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NDIS Workshops

August 23rd, 2018 by tperry

Understanding the NDIS workshops

AFDO (Australian Federation of Disability Organisations) Disability Loop is rolling out more NDIS workshops across Victoria. Our “Understanding the NDIS” workshops are designed by people with disability, for people with disability and their families and carers.

Their next set of workshops will be held in the Bayside Peninsula and Southern Melbourne regions, located at a few different venues, in September.

They will be holding week-day sessions (1pm – 4pm), week-day evening sessions (5:30pm – 8:30pm), and weekend sessions (10am – 1pm).

You can learn more about ADFO’s NDIS workshops and register, by visiting their Disability Loop website “events” page:

This three-hour workshop will cover lots of different parts of the NDIS, including knowing who is eligible for the NDIS, working out what support you can get in your NDIS plan, to actually using the funds in your NDIS plan to live a better life in the community.

There are workshops on different days and times. However each workshop covers the same topics. So you can choose the workshop that best suits you.

Elsternwick (Bayside Peninsula)

Mornington (Bayside Peninsula)

Dandenong (Southern Melbourne)

 If you have any questions or would like assistance with registering, please email or call on (03) 9662 3324.

Google Advancing Accessibility

August 23rd, 2018 by tperry

How Google has stepped up its efforts to make its own tech more accessible to people with disability (US)

CNBC, 18 August

In the past few years, Google has shifted the way that it thinks about accessibility, moving from grassroots advocacy to codified systems. Beyond making all its products accessible, the next big challenge is finding ways for its technology to help disabled people navigate the wider world.

Blind Chef Achieves Career Goals

August 23rd, 2018 by tperry

Sydney Morning Herald, 22 August

Ian Edwards thought his career as a chef was over after he lost his sight three years ago, but he knew he wasn’t ready to give up the job he loved. Now, his restaurant’s doing a roaring trade, he’s hiring other people with disability and training young aspiring chefs who have lost their sight.

Free Disability and Employment Seminar

August 22nd, 2018 by tperry

Unlocking potential: resources and support to enable inclusive workplaces

A free seminar co-hosted by Monash University in collaboration with JobAccess

Don’t miss out! There is only one week until registrations close on 31 August  for our free seminar

Join our MC triple Paralympic medallist Don Elgin, keynote speaker and Monash alumni Chris Varney, and a fantastic line-up of expert presenters to “get the facts, get the support and make it happen in your workplace”.

You will also learn more about how to get involved in AccessAbility Day, an Australian Government initiative that connects employers and jobseekers with disability to explore new possibilities in the workplace for one day.

This interactive session will include presentations, panel discussions and opportunities for networking.

When: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Where: Monash University, Clayton Campus, Learning and Teaching Building
19 Ancora Imparo Way, G31- Ground Floor, Melbourne, VIC 3800
9.00am – 9.20am Arrival and registration
9.20am – 11.45am Seminar
11.45am – 12.00pm Informal networking

RSVP by:  Friday 31 August 2018

AccessYou will be asked to provide your access requirements during the registration process. Auslan interpreters, electronic copies of presentations, accessible parking or other services or adjustments are available on request.

Go to the JobAccess website for more information on how to register for this unique event!

*Please note: all registrations and personal registration information is gathered and handled by JobAccess, a Federal Government-funded agency.

Diversity and Inclusion Week

August 22nd, 2018 by tperry

Diversity and Inclusion Week is Here!

Diversity and Inclusion Week will be held this year from Monday 27 to Friday 31 August, 2018.

​The week celebrates our diverse community and strengthens our inclusive culture. It’s about helping to create an environment of involvement, respect and connection through sharing and learning from one another.

Take part in events and activities happening through the week. Go to the D&I website to find out more.

Reach Out!

As part of Diversity and Inclusion Week, DSS, in partnership with Monash Health Services, MNHS Faculty, Monash Minds Volunteers and Monash Mental Health Champions, are hosting an event ‘Reach Out!

