Archive for March, 2013

Stepping into… Winter Internships!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Stepping into… is a paid internship program specifically designed for students with disability, who want to get paid, hands-on work experience in an industry that is relevant to their degree and chosen field of study.

This winter, some of the members of the Australian Network on Disability (AND) are offering paid internships through the Stepping into program. Internships are currently offered in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Some of the participating organisations include:

  • ANZ Bank
  • Crown Solicitor’s Office (at the NSW Dept of Justice & Attorney General)
  • Henry Davis York Lawyers
  • Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)
  • NSW Ombudsman
  • Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (ITSA)
  • NSW Dept of Education and Communities
  • Dept of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
  • Dept Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW and CLOSES on Monday, April 29, by 5pm

To find out more about the opportunities, see the full list of internships and how to apply, visit AND’s website on the below link:…-winter-2013.html

  • Look under “Apply for Stepping into… Winter 2013”
  • You can find out more about “Stepping into…” under “Information for Students”
  • You can download application form under “Apply for Stepping into… Winter 2013”


There will be essential briefing sessions for all applicants to be considered for any of the available positions, as part of the selection process. Please refer to the details on the website.

Willing and Able?

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Applforommunicationplease download the WAM application form, fill it out and return by email a copy
of your application to: . You may also post, fax, or drop off the form to the
main DLU Office at Level 1, Building 55, Clayton Campus, Monash University VIC 3800; fax
number: 9905 5517. Applications close on Friday 12 April 2013.

Students registered with the Monash Disability Liaison Unit are offered a limited number of funded places for the Willing and Able Mentoring (WAM) Program. WAM matches mentors with students with disabilities within the professional area the student is interested in.

In the twelve years WAM Program has been operating, mentees report that through their participation they have:

• gained confidence and clarity about their career direction

• valuable contacts in the professional area

• increased skills in developing their resume

• improved interview skills

• developed ideas about solving disability related challenges

Some mentees gained work-placements and others have even gained a job.

The WAM Program involves:

• an induction workshop describing what the WAM Program is all about, communication and networking skills, and ideas about disclosure of disability;

• a series of 8, one to two hour mentoring sessions in the mentor’s workplace;

• debriefing and certificate presentation event at the conclusion of the program.

How to apply:

If you are registered with the DLU and wish to apply for a funded place in the WAM

Program, please download the WAM application form, fill it out and return by email a copy

of your application to: .

You may also post, fax, or drop off the form to the main DLU Office at Level 1, Building 55, Clayton Campus, Monash University VIC 3800;
fax number: 9905 5517.

Applications close on Friday 12 April 2013.

Happy Friday.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Now that week 3 is over (and the mid-semester break is in sight), we could all probably use some light relief.

The BBC’s Ouch blog featured this special on animals with disabilities on their site a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, I’m resisting the urge to buy myself a piglet…

Stepping into… an internship with the Department of Infrastructure and Transport!

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport is now advertising for PAID INTERNSHIP POSITIONS for this winter. All placements will be in the nation’s capital, Canberra, and place you in the advantageous position of working directly with experts in policy development, corporate support,  infrastructure investment and much more.

All DLU students in Mathematics, Statistics, IT, Law, Policy, Commerce, Arts, Engineering are encouraged to apply.

Applications close on MARCH 22ND – so, quick sticks!

Check out the Stepping into… website for more details and application forms.

PEERS 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The PEERS program is an initiative run by the Disability liaison unit to help students negotiate their way around the Monash environment. The program matches students registered with the DLU with suitable student volunteers for regular meetings throughout semester, and it a great opportunity to meet new people and get involved in the Monash community.

PEERS volunteers can work to provide a wide range of assistance including accompanying students to social events, mobility and navigation around the campus and referring them support from various Monash services. All PEERS Volunteers are trained and supported by the Disability Liaison Unit.

We would like to invite students registered with the DLU and  to register their interest in being matched with a student volunteer. Please follow the links to lodge your expression of interest.

