Information and resources

Disability information update

Updated 17 Oct 2017. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.

Restrictive Practice documents

The Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) has released two new guides for the South Australian Disability Services Sector:

  • The Human Rights Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector assists service providers in developing and implementing their human rights policies and practices. It also provides a framework for the second document.
  • The Person-centred Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector gives advice to service providers on how services can be made truly person-centred.

These guides complement two other documents released earlier this year, clarifying the restrictive practice requirements of disability service providers and outlining safeguarding mechanisms to eliminate the use of restrictive practices.


Office of the Senior Practitioner - DCSI

NDIS Community Expo – Coober Pedy

The Government of South Australia is hosting free community expos in the Far North region to provide information on the NDIS and job opportunities in the disability sector. Representatives from the government, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and service providers will be present. Registrations are encouraged.

The Far North region covers the local government areas of:

  • Flinders Ranges Council
  • Port Augusta City Council
  • Municipal Council of Roxby Downs
  • District Council of Coober Pedy
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.

When - Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Where - Desert Cave Hotel, Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy
Cost - Free

Phone 1800 952 962

My Support My Choice

Disability Justice Plan Symposium 2017

In this half-day event, you will hear about current and future directions in justice for people with disability. Keynote speakers include community representative Margie Charlesworth, Jonathan Doak, Professor of Criminal Law at Nottingham Trent University and Dr Emily Henderson, academic and lawyer from New Zealand. Lunch follows the formal program.

When - Thursday 2 November 2017 from 9.00 am to 1.15 pm
Where - the Parkview Room, Adelaide Pavilion, Veale Gardens, Adelaide
Cost - Free

Disability Justice Plan Symposium 2017

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention – Gawler workshop

This workshop is designed to teach people how to identify signs that someone may be at risk of suicide and what appropriate action to take. Simple effective interventions can make a real difference and save lives. All Wesley LifeForce facilitators are accredited trainers and have completed suicide intervention training. Many are also accredited counsellors.

When - Thursday 14 December 2017 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Where - Hewett Centre, 28 to 30 Kingfisher Drive, Hewett
Cost - Free

Phone Maria Krohn on 02 9857 2661

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention workshop

Employment for people with disability in Australia workshop

This workshop for disability professionals is presented by Flinders University, in collaboration with Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI).

When - Wednesday 15 November 2017 from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Where - Flinders University City Campus, Level 1 Room 1, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost - $25 to $80

Phone Jose Koppelman-Guthrie on 0455 932 220

Employment for people with disability in Australia workshop

Brain Injury Australia - Sydney workshop for professionals

Brain Injury Australia presents a day-long workshop on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for professionals working with people with a brain injury. This workshop will include:

  • key information on the NDIS frameworks, preparation and planning processes
  • practical tools for pre-planning and planning work
  • skills to navigate between State/Territory health-funded services and the NDIS.

When - Monday 20 November 2017
Where - Royal Rehab, 235 Morrison Road, Sydney
Cost - $180

Phone 1800 272 461

Getting the Best From The NDIS - workshop for professionals

Have your say – Spinal Cord Injury Project

The University of Adelaide (in collaboration with other universities, SA Health and Paraquad SA) has developed a resource package for working-age adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). They are seeking feedback about the resource package via a series of brief questionnaires. The questionnaires will help to identify whether targeted job information can be effectively delivered online.

Phone 8313 6028

Survey - Work and SCI

Have your say – Screen Reader User Survey

By completing this survey, you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing, are invited to participate.

Deadline for survey - 1 November 2017.

Screen Reader User Survey - WebAIM

NDIS Bulletin

The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.

NDIS Bulletin

Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo 2017

The annual Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo is an exciting community event that attracts audiences of up to 4,000 people and more than 160 exhibitors.

When - Friday 27 October 2017 from 10.00 am to 4:30 pm
Where - Adelaide Showground
Cost -  Gold coin donation

Phone Catalyst (formerly Seniors Information Service) on 8168 8702

Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo 2017

Older, still current news

National Carers Week - 15 to 21 October 2017

Anyone at any time can become a carer, and National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness about the diversity of carers and their contributions. If all carers decided to stop performing their caring role, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that’s over $1 billion per week. National Carers Week provides you with a chance to show your appreciation, and learn about carers and caring in Australia. Events will be held throughout the nation.

National Carers Week

Mobility and Movement Seminar

This seminar, hosted by the University of Adelaide, will focus on common rheumatological conditions and post-stroke challenges for older people, particularly mobility. The presenters are Dr Fin Cai, a senior consultant rheumatologist, and Dr Anupam Gupta, senior consultant in rehabilitation medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, senior clinical lecturer and PhD candidate. The seminar is open to consumers as well as health and aged care practitioners.

When - Thursday 19 October 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where - G-TRAC Centre (Entrance 2), 61 Silkes Road, Paradise
Cost - $21.89

Deadline for bookings – Sunday 15 October 2017

Mobility and Movement Seminar

Apply for a Video to Promote Your Organisation

Do you work for a community organisation that relies on volunteers? Do you want to promote the work you do and increase volunteer participation? Work with Flinders University filmmaking students to produce a short video about your organisation, what you do and your community impact. To be eligible, your organisation must be incorporated, community-based and not-for-profit.

Deadline for applications - Friday 20 October 2017 at 5.00 pm

Phone 1300 350 985

Community Voices video program

Workshop for Carers of People with Dementia – Victor Harbor

Carers SA is hosting ‘Dementia – creative ways to care’ in Victor Harbor. This free six-week workshop is for family carers of a loved one living with dementia. It will address some changed behaviours such as wandering, restlessness, repetitive questioning, repeating tasks and lack of motivation.

