Information and resources

Disability information update

Updated 14 Nov 2018.

Accessible music festival

South Australia will welcome its first ever accessible music festival this summer — Sound & Vibes — to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability. Accessibility features will include:

  • an elevated viewing platform
  • ground-level food vendors
  • Auslan interpreters
  • high-visibility signage
  • assistance-dog-friendly areas
  • accessible pathways.

This event is sponsored by the Government of South Australia.

When - Saturday 1 December 2018 from 2.00 pm to 11.00 pm
Where - Adelaide Showground
Cost - $37.50

South Australia welcomes first accessible music festival

IDPwD - Celebrate on the Square

A day of celebration is planned for the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). During the event, over 40 organisations will showcase the products and services they provide to the disability community. Plus, some of Adelaide’s best food trucks will be there to provide a delicious lunch!

When - Friday 30 November 2018 from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm
Where - Victoria Square, Adelaide
Cost - Free

Phone 8429 3223

Save the Date – November 30 - Celebrate on the Square

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)

Celebrations and events for IDPwD will be held nationwide and there are many events in South Australia.

When - Monday 3 December 2018

IDPwD - Event Calendar

Grants for 20-minute disability-focused films

The ABC and Screen Australia have partnered to support and showcase the best of Australia’s next generation of content makers with disability. The DisRupted program aims to fund three or four films, each telling a story that reflects and captures the experience of a person with disability living in Australia today, for the ABC ME audience (ages 8 to 12). DisRupted is specifically about people with disability, by people with disability. Funding is up to $100,000.

Deadline for applications - Wednesday 12 December 2018

DisRupted - ABC ME

‘Focus on Ability’ Films coming to SBS

A one-hour documentary featuring 10 of this year’s ‘Focus on Ability’ finalists will broadcast on television across Australia. The documentary features five Australian films across both school and the open division, as well as entries from Hong Kong, Philippines, England, India and Nepal.

When - Saturday 17 November 2018 from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Where - SBS television

SBS channel guide

Club Cool

Club Cool is an energising, socially inclusive, disability event. No bookings required. This is the last Club Cool for the year.

When - Sunday 18 November 2018 from 11.00 am to 2.15 pm
Where - The Gov (the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel), 59 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Cost - Gold coin entry

Club Cool - Facebook

Come and try surfing

Disabled Surfers Association is hosting a ‘Have A Surf’ day for people of any age who have physical or intellectual impairment. Enjoy getting out in the ocean and catching a wave! Family members, friends and carers are welcome to come and enjoy the afternoon too. Please register when you arrive. There are aqua wheelchairs to give easy access down on to the beach and wetsuits ready to go if it's a bit chilly. The day will finish with a sausage sizzle.

When - Sunday 25 November 2018 from 1.00 pm
Where - Moana Surf Life Saving Club
Cost - Free

Phone Grant Faint on 0432 834 159

Disabled Surfers Association of Australia Inc - South Australia branch

Funding to help older people age well

Applications are open for grants of up to $45,000 to fund equipment, activities and projects that engage older people. Funded projects should contribute to building and maintaining inclusive communities focused on ageing well. Criteria apply.

Phone 8204 2420

Office for the Ageing Community Grants

Resource - Safe Work Instructions

Safe work instructions (SWIs) help you to perform a variety of care activities safely and competently. Clinical experts in disability developed these SWIs to help people with disability, carers, workers and families avoid injury in the home and workplace. Topics include:

  • assisting a person to walk
  • use of a wheelchair
  • use of a stand lifter
  • use of a ceiling hoist
  • use of a slide sheet
  • assisting a person into a vehicle.

Safe work instructions (SWIs) - Department of Human Services

Resource - Accessible Mental Health Services for People with Intellectual Disability

This Australian guide provides an overview of intellectual disability mental health, why accessible services are important, the principles that should guide service delivery, practical strategies for inclusive and accessible services, and the implications for the service system. The guide was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Accessible Mental Health Services for People with Intellectual Disability

Joseph Seridis Trust Fund

The aim of the Trust is to assist people of all ages with physical and multiple disability to meet the cost of equipment that will their enhance daily living, independence and quality of life. Holiday expenses may also be considered. Eligibility criteria apply.

