Information and resources

Disability information update

Updated 10 Jul 2018.

Disability Employment Forum – live stream

This forum will discuss systemic barriers to employment and effective strategies to increase employment and career development for people with disability. Helpful resources and programs will be identified.

When - Friday 13 July 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Where - Attendance is by live stream (webinar).

Phone 8415 4368

Achieving an Inclusive Public Sector: Disability Employment Forum

Club Cool

Club Cool is an energising, socially inclusive, disability event. No bookings required.

When - Sunday 15 July 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 at the Gov - Facebook

Have your say – Disability and Women’s Forum survey

Have your say about health, housing, safety and wellbeing, as these topics relate to women with disability. The survey follows on from a recent forum hosted by the Disability Policy Unit and the Office for Women, both agencies of the Department of Human Services. The survey is open to all women with disability, and to men and women who want to contribute by adding their experience as a person who supports women with disability. To receive a survey in hard copy, phone 1300 786 117.

Deadline for responses - Friday 20 July 2018

Phone Yvette Gray on 8415 4378

Disability and Women's Forum Survey - Health, Housing, Safety and Wellbeing

Presentation - Making pain a national health priority

In conjunction with Pain Awareness Week, the University of Adelaide will host a Health Matters discussion, presented by Carol Bennett, CEO of Pain Australia. Pain is one of the leading causes of illness and disability, and remains the most common reason people seek medical help. One in five Australians lives with chronic pain (including adolescents and children).

When - Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Where - University of Adelaide Flentje Lecture Theatre, Barr Smith South Building, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost - Free

Health Matters: The politics of pain: making pain a national health priority

Have your say - Paediatric multilingual speech pathology services

All paediatric speech pathologists living in Australia who work with children under 12 are invited to complete this survey. The purpose of this study is to gather insights about your experience in working with monolingual children and multilingual children who either speak a common language to you, or do not speak a common language to you. The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete. This study has approval from The University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC number: 2018/414).

Deadline for responses - Friday 31 August 2018

Phone Dr Natalie Munro on  02 9351 9696

One world, many words: A survey of paediatric speech pathology services in Australia and Hong Kong

Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo 2018

This expo is the largest event in the South Australian disability sector. This one-day event offers opportunity for the South Australian community to have access to the latest in information, technology, equipment, recreation, vehicle modifications, support services and more. Registrations for exhibitors now open!

When - Thursday 27 September 2018 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Where - Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Wayville
Cost - Gold coin donation

Phone 8168 8702

Disability Ageing and Lifestyle Expo, My Life My Choice

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

The aim of the fund is to support both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with disabilities to participate in both formal and informal education programs through small grants. Eligibility criteria apply.

Deadline for applications - 30 September 2018

Phone Frank Hall-Bentick on 03 9429 4210

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

Tax help for people on low incomes

You may be eligible for the Tax Help program if you need help lodging your tax return and your income is around $60,000 or less. Tax Help is a network of trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax. You will need to have a myGov account linked to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); volunteers can help you with this too. Tax Help is available from July to October in all capital cities and many regional areas across Australia. Conditions apply.

Phone 13 28 61

Tax help program

Regional parks with accessible features

If you’re planning your mid-year getaway in South Australia there can be lots of things to consider, and accessibility might be one of them. Plan a smooth trip with this list of regional parks that have accessible features.

Regional parks with accessible features

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission - easy read

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has begun operating in South Australia. The Commission has produced several Easy Read documents in PDF for workers and NDIS participants. The documents explain the purpose and scope of the Commission’s work.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission - Easy Read information

Healthy Mind focus group - participants sought

Black Dog Institute is seeking mental health workers, carers and support workers to evaluate an online tool to help with anxiety and depression for people with mild intellectual disability. The Institute has received funding from the NSW Ministry of Health to design, build and test a pilot program. To test the pilot they are looking for volunteers to provide feedback about its accessibility, usability and feasibility.

Healthy Mind focus group: participant information and registration of interest

Autism SA Workshops

Early Days is a series of free workshops for parents, grandparents, and families of young children (0 to 6 years) who have Autism Spectrum Disorder or who are going through the assessment and diagnostic process. These workshops are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

Phone Emma Bennett on 8462 0658

Autism SA Early Days

Orana newsletter

The latest issue of Oranability is now available from the Orana website.

