Archive for August, 2016

MS Mega Swim – 24 hour event

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Monash Sport is hosting a 24 hour Mega Swim to raise funds for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. The event is a 24 hour team event and is open to people of all swimming abilities with the key focus of participation as well as fundraising for MS.

Find out more at the Monash website or at the MS Mega Swim page.

MS Mega Swim Poster_Monash_Web 2016

Through My Eyes 2017 Scholarship Program

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

See Through My Eyes is pleased to announce its first Scholarship Program for 2017. The STME scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to university students who are vision impaired or blind, who are working toward a sustainable and rewarding career in their chosen field.
Up to four scholarships of $2000 each will be awarded to undergraduate or postgraduate students. Scholarships are for one year only. Funds awarded can be spent on the following:

  • Payment of university tuition fees
  • Payment of student contribution fees
  • Purchase of textbooks and other course materials
  • Purchase of adaptive technology
  • Living expenses associated with study


Applicant must be diagnosed with a permanent vision condition that cannot be corrected and meets at least one of the following:

  • Visual acuity of 6/60 or less in at least one eye.
  • Visual field of less than 20 degrees.
  • Vision loss severely affecting daily life.

Applicant must be enrolled in a recognised Australian University in an undergraduate or postgraduate program and be continuing the course for at least one year from application.

Applicant must be registered with STME.

Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

Selection Criteria

Response to application questions.
Letters of recommendation.
Academic results.


For more information and for applications forms visit:

Vision Australia Further Education Bursary 2016

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The Vision Australia Further Education Bursary 2016 is now open for applications

In 2016, Vision Australia will award Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

Each year, Vision Australia awards Further Education Bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision.

The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help the students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies. Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information. It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life.

Our own research tells us that people from the blindness and low vision community who have a diploma, certificate or degree are more likely to be employed. Our bursary program is just one way in which we are levelling the playing field by supporting people to further their education and build a meaningful career.

Students of any age can apply for a Vision Australia Further Education Bursary.

Applicants must:

  • Be or become, a client of Vision Australia
  • Have a current (within the last 12 months) eye report on file with Vision Australia
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be living or moving to Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
  • Be enrolling to study at an institution in Victoria, ACT, NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory or Tasmania
  • Be enrolling to study in at least Certificate IV or higher accredited courses including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (not a Foundation or Enabling course) at the start of the year or be already enrolled in such a course (preference may be given to those in the early stages of a course). The course must have a minimum 12 months remaining for those already enrolled.

Application deadline is 28th October 2016

Further selection criteria and how to apply

Paid Internship Opportunities for Students with Disability- Summer 2016/17

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Looking to gain paid work experience in a leading organisation, build a network of contacts, and develop valuable skills and experience?

Stepping Into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability to gain hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study.

The Australian Network on Disability (AND), work with employers to identify and provide opportunities for university students with disability to “step into” the workplace. Stepping Into is an opportunity to gain exposure to various industries, and work alongside experienced professionals to further your skills and experience.

This summer there are opportunities all around Australia for students with a thirst for learning, and the willingness to give it a go.

Internships are available at:

  • Westpac
  • The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Cummins South Pacific
  • The Department of Communications and the Arts
  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
  • Commonwealth Bank

And many more!

To view the current positions available, please visit the website. Please note: The website is constantly being updated with new positions. Keep checking in to see new opportunities.

Opportunities are based in city and regional areas all around Australia.

To be eligible, you must demonstrate the following:

  • Be in your penultimate or final year of study;
  • Be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident;
  • Be registered with Disability Services at your university, or have proof of eligibility from a medical practitioner.

For more information about the program, visit the website, like us on Facebook, or get in touch with us at the Australian Network on Disability on 03 9621 2276 or

Join our mailing list for updates on advertised positions.

Corporate and Institutional Banking Intern- Westpac (Melbourne and Sydney)

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

This summer, Westpac is offering two paid internships for suitable candidates through the Stepping Into Program. The internships will commence in the summer university break and will be for a period of 10 weeks.

Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply for the Corporate and Institutional Banking Program, but you will have a strong interest in financial services with a strong analytical ability. Given CIB will often identify strategic opportunities for our clients, individuals with analytical, proactive and forward thinking ideas will fit well within our program and team culture.

By joining the Corporate and Institutional Banking Program you’ll learn more than just banking. To excel at your role you’ll need to develop a deep understating of your customers’ industry and business needs – expanding your knowledge and skill set beyond banking products and services alone. We aim to act as a trusted advisor to our customers, partnering with them across both their day to day and strategic aspects of their businesses.

The interns will be allocated to a particular team and will work alongside experienced analysts and relationship managers.

The type of work involved may include:

  • Researching topical issues within a particular industry and contributing to research reports and credit submissions.
  • Market and competitor research and analysis.
  • Assessing existing and potential clients including full financial analysis in order to determine the appropriate credit risk rating and resultant lending appetite.
  • Supporting the relationship team with ad hoc requests. Although allocated to a particular team, the program also provides interns with a broad overview of Corporate and Institutional banking.

