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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QDeNgage opportunity for people with disability in North Queensland – The Social Deck DFV focus group

QDeNgage are seeking people with disability living in North Queensland to participate in a focus group. The purpose of this group is to give feedback on a communication strategy that is being developed by consultancy group, The Social Deck.

The Social Deck have been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women to develop a communication and engagement strategy to help raise awareness and understanding of domestic and family violence in regard to people with disability. They have been consulting with people with disability, family and carers, and representatives of supports and services on this draft strategy.

The Social Deck would like to hear feedback from people with disability in North Queensland on some of their key messages and the ways they are looking to share these messages.

You do not have to have experienced domestic or family violence to be part of this consultation. This consultation is open to all QDN members from all genders.

Counselling support will be available following the consultation, if required.

How will the focus group be run?

There will be one meeting of this focus group. The meeting will take up to 2 hours, and will be facilitated by QDN and The Social Deck. There will be up to 8 people involved in this meeting.

Focus group members will receive $100 payment for each meeting.

Date and time

The meeting will be held online via Zoom videoconferencing.

Date: Monday 23rd November 2020

Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

How to apply

If you are interested in being part of the focus group, please express your interest by responding to engage@qdn.org.au by 9am Thursday 12 November.

Not everyone may be selected, as we are seeking a range of people with different disability, genders and experiences.

In your email, please answer the following questions:

  1. Why would you like to be part of this consultation?
  2. Have you been part of a consultation or focus group before? (you do not have to have been part of a consultation or focus group to apply)

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 engage@qdn.org.au

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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QDN E-Bulletin Update – October 2020

Update from the Annual General Meeting

Queenslanders with Disability Network held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 17 October 2020 at Parliamentary Annexe, Parliament House with over 60 members coming together for the COVID-19 safe meeting in person at Parliament House.

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