e-Blast: Changes to free food distributions and services in Brisbane

This information is current as at 23 March 2020

We wanted to keep you up to date with information we have about changes in the way free food distribution services will be run due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Below is information about services that are open and what is available at each place.

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e-Blast: Local Government Election – voting open now and phone voting available

As of 26 March, the Local Government Elections are still on this Saturday (28 March). The Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) has put in place a range of measures to keep people safe from COVID-19.

Remember – voting is compulsory if you are a registered voter.

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Bi-monthly Update – January 2020

From the Chairperson

Welcome to 2020 and to the beginning of a new decade. These last months have seen Australians experience unprecedented bushfires and natural disasters, and has had significant impacts upon people, our animals and wildlife and also our communities. Our emergency and disaster management services, health, community services and disability services have all been working extremely

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Disability Royal Commission Community Forums Announced for February in Logan and Ipswich

On Tuesday 28 January 2020, the Disability Royal Commission announced it will be holding two community forums in Logan (4 February 2020) and Ipswich (5 February 2020). Community forums are an opportunity for the Royal Commission to update the community about their work, and for people with disability to share their stories in an informal environment.

While we acknowledge that the Royal Commission’s announcement of these forums has come at short notice, QDN encourages members to attend if possible, to ensure Queenslanders with disability’s voices are heard.

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e-Blast:  New NDIS Option for Assistive Technology Support Under $5000

From October 2019, a new option for the funding and supply of nominated Assistive Technology (AT) supports between $1,500 to $5,000 was introduced. This funding option is limited to nine new general AT support items and will only be funded if items are deemed to be reasonable and necessary within a participants NDIS plan.

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e-Blast Member Update:  Joint Standing Committee (JSC) on the NDIS: NDIS Planning Interim Report

On 3 December 2019 the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS released its Interim Report on NDIS Planning (the Report) in which they made it clear that many of the issues they were hearing were not new. The Committee stated that urgent action is required to improve the planning process to ensure that NDIS participants are fully supported to achieve their goals.

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e-Blast: QDN Celebrates International Human Rights Day and looks forward to the Human Rights Act commencing in Queensland from 1 January 2020

10 December marks International Human Rights Day.  This is the day the United Nations General Assembly, in 1948 adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the

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