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Disability Advocacy and Human Rights

Emma Phillips, QAI Principal Solicitor, gave a presentation on Disability Advocacy and Human Rights, to Bond students. You can view the presentaiton slides at the link below: PDF version of slides

QAI first to opt-in to be bound by Human Rights Act 2019

6 October 2020 For immediate release Turning words into action: QAI has elected to be bound by the Human Rights Act 2019 QAI is excited to announce it has been declared a ‘public entity’ for the purpose of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (HRA)!  The passage of...

Disability Standards for Education

QAI provided a submission to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education. Drawing upon our extensive experience of working with families who have children with disability in the education setting, we...

Inquiry into the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

QAI made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s Quality and Safeguards Commission. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of...

Disability Action Week 2020

17 September 2020For immediate release  During Disability Action Week, QAI is supporting people with disability to take their own actions! Leading disability advocacy organisation and community legal centre Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) considers Disability...

Support Coordination

QAI made a submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency in response to the discussion paper on Support Coordination. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission  

Inquiry into the NDIS Market in Queensland

QAI made a submission to the Queensland Productivity Commission’s initial inquiry into the operation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Queensland. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word version of submission...

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...