Disability Royal Commission hands down interim report

People with disability are more likely to feel unsafe in their homes, according to the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

The Royal Commission has already heard that violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with a disability occurs across a range of residential settings, and more particularly in group homes where they can be deprived of choice.

The Royal Commission is to make further inquiries into measures to improve the conditions and safety of those living in supported accommodation, alternatives to group homes and forms of redress for those who have been subjected to abuse while residing in supported accommodation.

For a great summary of the 561 page Interim Report, see this article by DSC, or visit to the Commission’s website.

Establishing and Managing SDA Residencies

CHIA Vic is holding a facilitated members’ forum to discuss issues and leading practice in the management of NDIS funded Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

Facilitated by MC Two’s Joseph Connellan, the session will be driven by issues raised by members and will be an opportunity for peer learning so come prepared to get involved in the discussion.

Please let us know in advance what you would like to cover by contacting Joseph Connellan or Jason Perdriau.

This free, online member forum will be held on December 7 from 9:30am to noon.

Register here.

Why you need to care about the care economy

Images of jobs and the economy are overwhelmed by pictures of hard hats, half built bridges and tunnels, and even freshly built submarines and naval vessels. Our imaginations are full of jobs “for the boys”. Yet the fastest growing part of the economy is the care economy that is dominated by women: jobs in health care and social assistance are now the largest industry segment, by a long way. And they are tipped to grow just as rapidly in the years ahead. These jobs don’t just include work in hospitals and health care centres. They also involve work in disability, aged care, child care, family services, mental health services, and so on. Critically, they also involve the social housing sector.

This training session on the care economy is vital for managers and directors, and aspiring leaders, who will discover how to think strategically about their organisation…including recruitment and retention.

The session will be led by David Hayward, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and the Social Economy  at RMIT University.

Click here for details and to book.

Details:
Wed 1 April 2020

9.30 AM – 11 AM  
CHIA Vic, 1/128 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

NDIS learning portal

The Department of Health and Human Services has released Get NDIS Ready, a new learning portal with free access to learning modules.

The portal has been developed as part of Keeping Our Sector Strong – Victoria’s NDIS Workforce plan.

Read more

VCOSS inclusion breakfast

VCOSS is holding a free training session on Tuesday, November 19, for CEOs, Board Members and Executives of disability organisations that will explore how to be more inclusive of people with disability at the board/committee level.

The session, run by Christina Ryan, CEO and Founder of the Disability Leadership Institute will cover:

• The importance of disability diversity on your board
• Throwing merit out the window
• Making inclusion work
• What do I do next? – Finding new board members.

Breakfast will be served at 7.30am, and the workshop will begin at 8am.

Register by Monday, November 11.

 

Rental law change to SDA go live

New provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 came into effect on 1 July 2019, covering specialist disability accommodation (SDA) rental arrangements.

Within six months of the new laws coming into effect, SDA residents and SDA providers must have one of the following agreements in place:

• a residential tenancy agreement (which gives the resident the same rights as anyone renting a standard rental property), or
• an SDA residency agreement (which gives the resident extra rights and protections).
SDA residents and SDA providers in Victoria do not need to do anything now.

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) has set up a dedicated help line on 1300 40 43 19 to assist with SDA queries.

To keep up to date, subscribe to SDA email updates or view CAV’s Specialist disability accommodation page.