Archive for January, 2015

Researcher Profile: Penny Robinson

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Biostatistican, Disability advocate and I CAN Network founder Penny Robinson has been profiled in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine’s blog! Find out more about Penny and the journey of how she got to where she is today. Have a read of her many accomplishments and her goals for the future.


The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 2016 Graduate Program

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is looking to recruit talented students from diverse backgrounds for the 2016 Graduate Development Program.

On Monday, 2 March, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will open applications for the 2016 Graduate Development Program. From roads to local government funding, airport security to large scale shipping, urban planning to transport logistics, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development really is shaping Australia’s future. Here is your opportunity to be part of it and choose your own adventure!

With the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, you can choose your own adventure. As a standard, however, you will:

  • Begin your career as an APS 3 – an entry level above that of interns and trainees;
  • Complete three rotations across the Department that will keep you engaged in a variety of projects;
  • Undertake a graduate certificate in Public Administration;
  • Participate in a graduate interstate industry tour to see the work of the Department in action; and
  • Be involved in the running of the Department’s Social Club, giving you plenty of networking opportunities.

On top of all that, on successful completion of the Graduate Development Program you will advance two levels to become an ongoing APS 5, a more senior classification. With this head-start, you are well on your way to establishing a successful career.

Along the way, you will be supported within the Department’s structured learning environment. They have specific mentoring initiatives to develop the workforce skills of people with disability. Their Disability Working Group is a supportive network and, if you choose to join it, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the Department’s directions in the disability space – particularly in relation to the Department’s Disability Workforce Action Plan. The Department is also a Silver Member of the Australian Network on Disability.

You can get a firsthand account of what it is like to complete the Department’s Graduate Development Program from previous graduates at the AAGE Big Meet (Victoria).

Find out more about the Graduate Development Program and application process see the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website, Facebook page or contact their Diversity team (02 6274 7233 or

PACE Mentoring

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Australian Network on Disability (AND) has a vibrant and dynamic mentoring program, called PACE, which has been developed to offer students with disability the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a workplace setting, which can assist them in planning their career journey, as well as aiding their personal and professional development.

PACE recognises that students and job seekers with disability frequently find themselves with little or no work experience, and may not be fully aware of the skills and attributes they can offer an organisation. This can add to the difficulties that students and job seekers may encounter as they try to enter their chosen career. PACE aims to assist mentees to become ‘job-ready’ and reduce some of these hurdles.

How to apply?

The commitment is to meet with a mentor up to eight times during the course of 12 weeks. The autumn program will start just after Easter so applications should be submitted by 13 March, with the chance to be matched with a manager from one of AND’s member organisations, including ANZ and IBM. This can be great preparation for the AND Stepping Into program as well.

To find out more and to download the application form, please visit the AND website

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Clayton Campus Readdressing

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

You might have noticed something new about the campus this year.

By January 2015, every building at the Clayton campus will have a new street address. That’s right – no more random building numbers. The new system will be attractive, logical and easy to navigate. We are transforming Clayton into an activated and inviting campus that attracts, enriches and fully engages with the surrounding community.

It’s all part of the campus Masterplan. Central to the Masterplan is a network of wide, tree-lined walkways, which will improve way finding and navigation across campus. We are numbering Monash buildings along the walkways in the same way as houses are numbered along a street. So it’s not just about the buildings – it’s about the connections and walkways between them.

It’s all about getting around campus without getting lost, and being physically part of the Monash community.

Disability Services is now located at 21 Ancora Imparo way.

See the Campus Maps to find out what’s changed!


Get Ready for Work and Study

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program at the University Western Sydney is excited to launch a total update and revamp of the popular Get Ready for Study and Work student workbook. The workbook is based on ten top tips for young people with disability and contains information, contacts and activities to help students make a successful transition from school into tertiary study, work or post school programs. It is relevant for students with disability across Australia and contains specific information and links for each state or territory.

The publications include:

  • Get Ready Workbook
  • Parents Get Ready Guidebook
  • Parents Get Ready Supplementary Fact Sheets
  • Which Way? Getting Ready for Study and Work booklet – National


Commission on the Status of Women 59th Session

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015.

