, even with the best intentions. It can be difficult to keep up with what is the acceptable terminology in relation to disability, so below is a brief refresher for you.

 Focus on the person, not the impairment

In Australia, best practice language is to use person with disability’ or ‘people with disability’.

Person-first language is the most widely accepted terminology in Australia.  Examples of person-first language include: person with disability, person who is deaf, or people who have low vision. Put the person first, and the impairment second (when it’s relevant). Other terms that are growing in popularity and acceptance are ‘person living with disability’, and ‘person with lived experience of disability’. These terms are inclusive of people who may have experienced disability in the past, but don’t any longer, and also people who are carers.

 We also prefer to say ‘person without disability’, and do not recommend the terms ‘non-disabled’ or ‘able-bodied’.

 Don’t use language that implies a person with disability is inspirational simply because they experience disability.  People with disability are just living their lives, they are no more super-human than anyone else. Implying that a person with disability is courageous or special just for getting through the day is patronising and offensive.

 Conversely, don’t make out that people with disability are victims or objects of pity

Just because a person experiences disability does not make them weak, a victim or someone to be pitied. Examples of language that can imply people should be pitied include ‘suffering from…’, ‘struck down by…’, and ‘afflicted by/with…’ We try to remove the emotion from the language, for example, ‘Paul experiences depression’, ‘Ravi developed Multiple Sclerosis’, or ‘Katya has epilepsy’.

 People are not ‘bound’ by their wheelchairs

The term wheelchair-bound is one that is commonly used in mainstream media, and it is one that really irritates (and often offends) many people with disability, and anyone with any knowledge of the Social Model of disability. A person who uses a wheelchair is not bound by the chair; they are enabled and liberated by it, it can become an extension of their body. ‘Confined to a wheelchair’ is equally as negative. It is much better to use ‘wheelchair user’ or ‘person who uses a wheelchair’, instead.

 ‘Disclosure’ can imply secrets and lies

We are moving away from the traditional terminology of ‘disclosure of disability’ (in a workplace setting), as it can make it seem like the person is about to divulge a secret of epic proportions. We avoid ‘declaration of disability’ for similar reasons. We should also steer clear of the increasingly popular phrase ‘identify as a person with disability’, as this brings with it a whole range of other issues around identity and belonging. Someone may have impairment, but still not identify as a person with disability.

 We now tend to use the simple phrase ‘choose to share information about their disability/impairment’, when talking about a person’s choice to let their employer or colleagues know about their disability or specific requirements. (Australian National Disability Network)

 Avoid euphemisms and made up words

‘Differently abled’, ‘people of all abilities’, ‘disAbility’, ‘diffAbled’, ‘special needs’ and the like, are all euphemistic and can be considered patronising. While the intention is usually good, these phrases tend to fall into the trap of making people with disability out to be special or inspirational, just for living with disability (see above point).

 Change the focus from disability, to accessibility

In recent years, some organisations have increasingly referred to Accessibility Action Plans or Access and Inclusion Plans, rather than Disability Action Plans. This makes the focus much more inclusive, and incorporates the requirements of a diverse range of people who may have access needs, including older people, parents and carers of young children, and travelers.

Similarly, car parks, lifts and bathrooms are now appropriately described as accessible, rather than disabled.

 Relax, and don’t get caught up in semantics

While the above information may seem daunting if it’s new to you, the most important thing you can remember is to simply focus on the person, rather than the disability. Don’t be so afraid of saying the wrong thing that you don’t say anything at all – relax, and just be willing to communicate!!

…..AND REMEMBER"The majority of disabilities are not visible"

Reasonable Adjustments

What is a reasonable adjustment?

A reasonable adjustment is a change to a work process, practice, procedure or environment that enables an employee with disability to perform their job in a way that minimises the impact of their disability.   Reasonable adjustments allow a person to:

  • perform the inherent or essential requirements of their job safely in the workplace
  • have equal opportunity in recruitment processes, promotion and ongoing development
  • experience equitable terms and conditions of employment
  • maximise productivity

 The term ‘reasonable adjustments’ is used because, under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), employers are obligated to make adjustments to accommodate an individual’s disability, unless that adjustment would result in unjustifiable hardship.   Many employers accept that workplace flexibility is an attraction and retention strategy.  Reasonable adjustments are also often called ‘workplace’ adjustments.  Examples of workplace adjustments that create an inclusive environment include:

  • Allowing a person with disability to have some flexibility in their working hours, such as working part-time or starting and finishing later, or teleworking for part of the week
  • Redistributing minor duties (i.e. not inherent requirements of a job) that a person with disability finds difficult to do
  • Purchasing or modifying equipment like voice-activated software for someone with a vision impairment, an amplified phone for a person who is hard of hearing, or a digital recorder for someone who finds it difficult to take written notes
  • Providing additional training, mentoring, supervision and support
  • Providing an Auslan interpreter or captioning for a Deaf employee
  • Providing increased font size for people with vision impairment
  • Providing agendas in electronic formats for people who find it difficult to manipulate pages

 What is “reasonable” when making adjustments? What do I need to do, and how will this fit with my organisation’s policies?

