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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 Education

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

NDS and NDIS Outcomes Frameworks

QAI considers that if the new National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the NDIS are to genuinely improve the lives of people with disability, there must be tangible changes that facilitate the self-determination of people with disability, and which ensures the...

UN COSP13 Side Event – It all begins with education

QAI and CYDA co-hosted a side event to the 13th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on realising inclusive education in Australia. In this event they heard from several young people with...

Restrictive Practices

QAI considers the use of Restrictive Practices as an infringement of the fundamental human rights of people with disability. Despite being cited as necessary to ensure safety, the use of Restrictive Practices often stems from prejudicial and discriminatory attitudes...

Guardianship Law Reforms 2020

Key reforms to Queensland’s guardianship laws take effect on Monday 30th November 2020. They strengthen the protection afforded to Queenslanders with impaired decision-making capacity. To help explain these important reforms, QAI has created a fact sheet outlining the...

The HRA Community Legal Education Showcase

Emma Phillips, Principal Solicitor, gave a presentation at the Community Legal Centres Queensland State Conference on the community legal education QAI does around the Human Rights Act. You can view the presentation slides from the links below: PDF version of slides...

QAI Calls for More Creativity in the National Disability Strategy

2 November 2020 For immediate release  Thinking outside the box: QAI calls for more creativity under the new National Disability Strategy  QAI has called for stronger measures to ensure all Australians with disability live as equal members of society under the new...

National Disability Strategy

QAI contributed towards the development of the new National Disability Strategy by providing a written submission in response to the Department of Social Service’s consultation paper. You can read the full submission at the links below: PDF version of submission Word...

Annual General Meeting 2020

Date - 29/10/2020Time - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmLocation - Gambaro Room, Common Ground. 15 Hope St, South Brisbane Q 4101 Event Details QAI’s Annual General Meeting is coming up and all QAI members are invited to attend in person or remotely via video link. Spaces for both...

Using the HRA to Protect the Rights of Students

Emma Phillips, Principal Solicitor, and Nikki Parker, Education Advocate, gave a presentation to Community Resource Unit on how to use the Human Rights Act to protect the rights of students with disability. You can view the presentation slides from the links below:...

QAI Warns Against Independent Assessments in the NDIS

15 October 2020 For immediate release Time to Assess the Assessors: QAI warns against Independent Assessors in the NDIS QAI and its allies in the disability sector have today raised grave concern over the proposed introduction of Independent Assessments in the...

#MakeItSafeToSpeak Calls for Confidentiality for the DRC

13 October 2020 For immediate release  #MakeItSafeToSpeak: QAI calls for legislation to protect confidentiality at the Disability Royal Commission QAI stands with Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA) and urges the government to pass legislation to protect...