Archive for December, 2021

DJCS 2022 Disability Scholarship

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Applications Now Open for the DJCS 2022 Disability Scholarship Program

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is pleased to announce applications are open for the 2022 Disability Scholarship Program.

What is the Disability Scholarship Program?

One major and two minor scholarships are awarded annually to Victorian students with disability studying at the diploma, advanced diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Scholarships are offered in the following areas of study:

  • law
  • criminology
  • paralegal work
  • psychology
  • social work
  • other justice-related fields

How to Apply

Fill in the attached Application Form, also available for download from the DJCS website.

Reasonable adjustments will be provided throughout the application process upon request.

  • The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Friday 11 March 2022.

Submit an Application

Completed applications must be submitted by email to: inclusion&intersectionality@justice.vic.‌

For full details refer to the Application Form.

More Information

For more information read the attached Program Guidelines, also available for download from the DJCS website.

If you require any of the documents in an alternative format or have any questions email the Inclusion and Intersectionality branch – inclusion&

Work With I CAN in 2022

Friday, December 17th, 2021

New Opportunities With I CAN Network for 2022

I CAN Network mentors more than 2000+ young people each year via their school-based and national online group mentoring programs.

I CAN are a proudly neurodiverse organisation and feel strongly about providing a workplace that celebrates and nurtures Autistic talent.

They also attract many non-Autistic team members who relish the opportunity to work for an Autistic-led organisation.

All of their positions are paid roles.

Due to the influx of new schools joining I CAN, they are recruiting Mentors & Program Facilitators in all five of their regional hubs:

  • Greater Melbourne – Inner City: Coburg to Frankston, Lilydale to Werribee.
  • Northern Victoria – Bendigo, Shepparton, Echuca and surrounding areas.
  • Barwon/Geelong – Colac & Bellarine
  • South West Victoria – Camperdown to Portland
  • Queensland – Brisbane, Northern and Southern Suburbs

These roles involve delivering their mentoring programs in I CAN Schools and/or through their National Online Group Mentoring Program.

For full descriptions and to apply CLICK HERE.

I CAN are also excited to recruit a People & Culture Manager (0.4 FTE) to join their senior staff. 

They are looking for a culturally-aligned, motivated, and self-driven individual to join their Senior Management team as a People & Culture Manager based in Victoria.

  • You will have tertiary qualifications in Human Resources, experience working in Human Resource Management, and will be able to perform tasks in a highly flexible workplace.
  • This role is a paid, part-time role.
  • Applications close Sunday 9th January 2022.

For more details CLICK HERE.

National Online Group Mentoring

  • Cycle 1 Begins: 7th February, 2022

I CAN Network’s national online group mentoring program continues to offer a safe, accepting, engaging space where Autistic young people ages 8-22 can connect each week with peers and mentors.

In addition to their classic I CAN groups, I CAN Imagination Club® and groups for LGBTIQA+ teens, they  will also be expanding our special interest-based groups to offer 14 different themes.

Please find their schedule details below:


Afternoon: 4:30-5:30PM AEDT

Imagination Club (8-12 years)
Star Wars (8-12 years)
Harry Potter (8-12 years)
Evening:  6:40-7:40PM AEDT

Harry Potter (13-22 years)
Star Wars (13-22 years)
Everything Marvel (13-22 years)


Afternoon: 4:30-5:30PM AEDT

Dinosaurs (8-12 years)
Evening: 6:40-7:40PM AEDT

Pokémon (8-17 years)
I CAN Group (8-17 years)
Screens, Tunes & Characters (13-22 years)
Anime (13-22 years)


Afternoon: 4:30-5:30PM AEDT

Minecraft (8-12 years)
Evening: 6:40-7:40PM AEDT

Drawing & Art (8-17 years)
Lego – NEW (8-17 years)
Sports – NEW (8-17 years)
I CAN Group (17-22 years)


Evening: 6:40-7:40PM AEDT

LGBTQIA+ (13-17 years)
Animal Crossing  – NEW (8-17 years)
Minecraft (8-22 years)
AFL (8-17 years)
Dungeons & Dragons (13-22 years)

To avoid disappointment be sure to express your interest for Cycle 1 – 2022 as soon as possible!

To learn more or to express your interest use this link: EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST FOR 2022!

Please note: Age groups are advertised broadly. They will group participants as close to their age bracket as possible.

  • As a guide I CAN generally group within the following: 8 – 12 years, 13 – 17 years & 17 – 22 years – this may vary in I CAN Special Interest Groups:

Employ My Ability

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Employ My Ability – the Disability Employment Strategy

*From JobAccess

The Australian Government has developed Employ My Ability – the Disability Employment Strategy, to provide a guiding framework for governments, employers and the broader community to increase employment outcomes for people with disability.

The vision is create inclusive workplaces where people with disability can thrive in their careers.

Through Employ My Ability, the Government is looking to make meaningful changes to the way supports to jobseekers with disability are delivered, and empower employers to confidently recruit people with disability.

