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Region 16 Pam Anderson - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

West Vic News

February/March 2015

National Disability Coordination Officer Program Region 16

Welcome to the first West Vic News for 2015! The NDCO Program for Western Victoria is heating up with a number of projects and professional development being offered to key stakeholders this year. 

The Glenelg Transition Action Network (GTAN) will be once again delivering the Passport 2 Employment program in second term with another group of wonderful students and also to students in Hamilton. 

GTAN has received some funding from Uniting Way to hold an employer/stakeholder engagement breakfast/luncheon in Portland.  If you fancy a drive to the lovely region of Portland…..Watch this space for date and time of the event! 

The Wimmera Transition Action Network (WimTAN) will be commencing a Pathways with Purpose program for young people with disability from Year 10-12 to participate in an 8-12 week pre-employment course at no cost, all pro-bono and delivered by experts in their field.

Great News from the  National Ticket to Work office  which has finally received word that an application for seed funding from the Department of Social Services has been approved.

Fabulous news that Ticket to Work is being noticed, thanks to everybody’s hard work.  

The National Ticket to Work office will move over to National Disability Service in the near future to ensure that we can strengthen the position though NDS research and policy arm and their support to increase Ticket to Work reach.

Michelle Wakefield, National TTW Manager met with NDIA, who are interested in the Ticket to Work model and how it can work in with the NDIS. There may be a possibility of Ticket to Work Network trailing and linking in with NDIS.

For more information about the Ticket to Work program please contact Michelle michelle@tickettowork.org.au or NDCO Region 16  pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

 Kind regards,

Pam Anderson

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

REVIEW:  ADVOCACY “Speaking up for their rights”

Advocacy is making sure that you have a choice, providing support to ensure you can exercise your rights…

What can an advocate do?

An advocate is someone who will support you to make a decision or have your opinion heard. So that you are treated fairly.

An Advocate might:

  • Speak on your behalf;
  • Write a letter with you
  • Assist you to understand and resolve problems or complaints;
  • Sit beside you in meetings to support you in the decisions you want to make;
  • Gather information about other agencies/services that may be of assistance to you;
  • Provide referral support to other services; and/or
  • Assist you to advocate for yourself

Understanding Advocacy

Advocacy – to stand up for your rights or the rights of another person or group of people.

Self-Advocate – to act as your own advocate to stand up for your rights

Advocate – to give the level of support required to enable a person to stand up for his or her rights

Individual advocacy – advocacy which focuses on upholding the rights of an individual

Systemic Advocacy – advocacy which involves changes in systems and focuses on upholding the rights of a group of people

Empowerment – a process whereby people are able to make decisions about their own lives

Social Justice – a concept of equity whereby individuals in society have access to goods and services regardless of race, gender, disability, age, culture or socio-economic status

Where can I find Advocacy support in Western Victoria?

The Regional Information and Advocacy Council Inc (RIAC) provides information and advocacy support to people with all types of disabilities, their families and carers, including: the aged, the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD); and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. RIAC is accredited by the Australian Government as a quality organisation that complies with the National Disability Advocacy Standards.

RIAC Advocates service the following local government areas in Region 16:

  • Central Goldfields
  • Mildura Rural City
  • Greater Geelong
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • West Wimmera
  • Hindmarsh
  • Yarriambiack

RIAC is a free and confidential services supporting people.

For further information freecall 1800 221 944 or 03 5822 1944.

National Relay Service: 133 677 Voice Calls or 1300 555 727 Speak & listen.

Email: admin@riac.org.au   Website: www.riac.org.au

ANZ Graduate Program

An invitation to join the region's best connected and most respected bank.

ANZ is widening its presence in Asia, leveraging off our strong foundation in Australia and New Zealand to become the growth bank in the Asia Pacific region. As a result, there are more opportunities than ever before for graduates.

How does the ANZ Graduate Program work?