When - 31 October to 12 December 2017 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where - Flinders University Rural Clinic School, Room 11, Bay Road, Victor Harbor

Phone 1800 242 636

Dementia – creative ways to care

UN Commission on the Status of Women – submissions sought

Women from all over the world will convene in March 2018 at UN Headquarters, New York, for the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) to discuss the ‘challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls’. The Australian Government is seeking one-page written submissions to inform the Government's position during CSW62 negotiations.

Deadline for submissions - Sunday 29 October 2017 at 11.59 pm.

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)

Grants for At-Home Care

Youngcare provides one-off grants of up to $10,000 to help adults aged 18 to 65 with high care needs to remain living at home with loved ones. The grants can be used to fund essential equipment, home modifications, respite and support workers or other items that will help the person remain at home.

Grants open - Wednesday 1 November 2017

Phone Youngcare on 1800 844 727

Youngcare at Home Care Grants

BSWAT Payment Scheme

Thousands of eligible supported employees with an intellectual disability could get a one-off payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme. Around 9,200 participants in the BSWAT Payment Scheme have applied for a payment. Around 1,400 participants still need to apply. You can submit a payment application form online, by post or email.

Deadline for payment applications - Thursday 30 November 2017

Phone 1800 799 515

BSWAT Payment Scheme

Help available from TADSA

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc (formerly Technical Aid to the Disabled (SA) Inc.) is able to help more people needing technical solutions. If you have clients in need of non-commercial equipment or aids, give them a call.

Phone TADSA on 8261 2922

TADSA newsletter

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) – event registrations open

Whether you’re planning an event that’s big, small, extravagant or simple, by celebrating IDPwD you’ll break down barriers and promote inclusion.

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)

Media Access Australia is now Centre for Inclusive Design

Media Access Australia (MAA) has championed universal access to both digital and traditional media. As the Centre for Inclusive Design, the aim is to broaden the group’s agenda to all people experiencing disability who are unable to access goods, services or information in the digital age.

Centre for Inclusive Design

Google Wants Help Tagging Accessible Places

Google is asking users to add information about wheelchair accessibility to entries on Google Maps. Of course, wheelchair users aren’t the only ones who will benefit. This information will also help families with strollers, seniors with walkers and anyone making plans with a friend who has impaired mobility.

A better world for wheels on Google Maps

Ten-dollar note with tactile feature issued

The redesigned ten-dollar note will enter circulation on 20 September 2017. As part of the revamp, the note has a tactile feature that will make it easier to identify by people with vision impairment. On each of the note’s long edges, there are two bumps. These bumps indicate a ten-dollar note. Different tactile features will be included in other denominations when more of Australia’s redesigned notes enter circulation. The ten-dollar note’s size, blue colour and portraits of AB ‘Banjo’ Patterson and Mary Gilmore were retained.

New $10 Banknote – Reserve Bank of Australia

Inclusive Education Summit

The Inclusive Education Summit invites participants to come together to think about education, research and inclusion. The conference venue is accessible for people using wheelchairs. All hand-out materials are available in accessible electronic format upon request. A draft program is available, but the call for papers is still open.

When - Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2017
Where - UniSA (University of South Australia), City West Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Cost - $140 to $360


The 2017 Inclusive Education Summit - UniSA

Cricket available to all players

The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) is committed to providing accessible options for all players. Current options include:

  • blind cricket
  • deaf cricket
  • cricket for people with intellectual disability, and
  • entry-level programs for children with disability.

SACA also sends teams to participate in competitions such as the National Cricket Inclusion Championships, where players representing South Australia compete in the blind, deaf and cricketers with an intellectual disability divisions.

Phone SACA's Community Engagement Coordinator, Amy Wiseman, on 8300 3296

A sport for all - SACA

Bowling – Club Strike

Club Strike is a program of Down Syndrome SA. The program encourages friendships and is an activity bowlers can enjoy independently, without parental assistance, increasing their decision-making skills. At the end of the year, trophies are awarded to bowlers who participated regularly throughout the season. The next session is at Westbourne Park on Friday 3 November 2017.

Phone Laura Millbank on 8245 4600

News and Events - Down Syndrome South Australia

Vision Impaired Football

Disability Sports Australia invites you to try Vision Impaired Football. With support from Vision Australia, Blind Sports SA, Royal Society for the Blind and local government, this program will give children and adults living with vision impairment the chance to play the beautiful game.

When – Each Monday from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Where - Marion Leisure & Fitness Centre, corner of Oaklands Road and Rosedale Ave, Morphettville

Phone 0403 703 816

Vision Impaired Football - Disability Sports Australia

Universal Design Forum in Adelaide

The theme of the forum is 'Designing and Building for All'. Topics will include issues related to universal design in planning, the public domain, housing, tourist and recreation venues, and outdoor areas. This forum will provide a valuable exchange of ideas, research and solutions as well as establishing connections and networks for future innovation in universal design in Australia. Recommended for public and private sector, local government, advocacy, and the construction, architecture and design industries.

When - Thursday 26 October 2017
Where – Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost - $495 (early bird) or $590 after 29 September 2017

Universal Design Forum in Adelaide

Taxi voucher scheme for people with disability extended

The state government will extend the South Australian Transport Subsidy Scheme (SATSS) for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants. The extension to mid-2019 will cover all eligible members, even if they have transitioned to the NDIS. SATSS provides members with 80 vouchers for subsidised taxi travel every six months.

Two-year extension to taxi voucher scheme for people with disabilities

Incontinence National Conference

The 26th National Conference on Incontinence will showcase the latest research and practice in the field of incontinence management and continence promotion.

When - 15 to 18 November 2017
Where - Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost - $70 to $980

Phone 07 3851 4298

National Conference on Incontinence

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