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PACE Mentoring Spring 2021

May 12th, 2021 by tperry

PACE Mentoring Spring 2021 Applications Are Now Open!

PACE Mentoring is an industry mentoring program that matches jobseekers and students with disability with experienced professionals from leading Australian businesses.

The program is a great opportunity for you to:

  • Build confidence
  • Develop employability skills
  • Learn some top tips to get a head start on your career
  • Experience professional and personal development

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.

Read more great stories from PACE Mentoring HERE

Want to learn more about the program?

Come along to AND’s free PACE Information sessions where they discuss what the PACE program is and how it can help your professional and personal development.

The sessions will be held through Microsoft TEAMS. This session is open to jobseekers, students and industry providers so feel free to share the details!

  • Thursday 3rd June 2pm – 3pm (Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne time)
  • Wednesday 16th June 11am – 12pm (Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne time)

You can access the Information sessions here!

Who is eligible?

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

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.

Find Out More About PACE Mentoring

Student Academic Success

May 4th, 2021 by tperry

Perform At Your Peak in Final Assessments in 2021

The Monash University Student Academic Success (SAS) team has developed a program of workshops and resources to support undergraduate and postgraduate students in their end-of-semester assessments.

Final assessments are just around the corner, and the team at Student Academic Success have you covered!

Their program includes:

  • Workshops on time management, exam preparation and getting the most out of your revision period. Starts 11 May. Book your spot now!
  • Quick feedback on your academic English in your draft assignments. Upload your draft to get fast-turnaround feedback.
  • Videos of top tips and ideas from students, academics and learning experts about managing the final assessment period.
  • Useful resources to help you plan and study smarter, not harder.

If you would like one-on-one support, book in a consultation with a learning adviser.

Calling Young Disabled Content Creators

April 30th, 2021 by tperry

Call Out for Disabled Young Content Creators!

My name is Laura and I work at the Youth Disability Advocacy Service or YDAS.

We have just opened a call out for creative young people with a disability or health condition to create content as part of a new project we’re working on.

We’re looking for writers, artists, and other creatives to make content for disabled young people.

This Is a Paid Opportunity

This opportunity is for young Victorians, aged 12 to 25 years old, who identify as:

  • having a disability, 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.

Here is a direct link to the call out webpage with more information:

Part-Time Opening I CAN Network

April 30th, 2021 by tperry

Immediate Part-Time Opening – Greater Melbourne

Key Details: Program Manager

  • Supporting the Regional Manager.
  • Coordinating I CAN Ltd’s face-to-face services (school-based mentoring programs and speaking engagements) within Greater Melbourne.
  • Supervising and coaching I CAN Ltd staff.
  • Managing stakeholder relationships, particularly with schools and parents
  • Hours can be negotiated around commitments but must be performed during standard business hours.
  • Maximum Part-Time Role (22.8 hrs per week) until December 2021.
  • $72K – 84K package paid pro rata to 0.6 FTE (includes superannuation and salary packaging benefits
  • Applicants must have the ability to work from home and be able to apply and provide a clear Working With Children Check. Access to a car will also be necessary in order to conduct school visits across Melbourne.

About You

  • Genuine passion for nurturing the individual strengths of Autistic mentors and mentees
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Strong administrative and IT skills.
  • Capacity to schedule I CAN Ltd’s services across complex requirements including casual staff availability and school timetabling preferences.
  • Adaptable communication skills across a variety of audiences and the sensitivity to handle all situations with care and professionalism.
  • Stakeholder relationship management and staff supervision experience.

Full details about this position and other openings within the I CAN team can be found here:

About the I CAN Workplace

A key distinguishing feature of I CAN, and a source of enormous strength, is their commitment to ensuring that at least 50% of our team is Autistic. I CAN feels very strongly about providing a workplace which celebrates and nurtures Autistic talent and also attracts non-Autistic team members who relish the opportunity to work for an Autistic-led organisation.

The I CAN recruitment process is strengths-based, and they aim to support team members in roles that capitalise on individual strengths, respect personal schedules and capacity, and provide meaningful training and growth opportunities over time. All of I CAN positions are paid roles.

You can learn more about I CAN Network here.

With You With Me

April 30th, 2021 by tperry

WithYouWithMe Project Possible Neurodiversity Programme

WithYouWithMe is a 200 FTE Australian tech company founded by 70% combat veterans.

They are currently hiring over 100 additional roles, and as many of them are already disabled they are passionate about helping disadvantaged groups gain work.

WithYouWithMe doesn’t use CV’s when they recruit, instead they apply a 90 minute military grade cognitive aptitude test to highlight individual strengths and use that data to make hiring decisions, which was developed with professors from the University of Sydney.

WithYouWithMe has already helped over 1,250 veterans transition from the military into high paying meaningful tech jobs with no previous IT skills or experience, and now with Project Possible they are investing $5 million AUD as a social impact program we are running to deliver free training to 1,000 neurodiverse Australians.

