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Know Your Human Rights – Booklet

This booklet, Know Your Human Rigths - A Guide to the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld), is an easy English guide to the Queensland human rights legislation, which came into effect on 1 January 2020. The booklet covers what human rights are, what human rights are protected...

Worker Screening Amendment Bill 2020

QAI made a submission in response to the Disability Services and Other Legislation (Worker Screening) Amendment Bill 2020. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission  

Implementing OPCAT in Australia

30 June 2020 For immediate release Independent oversight of detention particularly critical as impact of COVID continues to be felt by the most vulnerable people with disability Leading disability advocacy organisation and community legal centre Queensland Advocacy...

Penalties for Assaults on Public Officers

QAI made a submission to the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s inquiry into penalties for assaults on public officers. This submission focuses on the following discrete issues: The relevance of the employment of the victim to the perceived gravity, and...

Group Homes

QAI made a submission to the Disability Royal Commission in response to the Group homes issues paper. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission  

Emergency Planning and Response

QAI made a submission to the Disability Royal Commission in response to the Emergency Planning and Response issues paper. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission  

Commitment of Continued Advocacy Funding Welcomed by QAI

19 May 2020 For immediate release Commitment of continued advocacy funding welcomed by QAI Leading disability advocacy organisation and community legal centre Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) has welcomed the allocation of further funding by the Queensland...

Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions

QAI made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 in relation to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on people with disability in Queensland. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission  

Australian Human Rights Scorecard Released

Queensland Advocacy is one of over 200 organisations which have co-authored and endorsed the Australian Human Rights Scorecard, which was published today by the Human Rights Law Centre, Kingsford Legal Centre and Caxton Legal Centre.  The report was prepared ahead of...

Inquiry into NDIS Workforce

QAI made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) inquiry into the NDIS Workforce. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission  

Righting inhuman wrongs

Emma Phillips, QAI Principal Solicitor, gave a presentation on Righting inhuman wrongs – How the new Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) can assist clients with disability and mental illness, to the Australian Lawyer's Alliance. You can view the presentaiton slides at the...

Using the Human Rights Act to help clients with a disability

Emma Phillips gave a presentation to Community Legal Centres Queensland on how to use the Human Rights Act to advocate for clients with a disability. You can view the presentation slides from the links below: PDF version of slides PowerPoint version of slides

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

QAI made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs regarding effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and support for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word...

Inclusive Education

QAI made a submission to the Disability Royal Commission in response to the Education and learning issues paper. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission  

Priorities for Federal Discrimination Law Reform

QAI made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission regarding proposed reforms to federal discrimination laws. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission  

Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education Media Release

Media Release by Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education. The right to inclusive education must not be contested by the Disability Royal Commission at the first hearing commencing in Townsville today. Today marks a historic day with the commencement of the first...

Accessing the NDIS

Understand the access requirements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as well as some tips about important supporting documentation. You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF version of fact sheet Word version of fact sheet  

What Happens Next: Pre-Planning

All supports that are funded by the NDIS must meet the criteria for reasonable and necessary. This fact sheet will help you understand what the NDIA means by reasonable and necessary as well as consider your goals and all of the supports that you need because of your...

Understanding your Plan

Sometimes the NDIS can feel like a whole new language. This guide aims to help you understand what is in your plan. You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF version of fact sheet Word version of fact sheet  

Resources for Employing your Own Staff

This fact sheet brings together some of the resources available for employing and training your own staff. You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF version of fact sheet Word version of fact sheet  

Scheduled and Change of Circumstance Reviews

Tips for preparing for your annual plan review and what to do if your circumstances change. You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF version of fact sheet Word version of fact sheet  

Tips for Self-Advocacy at the MHRT

This factsheet is to provide guidance for people who will be advocating for themselves at their Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) hearing. It also outlines tips for treatment review meetings and other meetings with your treating team, and where to get more...

When you Disagree with an NDIA Decision

This fact sheet includes information about the process of reviews and people available to support you through the process when you disagree with a decision made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF...

Mainstream Programs

Find out what other Government funded programs you might be eligible for. Remember, the Local Area Coordinator can help you link-in with these supports. You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF version of fact sheet Word version of fact sheet  

Absent without Permission

This factsheet is about what happens if a patient runs away from a Queensland mental health service and stays within Queensland. People who run away interstate will be subject to the corresponding laws of that state, which may or may not allow for their apprehension...

NDIS Access

Understand how to apply for NDIS and options for challenging decisions you are not happy with. You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF version of flowchart  

Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) Flowchart

QAI prepared the following flowchart to help explain how the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) may be used to challenge a breach of human rights from 1 January 2020. You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF version of flowchart

NDIS External Appeals

This flowchart guides you through the process of applying to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a review of an internal review decision of the NDIA. You can read the fact sheet at the links below: PDF version of fact sheet  

Treatment Authorities

A plain English brochure about involuntary treatment for mental illness in Queensland under the Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld). You can read the brochure at the links below: PDF version of brochure Word version of brochure

QAI at the UN Conference of States Parties

See Emma Phillips, QAI senior lawyer and systems advocate, speak at the 12th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability. First presentation  - at the Civil Society Forum about the rights of children with...