During the 10 week program, interns will receive support from a recent graduate as well as a dedicated placement manager to ensure your learning experience is optimised.


To be eligible for the summer internship, students must be:

  • Currently studying a relevant undergraduate or postgraduate degree at university
  • In their penultimate year of study.
  • Australian citizens
  • Registered with Disability Services at university OR provide proof of eligibility for Stepping Into with relevant medical documentation

How to Apply:

Before proceeding to the online application, please ensure you have the following documents ready to upload:

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter addressing your interest in Westpac.
  • Your academic transcript (we do not require a certified copy. A legible version downloaded from your online student portal is acceptable)
  • Your Access Plan or other proof of eligibility e.g. relevant medical documentation.

Once you have prepared the above documents, please proceed to the online application form

If you have any questions regarding this position, please email:, or call Emma Bell at AND on 03 9621 2276.

Casual Research Opportunity

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Workplace Adjustments Project – Seeking Recent Masters/Doctoral Graduates with Disability

Calling recent masters/doctoral graduate with disability that have studied in the discipline of law, employment law, organisational behavioural psychology, social psychology or management.

A casual researcher is sought for an exciting collaborative project with the Centre for Workplace Leadership and the Australian Network on Disability. The project will focus on an organisation’s capability to make work place adjustments and the experience of employees who require adjustments. The ideal candidate would be available to start in mid-late September.

Further details, including how to apply available on Career Gateway at:

Applications close 26 August 2016

Two day Leadership Program for Women with Disabilities

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Are you a woman with a disability interested in participating in a two-day leadership workshop?  Do you know a woman with a disability who would like to attend?

“Women Leading by Example” is a unique leadership program that will be held in Melbourne on the 20th and 21st September for a maximum of 30 women with disabilities. High-profile female leaders, mentors, and workshop facilitators from corporate, government, and non-profit sectors will present and interact with participants.

Participants will explore their self-leadership as well as their ability to lead others.  This includes identifying and sharing leadership goals and working to increase confidence to take the next step in community leadership.

Each applicant will be assessed on the total of their experiences and goals in life.

More information, such as the Interim Program, can be found on our website at

Media Access Australia – Latest news

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Latest news
Media Access Australia appoints new CEO

Ms Manisha Amin has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of leading Not For Profit web and digital accessibility organisation, Media Access Australia. Her appointment by the Board of Directors will see her join the team on Monday 5 September.

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 update with accessibility improvements

Microsoft has commenced rolling out a major new update to its Windows 10 operating systems on desktop, laptop and tablet devices, bringing a number of new features which include benefits to people with disabilities.

BBC iPlayer trialling subtitles for live channels in world-first

In a welcome development from the UK, the BBC has begun trialling subtitles for live channels on their iPlayer platform. This is a first for any major video on-demand service in the world, as up till now, subtitles have only been available for on-demand programs.

Accessibility in the workplace has widespread benefits

Almost half of all EU citizens living with a disability are unemployed, a new study commissioned by Microsoft has revealed. As people increasingly rely on technology to get their jobs done, the report also showed that many employees who are Deaf, blind, vision, hearing or cognitive impaired, or who have a physical disability, are finding it harder to participate productively in workplaces that are not technologically accessible.

Featured accessibility article

Create annual reports that are accessible for all

It’s annual report season again, and now is the time to look at making annual reports as meaningful and inclusive as possible, so that people of all abilities can be catered for. It’s a straightforward process to make an accessible annual report if you are in a position to be able to plan upfront, and in many cases, it’s also mandatory to do so.

Useful resource of the week

Media Access Australia made a major 2016 update on the state of social media for those with a disability a little earlier this year. It’s a really helpful resource that you are very welcome to share, where you can go through the accessibility pros and cons of all the popular forms of social media available today. Check out the level of accessibility of social media plus learn some useful tips, on the Media Access Australia website.

ASD Research at Deakin University

Monday, August 1st, 2016

How do we understand the intentions behind other’s actions?

Researchers at Deakin University are looking for people with an Asperger’s diagnonsis to take part in an experiment to help us understand the differences in brain activity between adults with Asperger’s and those without when watching others’ actions.

Are you over 18? A native English speaker? Right-handed?

Thank you could help!

Taking part will involve two sessions. In the first session you will complete some questionnaires and in the second session you will watch videos whilst receiving non-invasive brain stimulation. Each session will last approximately 2 hours.

Please contact the lead researcher Eleanor Cole for more information –

“We’re The Superhumans” Trailer For Rio Paralympics 2016

Monday, August 1st, 2016

We\’re The Superhumans | Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer

The Superhumans return for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September. Visit the Channel 4 website for more Superhumans stories.