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News and events

Young people with disabilities have something to say

George Taleporos, Manager of the Youth Disability Advocacy Service and a freelance consultant in disability awareness, writes in the ABC's Ramp up about the importance of listening to young people with disability about their aspirations and the issues they face. Original article

Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005

On 1 August 2012, Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins, Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, released the Report on the Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005, and the Australian Government Response to the Review. Original article

Call for Mental Health to Be Part of NDIS

The Chair of the newly formed National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), Professor Allan Fels, has called for mental health to be included in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Original article

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) news

The NDIS features prominently in the news, with debate at a recent COAG meeting on how it is funded, and the launch of the scheme in 2 states yesterday. More information

Nursing homes not good for disabled youths

Younger people with physical and cognitive disabilities should be spared living in nursing homes, according to new research from Summer Foundation, an advocacy group. Original article

National Youth Disability Conference

The first National Youth Disability Conference scheduled for 24 & 25 September 2012 will bring together young people with disabilities, peak bodies, representative organisations, and passionate workers and researchers in the field, from across Australia. Original article

Australian Social Trends - data from the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics produces regular reports on a variety of social trends. This issue includes information on children and young people with disability, and participation in sports or dancing activities by children and young people.  Original article

Policy information 


Report on Schools Disability Advisory Council meetings
The Schools Disability Advisory Council provides advice and information to Government in relation to school education programs and initiatives for students with disability. The Council held its Inaugural Meeting on 14 February 2012. A second meeting was held on 12 April 2012.  

Disability support and services in Australia 
The Parliamentary Library provides an outline of services across the country, along with definitions and statistics. Information gathered in 2008. 

The Functioning and Disability Unity
The Unit sits within the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW) and is responsible for monitoring and reporting on trends in disability.


Review of the Tasmanian Government’s Disability Framework for Action 2005-2010
The Framework for Action builds on work already undertaken to address the rights of people with disabilities and acknowledges the foundations developed by the disability sector over many years, including the outcomes of the 1981 International Year of the Disabled Person and the subsequent human rights legislative frameworks adopted at both state and national levels. It also recognises current international negotiations to develop a convention on the rights of people with disabilities.

The Framework complements action already being taken across Government to achieve a new vision for Tasmania through Tasmania Together and strategies arising from the disability sector reform process.

Organisations and programs

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission is the new name of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. The Commission was established in 1986 by an act of the federal Parliament. We are an independent statutory organisation and report to the federal Parliament through the Attorney-General. 

Website: www.hreoc.gov.au 

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is Australia's national agency for health and welfare statistics and information. 

Website: www.aihw.gov.au

Children with Disability Australia

Children with Disability Australia (CDA) is the national peak body which represents children and young people (aged 0-25) with disability and their families.

Website: www.cda.org.au 

National Disability Services (NDS)

NDS is the Australian peak body for non-government disability services. Through the provision of information, representation and policy advice, NDS promotes and advances services which support people with all forms of disability to participate in all domains of life.

Website: www.nds.org.au/

Siblings Australia

Siblings Australia is a unique national organisation committed to providing support for brothers and sisters of people with special needs; including disability, chronic illness and mental health issues. 

Website: www.siblingsaustralia.org.au 

Working Alongside People with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

WWILD works with people with intellectual and learning disabilities that have experienced or at risk of experiencing sexual violence or have become a victim of crime. 

Website: http://www.wwild.org/ 

Youth Disability Advocacy Service

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is raising voices, expanding choices and creating change for young people with disabilities in Victoria, Australia. YDAS is a service of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). We are funded by the Office for Disability. 

Website: www.ydas.org.au 

Young people in education and training 2011

This publication from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research provides a summary of statistics relating to young people aged 15 to 19 years who participated in an education and training activity during 2011. Original article

11 Dec 2012

Leaving Care: Strengthening support services for dual clients of Child Protection and Youth Justice

A recently-published study by researchers at Monash University looked at the inter-agency processes of Child Protection and Youth Justice systems in Victoria for state wards at the critical juncture of leaving care. Original article

11 Dec 2012

NT Youth Affairs Network loses funding

Northern Territory Office of Children and Families has stopped funding for NTYAN, a network of over 2000 people and organisations.  Original article

11 Dec 2012

Socio-Economic Impact of Eating Disorders

The Butterfly Foundation says the Paying the Price Report is the first of its kind for eating disorder in Australia, identifying prevalence, financial costs, and the productivity and societal impact of the many Australians suffering these mental illnesses. Original article

11 Dec 2012

Young people with diabetes forgetting to monitor blood sugar

A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has shown that those aged 19 to 24 years, with both Type 1 and 2 diabetes, are less likely to track their glucose levels than other age groups. Original article

11 Dec 2012

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