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Consultations, Submissions & Expressions of Interest

- Guardianship Law Reform Consultation
- Inquiry into Disability Care and Support Consultation
- What does the NDIS mean for Women with Disabilties Consultation
- Have Your Say on Wheelchair Labelling
- Human Rights and Disability Audit
- Are you a Young Person with a Disability who has been Involved in a Great Volunteering Placement?

Guardianship Law Reform Consultation

When: Wednesday 13 April, 10.30am–12.30pm
Where: Victorian Law Reform Commission, Level 3, 333 Queen Street, Melbourne

As part of the review process, consultations were held in 2010 throughout Victoria. Advocates who support people with disabilities in relation to guardianship and administration issues, or other matters related to people’s decision-making rights and needs were able to provide valuable information.

The Commission has now published their findings and will be calling for response to this paper through submissions and consultation sessions.

The Consultation Paper is available on the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s website: Consultation Paper or a copy can be requested by phoning 1300 666 555. Summary and easy English versions are available from DARU.

A light lunch will be provided
RSVP by Monday 4 April

Phone: 9639 5807
Email: admin@daru.org.au

Inquiry into Disability Care and Support

When: Tuesday 5 April 2011, 9am-5pm
Where: Amora Hotel, Bridge Room, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme. Public hearings provide an opportunity for people to present submissions and discuss the Draft report with the Commissioners in person.

The hearing may run for more than one day.

Register Online or advise via phone/email:

Roberta Bausch
Phone: (02) 6240 3221
Email: disability-support@pc.gov.au

What Does the NDIS Mean for Women with Disabilities?

When: Monday 11 April, 1pm–4pm
Where: Level 8/255 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and Women With Disabilities Victoria are inviting women with disabilities to a forum in Melbourne to hear their thoughts on the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Further information:
NDIS Forum Flyer (.PDF)

RSVP by Thursday 7 April 2011

Shirley or Carolyn
Phone: (03) 6244 8288
Email: wwda@wwda.org.au

Have your Say on Wheelchair Labelling

The ME 067 Standards Committee – Mobility Appliances for People with a Disability are reviewing the AS/NZ 3696 part 19, looking at wheelchairs being used as seats in vehicles.

In America they use labels on the wheelchairs to inform people that these chairs have met the standards and are safe to be used in a vehicle. There is also a draft European Standard EN 12183 that requires labelling for chairs not suitable for use in motor vehicles.

This is an opportunity for people who use wheelchairs to contribute to a standards review.

Responses are being sought for the following key questions:
1. Would you like to know before you purchase/have provided a wheelchair whether it is suitable to ride in as a seat in a car/taxi?
2. Would a label (12mm x 80mm) indicating whether the chair meets safety standards for such use be okay on all new chairs, to help you and those tying down the chair?

Replies and any other comments can be sent to:

Email: Yvonne.Duncan@yooralla.com.au

Human Rights and Disability Audit

Participants Required for Human Rights and Disability Audit

RMIT and La Trobe University with a number of other partners including VCOSS are looking to recruit participants for a research study designed to develop a monitoring tool to measure the human rights of people with a disability.

The study is looking for people with disability who would like to take part by being interviewed. You need not be on the Disability Support Register, in fact, we are particularly keen to interview people who do not receive funded services. It is anticipated that 120 people with disabilities will be interviewed and the research team will be employing interviewers with a disability to undertake this work.

Expressions of Interest:
Required by Monday, 4 April 2011

Paul Ramcharan
Australian Centre for Human Rights Education
RMIT University
Phone: 9925 3084
Email: paul.ramcharan@rmit.edu.au

Are you a Young Person with a Disability who has been Involved in a Great Volunteering Placement?

YDAS is completing a project which focuses on the experiences of young people with disabilities volunteering.

We are looking to do short interviews with young people (aged 12-25) with disabilities who are engaged/have recently been part of great volunteering placements with organisations that were supportive and inclusive.

These interviews will appear online as part of Victoria’s new volunteering portal. A great hub for all things volunteering at Victoria's Volunteering Portal

We would also love to make contact with those who are placing the school students with disabilities in volunteer roles – if you could pass on those contacts that would be great. – we are looking for ‘younger’ young people for our steering committee also, so there may be some other opportunities for the students to link up with us.

Expressions of Interest:
Phone: 9267 3712
Email: ydasprojects@yacvic.org.au

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