 What is considered ‘reasonable’ will depend on the facts and circumstances of the particular situation. Under the DDA, an adjustment is considered reasonable unless it causes “unjustifiable hardship” to the employer or organisation. Unjustifiable hardship could be in the form of financial cost, an amendment to the physical building that is not possible due to council or other restrictions, or an adjustment that would disadvantage other employees.

 There are a number of factors to take into account when considering whether an adjustment is reasonable:

 The effectiveness of the adjustment in assisting the employee with disability to perform their job

  • The practicality of the adjustment
  • The extent of any disruption caused to business operations
  • The financial or other costs of the adjustment
  • The extent of the organisation’s financial and other resources
  • The availability of financial or other assistance to help make the adjustment (e.g. the Employment Assistance Fund)
  • The nature of your business activities and the size of your organisation

 For more information on reasonable adjustments visit http://www.jobaccess.gov.au/

 How do I get help for Free Workplace Assessments?

 JobAccess is an Australian Government initiative that provides help and workplace solutions for the employment of people with disability.  JobAccess provides free workplace assessments. They will organise a review of your workplace and recommend adjustments that will assist employees with disability.

 JobAccess has an Employment Assistance Fund which provides financial assistance to businesses so they can purchase a range of work-related modifications and services. Assistance is available for people who are about to start a job or who are currently working, as well as those who require assistance to find and prepare for work.

The Fund may reimburse the cost of work related modifications & services including, but not limited to:

 The cost of modifications to the physical work environment

  • Modifications to work vehicles/Adaptive equipment for the workplace
  • Training required to learn how to use any equipment funded in the workplace
  • Information and communication devices
  • Auslan interpreting for interviews, workplace interpreting or co-worker Auslan training
  • Specialist workplace services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions
  • Disability awareness training/Deafness awareness training/Mental health awareness training

 JobAccess has managed over 22,000 funding requests since inception and organised nearly 7,000 worksite assessments to determine disability-specific workplace needs. See the JobAccess website or phone 1800 464 800

 SAVE THE DATE: “Time 2 Transition” Careers Forum

Geelong Cats Community Centre, Skilled Stadium Geelong

Date: Tuesday 8th September 2015

Time: 5pm-7pm

 Useful Websites

NDCO Victoria New Website

The Victorian National Disability Coordination Officer Program website has recently been u updated. The site provides a range of general information about post school support and transition options into education and employment for people with disability.  In addition to this each region contains specific information about events and services in your local area.

http://ndcovictoria.net.au

 National Disability Clearinghouse

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

https://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/archives/4776

Check out what’s New at the following link: http://ndoch.govspace.gov.au/news

 NDIS

Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Education
This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to education and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the school education system.  http://www.ndis.gov.au/node/740

 Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Higher Education and Vocational Training

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to higher education and vocational education and training (VET) and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the higher education and VET system . http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/741

 Supports the NDIS will Fund in Relation to Employment

This fact sheet provides information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to employment and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the employment system. http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/743

Or Visit: www.ndis.gov.au for further information.

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Victorian NDCO’s

The NDCO Program works strategically to assist people with disability access, and participate in ‘Tertiary Education’ and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. There are 31 NDCO regions in Australia with 7 in Victoria. Each NDCO region has an Advisory Committee with representation from key regional stakeholders. In Victoria the NDCO program has also established a state network to work on collaborative state priorities.

 Region 11 - Inner Northern Melbourne NDCO: Tania Perez TPerez@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 12 - Western Region NDCO: Gary Kerridge Email: gary.kerridge@deakin.edu.au Phone: 0439 113 364

Region 13 - Eastern Melbourne NDCO: Effie Kapsalos Email: ekapsalos@imvc.com.au Phone: (03) 9686 2354

Region 14 –Southern Melbourne NDCO: Sally Bailey Email: sbailey@skillsplus.com.au Phone: (03) 9784 0400

Region 15 - Northern Victoria NDCO: Mark Cottee Email: macottee@wodongatafe.edu.au Phone: (02) 6055 6309

Region 16 - Western Victoria NDCO: Pam Anderson Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au Phone 0418108555

Region 17 -Eastern Victoria and South East Melbourne NDCO: Andrea Evans McCall Email: andrea.evansmccall@skillsplus.com.au Phone: 0418 208 039