Four Priority Areas

Employ My Ability has four priority areas:

  1. Lifting employer engagement, capability and demand
  2. Building employment skills, experience and confidence of young people with disability
  3. Improving systems and services for job seekers and employers
  4. Changing community attitudes
  • Find out how you can contribute to the success of this strategy by visiting:

Employ My Ability is available in the following accessible formats:

Showing Support

Many businesses are already committed to improving diversity within their own organisations, and are demonstrating this by publically endorsing Employ My Ability.

  • If your organisation would like more information on endorsing Employ My Ability, you can reach out to the Department of Social Services at

College Adviser Position Available

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Interested in Being a College Adviser?

College Advisers are volunteers that play an important role in helping college members form friendships and enjoy life at Monash.

They also play a role in designing and delivering our events and ensuring that our community is a great experience for all members.

We provide all the training and work with you to help develop your skills in leadership, teamwork, planning and logistics and mentorship.

If this sounds like something that you’re interested in, then apply here:


You don’t have to be a college member, to be an adviser.

If you know a fellow student who would make a great adviser, please forward this to them!

Training to Become a College Adviser

Training is essential for all advisers and the dates of training are:

  • 8th – 10th of February 2022 – On campus training for new and returning advisers.
  • 18th – 20th of February 2022 – Residential Training Camp (YMCA Anglesea)
  • 14th – 16th of February 2022 – Mental Health First Aid training (Optional)

If you have any questions, please contact: 

International Day of People with Disability 2021

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability 2021

International_Day_of People with Disability Logo

Today is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

This year’s UN theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

We are happy to acknowledge and celebrate this important day.

We also are aware that disability inclusion must go beyond this day alone.

Let’s work together to continue to strive for a better future.

Disability inclusion. Today. Everyday. Always.

Video: We need to talk about disability

PACE Mentoring Autumn 2022

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

PACE Mentoring: Applications for Autumn 2022 Now Open!

We are excited to announce that applications for PACE Mentoring Autumn 2022 are now open! 

PACE Mentoring is a free industry mentoring program that matches jobseekers and students with disability with experienced professionals from leading Australian businesses like QBE, ANZ, Alstom Transport and more!

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 & Adelaide. There are also some virtual mentoring opportunities for students and jobseekers based in other locations across Australia.

Apply now to be a PACE Mentee!

  • Applications close on 28 February 2022.

Are You Eligible?

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

We welcome 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: physical disability, mental health conditions, sensory impairments and immunological conditions.

Check out our website for the Frequently Asked Questions about the PACE Mentoring program.

You can find the answers to the questions about eligibility, how the program works, timelines and more.

  • You can also contact AND on 1300 36 36 45 or via email for enquiry.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to advance your career opportunity!

Join AND at Their Free Information Sessions

Want to learn more about the program?

Come along to AND’s free PACE Information sessions where we discuss how the program works, what the matching process is like, what to expect from the program and answer any questions you have about PACE Mentoring.

The sessions will be held online through Microsoft TEAMS.

  • Tuesday 14th December 2pm – 3pm
  • Tuesday 11th January 2pm – 3pm
  • Monday 7th February 3pm – 4pm

*all in Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne time (AEDT)

Click here to join the session

Or call in (audio only)

  • +61 2 5104 6303,,788939907#  Australia, Canberra
  • 1800 571 212,,788939907#  Australia (Toll-free)

Phone Conference ID: 788 939 907#

How PACE Mentoring Helped Melissa

“After I finished PACE, I submitted my resume to Indooroopilly State High School, where I was successful in obtaining an interview. Initially I was nervous, but I just relaxed and thought of the tips my mentor gave me. A week later I got a call from the principal saying that I had the job as a mathematics and science teacher.”

– Melissa from the 2018 PACE Mentoring cohort reflecting on how PACE helped her break into the teaching industry. 

If you have any questions, please contact Australian Network on Disabilty’s Programs team at or call 02 8270 9200.

Universal Design for Learning webpage

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

The ADCET Universal Design for Learning webpage is Now Live

The Universal Design for Learning webpage is now live on ADCET.

Using the ‘In this section’ navigation menu on the left, the page provides a range of UDL resources, checklists and templates as well as advice about learning design and accessibility, professional learning, and opportunities to get involved in UDL conversations to support good UDL practice in tertiary education in Australia.

The page includes both Australian and international information.

Visit the UDL webpage

  • Is something missing on the UDL webpage?
  • Let us know your feedback:

Administrative Officer Position

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Expression of Interest – Administrative Officer (Leadership programs)

  • Location: Clayton campus
  • Hours: 4-15 per week
  • Pay per hour: $42.52

About the team

Career Connect offers a broad range of co- and extra-curricular programs designed to create transformative opportunities for students to acquire the experience, skills and attributes that optimise their employability and community engagement, smooth their transition from study to employment, and enable them to manage their careers in a global and rapidly evolving employment market.

We provide a range of programs and services for students, including those offered through Career Services, Student Leadership Development and Student Futures. Guided by the Sir John Monash ethos of service, we foster in our students a sense of responsibility to change the world for the better and equip them with the skills to do so.

About the role

In this role you will provide administrative support to Career Connect programs, including;

  • Reviewing and undertaking marking for the Leap into Leadership Online module suite
  • Responding to inquiries from students and university staff about LiLO and leadership programs
  • Supporting Program Coordinators with analysis and drafting reports in the Google suite and MS Office suite, updating shared google dashboards
  • Providing high-quality and timely feedback to students in line with Career Connect messaging
  • CRM data entry and basic workflow processing and administration
  • Supporting the leadership programs, including workshops and the Leadership Summit
  • Sending mail merges in Thunderbird and generating PDFs in AutoCrat
  • Reviewing forms and attendance data in Career Gateway
  • Updating online module content in Moodle (as per detailed requests)
  • Assisting with registration desk and set up/pack down processes at Leadership events

About you

To be considered for these opportunities you must have:

  1. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal including the ability to:
  2. quickly synthesise information from a variety of sources, and
  3. make judgements about customer service responses with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  4. Strong attention to detail and an ability to follow processes, work across multiple platforms, and to solve problems.
  5. Ability to work as an effective member of a team as well as independently under general supervision, either remotely or on-site.
  6. Basic ability to work with Google Suite and Microsoft Suite
  • (ideal) proficient with google sheets, Moodle, AutoCrat and Thunderbird
  • (ideal) experience of Student Leadership Development programs at Monash (Monash Minds Leadership Program, Ancora Imparo Leadership Program, Leap into Leadership Online or Student Leadership Summit)


If this sounds like the role for you and you meet the minimum qualification requirements don’t delay!

Please be sure to include the following information in your application:

  • cover letter
  • resume

Start your application now 

  • Please note, this opportunity closes on Tuesday 7th December.

Three Magic Words That Taught Me What I Can Do

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

How The Three Magic Words “Registered with DSS” Taught Me That I Should Not Let What I Can’t Do Stop Me from Doing What I Can Do

By (former Monash student, class of 2021) M. M. Ahmed

I have to confess that I had mixed feelings after completing my course at Monash University earlier this year.

I was sure that I will not be getting the same level of support anywhere else, as none of the four previous universities I studied at offered a student success and IT team both during and after business hours, nor a Moodle site that did not require an elective in computer science to navigate!

Both my course coordinators and supervisors alike, always made themselves available, and diligently responded to the 6481641 student queries on the Q&A board rain, shine, or pandemic.

Moreover, the new grading system that took into account the current circumstances suggested that the university would rather that all their students pass than make a profit if they failed or needed to repeat their courses.

Lastly, the invitation to be an alumni made sure it was not a “Goodbye”.

Like many students attempting to complete their studies while living with a chronic condition, I was also torn between deciding whether my chronic health condition was or wasn’t a valid excuse that warranted special consideration and additional support during my studies.

And given my often-unreasonable sense of pride and own stigma, I chose not disclose it when first enrolled in my course at Monash.

Consequently, my first two trimesters were akin to swimming up an academic version of the Styx River without a paddle, while wearing a facemask that kept fogging up my glasses to boot.

Therefore, -and despite the fact that I was enrolled in a degree I was passionate about- the “Are You Ready for the next Trimester?” Group email always elicited feelings of extreme angst and apprehension.

I wondered, was this trimester going to be one the one where my four AM brain that was already laden with a combination of medication the side effects were often as bad the symptoms of my condition(s) will finally resurrect a scientist who comes back from the dead to seek vengeance on me for missing the comma behind in my citation?

Registering with DSS

Registering with DSS changed my feelings of angst.

Tom and his team quickly and compassionately made me realise that getting support with my assignments and quizzes was not an unfair advantage but more so one that “levelled the playing field”.

So, when my grades picked up -even in subjects that made me sleepier than my prescribed medication ever did, my reaction every time my grades were released was always the same “What the Dickens?!”

I didn’t understand how and why my grades improved given that the impartial and unbiased support DSS provided me did change the fact I had to do the exact same amount of work on my own.

Whenever I appeared flabbergasted when I did well after submitting a paper which I felt was pure drivel, my partner would often tell me to “Stop being a sourpuss about getting a good grade, and there is no need to add Imposter Syndrome to the list of your chronic health conditions!

Accordingly, and on behalf of all the students who were afforded the ability to apply and receive additional support by DSS with no repercussions, I thank Tom and the DSS team for their dedication and their prompt responses to the flurry of phone rants and emails, which were sometimes on weekends if they believed the matter called for it.

Please take pride that our successes are also yours, and that we will all forever be in your debt for all your support.

I hope that anyone who reads this post -student or university staff alike- recognizes that it is their duty both as a professional and as a human being to make sure that no one they know is ever put in a position where they have to pick between the two excuses.