Advocacy

DARU is a dedicated resource unit funded to work with disability advocacy organisations to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. they develop and distribute resources, host the advocacy sector conversations forum series and the strengthening disability advocacy conference, and provide other training opportunities to keep disability advocates informed and up to date about issues affecting people with disability in Victoria.

The National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) provides people with disability with access to effective disability advocacy that promotes, protects, and ensures their full and equal enjoyment of all human rights enabling community participation. This site has lots of information on how to access advocacy including an on-line advocacy finder tool. You can access information in Easy Read and other assisted formats on this site.

 

Assistive Technology

The Non-electronic Communication Aid Scheme (NECAS) provides communication aids to adults with speech difficulties. The scheme offers government funded support you to develop an aid that suits your specific communication needs.

 

Carers

Carers Victoria

Carers Gateway

 

Child Safe Resources

I encourage all my valuable current or prospective clients to have a look at this link to understand what the law says about keeping children safe and how Connect to Home SDA Consultants will work to this standard to report any harm or likely harm to children.

https://www.childwise.org.au/page/65/the-royal-commission

You can go to this useful resource for informative information on what signs of harm or potential harm to children look like. I encourage everyone to familiarise them selves with signs of what the good practice we use looks like and importantly to be informed consumers of service in understanding what shouldn’t be happening.

https://www.childwise.org.au/page/71/resources/

 

Community Groups

The Ballarat Council Website will help you identify community groups in your local area that may suit your needs when receiving service from Connect to Home SDA Consultants.

 

Government Agencies

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency. It’s role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS will is for every Australian – for anyone who has, or might acquire, a disability.Use this link for fact sheets available in standard, easy read and other formats on your rights when dealing with service providers and information on making a NDIS plan.

The National Relay Service (NRS) is an Australian Government initiative funded by a levy on eligible telecommunications carriers. The NRS funds a provider who runs the call centre where relay officers relay your calls to other people, and
an Outreach Service Provider which runs the outreach service to provide support and information about the use of the NRS.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is an independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. They accept and investigate complaints about NDIS service providers

The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) promotes the rights, interests and dignity of people with disability (specifically intellectual impairment, mental illness, brain injury, physical disability or dementia) living in Victoria. Services include: advice, advocacy, community education and community visitors program.

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner, Privacy and Data Protection, administers the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDPA). The PDPA regulates three areas of activity: information privacy, protective data security & law enforcement data security.If you have any concerns about the way your privacy is protected you can get more information or request action from this agency.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under three laws: Equal Opportunity Act 2010; Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 & The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. This link has lots of information on rights in various formats such as easy read and audio

 

Housing

These standards describe access provisions that must be put in place for mainstream housing. The SDA home will comply with and exceed these standards. This document is a handy reference for anyone modifying a home or just wanting to know what their rights are when accessing buildings.

This training and development organisation is a great source of information about the NDIS generally. They have good free resources to help you understand housing and the NDIS.

These standards are all about what type of new home you might be eligible for and the type of modifications that you might need.

This is the overall act that guides how the NDIS delivers service. It sets the scene for how various rules about SDA are applied in applications.

These guidelines by the NDIS cover the various services and funding they offer. They are a good source of information on what the NDIS will be looking for in terms of evidence when allocating supports. The Specialist Disability Accommodation Guidelines is particularly worth looking at.

This web page from the NDIS is all about the various supports they offer NDIS participants to help with housing.

These various rules all relate to the NDIS. They are handy way of knowing what the NDIS is obliged to do. They can also be useful for knowing how to respond to tricky housing situations like receiving a compensation pay out and how that might affect eligibility for SDA.

This site lists vacancies coming up in SDA houses. It also has other features such as looking for support workers and such.

 

Important documents

This link from the Commonwealth Department of Social Security describes the National Standards for Disability. Easy read and other versions are also available on this site.

This document from the Human Rights Commission details important human rights available to everyone. You can also use this site to see specific rights against discrimination available to anyone on the grounds of disability.
This link has easy read versions of the charter and other information. Just click on the “know your rights” tab.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Participant Information Pack

 

Indigenous

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC) provide a range of health pharmacy and wellbeing services to the local community. They focus on: Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Daylesford, Scarsdale and Scotsburn.

 

Interpreting Services

NAATI is a company that is jointly owned by the nine governments of Australia. The organisational mission is to set and maintain high national standards in translating and interpreting that enable the existence of a pool of translators and interpreters who are responsive to the changing needs and demography of the Australian community.Use this service to look for any language translation service including non verbal services such as Auslan.

 

Reporting Hotlines

You can use the National Abuse and Neglect Hotline to report abuse. This is a free service.