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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health Directions December 2020

There has been an increase in the number of Coronavirus COVID-19 cases in New South Wales.

In response to this, the Queensland Government has made changes to the Queensland Public Health Directions.

These changes mean that from 1am on 19 December Border Restrictions are now in place in Queensland.

The Queensland border is now closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared.

This also means that a person who has been in a hotspot in the last 14 days, must not enter a shared disability accommodation service in Queensland.

The Queensland Government has declared the following areas in Greater Sydney, New South Wales, a hot spot:

LGAs declared hotspots in New South Wales:

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • City of Sydney
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • Hornsby
  • Hunter’s Hill
  • Inner West
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Randwick
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland
  • The Hills
  • Waverley
  • Willoughby
  • Wollondilly
  • Wollongong
  • Woollahra
  • Sydney Harbour (unincorporated)

You must not enter or remain on the premises of a shared disability accommodation service if:

  • In the last 14 days, you have returned from overseas travel.
  • In the last 14 days, you have visited a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • In the last 14 days you have had been in contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • You have a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and have not yet received the results of that test.

If you have NOT been in a hotspot in the last 14 days you may still enter shared disability accommodation, but you must do the following:

  • Keep a physical distance from other people in the shared accommodation service.
  • Take steps to keep yourself safe for e.g. use hand sanitiser and/or wear a mask.
  • Provide the service with your correct contact information for contact tracing.

If you need to enter shared disability accommodation for an end of life visit and you have recently visited a COVI-19 hotspot, have been in contact with someone that has COVID-19, have tested positive to COVID-19 or are waiting on a COVID-19 test, you must apply to be granted an exemption by the Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chief Health Officer or delegate for an end of life visit under the Public Health Direction.

If you are a shared disability accommodation service provider, you can find full details of the changes to the health directions by clicking here.

To keep up to date with Public Health Directions as they change and are updated via Queensland Health website click here.

Anyone can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for health advice or information or you can visit the QLD Government health and wellbeing COVID-19 website

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, immediately call 000 and ask for an ambulance.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

To read about COVID-19 symptoms compared to cold or flu symptoms visit Queensland Health’s website


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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