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Public Trustee – Fees and Charges review

In August 2021, The Public Trustee of Queensland commenced a review of its Fees and Charges. QAI assists many people with disability whose financial affairs are managed by the Public Trustee. Whilst the Public Trustee states that its vision is to protect the dignity...

Vilification and people with disability

Some people with disability experience vilification and harassment on the basis of their disability. This includes physical and verbal abuse and can be perpetrated by strangers, groups or people known to them. Whilst disability is a leading cause of discrimination, it...

Coercive Control

QAI made a submission to the Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce regarding the proposals to legislate against coercive control and create a standalone domestic violence offence. QAI is deeply concerned about the disproportionate rates of violence and abuse affecting...

NDIS Amendment (Improving Supports for At Risk Participants) Bill 2021

QAI made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Improving Supports for At Risk Participants) Bill 2021. QAI has been concerned for some time about the ability of the NDIS Quality...

National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney

QAI made a submission to the Attorney-General's Department regarding the proposed National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney. QAI agrees that a National Register of Enduring Power of Attorneys ('EPOAs) would assist in reducing financial abuse, in particular, the...

Disability Support Pension

QAI made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee on their inquiry into the Disability Support Pension (DSP) and its purpose, intent and adequacy. QAI considers that the DSP in its current form has lost its purpose, is unreasonable in its...

QAI Joins Disability Coalition Open Letter on Vaccine Rollout

Queensland Advocacy Inc. is part of a coalition of more than 60 disability organisations which is calling on all Australian governments to take immediate action to protect people with disability from the Delta variant of COVID-19. The coalition, lead by People With...

Information Systems Coordinator

About us Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is an independent, community-based systems and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability. QAI's mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs, rights and lives of the...

NDIS Appeals Advocate

About us Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is an independent, community-based systems and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability. QAI's mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs, rights and lives of the...

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021

Last week, Matilda and Sophie gave evidence at the public hearing on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021. Since its inception, QAI has maintained a firm opposition to all forms of voluntary assisted dying. However, contemporary considerations have moved our...

Indigenous Advocate

About us Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is an independent, community-based systems and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability. QAI's mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs, rights and lives of the...

Advocate – Human Rights Advocacy Practice

About us Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is an independent, community-based systems and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability. QAI's mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs, rights and lives of the...

Promoting Inclusion

What does an inclusive society mean to you?  As an organisation dedicated to promoting the rights and interests of the most vulnerable Queenslanders with disability, QAI considers an inclusive society to be an essential prerequisite for people with disability to enjoy...

QAI speaks to Channel 10 on Disability Accommodation

Our CEO, Matilda Alexander, recently spoke to Channel Ten about the issues people face when seeking approval for Specialist Disability Accommodation under the NDIS. Jump to minute 32 of the video to watch item on disability accommodation. WATCH NEWS ITEM HERE  

Graduate Solicitor (Mental Health Legal Service)

About us QAI’s mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs and rights and lives of the most vulnerable people with disability in Queensland. QAI is a specialist community legal service and disability advocacy organisation...

National Disability Employment Strategy

Further to our previous work on the new National Disability Strategy, QAI recently provided a submission to the Department of Social Services regarding the proposed National Disability Employment Strategy. With the underrepresentation of people with disability in...

Mental Health / Human Rights Legal Service Paralegal

About us QAI’s mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs and rights and lives of the most vulnerable people with disability in Queensland. QAI is a specialist community legal service and disability advocacy organisation...

Mental Health Solicitor

About us QAI’s mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs and rights and lives of the most vulnerable people with disability in Queensland. QAI is a specialist community legal service and disability advocacy organisation...

QAI is going (virtually) to the United Nations!

23 November 2020For immediate release QAI is going (virtually) to the United Nations!   QAI is excited to announce its involvement in the upcoming 13th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with...

Increasing Guardianship Applications in the NDIS

QAI is concerned by the increase in guardianship and administration applications that has correlated with the rollout of the NDIS in Queensland. These applications are often submitted by NDIS service providers in relation to the people they support. Applications are...

4ZZZ Speaks to Emma Phillips on the DRC and Employment

Queensland Advocacy's Emma Phillips recently spoke with 4ZZZ about the DRC hearing on employment and why equal employment for people with disability is so important. You can listen to the interview here.  

Stand with Us! Call to Rally

17 March 2021 Dear QAI members and supporters, We write to you today asking you to Stand with us! as we fight to secure ongoing funding for disability advocacy services in Queensland. QAI joins a partnership of independent disability advocacy organisations to form...

QAI Joins Calls for the State Government to Stand with us!

9 March 2021 For immediate release Queenslanders with disability could be left out – call on state government to Stand with us! QAI joins our allies in disability advocacy in calling on the state government to continue funding for essential advocacy services, with...

Announcing our new CEO

3 March 2021 For immediate release Announcing our new CEO Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is very pleased to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Matilda Alexander. Matilda is an award-winning human rights lawyer with a solid background in successfully...

Stop Independent Assessments

24 February 2020 For immediate release #StopIndependentAssessments QAI is seriously concerned about the proposed introduction of mandatory Independent Assessments into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Under proposed changes, people with disability will...

Independent Assessments

QAI is seriously concerned about the proposed introduction of mandatory Independent Assessments into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Under proposed changes, people with disability will be forced to undergo a generic, one-off assessment with a...

NDIS Access and Planning Policies

QAI is seriously concerned about the proposed introduction of mandatory Independent Assessments into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Under proposed changes, people with disability will be forced to undergo a generic, one-off assessment with a...

NDIS Market in Queensland – Draft Report

QAI participated in the Queensland Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the operation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland. QAI raised concern about the human rights implications of suggested reforms to the rules regulating Restrictive...

Position Statement – January 26

QAI's Position Statement on January 26 as a national public holiday. You can view the statement at the links below: PDF version of statement Word version of statement