Expressions of Interest: Leadership and Working Group – Stronger Places Stronger People (SPSP), Gladstone Region.

QDN are please to share the following information about opportunities within the Stronger Places, Stronger People (SPSP) initiative, based in the Gladstone Region.

SPSP is provided through a partnership between the Australian and Queensland Government. The initiative aims to support the Gladstone region to create better outcomes for children and families in the community.

SPSP provides an opportunity to come together as a community to address complex community  issues and disrupt the conditions that fuel disadvantage.

Click this link to find out about the Gladstone SPSP and the current opportunities available.

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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QDeNgage opportunity for people with disability in Brisbane –  SDA housing focus group

QDeNgage are seeking people with disability to join a focus group to provide feedback on the design of a new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) housing development in Loganlea.

SDA is accommodation for people who need specialist housing solutions, including the delivery of supports that cater for people with very high support needs.

The group of four people on the development team describe themselves as a group of individuals with ‘many years of professional experience in the not-for-profit, disability services, supported accommodation, community housing, and property development sectors’. Their vision is the develop ‘high quality and appropriate housing for individuals with disability’.

The development is in the design stage, and plans are to begin construction at the Loganlea location in the near future.

The developers want to hear feedback from people with disability on:

  • Housing needs for people with disability – including current challenges and improvements
  • The current design of this development, and suggestions for improvement
  • Suggestions for the service model of in-home support

The group will discuss the practical needs and challenges in accessible housing, and review the architects plans of the development (along with the support of the architect) and provide feedback on improvements to design.

Who can be involved in this focus group?

QDeNgage are seeking six people with different disability to join this focus group including people with disability who are:

  • Currently living in SDA housing
  • Eligible for but not currently living in SDA housing
  • Not eligible for SDA housing

How will the focus group be run?

There will be two meetings of the focus group.

The meetings will take up to 2 hours, and will be facilitated by QDN and the Loganlea SDA housing developers team. There will be up to 6 people involved in this focus group.

Members will receive $100 payment for each focus group meeting.

There is also up to $50 per meeting available to support transport costs for each group member, members will need to provide receipts.

Date and time

There will be two meetings of this focus group. To apply to be part of this focus group you need to be able to attend both of these meetings.

The meetings will be held in person at the QDN office in Spring Hill.

Meeting 1: Friday 18th December 2020, 10am – 12pm

Meeting 2: TBA January 2021 (mid to late)

How to apply

If you are interested in being part of the focus group, please express your interest by responding to by 9am Wednesday 9 December 2020.

In your email, please answer the following questions:

  1. Why would you like to be part of this focus group?
  2. Do you currently live in SDA housing, or think you may be eligible to live in SDA housing?

(Note: You do not have to be living or eligible for SDA housing to be part of this group)

  1. What other experience/s or skills do you have that would help you to contribute to this group?

Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs.

Not everyone will be selected, as we are seeking a range of people with different disability, with life experiences.

We will let you know by 5pm Wednesday 9 December 2020 about the outcome of your expression of interest.

If you would like any further information or help with the expression of interest form contact Louise Abson, at QDN on 07 3252 8566 or email

Make Disability Count 2020 State Election Virtual Forum: Priority Policy Areas

An inclusive Queensland is important for all Queenslanders.

Eight state-wide organisations are hosts of this forum to make sure disability counts in Queensland at this 2020 state election. These organisations include Queenslanders with Disability Network, ADA Australia hosting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland, National Disability Services, Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, Community Services Industry Alliance, Queensland Advocacy Inc., Health Consumers Queensland and the Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education.

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NDIS Commission Survey – have your say!

The Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee into the NDIS is holding an inquiry into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. We want to know more about QDN member’s thoughts of and experiences with the Commission to inform our submission to the inquiry. 

Take the survey now

QDN will use the responses to this survey in its submission but will de-identify any quotes. If you have any concerns, please contact QDN at or call on 1300 363 783. The survey closes Monday, 27 July 2020. 

Have your say

Disability Royal Commission Update

The Disability Royal Commission (the Commission) announced last week two community forums to be held in Logan (4 February 2020) and Ipswich (5 February 2020). Community forums are an opportunity for the 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 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.

Click here to register to attend.

In December 2019, the Commission released its first progress report. The report highlighted the work the Commission has already done, including its hearings in Brisbane and Townsville. The progress report also outlined the next steps for the Commission, including the launch of a new website in early 2020 that aims to be more accessible and user-friendly for people with disability.

Click here to access the progress report, including Easy Read versions.

Ways to have your say

The Commission has released three issues papers for public feedback. QDN is developing submissions on each of the issues’ papers on behalf of our members. If you would like to provide feedback or share your story as part of our submissions, you can email or call 1300 363 783 to make a time to speak to one of our policy staff. We are always seeking members’ views to include in our policy submission, so encourage all members to get in touch and have their say. Alternatively, you can send in your own submissions. See below for more information on each of the issues papers or you can click here to access more information.

The Commission is interested in the experiences of people with disability who have lived, or who are living in group homes. Click here to find more information about the group homes issues paper.

The Commission wants to understand the experiences of people with cognitive disability in accessing or receiving health care. Click here to find more information about the health care for people with cognitive disabilities issues paper.

The criminal justice system issues paper is looking at how people with disability, including young people and First Nations people, are over-represented across the criminal justice systems in Australia. The issues paper is also calling for responses about prisons and forensic mental health facilities where forced treatment and restrictive practices may be used. Click here to find more information about the criminal justice system issues paper.

The Disability Royal Commission will host the following events in Queensland in the first half of 2020:

February 2020

  • February 4: Community Forum – Logan, Queensland.
  • February 5: Community Forum – Ipswich, Queensland.
  • February 6: Engagement with First Nations People, Organisations and Communities – Brisbane.

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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Renting in Queensland Reforms

QDN supports the proposed Queensland tenancy reforms which will lead to increased certainty and security for tenants, including people with disability. QDN members Charmaine and Elisha, and QDN’s CEO share their reasons why in this short video.

It only takes a minute to show your support for these reforms – have your say here

Submissions close 28 December

Read more about these proposed reforms here: