QDN e-News Video December 2022 Week 3


To have access to the video transcript follow the instructions below.  

Log into YouTube and open the video. Click on More Options (three dots below the video). Select the Open Transcript option from the drop-down menu. Once you click Open Transcript, copy and paste all the lines of text that appear to an editor of your choice to have a complete transcript that you can edit.

Christmas and New year's public holidays

QDN will be closed over Christmas and New Year from 1pm 23rd of December and will reopen on Tuesday, 3rd January.

We wish you a great holiday season !

Call us on 07 3252 8566 or 1300 363 783

Email us at qdn@qdn.org.au

The Voice of Queenslanders with Disability

QDN, Griffith University, and the Queensland Government are launching a new initiative, The Voice of Queenslanders with Disability. The new 'Voice of Queenslanders with Disability' report and data collection will be opening in mid January 2023. We want to hear about your experiences, successes, and challenges living with disability or supporting someone with disability in Queensland.
Click below to register to have your say.

Policy Update 5th December 2022 – 15th December 2022 

Policy Update, there is a image of a tick in a box with an arrow coming out the side of the box and circling around back to point at the box.

Adult Safeguarding in Queensland

On 8th December 2022, the Public Advocate’s second volume of a two-volume report on Adult Safeguarding was tabled in the Queensland’s Parliament by Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman. Queensland is yet to make important reforms following the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report titled ‘Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response,’ which includes adult safeguarding recommendations that focus on ‘at-risk adults,’ as well as elder abuse.  The Report involved roundtables which QDN participated in that informed Volume 1 and 2 of the report. Volume 1 drew on consultations with stakeholders regarding gaps in adult safeguarding and Volume 2 involves 17 recommendations for the Government to consider around safeguarding.

You can see the Volume 1 report here and the Volume 2 reform recommendations here.  

Disability Royal Commission

The public hearing for the Disability Royal Commission will be held from 12th-16th December 2022 in Brisbane and will centre around models and pathways for inclusion and the realization of human rights as well as exploring the progress and implementation of the Australian Disability Strategy.


QLD Housing Summit Outcomes Report

On 20th October 2022, the Premier convened the Queensland Housing Summit (the Summit). The Summit followed the Queensland Housing Roundtable on 16th September 2022, as a first step toward the Summit and attended by 40 nongovernment and government stakeholders. The Summit brought together almost 200 attendees, including people with lived experience of housing need, frontline service providers, housing industry and local government associations, and professional peak bodies to identify solutions to immediate challenges being experienced in Queensland in relation to housing in 2022 and plan solutions for the future.

You can read QDNs summary and reflections on the summit and outcomes report here or access the full report here 


New Report on Violence, abuse neglect and exploitation of LGBTQA+ people with disability

he Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) have collaborated with the Living with Disability Research Centre to release a report for the Disability Royal Commission titled ‘Violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of LGBTQA+ people with disability.’ This research was compiled through national online surveys from 2019 and includes data from the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, queer and asexual people with disability in Australia.

You can access the full report (pdf) here, (word) here and the Easy Read with text only here or the Easy read with pictures here.

There are video summaries and social media tiles which you can access here.   



Research Grant Approval for The Dignity Project

The Hopkins Centre have been successful in the grant application for their research project: ‘Research for Rehabilitation and Resilience, Gold Coast Hospital Collaborative Foundation, and multiple Queensland Government Departments and Offices.’ This research will be co-designed and explores understanding what dignity means as well as looking and challenging and disrupting environmental and attitudinal and physical barriers that limit participation and access. There will be a survey through Metro South Health’s website asking people with disability about experiences of dignity and violations of dignity. A community hub will be created and should be launched in April 2023 which will be a safe and committed space for people with disability to share experiences to inform research. The intention of the project is to make tangible changes in the disability policy space through research informed by lived experience.    


