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Act now to achieve minimum accessibility housing standards for NSW!

Act now to achieve minimum accessibility housing standards for NSW!

Many within the disability advocacy sector would be aware that a majority of state and federal governments recently voted to include minimum housing accessibility standards in the National Construction Code (the NCC). Victoria, Qld, ACT and TAS will be accepting the new accessibility provisions and will be importing them into their own jurisdictions.

But NSW is planning to actively ignore the new sections, and won’t even provide clear reasons why. Together, we can make sure people with accessibility needs in NSW aren’t left behind.

Department of Health Covid-19 vaccine webinar for people with intellectual disability and families

Department of Health Covid-19 vaccine webinar for people with intellectual disability and families

Inclusion Australia has partnered with the Department of Health to run a webinar for people with an intellectual disability and families. This free session will be run as a chat between Tara Elliffe, a self-advocate from New South Wales, and Professor Nick Lennox, a doctor who works with people with an intellectual disability and the Department of Health. They will talk about Tara’s recent experience getting her Covid jab. 

COVID-19 information and resources

COVID-19 information and resources

Read the latest articles on the AdvoKit website and other places to find up-to-date accessible information about COVID-19, including Easy-Read resources and advice for people with disability and their families and supporters.

Time needed for people with disability to tell their stories

Time needed for people with disability to tell their stories

To truly reap the benefits of the substantial public investment in this historic Royal Commission, granting the requested 17 month extension is essential. This extension must include extended funding of DRC support services including individual and systemic advocacy and counselling (through DSS) and legal support (through the Attorney-General’s Department) for people who have experienced disability violence, abuse, neglect and/or exploitation.   

We urge the Commonwealth Government to ensure that Australians with disability have the opportunity to have their voices heard.

#MakeItSafeToSpeak – DRC confidentiality still not protected

#MakeItSafeToSpeak – DRC confidentiality still not protected

The Disability Royal Commission has been running for almost two years (of a three-year Royal Commission) without proper protections in place for survivors and witnesses to tell their stories. As it stands, people who provide information in a private session can have their privacy protected, but anyone providing written submissions to the Disability Royal Commission is only guaranteed confidentiality until the Royal Commission concludes in April next year. For many survivors and witnesses, this a barrier to telling their story.