When you apply for the ANZ Graduate Program, you will be able to preference a specific program stream, depending on a number of aspects such as location, where your interest lies, and what discipline you have studied.  To find out more about what program stream would best suit you, visit the below pages:

It's all about you

At ANZ we are building a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce. We value the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences of our people to help us forge strong connections with all our customers, innovate and make better decisions for our business. At ANZ you will have the opportunity to progress your career, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation.

In 2014, ANZ received 42 applications from candidates with a disability to our Graduate Program.  We received a further 22 applications from PWDs for our Summer Internship Program.  Of those applicants, three are now working with ANZ and another has recently completed his Summer Internship.

If that wasn’t enough, another seven students with disabilities were recruited in to the Bank through specialist Abilities Internships within the Finance, Commercial and Legal businesses.  All these placements were sourced initially from the Graduate and Summer Internship applicant pool for students with a disability.

So this year I am asking you to spread the word for me so we can increase the number of applications from students with disabilities.  The application period has already begun and will finish on 20th March for students in Victoria and 27th March for those outside. 

Applications can be made on-line at http://www.anz.com.au/about-us/careers/graduate-intern-program/.

I will be contacting every student that discloses that they have disability in their application so that I can help them through the process and hopefully achieve a better outcome.

At ANZ we aim to create opportunities for and a work environment where candidates with a disability are empowered and successful.

 Rob Crestani
Senior Consultant - Abilities Program
Australian Recruitment | Diversity
ANZ | Level 2, 833 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008, AUSTRALIA
Telephone: 03 8655 0922

 Disability Standards for Education 2005

Free Information Session

Date: Thursday 26th March 2015  Time: 9.30 am–11.30 am

Venue: South West TAFE Theatre, Timor Street, Warrnambool

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program for Western Victoria in partnership with the Disability Discrimination Legal Service (Melbourne) and South West TAFE, Warrnambool is offering a FREE professional development presentation for teachers, general disability support staff and advocates.  This information session will be based on understanding your legal obligations under the Disability Standards for Education Act 2005. 

Our presenter, Deborah Randa (Solicitor and Community Legal Education Coordinator - Disability Discrimination Legal Service Melbourne) will provide an “easy to understand “clarification of the standards with examples of Disability Discrimination Legal Service case studies.  Deborah has also offered to answer any questions in relation to your own experiences and or queries.

Deborah’s presentation includes the following:

Legal Obligations

Enrolment Standards

Participation Standards

Curriculum development, accreditation and delivery Standards

Support services Standards

Harassment and Victimisation standards

Important definitions clarifying legal obligations e.g. who they apply to and towards whom?

 

 

Registrations close:

Friday 20th March 2015

 

To register your attendance please contact:

 Bruce Dempsey,

Disability Liaison Officer –

Disability Support Student Support, South West TAFE

Email: Bruce.Dempsey@swtafe.vic.edu.au

T (03) 5564 8783

 Or

 Pam Anderson,

National Disability Coordination Officer,

Western Victoria Region 16

Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

 Education providers

  • On the same basis
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Harassment

 Exceptions/Defences

  • Unjustifiable hardship
  • Statutory authority
  • Protection of public health
  • Special measures

  

Disability Standards for Education 2005

Free Information Session

Date: Friday 27th March 2015 Time: 9.30 am–11.30 am

Venue: Encompass Community Services, 400 Pakington Street, Geelong

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program for Western Victoria in partnership with the Disability Discrimination Legal Service (Melbourne) is offering a FREE professional development presentation for teachers, general disability support staff and advocates.  This information session will be based on understanding your legal obligations under the Disability Standards for Education Act 2005. 

Our presenter, Deborah Randa (Solicitor and Community Legal Education Coordinator - Disability Discrimination Legal Service Melbourne) will provide an “easy to understand “clarification of the standards with examples of Disability Discrimination Legal Service case studies.  Deborah has also offered to answer any questions in relation to your own experiences and or queries.

Deborah’s presentation includes the following:

Legal Obligations

Enrolment Standards

Participation Standards

Curriculum development, accreditation and delivery Standards

Support services Standards

Harassment and Victimisation standards

Important definitions clarifying legal obligations e.g. who they apply to and towards whom

 

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 40:

To register your attendance please contact:

Pam Anderson,

National Disability Coordination Officer,

Western Victoria Region 16

Email: pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au

Mobile: 0418 108 555

PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID MISSING OUT!

