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PACE Mentoring Update 2022

June 17th, 2022 by admin

PACE Mentoring: Announcing Participating Organisations!

AND welcomes AmazonJewish Care Australia, and Geoscience to participate in PACE for the first time.

Mentors from the following organisations will be participating in PACE Spring 2022:

  • Amazon
  • ANZ Bank
  • ASIC
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
  • George Weston Foods (Mauri)
  • Geoscience Australia
  • IBM
  • Jewish Care Australia
  • Medibank
  • Optus
  • VIC Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

This Spring, we welcome Amazon, Jewish Care Australia and Geoscience Australia to participate in PACE Mentoring Program for the very first time!

More organisations will be announced next week. Stay tuned!

You’re invited – free information session next Thursday

Join AND at the free online information session next Thursday for an overview of the program.

You are invited to dial in if you are a student or jobseeker with disability, a parent or carer of someone with disability, or disability employment service providers and other people who work with people with a disability, mental health condition or chronic illness.

  • Thursday 23rd June, 3:30pm – 4:30pm (click here to register)
    *all in Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne time (AEST)

Contact our team on 1300 36 36 45 or if you require accessibility adjustments.


This round, mentors are participating in: Adelaide, Bendigo, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. There will also be virtual mentoring options for regional students and jobseekers.


Anyone 18 years or over with any type of disability, mental health condition or chronic illness is eligible for the PACE Mentoring Program.

How do I apply?

Submit an online application form here by midnight 3 July 2022 (Sunday).

Applied for a previous round of PACE Mentoring?

There is no limitation on how many times you can apply or participate in the program if you still meet the criteria, and we can copy your previous application over if you reach out to us.

Study Stress and Support Seeking Reminder

June 17th, 2022 by admin

Study Stress and Support Seeking – Have Your Say!

This is a reminder to students to invite you to participate in the Qualtrics survey on study stress and support seeking.

Here is the Qualtrics Survey Link:

Also re-attached is the flyer.

Transport Standards – Have Your Say

June 17th, 2022 by admin

Stage 2 Reforms of the Transport Standards

– Have Your Say at a Public Consultation Event

Registrations for upcoming public consultations events for Stage 2 Reforms of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 are now open.

People with disability, their families and carers, advocacy groups, the transport industry and government are invited to provide feedback on the proposed Stage 2 Reform options through upcoming public consultation events held from 17 June to mid-July 2022.

There are several opportunities to get involved, including in webinars, online community workshops and online written discussion boards.

  • Further information about the events including registration details can be viewed on the Stage 2 Reforms – Public Consultations webpage.

You can also respond to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) and share your experiences any time until 9 August:

  • in writing, or via video or audio recording by email to
  • by telephone (free call) to 1800 621 372
  • through an online survey

An updated stakeholder pack, including a newsletter about the consultation events, key messages and summary documents has been developed to inform and promote the package of reforms.

We encourage you to use these documents wherever possible.

The stakeholder pack is available at this web address.

  • Find out more, including other ways to get involved, at or by phoning (free call) to 1800 621 372.

Cummins Internships Available

June 17th, 2022 by admin

A Range of Internships Available Now with Cummins

GradWISE has recently partnered with Cummins and has a plethora (50 attached) of internship opportunities ranging from:

  • engineering
  • business analyst
  • accounting/finance
  • communications and marketing
  • IT
  • legal
  • health safety and environment
  • project management
  • supply chain
  • and human resources

GradWISE are now collating interest from students and graduates. They will assist students with putting their application together, support them with adjustments (if required) and discuss the application process.

Questions from Cummins to Consider

Below are some questions from Cummins that the students should think about depending on their disciplines.

Montage Questions


  • Explain your understanding around what business IT means and how that relates back to a company. Where does that fit and what value does it bring to an organisation?

Corporate IT

  • Explain your understanding around what business IT means and how that relates back to a company. Where does that fit and what value does it bring to an organisation?

Corporate Accounting

  • What type of accounting stream that you would like to pursue in your career? EG: Banking, professional firms or industry?

CBS Accounting

  • What type of accounting stream that you would like to pursue in your career? EG: Banking, professional firms or industry?


  • What is your understanding of the role of HSE in an organisation?

Mech Power Gen

  • How will a mechanical engineer influence change in power generation with the increase in renewable energy in the next 10 years?


  • What do you know about the Australian Apprenticeship system and the Cummins Apprenticeship Program?

Supply Chain

  • How do you believe technology with shape the future of the supply chain in the next 5 years?

Give Respect Art Competition 2022

May 27th, 2022 by admin

Win $2,000 in Total Prize Money – Enter the Give Respect Art Competition now!

Looking for something to do over the semester break?

Create a piece of art and enter it into the Give Respect Art Competition! Students and staff will create engaging content that raises awareness and reduces peer-to-peer disrespect throughout our community.

You can submit any type of artwork, such as a painting, sketch, photograph or even a poem, poster or flyer.

Please read through the Give Respect Art Competition guidelines before you start creating or choosing an item from previous work for submission.

By making a submission you have the chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 x $1000 Prezzee gift card for 1st place student entry
  • 1 x $500 Prezzee gift card for 2nd place student entry
  • 2 x gold-class movie vouchers for 1st place staff entry
  • 1 x $300 Prezzee gift card for a communications-based student entry, e.g. podcast, brochure, poster etc.

Submissions close at 11.59pm, Friday 7 August 2022.

If you have any questions after reading the guidelines, send us an email at We can’t wait to see your creations!

Railway Station Accessibility

May 23rd, 2022 by admin

How Can Accessibility of Railway Station Accessibility be Improved?

As part of two research projects, a team of Monash students are developing a rating system to assess existing railway stations that can be used as an aid by operators and government agencies to provide more accessible railway stations and reduce the challenges faced by those with a disability.

Calling for People with Physical Disabilities to be Part of a Research Project

The first research team are looking for volunteers to participate in a 30-minute interview, either in person or via Zoom.

These interviews will take place late in Semester 1 or at the beginning of Semester 2.

If eligible and interested in participating, they will ask you to complete a short survey and answer a series of questions about your experiences using the rail network as a means of transport, and ask for your ideas on what needs to be improved.

You will go in a draw to receive one of three $50 Coles/Myer Group gift voucher.

  • Approved by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project Number: 32412)

Second Railway Accessibility Project for People with Mobility Restrictions

Volunteers are asked to come to a 1.5-hour group interview held via ZOOM.

There will be about 6 other people participating in this group interview which will be run by a team of 4 student researchers.

Participants will be asked questions about what access information is required to plan a rail journey and how they think this information can be best communicated.

There will be a request to evaluate the ranking system proposal and give feedback on how suitable it is in addressing individual needs.

All information about participants will be kept confidential, and participants will also stand a chance of winning a one off $50 gift voucher through a randomly conducted draw.

Click on this link: Focus_Group_EOI to fill and register your interest in this session.

  • Approved by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project Number: 32415)
  • Chief Investigator – Dr. Wynita Griggs (

COVID-19 Vaccination Support

May 18th, 2022 by admin

Get COVID-19 Vaccination Support

YDAS is offering free COVID-19 vaccination support to disabled young people who live in Victoria and are 12 to 25 years old.

The YDAS team can help you find information and organise supports so that you can get vaccinated.

They can give you accessible and reliable support and information about:

  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • COVID-19 boosters
  • The vaccination process
  • How to book your vaccination appointment
  • Where you can get vaccinated
  • Supports available for disabled young people.

Can You Get Support?

YDAS can support young Victorians, who are 12 to 25 years old, and identify as:

  • Having a disability
  • Having a health condition or chronic illness
  • Neurodiverse or autistic
  • Deaf, deaf or hard of hearing
  • Blind or vision impaired
  • Having lived experience of mental health issues.

YDAS can support young people with any and all types of disability.

What Support Can You Get?

The YDAS team can:

  • Help you find vaccination centres that are accessible for you.
  • Answer your questions or concerns about getting vaccinated.
  • Find accessible and reliable information.
  • Support you to book a vaccination appointment.
  • Organise extra support so that you can get vaccinated.

If YDAS do not know the answer to a question when you contact them, they will follow-up to find the answer for you.

Contact YDAS

To get free support or find out more, contact the YDAS team.

Elyse (she/her)

  • Text or call: 0447 186 888
  • Email:

Meg (she/her)

  • Text or call: 0447 679 121
  • Email:

You can text, call or email Elyse and Meg. A video call can also be arranged. Please let them know if you have any access needs.


Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022

May 17th, 2022 by admin

Thursday 19 May 2022 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

*From the Centre for Inclusive Design

Thursday 19 May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

GAAD is a global event with the purpose of getting people talking, thinking, and learning about digital accessibility and inclusion.

It is estimated the response based on the national Australian average and found…

  • 660 – wear glasses or contact lenses to see or read better.
  • 180 – have a temporary or permanent disability, restricting everyday activities.
  • 126 – have a literacy level lower than 1 and struggle with unfamiliar texts and multiple pieces of information.
  • 100 – are dyslexic and have difficulty with accurate reading and spelling correctly.
  • 42 – are colour vision deficient and have trouble distinguishing between different colours.
  • 60 – are blind or have low vision that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

If you’re thinking about how you can make the world more accessible, we’ve curated a list of our resources with information for developers, creators and everyone in between.

Hidden Disability Sunflower Scheme

May 13th, 2022 by admin

Hidden Disability Sunflower Scheme – Have Your Say!

In 2016, the Hidden Disability Sunflower Scheme was designed and launched when London Gatwick Airport asked “How can we recognise that one of our passengers may have a non-obvious disability?”.

A simple sunflower design was created on a green background for a lanyard – a subtle but visible sign to enable airport staff to identify that the wearer (or someone with them) may require some extra help, time, or assistance when moving through the airport.

Wearing the Hidden Disability Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer including staff, colleagues and health professionals that they may need additional support, help or a little more time.

Since its launch in 2016, it has now been adopted globally by major airports and venues and in the UK, by many supermarkets, railway and coach stations, leisure facilities, the NHS, a number of police, fire and ambulance services, and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations.

Sunflower Scheme Launched in Australia

The Sunflower has been launched in Australia and is recognised in the MCG, educational institutes Go Tafe and Wodonga Tafe, all airports, Yarra trams, V/Line and a number of museums in Australia.

This initiative is designed to help and support both students and staff with hidden disabilities who might need the extra assistance or time.

It may also help raise awareness of the wide variety and spectrum of hidden disabilities.

A Sunflower is not only for those with hidden disabilities to wear. Allies can also wear it (there are Sunflower “Can I help?” badges and stickers) to let people know that if they choose to approach a Sunflower wearer, they will be supported, respected and given the patience they need.

Have Your Say on the Sunflower!

Please let us know what YOU think about this scheme.

(*NOTE: this form is anonymous, so please be as honest as you can.*)

PACE Mentoring Spring 2022

May 13th, 2022 by admin

PACE Mentoring Spring 2022: Applications Open!

AND is excited to announce that applications for PACE Mentoring Spring 2022 are now open!

  • Are you a jobseeker or student with disability, mental health condition or chronic illness?
  • Are you looking for career guidance, building disability confidence and employability skills?

PACE Mentoring is a nation-wide, free industry mentoring program that matches jobseekers and students with disability with experienced professionals from leading Australian businesses and organisations.

What is PACE Mentoring Program?

When you sign up for the PACE Mentoring program, you’ll be connected with a mentor from one of AND’s member organisations who has advice and wisdom to share.

They’ll find the right mentor for you, based on your location, the industry you’re looking to work in, your goals and other factors.

The 4-months program is a great opportunity to:

  • Build confidence
  • Develop employability skills
  • Practice interview skills
  • Network with other professionals
  • Visiting worksites
  • Learn some top tips to get a head start on your career
  • Experience professional and personal development
  • Mentoring opportunities are in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide.
  • There are also virtual mentoring opportunities for students and jobseekers based in other locations across Australia.

Are You Eligible?

  • Anyone 18 years old or over with any type of disability, mental health condition or chronic illness is eligible for the PACE Mentoring Program.

AND welcomes previous Stepping Into applicants and PACE mentees to re-apply for the program.

AND accepts applications from jobseekers with all types of disability including, but not limited to:

How Do You Apply?

Submit an online application form here by midnight 3 July 2022 (Sunday).

Applied for a previous round of PACE Mentoring?

There is no limitation on how many times you can apply or participate in the program if you still meet the criteria, and AND can copy your previous application over if you reach out to them.