Metro South Disability Plan 2023-2026

Metro South Health are asking for feedback on their Disability Plan 2023-2026 to ensure they can meet the diverse needs of people with disability. The main themes of the draft plan are research and Disability Royal Commission themes, consumer interviews and workshops and feedback from the Metro South Health Disability Community Advisory Committee.

More information on their website here, draft copy of the plan here and consultation survey for feedback here.  

International Report: Disability Health Inequity

The World Health Organisation reveal through their international report ‘The Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities’ that people with disability may risk earlier death, up to 20 years earlier than people without disability due to inequity within health systems and highlights the importance of action that addresses these inequities.  


Supported Accommodation Living Services (SILS)

National Disability Services (NDS) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have developed a costing tool for SILS providers to assess SILS accommodation services. The tool allows for the following:  

  • Understanding the profitability and viability of each accommodation   
  • Play and plan with scenarios, including the effects of increased NDIS costing   
  • Address costs you may not have considered  
  • Connect to the SCHADS Awards  
  • Understand costs not funded by the NDIS  
  • Provide your Board with visual reports via the customer dashboard  
  • And much more.  

If you works for SILS accommodation services and want to attend the webinars: here



Domestic and Family Violence 'Hear Her Voice' consultations   

The Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG): 'Hear her Voice' consultation

The Queensland Government has adopted many of the recommendations made by the ‘Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce’ (the Taskforce). 

DJAG has created a discussion paper will conduct consultations about how best to implement the recommendations, including proposed new laws on: 


  1. Domestic violence, including the criminalization of ‘coercive control’ within a domestic relationship 
  2. Consent, including laws providing an affirmative model of consent in sexual relations. 


Please note, the discussion paper is only available to QDN members by emailing qdn@qdn.org.au. This consultation is about implementation of the Taskforce’s recommendations, and not about policy positions in the discussion paper.   

The MS Teams discussion groups will be held from 17 January 2023 – 30 January 2023.   

Please register your interest by emailing WSJ-Taskforce-legislation@justice.qld.gov.au by Wed 11 Jan 2023.  You may also provide written feedback to the same email address by Wed 1 Feb 2023.

Support over the Christmas period

QDN understands that Christmas is a difficult period for many people, and with many services closed, some people need support with essentials like food and emergency relief. We have provided a list of local services across the state that are ready to assist those in need.

Christmas Member/Enquiry Information for financial relief, housing and food

Here is the list currently of services for Christmas support to include on page with housing update stuff

To access click on the link below:

Christmas Support for Members and Enquiries .docx  - Accessible Version

Christmas Support for Members and Enquiries.pdf

Want to creat change in the disability sector? Become a QBlogger

Do you have a topic you’d like to discuss with the community? Maybe you want to create change? This is a chance to have your say! QBloggers is QDN’s member-led blogging platform where our members are creating change by discussing topics that matter to people with disability.

QBloggers is connecting members from across Queensland around shared issues and topics. It is an opportunity to learn from one another's experiences and expertise, plus, your blog could also help generate ideas for future policy work.

Becoming a blogger is easier than you might think! You can create your blog using video, audio, or written language, with QDNs’ communications team available to provide support and guidance. QBloggers is open to all QDN members regardless of your experience communicating or blogging. QBloggers receive a nominal fee for the time spent on their blog.

Simply pick the topic you would like to discuss, fill out the online application form and we will be in touch to discuss your blog post. If you have any questions about becoming a QBlogger give us a call on 1300 363 783.

QBloggers Logo - the Q looks like an old school microphone with a electric flash through it and there is a pen above the text bloggers.

Applications for QDN’s 2023 Emerging Leaders program will open in January

Applications for QDN’s 2023 Emerging Leaders program are opening on 9 January 2023. The leadership program, now in its third year, is supporting Queenslanders with disability to develop their skills and confidence, lead change, and create a more inclusive community. The Emerging Leaders program will run over ten months from March to November and will be delivered in a variety of ways including face to face workshops, online learning, and local, community-based projects.

Applications are open to people with disability of all ages, who live in Queensland, and are QDN members.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media for more information to come.

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