Orana newsletter

Minda newsletter

The latest issue of Vocal Point is now available from the Minda website.

Minda newsletter

Carers SA has moved

Carers SA offices at Royal Park and Wayville have closed. Please update your records.

The new address is 338 Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton.
The phone number is still 1800 242 636.

Older, still current news

Have your say - Adults on the autism spectrum interacting with police

This study will gather information from adults on the autism spectrum and their families about the nature of their interactions with the police in Australia, and investigate how traits of autism may affect these interactions. Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia) will use the findings to see if there is a need to improve the ways in which police in Australia interact with people on the autism spectrum. The study is via an online survey and an optional personal interview. The study is approved by Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval reference no. GU 2018/109) and Aspect Research Approvals (#1806A).

Deadline for survey - 30 July 2018

The Views of Adults on the Autism Spectrum and their Families Regarding their Interactions with Police in Australia

Have your say — school transport under the NDIS

Supported school transport is provided to some children and young people with disability so that they can travel to and from school. Currently, supported school transport is delivered by state and territory governments, and arrangements differ in each jurisdiction. As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out, the government would like to know whether current arrangements for supported school transport should continue or whether the potential model for supported school transport could work under the NDIS.

Phone 8226 2235 or 8226 9852

Deadline for submissions - Friday 20 July 2018.

Department of Social Services - current consultations

Living with chronic pain

Come along for a morning tea and chat with Arthritis SA to discuss why chronic pain and acute pain are different. Look at the different techniques that can be used to better manage chronic pain from arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions in daily life.

When - Friday 27 July 2018 from 10.30 am to 12 noon
Where - Grenville Community Connections Hub, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
Cost - $4

Living with chronic pain - Morning tea with Arthritis SA

Have your say — older carers of adults with intellectual disability

Flinders University is researching the service and support requirements of people aged 55 and over caring for adults with intellectual disability. Previous research has found that older carers want to plan for the future but face certain barriers. This is a chance for carers to identify which assistance, resources or programs would be most helpful to them. Participation is via a focus group of about 10 people for approximately 60 minutes. Carers will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles voucher and cab vouchers to assist with transport. This research is supported by SA Health and has received ethics approval from the Flinders University Ethics Committee.

Phone Irene Belperio on 0478 129 766

Deadline for registration - Friday 14 September 2018.

JFA Noske Christmas Fund – applications open

The JFA Noske Christmas Fund distributes grants of up to $200 to assist eligible adults living with physical disability, acquired brain injury or degenerative neurological disorder, to celebrate Christmas. Eligible recipients have received grant assistance for various personal items, including mini-break holidays, electrical goods, presents for loved ones, clothing, food for Christmas day and more. Eligibility criteria apply.

Phone Katie Bonner on 8373 8333

Deadline for applications - Friday 31 August 2018.

Julia Farr Trust Funds, including JFA Noske Christmas Fund

Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc

TADSA helps people needing technical solutions, non-commercial equipment or aids, in metropolitan or country regions. TADSA is registered to provide supports for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants.

Phone TADSA on 8261 2922

TADSA newsletter

NDIS pricing arrangements

From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will start to implement the first set of recommendations from the Independent Price Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pricing arrangements. To ensure participants are not adversely impacted by this price increase and that they can purchase their reasonable and necessary supports, the price limit changes will be accompanied by automatic updates to participant budgets and service bookings. These adjustments will reflect the additional costs that each individual participant will face as a result of the increases in price limits.

Independent Pricing Review - NDIS

NDIS bulletin

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

NDIS bulletins

Auslan interpreters must be shown on broadcasts

FreeTV, the industry body representing Australia’s commercial free-to-air television licensees, has changed its Advisory Notes regarding emergency information broadcasts:

‘Where an Auslan interpreter is present at a news conference, official briefing regarding an emergency, or a public announcement of national significance and other events, licensees will include the Auslan interpreter in the frame…licensees will take all reasonable steps to ensure that interpreters are included in the camera shot and in a manner where they can be clearly seen.’