 Tackling the Wicked Which’s of the West

Your invitation to this significant

Professional Development and Community Engagement event

 in the Shire of Southern Grampians

Hear from Keynote speakers including:

Prof David Pennington, Prof Kevin Smith,  Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson, Dawn O’Neil, Ange Barry, Sir Gustav Nossal

Participate in workshops and hear the voice of community as we create shared understanding of our wicked problems:

Prevention of Violence,

Redefining Drug and Alcohol Policy,

Innovation in Farming Systems,

Improving Educational Outcomes, and

Marketing Regional Produce in a Global Market

Meet our inspirational facilitation team including:

Dr Graham Mitchell, Fi MercerLachy Patterson, Kieran Murrihy, and Grant Downie

Tickets to this two day forum are available from the Hamilton PAC

When: Wednesday and Thursday, 18 & 19 March 2015

Where: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre 113 Brown Street Hamilton

Go to our web site www.wickedwhichs.com.au or

follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wickedwhichsofthewest

 

 

Speaker Series: Michael Traill on

‘Working together: Lessons from Goodstart early learning’

NDS and Russell Kennedy are pleased to invite you to attend a breakfast speaker series event with Michael Traill, Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia and Chair of Goodstart Early Learning.

Date: 24 March 2015

Time: 7am for a 7.30am start - 9.30am. 

Venue: Russell Kennedy, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street Melbourne

Cost:

  • NDS Members $35
  • NDS Industry Supporters or Research Affiliates: $50
  • Non NDS Members $70

RSVP: Online by 18 March 2015

Michael will provide his reflections on how four of Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations; Social Ventures Australia, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Benevolent Society and Mission Australia came together to acquire and run 650 ABC Learning childcare centres.

Due to a variety of different reasons, ABC Learning went into administration,  impacting over 15% of the child care sector and leaving many fearing wholesale market failure in the child care sector.

The collapse of ABC was seen as an opportunity for the consortia of four organisations to work together to address one the key sources of many societal problems - poor early childhood experiences. Michael is passionate about the opportunities that can be created when organisations work together.

With the changing dynamics in the disability sector driven by the more market-oriented approach of the NDIS, a key question remains: will there be room for large scale collaboration amongst NFP providers? 

Michael Traill AM

Executive Director, Social Ventures Australia (SVA)

Michael was the founding CEO of SVA from its inception in 2002 to late 2014 after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group's private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Michael is Chair of GoodStart Early Learning, Chairman of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, Assetic Pty Ltd, and a Director of M H Carnegie & Co. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Harvard University. 

Contact information:

Belinda Wallin, Project Manager, 03 8341 4307, Belinda.Wallin@nds.org.au

Conferences, Workshops and Training

Take Control – Train the Trainer Workshop (Office of the Public Advocate)

Learn to conduct a training session on Enduring powers of attorney and guardianship. (SESSION IS FREE)

When:                  Wednesday 15 April 2015

Time:   9.30 am – 1.00 pm

Where:  Office of the Public Advocate, Training Room Level 1, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton 3053

Who should attend this session? Professionals working in health and community settings who wish to deliver training sessions to staff and client groups.  This workshop will discuss the key points of enduring powers of attorney and guardianship.  Explore methods for delivering those key points and provide a resource kit and supports to enhance your training.  SESSION IS FREE but please note: If you are unable to attend, transfer of registration to a colleague is allowed with reasonable notice.  A charge of $40 will be levied against your organisation if you fail to attend without giving 48 hours’ notice or otherwise fail to provide an acceptable reason for non-attendance. Places are limited – Registrations online at:

http://takecontrol15042015.eventbrite.com.au

BiG Day In IT Careers ConferenceBuilding opportunities for successful students

The ACS Foundation and Federation University Australia (through the Faculty of Science and Technology) are delighted to invite you and your students along to the BiG Day In IT Careers Conference in the Founders Hall, Caro Convention Centre at FedUni's Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat) on Thursday 24 March 2015.
Join us to hear leading speakers from companies such as Westpac and WiseTech Global plus loads more to come, talking about the future of technology and how students can get involved in shaping the future.  Hear from cool industry speakers & visit exhibitor stands to learn about where a career in IT can take you – more speakers & exhibitors to be confirmed in early 2015 - don't miss out, book your seats early!!
Further details
http://acsfoundation.com.au/bdi/index.cfm?page=ballarat

