QDN e-News Video Update - July 2022 Week 1


This week is NAIDOC Week and QDN has a proud history of celebrating NAIDOC Week. This year's theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! From the frontier wars and our earliest resistance fighters to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities fighting for change today—we continue to show up. Now is the time. We cannot afford to lose momentum for change.

We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our community and our Elders. Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, now is the time!

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Disability Reform Minister’s Meeting (DRMM)

Commonwealth, State and Territory Disability Ministers met on Friday 17 June 2022 in Melbourne. It was the first meeting chaired by the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Australian Government Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Minister for Government Services.

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 is still circulating within our community, it is important that you keep up-to-date with the changing situation with a predicted third wave of the virus due to impact our community shortly. QDN believes that it is important for people with disability to be able to have equal access to information, services and support during the COVID-19 pandemic so people can be prepared and stay safe. It has been important during this time to make sure that decision makers and Governments know what people with disability need. We have been letting Government know about the barriers and solutions co-designed by people with disability, so the systems, programs, information and approaches work for us.


Queensland Health have resources that have been created for people with disability with the assistance of QDN.

Find the QLD Health Resources here 


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Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games Visioning Forum

In June, we held the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games Visioning Forum. With over 70 participants the Forum was opened by the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement.

Three speakers, including two former Paralympians Geoff Trappett and Karni Liddell and Dr Sharon Boyce set the scene for how we can work together to create an inclusive, accessible games and ensure the legacy we leave after the Games ensures positive outcomes for Queenslanders with disability in terms of more accessible housing, transport and infrastructure. Participants then spent time in breakout rooms sharing ideas. QDN aims to develop a blueprint for government where people with disability are actively contributing to the work ahead in terms of planning for the Games.



Online Visioning forum: For Queenslanders with disability. Creating a legacy for all Queenslanders. Monday 13 June 2022, 3:00pm to 5:00pm. QDN, Queenslanders with disability network, Nothing about us without us.

Taxis and passengers with disability forum

QDN held a 'members only' online event around taxis and passengers with disability. Members came along and shared their experiences and ideas around taxis. The online event was extremely well attended, and members listened to speakers from:

  • Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Taxi Council Queensland
  • Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

 Many experiences and ideas were shared and QDN will be releasing a report shortly around the ideas generated at the event.



Disability Matters, Taxis and passengers with disability, Online event - Share your experiences and ideas. 2 June - 3.30pm to 5pm. QDN Member event, Want to be a QDN Member? Join QDN for free now! www.qdn.org.au. There is a photo in a circle with a woman wearing dark glasses and holding a cane, standing next to a taxi sign.

Targeted Outreach Project Forum and Celebration

Queenslanders with Disability Network and their project partners, QCOSS, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network Queensland and AMPARO Advocacy held a wrap up forum and celebration of the Targeted Outreach Project.

The Honorable Craig Crawford, Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships opened the forum with a video summarising the project and the impacts it had for the people involved.

The aim of the Targeted Outreach Project was to engage and support vulnerable Queenslanders with a disability through support pathways to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Targeted Outreach Project, operational for the last two years finished as of 30 June 2022.

The success of this program resulted in 2,243 individuals receiving direct support and referral pathways to access the NDIS either through referrals to Assessment and Referral Team (ART) or alternative support pathways. Referrals from TOP have resulted in $56 million in plans for people with disability across Queensland.

Project learnings to date reflect ongoing complexities around engaging with vulnerable Queenslanders as well as continuing challenges for Queenslanders with disability in accessing the NDIS.  As such, QDN hosted this forum to share project learnings and to gather perspectives around engagement approaches that will best support vulnerable Queenslanders to successfully access the scheme and other support services, into the future.


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Policy Matters

Census Results

The census results recently were released and Australia is changing quicker than ever!

What does the 2021 Census data tell us about disability in Australia?

  • Interestingly, the number of Australians who say that have a disability and need assistance with core activities has increased from around 5.1% in 2016 to 5.7% in 2021.
  • 54% of these people are over the age of 65, this tells us that a large proportion of the population requires support but are not eligible for NDIS funding!
  • A larger proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, about 8.2 per cent, have a need for help compared to non-Indigenous Australians (5.9 per cent).
  • 22% of people who need assistance with core activities speak a language other than English, reinforcing the importance of culturally appropriate support workers and services being available.
  • According to the Census, almost 2.5 million people provided unpaid assistance to others with a disability, long term health condition or due to old age.
  • 1,464,415 people identified as requiring assistance with core activities
  • Females are slightly more likely to indicate they require assistance at 6.1% compared to males at 5.5%
  • 6% of people identifying as requiring assistance live with family and 19.4% live alone

There are two more data releases to come from the Census – one in October 2022 and another in 2023, we will provide you with an overview when they are released.


Violence and domestic and family violence

Women’s safety and justice taskforce – Hear her voice report 2 released

The Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce has completed its second report - Hear her voice 2 - on the second part of its work examining and reviewing the experiences of women and girls across Queensland's criminal justice system.

For more information click here



New resources for Domestic and family violence – Community Awareness Campaign

 The Queensland Government has launched a Community Awareness Campaign addressing how domestic and family violence can impact people with disability and how you can help in a way that supports their human rights.  People with disability can experience unique forms of abuse and additional barriers to seeking help and support and reporting violence.The campaign will run to 14 August 2022 with advertising placements across catch-up TV and YouTube; Tonic TV placements in GP clinics across Queensland; social media placements across Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest; programmatic digital video and audio advertising; and Google Search advertising.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to end domestic and family violence.

For more information click here



National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

2022-23 NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Limits

The NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits and Support Catalogue have now been updated, so that participants currently receiving these supports and providers delivering these supports will be in no doubt that they will continue after 1 July 2022.

For more information click here



National Divisibility Insurance Agency (NDIA) and Co-design

The NDIA is committed to the co-design of improvements to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  They believe co-design is about working alongside people with disability, the disability community, and other interested groups.

They will do this by collaborating on specific problems, issues and situations requiring improvement or change. You can find out more about their commitment to strengthening their engagement with the disability community in their Engagement Framework.

The NDIA is also currently progressing with a number of co-design projects.

For more information click here


Participant First

Participant First is looking for participants, families, carers and people within the disability community to share their views about the best ways to improve how we work. Receive a weekly invitation to provide feedback, including completing surveys, joining focus groups or taking part in interviews.  Some feedback opportunities are paid.

For more information click here



Transport – Have your say!

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts are seeking feedback on proposed reforms to the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 to ensure they remain efficient and effective, are fit for purpose and meet the current needs of Australians.  If you are interested in providing your feedback click here.

To provide your feedback click here