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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

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

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:

For more information go to
or contact Sally Bailey on (03) 9784 0400 or email

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.

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.

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: -

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%.

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.

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.


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

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.


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).
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


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:

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:

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