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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



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

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

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

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. 

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.

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


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:

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:

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


Telephone: (03) 93776600

To register please visit:

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:


26 - Red Nose Day - SIDS and Kids

29 - World Scleroderma Day - Scleroderma Australia


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


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 


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

For learning diversity resources go to

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.

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.

Clips Worth Watching

NDIS Ready- National Disability Insurance Scheme

Getting ready for the NDIS Video Clip

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:

The Victorian state Government has announced -More Support For Victorians Who Have A Disability


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.

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.

National Disability Clearinghouse

Check out what’s New at the following link:


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.

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.

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.

Or Visit: 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 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: Phone: (03) 9784 0400

Region 15 - Northern Victoria NDCO: Mark Cottee Email: Phone: (02) 6055 6309

Region 16 - Western Victoria NDCO: Pam Anderson Email: Phone 0418108555

Region 17 -Eastern Victoria and South East Melbourne NDCO: Andrea Evans McCall Email: Phone: 0418 208 039

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