If you are interested in volunteering please complete the application form.
We encourage mature age students, as well as students registered with the DLU to apply as volunteers to support other students.

Finally – A message from the tax office that you’ll want to read!

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Are you looking for a graduate position in the Australian Public Service? Would you like to join the largest premier development program for tax administration in Australia?

The Australian Taxation Office provides you with a dynamic and rewarding career in a high profile organisation, and offers you excellent professional development opportunities.

As a graduate you will participate in an extensive corporate and technical development program which will position you for an exciting career.

There are 6 streams of the Graduate Program you may apply for:

  • Law, finance and accounting
  • Information technology
  • Business design
  • Marketing communication
  • People management
  • Business management

We recognise the diversity of the Australian community and the unique skills this knowledge brings to the organisation.

The ATO supports the attraction, employment and retention of people with disability through our Access and Inclusion Plan, and welcomes applications from eligible graduates with disability to join the 2014 program.

When completing your application, if you require any specific needs to be met to facilitate your participation in the selection process then please advise us of these needs on your application.

Applications will open on 04 March 2013 and close on 02 April 2013.  Find out more at or

Join our team and help us shape and manage revenue systems which support and fund services for all Australians.

Giants of the Bay 2013

Friday, March 8th, 2013

A message from Kit Wise from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture:

I am organizing a team of Monash swimmers to take part in the Giants of the Bay 2013 ocean swim relay, to raise funds and awareness for Autism.

This time around, the race in Port Philip Bay is the longest open water swim in Australia, and half the 6 person team are/have been staff at MADA, the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture. Last year we came third and raised $17,000 and hope to get near that again.

For information on the event, please visit the Giants of the Bay website.
We are currently seeking donations for this event, and would appreciate your support.

Friday Morning Wisdom

Friday, March 8th, 2013

“Another myth that is firmly upheld is that disabled people are dependent and non-disabled people are independent. No one is actually independent. This is a myth perpetuated by disablism and driven by capitalism – we are all actually interdependent. Chances are, disabled or not, you don’t grow all of your food. Chances are, you didn’t build the car, bike, wheelchair, subway, shoes, or bus that transports you. Chances are you didn’t construct your home. Chances are you didn’t sew your clothing (or make the fabric and thread used to sew it). The difference between the needs that many disabled people have and the needs of people who are not labelled as disabled is that non-disabled people have had their dependencies normalized. The world has been built to accommodate certain needs and call the people who need those things independent, while other needs are considered exceptional. Each of us relies on others every day. We all rely on one another for support, resources, and to meet our needs. We are all interdependent. This interdependence is not weakness; rather, it is a part of our humanity”

– AJ Withers, Disability Politics and Theory, p109

All Rights

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is in the testing stage of their new rights and laws website – the Disability Rights Hub.

Now they want to know what you think of it.

Before the site goes live, they will be holding one-on-one testing sessions on MONDAY 14TH MARCH (not very long away), so that you can have a tinker with their prototype and help them ensure that all the bits and bobs of the site are all working.

Participants are welcome to bring their own laptop or iPad, or use one provided by the YDAS.

For those interested, please contact or call them on 9267 3733.

Calling for all Leaders for Tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

A new initiative run by Hunter TAFE’s NSW Consumer Support and Training Project with disability consultants, E-QUAL is calling out for applications to ‘Leaders for Tomorrow’. The 12 month program is designed to for young people with disabilities to enhance their leadership potentials through a range of training, coaching, mentoring, other leadership development opportunities and a two day workshop retreat.

Applicants are invited from all areas of skill levels and leadership interests.

And best of all – it’s free! The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of  Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and covers Travel and accommodation for the retreat, workshop, most course costs, conference costs (domestic), carer or other support cost, interpreters and child care.

At the completion of the year long program, graduates will then be able to pass on their own pearls of wisdom to the following intake, working as mentors.

Click here for more information and application forms.

training, coaching, mentoring and
other leadership development opportunities