Joseph Seridis Trust Fund

Kurt Fearnley named NSW Australian of the Year 2019

Wheelchair track and road athlete Kurt Fearnley has been named the New South Wales Australian of the Year for 2019. He will represent his state at the national awards in Canberra next year, where the four Australians of the Year will be announced.

Kurt Fearnley named NSW Australian of the Year 2019

NDIS bulletin

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

NDIS bulletin

Older, still current news

Rail line temporary disruptions

There will be late night rail closures on all rail lines on Wednesday 21 November to Wednesday 28 November 2018. Substitute buses will be operating.

In addition, a complete closure of all Adelaide Metro rail lines is planned for the weekend of Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December 2018.

Late night closures for all rail lines - Adelaide Metro

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

Sometimes people need extra support to move from school to employment. SLES is a NDIS support for students with disability. SLES offers individualised support for up to two years after finishing year 12 to help people get ready for work and plan a pathway to employment. The program is tailored to meet individual employment goals.

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) - NDIS

NDIS Commission - new Reportable Incidents requirements

Registered NDIS providers in South Australia must report certain incidents that occur in connection with the delivery of NDIS supports and services to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (the NDIS Commission).

Serious incidents (including allegations) must be reported, including:

  • the death or serious injury of an NDIS participant
  • abuse, assault or neglect of an NDIS participant
  • unlawful physical or sexual contact with an NDIS participant, including grooming of the person for sexual activity
  • the unauthorised use of a restrictive practice in relation to an NDIS participant.

Most reportable incidents must be notified to the NDIS Commission within 24 hours of key personnel being made aware of it. This does not replace existing obligations to report suspected crimes to the police and other relevant authorities. You can ask for support and advice on these obligations.

Phone 1800 035 544

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Parks accessible library open

Features of the new library include a changing place (adult toileting and change facility), the latest in technologies, interactive display screens, a high-tech creative space with the latest software, a children’s area, meeting rooms, quiet spaces, free Wi-Fi, a garden and even some books!

Phone 8405 6550
Address 46 Trafford Street, Angle Park

Park Library - Now Open

New national autism diagnosis

The Federal Government has announced a new national standard for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), improving diagnostic consistency across Australia. The guideline was developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) in consultation with more than 1,000 adults with autism, family members, clinicians and policy-makers. Anyone with autism who is eligible for the NDIS will continue to receive their reasonable and necessary supports.

Ministers welcome national guideline for autism assessment and diagnosis

Have your say - young people with intellectual disability and support workers

The Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP) at Southern Cross University is looking into what helps young people with intellectual disability and support workers in their work together. CCYP are consulting young people and support workers through two online surveys as part of the ARC Linkage project ‘Relationships and Recognition: young people with cognitive disability, relationships and paid support’.

We want to hear from you! - RCYPD

Have your say - NDIS survey

JFA Purple Orange invites NDIS participants (or someone responding on behalf of an NDIS participant) to take part in a survey. The findings will form the basis of a major body of work the agency is undertaking in relation to identifying experiences of NDIS participants as they move along the participant pathway.

Phone 8373 8333

NDIS participant experience survey

Have your say - city and country transport for people with disability

This brief survey from Carers SA is for people who need support with transport, and their support workers and staff (including government workers). The survey asks about specific transport needs, assesses interest in a vehicle pool, and invites comments and suggestions.


Carers SA - Transport and Care Initiative Survey

Have your say - Vision Australia survey on social media

Do you live with blindness or low vision and use social media? Take this short, eight-question survey to tell Vision Australia what helps you connect with the community.

Vision Australia social media survey

Have your say - The National Arts and Disability Strategy

Have your say about access and participation in the arts sector for people with disability, including people who are Deaf. Face-to-face consultation will be held as well as an online survey. This is your chance to share your ideas on what prevents or supports participation in the arts.

Online survey - National Arts and Disability Strategy

Competition - Down Syndrome Australia Logo

Down Syndrome Australia is inviting people with Down syndrome from all over the world to help design a logo for the World Down Syndrome Congress coming to Brisbane in 2022.