Further information: Cindy McKenzie

Marketing Officer - Events | Marketing & Communications

Federation University Australia | Building N6 | Mt Helen

PO Box 663 Ballarat  Vic  3353

Telephone +61 3 5327 9120

ASQA Standards Guide

ASQA has developed this Standards Guide to assist RTOs to understand their obligations under the revised Standards for RTOs 2015. The main changes are with regards to governance and marketing.

http://www.asqa.gov.au/users-guide-to-the-standards-for-registered-training-organisations-2015/users-guide-to-the-standards-for-registered-training-organisations-2015.html

The new Standards are available on the ComLaw website. These will be made effective 1 April 2015.

http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2014L01377

Ballarat Koorie Community Forum

Wednesday 25th March 2015

11:00am – 2:00pm

Koorie Services Hub, @ Kirrit Bareet, 403 Main Road Ballarat

This Community forum is being held to discuss local issues including representation on various local, regional and state-wide community groups/committees. It is planned for various groups to present a brief snapshot of their community and/or strategic plans and to discuss our overall direction as a community. This Forum will be an extension of community consultations conducted by VACSAL around the state over the past 3 years.

This forum will provide an ideal opportunity to strengthen our community representation on the multitude of Koorie community groups that continually call for community member representation. This will also serve to strengthen our collective voice as the local Aboriginal community. Morning/Afternoon tea and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to  Anthony Lovett, Aboriginal Community Services Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd, 403 Main Road, Ballarat Victoria 3350  Ph:   03 4308 0781  Mob: 0417 589 449

Victorian Disability Sector Awards – Nominations Open

Nominations for Victoria’s most prestigious disability sector awards are open, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley has announced….

Now in their fifth year, the Victorian Disability Sector Awards honour individuals, teams, organisations and businesses who go above and beyond to help people with a disability achieve their personal goals.

Previous winners have included developers of the nifty ‘Out and About’ app that helps people with a disability, their family and carers plan a day out through information about accessible venues and events. Another past winner designed an accessible hot air balloon basket, allowing wheelchair users to have a unique flight experience.

The awards are a joint initiative between National Disability Services and the Department of Health & Human Services.

Nominations for the 2015 Victorian Disability Sector Awards close on 30 March 2015 and can be made by any member of the public.

To nominate visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disabilitysectorawards

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, Martin Foley

“I encourage Victorians to nominate those people, teams and organisations that are going the extra mile to help people with disability.”

“It can be simple, creative solutions that really make the difference.”

“Victoria continues to lead the way on delivering more choice and control for people with disability, and it is important to celebrate this type of innovation.”

Download PDF (346 Kb)

Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership Community Forum

'Co-Designing the Roadmap for Change'

Wednesday 25 March 10.30 am to 3.30 pm – Gum Sam Hall, Ararat

The Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership brings together a range of government departments, service providers, service users and local communities to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in the Central Highlands area.  This forum will build on the outcomes of the previous Call to Action forum by taking our priorities forward and co-designing the roadmap for change. The first part of the forum will provide an update on the work of the Area Partnership and have a focus on priorities, outcomes and strategies. The second part of the forum will focus on engaging vulnerable children, young people and their families This interactive forum will be of interest to anybody who wants to contribute to the work of the Central Highlands Area Partnership and will include some great speakers and ample opportunity for discussion and your input.  RSVP to Stacey.grano@dhs.vic.gov.au and for further information contact Katherine Cape, Principal Advisor to the Area Partnership at  Katherine.cape@dhs.vic.gov.au or on 5333 6651.

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

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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: VACANT 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

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