If you see an Auslan interpreter cut out of a television broadcast, you can advise FreeTV or Deaf Australia.

Text Deaf Australia on 0458 256 796

FreeTV - Advisory Notes

New disability legislation passed

State parliament has passed important legislation that will help to ensure South Australians living with disability have equal access to all sectors of the community. The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 sets a framework for greater access and inclusion for people with disability to a range of community activities and services, such as public transport, the health system, and education. Under the Act, state and local governments will develop and implement disability access and inclusion plans (DAIPs), which will make sure people with disability have the same rights as other members of the community.

Disability Inclusion Act 2018 - South Australian Legislation

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award – nominations open

Family carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends living with disability, illness or who are frail aged. The Carer Achievement Award recognises a South Australian family carer who has not only provided substantial long-term care, but who has also worked to improve the recognition, services and supports for other carers. Criteria apply.

Deadline for nominations - Wednesday 1 August 2018

Awards Australia - South Australian Community Achievement Awards

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Rules, Explanatory Statements and NDIS (Quality Indicators) Guidelines are now available.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Quality Indicators) Guidelines 2018 - Federal Register of Legislation

Joseph Seridis Trust Fund

The Joseph Seridis Trust Fund aims to assist people of all ages with physical and multiple disabilities by meeting the cost of equipment associated with enhancing daily living, independence and quality of life. Holiday expenses may also be considered. Eligibility criteria apply.

Joseph Seridis Trust Fund

Melbourne Disability Institute

Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI), established by the University of Melbourne, facilitates interdisciplinary research to improve the lives of people with disability, carers and families. MDI was launched on 28 May 2018. You can sign up for the MDI newsletter to receive updates on disability research, planning and opportunities to engage.

Melbourne Disability Institute

Kids and Youth Disability Expo

The KYD-X Expo focuses on the services and products available for people with disability under 25 years.

When - Saturday 13 October 2018 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Where - Priceline Stadium, Mile End
Cost - Entry is by gold coin donation

KYD-X Expo

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is a new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. The Commission began operating in South Australia, and controlling registration of service providers, from 1 July 2018. The Commission also manages complaints about service providers.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

AFL for everyone

AllPlay Footy provides practical information to ensure every child can enjoy the national game. AllPlay’s mission is to break down the barriers faced by children with developmental challenges and disability. By visiting the AllPlay website, you can access practical tips, strategies, and videos for coaches, clubs, health professionals, parents and players, which encourage and teach inclusivity.

AllPlay Footy

NDIS - Psychosocial Disability

From 1 July 2018, people with psychosocial disability can qualify for the NDIS. Psychosocial disabilities are disabilities born from a mental health issue. There are eligibility criteria for those who enter the NDIS including age, residency, and disability requirements. People with a psychosocial disability must have:

  • a mental health condition that impacts on their day-to-day life
  • a permanent or likely-to-be permanent disability as a result of their mental health condition
  • an expectation that they will require ongoing support.

The NDIS has prepared a page full of resources on psychosocial disability and how to apply.

NDIS - Psychosocial disability

New disability information website

The Disability Australia Hub is a new gateway to disability knowledge, advocacy and information resources. Launched in May 2018, the Hub was created by the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) in partnership with the Information Access Group. The project was funded by the NDIA in the first round of ILC national readiness grants. The website connects readers with news and disability organisations around the country.

Disability Australia Hub

AAC Conference

Registration is open for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) conference. The conference theme is AACcess All Areas. The special focus of the ISAAC Conference is the Asia-Pacific Region. Early Bird rates have been extended to 14 March 2018.

When - 21 to 26 July 2018
Where - Gold Coast, Queensland


International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2018 conference

Training - Working with people with disabilities in remote and Indigenous communities

This two-day workshop from the Centre for Remote Health will give you the skills you need to provide quality care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and their communities. The course is designed for allied health professionals, nurses, disability workers, primary health care and related workers.

When - Wednesday 1 August and Thursday 2 August 2018
Where - Adelaide
Cost - $425


Working with People with Disabilities in Remote and Indigenous Communities

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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