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Scholarship Opportunity for the 2019 ASID Conference

The Australian Society for Intellectual Disability is offering scholarships to people with an intellectual disability who require financial assistance to attend the 2019 ASID Conference in Adelaide. To be eligible for a scholarship you must: Identify as having an intellectual disability Live in Australia or New Zealand Need support to pay for accommodation and/or travel […]

Help us End Supported Independent Living

Sign our Petition #FixtheNDIS #MyLifeNoSILS #SayNotoSILS Sign Here According to the NDIS website Supported Independent Living (SIL) “is help with and/or supervision of daily tasks to develop the skills of an individual to live as independently as possible. These are the supports provided to a participant in their home, regardless of property ownership, and can be […]

Your input needed: the implementation of the Queensland Human Rights Act

On 27 February 2019, the state Government passed Queensland’s Human Rights Act. The Act protects 23 rights, including the right to privacy and home, access to education and health services, cultural rights, and more, and is expected to commence on 1 January 2020.  We are gathering information from community organisations, peak bodies and service providers about […]

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QAI Response to Proposed Reform on Tendency and Coincidence Evidence

30/4/19 – QAI has broken down our support on the proposed reforms and you can see our full submission to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General here.

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Fitness to Plead or Stand Trial Submission by QAI

QAI’s Recommendations to the Tasmania Law Reform Institute QAI supports and recommends to this inquiry the 2014 position of the Australian Law Reform Commission (‘ALRC’): that the test for fitness should be reformed consistently with the National Decision-Making Principles. People with intellectual impairments are capable of making decisions about their own lives.   Intellectual impairment on […]

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Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Qld) Submission by QAI

Introduction The Disability Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Qld) (DSLA Bill), a Government Bill to amend, chiefly, the Disability Services Act 2006 (Qld) (DSA), arises from a state-wide legislative review in anticipation of full NDIS roll-out, and commencement of operation of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission in Queensland, by 1 July 2019. […]

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The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health Submission by QAI

Introduction The focus of this inquiry is on the link between mental health and economic participation, productivity and growth. The Productivity Commission Issues Paper (Issues Paper) notes that mental health is a key driver of economic participation and productivity in Australia, with the potential to impact incomes and living standards as well as social engagement […]

NDIS Appeals Advocacy funding commitment to deal with backlog of complaints

Media release 28 March 2019 The decision by the Federal Government to maintain the current level of funding for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) appeals advocacy, rather than proceed with proposed cuts, in the upcoming financial year is good news for advocacy organisations already struggling to meet demand. The proposed cuts were based on a […]

Prime Minister skimps on Royal Commission

MEDIA RELEASE 1 March 2019 Prime Minister skimps on abuse of people with disability: The Disability Royal Commission must not be delayed The further political posturing around the long overdue Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability is deplorable. Leading disability advocacy organisation Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) has called for a […]

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Media Release – Qld passes Human Rights Bill

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated    MEDIA RELEASE   27 February 2019 For immediate release   Rights ON Queensland! High Score for Queensland Human Rights Protection The Queensland Government made history today, passing legislation protecting the human rights of all Queenslanders.  The Human Rights Bill, passed in Parliament this afternoon, protects 23 fundamental human rights and establishes […]