This event will be held on Thursday 30 August at the Clayton Northern Plaza Marquee from 12-2 pm. The theme is supporting good mental health and self-care, and there will be plenty of fun and engaging activities including the Monash Medicine Student Orchestra, pottery workshop, Monash Dance Sports, ‘mindfulness mural’, healthy food, giant games and loads of give-aways!

Please click on the link for the Facebook Event. We hope to see you there!


Career Success for Graduates with Disability

August 13th, 2018 by tperry

Webinar: Panel Discussion Focused on Supporting Graduates with Disability Toward Career Success

When: 23rd August 2018

Times: 1pm to 2pm AEST

You will hear from:

  • University of Tasmanian Graduate Sam Flood, who participated in a social media campaign called ‘Let’s find Sam an internship‘ and is now working as a Pharmacist in Melbourne,
  • Griffith University Equity Practitioner Jeremy Muir, working on a project to improve the
    internal employment of PwD,
  • Mylestones Employment Job Development Officer Natalie Searson, who has spent the last
    12 months supporting graduated and graduating students with disabilities in their career
  • UOW Career Counsellor Kate Carroll, who specialises in supporting students from equity
    groups, including students with disability,

The panel will answer your questions and share their ideas and thoughts about how to work with students with disability to transition successfully into graduate employment.

Graduates with Disability are behind their peers when finding employment. 23.5% of graduates with disability are unemployed and looking for full-time work compared to their peers of 11.3%, and graduates with disability are more likely to report that the job they are in does not fully utilise their skills or education. In 2017, the overall employment rate for students who identify as having a disability slid back by 0.8% from 2016, while their peers without disability moved forward by 0.1%.

The NDCO program is committed to improving the employment outcomes of graduates with disability. NDCOs based in QLD, SA, NSW and TAS have been running a pilot program in partnership with local universities and Disability employment service providers called the University Specialist Employment program (USEP) for the last year.

Join in the national conversation on improving the employment outcomes of graduates with disability

Further information and registration details

Access RK Seasonal Clerkship Program

July 24th, 2018 by tperry

2018 – 2019 Access RK Seasonal Clerkship Program

For the 2018 – 2019 Seasonal Clerkship Program, Russell Kennedy Lawyers is offering a seasonal clerkship position to a student with disability. The program will provide the successful applicant an opportunity to showcase their skills and gain experience in a legal environment.

The Access RK Seasonal Clerkship will run in conjunction with Russell Kennedy’s Seasonal Clerkship Program, with the successful applicant enjoying all the benefits of Russell Kennedy’s Seasonal Clerkship Program.

To be eligible for the Access RK Seasonal Clerkship, in addition to meeting all the eligibility criteria for Russell Kennedy’s Seasonal Clerkship Program, the successful applicant will be a person with disability in either their penultimate or final year of their law degree.

RK does not require applicants to share specific information about their disability/impairment, however if selected for an interview, to confirm eligibility, they require applicants to:

  • provide a letter from their university’s disability support services unit confirming their registration with disability services; or
  • if not registered with their university’s disability support services unit, applicants selected for an interview must provide a letter from a registered medical practitioner confirming their eligibility.

Whilst RK does not require applicants to share specific information about their disability/impairment, they nevertheless encourage applicants to share any information which they feel will help to better support them, including to be supported through the application process. Any information provided will be treated in strict confidence.

 *Please click on the links to the careers page and the job advertisement for more information.

ANZ Graduate and Summer Intern Program

July 23rd, 2018 by tperry

ANZ Graduate Program for 2019 and the Summer Internship Program Close 6 August 2018

ANZ’s Graduate Program is designed to challenge, reward and help grow curious minds. ANZ is interested in people from diverse backgrounds, who are excited to be a part of an industry that’s rapidly transforming for a digital and social world and who want to make a difference for their customers, culture and community.  The Graduate and Summer Internships Programs aim to provide students with the foundations needed to grow and succeed.