CSW59 will focus on reviewing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BfPA) including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.CSW59 marks a major milestone in the history of CSW and presents an historic and once in a lifetime opportunity for women and girls with disabilities. The urgent need to strengthen efforts to address the rights and needs of women and girls with disabilities in all 12 critical areas of the BfPA along with all aspects of the post 2015 development agenda, has been recognised by Heads of State and Governments from around the world.

CSW59 offers women with disabilities the unique opportunity to ensure that disability and gender equality are mainstreamed as cross-cutting issues throughout the whole future development agenda.

The Commission invites interested organisations to submit proposals to attend the first week of the Session, and that meet the criteria of the Commission’s international participation program. Information on how to apply for funding is available here.

Proposals should:

  • Disclose any other sources of funding available to them
  • Indicate need and justification for funding including any particular needs related to location and impact of disability on travel costs
  • Address each of the criteria identified in the Commission’s published template for nominations.

Proposals close Friday 23rd January 2015 COB.

Applications for funding should be sent to:

For more information see the CSW website.

Conversational English Programs at Monash

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Conversational English Programs are beginning next month, with a range of different kinds of classes available.

These classes are a set of extra-curricular language activities aimed at developing the global competences of domestic and international students and enhancing the student experience through cross cultural communication and making new friends!

Classes for 2015 include:

Let’s Chat MUISS!

  • Groups of 30 students + 3 student facilitators
  • Structured but flexible, fun classes addressing conversation starters and other themes identified by Monash students
  • Last session in collaboration with Monash Sport includes games and a BBQ lunch
  • Clayton campus only
  • One 1h session once per week, Week 3 to Week 11, Semesters 1 and 2 – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4pm-5pm or 5pm-6pm
  • Open to all Monash students
  • Registration open from February 16 to March 6

Let’s Chat BusEco!

  • Free conversational English sessions to improve communication skills
  • Groups of 30 students + 3 facilitators
  • Structured but flexible, fun classes addressing conversation starters and other themes identified by Monash students
  • Last session in collaboration with Monash Sport includes games and a BBQ lunch
  • Caulfield campus
  • Open to Monash Business School (Faculty of Business and Economics) students only
  • One 1hr session once per week, Week 3 to Week 11, Semesters 1 and 2
  • Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4pm-5pm or 5pm-6pm
  • Registration open from February 16 to March 6 with a new intake of registrations during Survival Week (Week 4)

Peer Support

  • Help with written or spoken academic work
  • Free, one to one, ‘drop in’ 20 min sessions – no bookings necessary
  • John Medley Library, Campus Centre, Level 1, 21 Chancellor’s Walk, Clayton
  • All students welcome
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-2pm, Week 3 – Week 12, Semesters 1 and 2

Aussie Connect

  • Social interactions with local community in collaboration with Monash City Council
  • Once per month social group gathering
  • On Clayton campus and various council’s venues
  • Semester 2 only

There will also be a range of workshops and seminars across the semester looking at topics of cross cultural communication and international education. Watch this space for more information in early February!


Memorial for Stella Young

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

If you missed Stella Young’s memorial, you can now watch it here with no geoblocking. The writer, broadcaster and comedienne did much to help Australians understand disability issues.


Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship is available to undergraduate students who have a physical disability (and receive the Disability Support Pension) and are experiencing financial disadvantage.

For more information including eligibility criteria, please contact the Monash Coursework Scholarships Unit.


People with a Disability Leadership Development Scholarship Program 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The Disability Leadership Scholarship Program is an initiative from the department’s Disability Action Plan. The program aims to achieve a long-term increase in the number of qualified people with a disability employed across all areas and all levels of the public service. The 2015 program will be offering a limited number of scholarships for people with a disability in Victoria in the following areas of study:

  • Law
  • Criminology
  • Para-legal
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Other justice-related fields.

A scholarship for study at diploma, advanced diploma, bachelor, and postgraduate level will be offered at a tertiary institution within Victoria.

See the Department of Justice and Regulation website for more details.