Media Release: QDN CALLS FOR QUEENSLANDERS WITH DISABLITY TO BE PART OF A NEW EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM THIS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABLITY.

This International Day of People with Disability, Thursday 3 December 2020, QDN are calling for Queenslanders with disability to be part of a new and exciting Emerging Leaders Program.

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QDN E-Bulletin Update November 2020

Update from the Chairperson

I am pleased to be able to take this opportunity to put pen to paper in this November edition of the e-Bulletin as newly elected Chairperson of QDN’s Board of Directors. It is an honour to take on this role and one I know that holds great responsibility. QDN has a strong reputation and long history of being a member driven organisation. QDN’s work ensures the voice of people with disability is at the table to inform policy, decision makers and the broader system. I would like to acknowledge the leadership, work, and commitment of QDN’s outgoing Chairperson Nigel Webb. I look forward to continuing this great work and build upon the foundations of good governance and stewardship.

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e-Blast: Update on “Independent Assessments” 

This week, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released new information on the federal government’s plan to introduce “Independent Assessments” as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) access and planning process. A public consultation process is now open 

Major news out of the new information is the delaying of the introduction of “Independent Assessments”. The Independent Assessment process will now start in mid-2021 for people applying for access to the scheme and late-2021 for existing NDIS participants. 

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e-Blast: Central Station upgrades – lifts closed from 30 November 2020.

From 30 November 2020, the lifts to platforms 1/2 and 3/4 at Central station will be closed for approximately four months for major works. 

QDN recognises that the temporary closure of these lifts will have an impact on many of our members. Queensland Rail has provided information about the measures that are in place to assist customers who require the lifts for accessibility.  

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e-Blast: New Easy Read Residential Tenancy Information Sheets

In April 2020, the Queensland Government made temporary changes to the residential tenancy laws to protect Queenslanders affected by COVID-19. The illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Some of these changes ended on 29 September 2020. There are still some temporary rules in place until 31 December 2020.

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e-Blast: QDN summary of plan for NDIS “Independent Assessments”

In September 2020, the Federal Minister for the NDIS, The Hon Stuart Robert MP, announced plans to introduce “independent assessments”. We received feedback from members who said they are confused, frustrated, and worried about having assessments and what this will mean for their NDIS plans, their lives and more broadly the NDIS.

We have provided a summary of the information provided by the NDIA with key links to information released.

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e-Blast: The Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to review Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010.

The Australian Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is reviewing the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010. The Premises Standards’ purpose is to ensure:

  • people living with a disability and their family members, carers and friends have equal access to buildings
  • building certifiers, developers and managers fulfil their responsibilities to people with disabilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

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e-Blast: Tenants Queensland COVID-19 Tenant/Resident Support and Analysis Project.

  • Are you a tenant or resident with disability, and have a renting problem that has been caused by COVID-19?
  • Have you stopped working or been working less because of COVID-19? 
  • Are you struggling to pay the rent? 
  • Do you owe rent?

Tenants Queensland is an organisation that helps people with renting problems.

Tenants Queensland has received funding from the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works to deliver the COVID-19 Tenant/Resident Support and Analysis Project.

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e-Blast: Disability Royal Commission extended to 2023 and Interim Report released

Here are the findings so far.

The Disability Royal Commission has released their interim and summary report on 30 October. The report tables the process so far, key themes and future leads for inquiry into the violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability in Australia.

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