Diversity of thinking is key to success, so ANZ encourages students from all degree disciplines to apply for their programs.  Students’ university marks aren’t all that is considered.  ANZ is equally interested in their creative thinking and comfort in adapting to new people and situations.  ANZ is looking for people who learn from challenges and failures and who are digitally savvy and data literate.  Their interests, hobbies, skills and experiences also help because students are more than a list of skills and attributes.

ANZ has always had a strong history of recruiting students with a disability, and have historically recruited students with disabilities into their Graduate and Summer Internship Programs.

Any applicant who consents to share that they have a disability in their application will be contacted personally.  This also allows ANZ to manage their induction and on-boarding to ANZ should they be successful.

Graduate Opportunities starting Feb 2019 as follows:

  • Australia Division (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth)
  • Rural Regional Business (Australia Wide)
  • Technology (Melbourne)
  • Finance (Melbourne and Sydney)

 Summer Internships available Nov 2018 –Jan 2019 available as follows:

  • Australia Division (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth)
  • Rural Regional Business (Australia Wide)
  • Technology (Melbourne)
  • Finance (Melbourne and Sydney)
  • Institutional (Melbourne and Sydney)

Students can access more information and apply via the ANZ website:

*Please contact Rob Crestani should you have any questions or concerns about this opportunity.

Rob Crestani | Seniour Consultant – Abilities Program

ANZ Australia Recruitment | Talent & Culture Shared Services

L9, 833 Collins Street, Docklands, Vic 3008

Phone: + 61 3 8655 0922


Mentoring Opportunity

June 27th, 2018 by tperry

Become a Mentor for Women with Disabilities

  • Would you like to support a woman with a disability in your local community to further develop their leadership skills?
  • Are you interested in sharing your professional and personal skills and experiences, and to grow and develop in the process?
  • Would you like to improve your skills in listening, modelling and leading by mentoring a woman with a disability in your local community?
  • Would you like to share and impart knowledge of your own experience of being a woman with disability?

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) are seeking women who are interested in supporting women with disabilities who wish to step up in their own communities.

The mentoring program will complement the Enabling Women program, a successful leadership program for women with disabilities. Mentors will commit to 6 one-hour sessions. Contact can be a mixture of face-to-face, phone and email. A mentoring handbook is provided.

Women with disabilities from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, culturally diverse and migrant and refugee backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply!

Come along to our information session to find out more about the mentoring program!

  • When: 3rd July, between 4.30 pm-5.30 pm
  • Where: Noble Park Aquatic Centre, 9 Memorial Drive, Noble Park
  • Please register your interest to Mentor Coordinator at

This program is a collaboration between WDV with City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong, ADEC, Women’s Health in the South East and Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre.

Disability in Victorian Schools – Landmark New Report

June 26th, 2018 by tperry

Launch of Report on the Education of Children with Disability in Victoria

You are invited to the launch of our new report – Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria.  This comprehensive report includes 36 wide-ranging recommendations for the Victorian Government.

Date: Friday 29 June 2018
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Venue: Colin Biggers and Paisley, Level 23, 181 William Street, Melbourne

In recent years, there have been regular reports of discrimination, exclusion and inadequate support for children with disability around the country. Although Victoria has initiated a wide-ranging inclusive education framework, significant concerns remain over whether vulnerable children are receiving the education they deserve. To address these concerns, the Castan Centre – together with the Monash Faculty of Arts – has conducted a wide-ranging review of the Victorian education system and produced this final report.

At this free public event, the report’s three principal authors will discuss the report’s key issues and share their vision for a more inclusive education system where every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

The report was funded with a grant from the Victorian Legal Services Board.

Disability Access

This event will be held at a fully accessible venue providing inclusive access for people with disabilities. The event will also feature Auslan interpreters. If you have any queries regarding disability access to this event, please contact Janice Hugo ( or 9905 3327).

Social Media

Whether attending the event or following along online, the Twitter hashtag for this event is #CCDisability.