Deadline for entries - Friday 30 November 2018

WDSC 2022 Logo Competition - Down Syndrome Australia

Report - A Future Without Violence

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a report about how to prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings. The report is also available in Easy Read.

A Future Without Violence (2018) - Australian Human Rights Commission

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc

TADSA is able to help more people needing technical solutions. If you have clients in need of non-commercial equipment or aids, in metropolitan or country regions, get in touch. TADSA is registered to provide supports for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants.

Phone 8261 2922

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc newsletter

Come and Try Golf

Empower Golf Australia is hosting ‘Come and Try Golf’ clinics for people living with disability. These clinics introduce people to golf for the first time, or reintroduce players to the game after accident or illness. Players of all abilities have the opportunity to try golf and adaptive equipment on the practise area. Expert tuition will be on hand to ensure everyone gets the most out of the day.

When - Friday 16 November 2018 from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm (Other dates are available in November)
Where - North Adelaide Golf Club, North Adelaide.


Come and Try Golf

Conference and celebration for people living with disability

‘Our Lives, Our Say’ is a conference to celebrate the leadership and voice of people living with disability in South Australia. Run for and by people living with disability, the conference program will showcase the issues and achievements reported by South Australians living with disability in pursuit of a fair go, and conclude with entertainment and Christmas cheer.

When - Thursday 6 December 2018 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Where - Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost - Entry is free, but you must book, and cancellation fees apply if you do not attend.

Phone JFA Purple Orange on 8373 8333

Inaugural Noske Conference: Our Lives, Our Say

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has announced its Terms of Reference. The experiences of young people with disability living in aged care will be included. The Commissioners are required to provide an interim report by 31 October 2019, and a final report by 30 April 2020. The website has information about how to make a submission or attend a hearing.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Medical alarm upgrade offer

NBN Co (National Broadband Network) is offering eligible unmonitored medical alarm users the opportunity to upgrade to a new alarm at a reduced price to support their household’s move to the NBN. All new alarms provided under the offer have built-in battery backup and can operate over their mobile network if a user’s NBN connection is affected by a power outage. Eligibility criteria apply.

Unmonitored medical alarm upgrade offer

Australian Guardianship and Administration Council (AGAC) conference

The theme of the conference is ‘Upholding rights, preventing abuse and promoting autonomy’. This conference is for:

  • people with disability
  • practitioners in the health, guardianship, elder abuse and social services sectors
  • policy-makers
  • lawyers
  • academics.

Early bird registration available.

When - Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March 2019
Where - Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
Cost - $395 to $775.

Phone (02) 9265 0700

Australian Guardianship and Administration Council conference

Emergency toolkit supports people with disability to prepare for natural disasters

The Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP) tool was prepared in New South Wales and is aimed at community health and disability providers. The tool helps workers discuss emergency preparedness with the people they support. There are several videos and a PDF guide.

Collaborating 4 Inclusion

National Redress Scheme available in Easy Read

The Australian government has released an Easy Read document about the National Redress Scheme. The scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It aims to provide support to people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of an institution.

You may find the content in the website causes distress. If you would like to talk to a professional with experience in trauma, you can find a service by clicking on the Support Services button at the top of each page on the National Redress Scheme website.

You can also phone the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377

National Redress Scheme - Information for people applying (Easy Read version)

Resource - Easy Read guide for women about violence and abuse

Women with Disabilities Victoria has created ‘Our Right to Safety and Respect – Guidelines for developing resources with women with disabilities about safety from violence and abuse’. The resource includes video and print resources, designed to be used together for discussion and education.

Phone (03) 9286 7800

Safeguards Project - Our Right to Safety and Respect

Disability Engagement Group

The Disability Engagement Group is a way that people with a lived experience of disability can provide independent advice to inform South Australian policy and program development. Interested? Read on!

Disability engagement and consultation - DHS

News for service providers

To receive more of the latest disability information, why not register for the DHS News for the SA disability sector?

Future changes to disability and aged care services - DHS

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