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QAI Intervention Statement to the United Nations

QAI made an intervention to the 15th Conference of States Parties (CoSP) General Debate, highlighting our concerns regarding risks to people with disability in closed environments and the inherent inability of closed environments to keep people safe from Covid-19...

Spirit of Queensland Accessibility Engagement Project

The Spirit of Queensland is a regional rail service providing five return services a week between Brisbane and Cairns. They are seeking participants with a lived experience of disability, carers for people with lived experience of disability and/or advocates from the...

Draft Guidelines on Deinstitutionalisation

At the 15th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), QAI learned about the CRPD Committee’s Draft Guidelines on Deinstitutionalisation, including in emergencies. These guidelines are very welcome...

Information and Referral Officer

About us Queensland Advocacy for Inclusion (QAI) is an independent advocacy organisation whose purpose is to advocate for the protection and advancement of the needs, rights and lives of people with disability in Queensland. We do this by engaging in systemic advocacy...

Disability aware OPCAT monitoring: a COVID imperative

Australian online side event to the 15th CoSP to the CRPD   Event Details Date - 17/16/2022Time - 8:00 am - 9:00 am (AEST)Location - Online People with disability are over-represented in all sites of detention and are at greater risk of experiencing torture and...

Response to DRC Chair Statement on Inclusive Education

While the Australian Civil Society Delegation is in New York attending the 15th Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the opening statement from Public Hearing 24 on inclusive education has been...

New Reconciliation Action Plan

On Wednesday 1 June, during Reconciliation Action Week for 2022, QAI marked the occassion with the release of our new Reconciliation Action Plan for 2022 to 2026, featuring the artwork by Uncle Paul Calcott which we commissioned last year. We look forward to working...

Call for Volunteers

About us Pathways, a new service operated by Queensland Advocacy for Inclusion (QAI), was created to assist Queenslanders with disability, their families, friends, and carers to find disability advocacy support based on their needs and location, ending the need for...

Appealing an NDIS Internal Review Decision

Don’t agree with your NDIS Internal Review decision? What are the next steps? 1. Lodge appeal If you would like to appeal the decision, you need to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The application to the Tribunal must be done within 28 days of the...

Announcing Our Name Change

After 34 years of being known as Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, at last year's Annual General Meeting our Management Committee and members voted to change our name to Queensland Advocacy for Inclusion. We know many are familiar with us by the acronym QAI, which is...

COVID-19, Disability and the Law Resource

With the help of law firm Minter Ellison, we have put together this resource to help people with disability understand their legal rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can view the booklet via the link below. PDF version  

Review of Administration & Guardianship Orders

Understand the review process for a Guardianship and Administration Orders made by QCAT.  You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet Word fact sheet  

Disability Discrimination

Understand what disability discrimination is, what protections there are for people with disability and what the process is for making a complaint about discrimination based on a persons disability. You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet Word...

Restrictive Practices

Understand what restrictive practices are and when they are used. You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet Word fact sheet

Public Trustee Complaint

Understand what the process is for making a complaint about the Public Trustee and what the options are if you are unhappy with the outcome of a complaint. You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet Word fact sheet  

Human Rights Complaint

Understand what human rights are, which ones are protected in Queensland, who you can make a complaint against and what making a complaint can achieve. You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet Word fact sheet  

Guardianship

Understand what a guardianship order for is and how it works. You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet  Word fact sheet

Guardianship for Restrictive Practices

Understand what guardianship for restrictive practices is and how it works. You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet Word fact sheet

Capacity

Understand what capacity is, who decides if you have capacity, what happens if you do not have capacity and how you can prove you do have capacity.  You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet Word fact sheet

Administration

Understand what administration for adults is and how it works. You can read the fact sheet at the link below: PDF fact sheet Word fact sheet

QAI and ATSILS call for inquiry into school disciplinary absences

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) and The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Limited (ATSILS) are publicly calling upon the Queensland Human Rights Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the use of school disciplinary absences in...

Queensland’s restrictive practices laws

QAI considers the use of restrictive practices to infringe the fundamental human rights of people with disability. Restrictive practices are used as a form of behaviour control, applied to individuals considered to be exhibiting ‘behaviours of concern’. There are...

Open letter calling for urgent action on Covid-19

QAI stands with our allies in calling for urgent action to prioritise access for Queenslanders with disability to vital health and safety measures during this critical time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Together with Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), Health...

Religious Discrimination Bill 2021

QAI made a submission on the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. QAI is deeply concerned about the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021...

Institutional Economic Neglect

In July 2021, QAI provided a submission on the Purpose, Intent and Adequacy of the Disability Support Pension to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee inquiry. In December 2021, QAI provided this submission to the Disability Royal Commission as evidence of...

QAI concerned regarding proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2021

As we celebrate Human Rights Week 2021, QAI is deeply concerned about the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 currently before Parliament and its potential consequences for people with disability and other minority groups. The Bill’s purpose is to prohibit...

QAI supports new National Disability Strategy

New Australian Disability Strategy Welcomed By Leading Disability Representative Organisations Alongside Australia’s peak disability representative organisations, QAI supports the new Australian Disability Strategy 2021–2031 which was released today by the Australian...