There is also the possibility of direct employment with WithYouWithMe or their partner companies, such as Accenture, Microsoft, Splunk, and the government itself through our partnership with the “Senate Select committee on Autism” (the APS has 152k workers 4% of which are disabled, a new quota of 7% disabled workers has been announced which means roughly 5k new jobs in the APS, and WithYouWithMe will be working closely with the APS commissioner and the government advocating for their candidates to be selected for employment opportunities).

A Social Impact Business

WithYouWithMe is a social impact business, and one of their core goals is to solve underemployment.

They want to begin with this neurodiversity programme as there is a significant wave of support already, and would like your help to spread the word and encourage neurodiverse participants to sign up.

They are a national business and can support flexible work including working from home if required.

Below is the signup link:

2021 Round Table Conference

April 30th, 2021 by tperry

2021 Round Table Conference – Register Now!

*Don’t miss the opportunity to attend Round Table’s first ever virtual conference promoting Information for People with Print Disabilities.

Don’t wait – Register Now! #roundtable2021.

Around the conference theme “Information Access – Innovation and Collaboration”, presenters will explore the ever-expanding opportunities presented to people with print disabilities for information access and creation, communication and learning.

The extensive high quality conference program includes renowned presenters from across the world. The conference will provide you with updates on accessible and inclusive practices and projects, braille education, innovative audio and artificial intelligence applications, and much much more.

The full program is available on the website by following this link: 2021 Round Table Conference.


  • ABA General meeting – Saturday, 15 May 2021.
  • Conference Proper – Monday, 17 May to Tuesday, 18 May 2021.
  • Round Table AGM – Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 4:00pm AEST.
  • Tutorial and Workshops – Wednesday, 19 May 2021.

Special thanks and acknowledgement to our 2021 Conference Supporters:

Phone: (03) 9010 6251 (for overseas calls: +61 3 9010 6251)

13 Myee Crescent, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153

Web address:

Seeking People with Epilepsy

April 15th, 2021 by tperry

We Are Interested in the Views of Individuals Over 18 Years of Age Who Have Epilepsy

Seeking Participants with Epilepsy

This study aims to understand your interests, expectations, and decision-making around a brain-machine interface that may be a potential treatment for epilepsy.

  • You will receive a $30 gift card to compensate for your time

Your participation will involve:

  • A 90 minute focus group (much like a conversation)
  • and a short demographic questionnaire.

Participation in the focus group will be via teleconference call. Any travel expenses will be covered

For more information please contact:

  • Adrian Carter
  • School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University
  • Email: / 9902 9431

Human Ethics Approval: 19968

Toilets for Everybody

April 15th, 2021 by tperry

Toilets for Everybody – A Right not a Privilege

*Reprinted and referenced with permission from The Access Institute.

  • By Ms. Joe Manton, Director Access Institute

After spending my very early years trudging through the back yard to the outdoor ‘dunny’ in the winter, I developed a great appreciation, as did many others, for a comfortable, warm, clean, ‘spider free’ toilet, as these were introduced to homes across the country.

Of course, you just need to go ‘up the country’ to see some of these iconic outhouses still in operation but they are more often a nod to the past, rather than a preferred place to spend time.

The fact that we all need to use toilets every day, means that consideration must be given to the toileting needs of everybody. So, let’s talk toilets.

Standard Male and Female Toilets

Of course, the most common types of toilets we see installed in public places include standard male and female toilets. These serve the purpose for many people and also used to mean that property owners could comply with minimum required legislation.

However, over the years recognition of the needs of more people and other users of toilets, have been recognised as important considerations in developing inclusive communities.

Unisex Accessible Toilets

Unisex accessible toilets are required where male and female toilets are provided. These toilets incorporate a larger space where a person using a wheelchair can access the toilet pan, grab rails and other fixtures, as well as a washbasin inside the cubicle that support a person who may be using toileting equipment or who needs to access water or washing facilities.

These toilets must be Unisex because a person may need assistance from a carer or support person to get in or use the toilet. This could include people who identify as males or females or others. It is not appropriate to install an accessible toilet in a gender specific facility.

Anyone can use a Unisex Accessible Toilet. It’s just a toilet with more space and supports.

If a person was using a Guide Dog and needed more space to take the dog with them, then a Unisex Accessible Toilet would be helpful.

If a parent with a pram needs more space this would also often be a suitable facility.

*Click here to read the whole Toilets for Everybody article

Paid Role in Feature Film

April 12th, 2021 by tperry

Female Wheelchair User Wanted for Lead Role in Film

‘Chicken and Chips Casting’ are currently casting for an upcoming Feature Film and are looking for a female wheelchair user for the lead role.

This is a paid role.

Please see the attached document for expressions of interest for the role of JEAN.

  • If this is relevant to you, and your are interested, please email directly to or use the below link to apply directly at

Chicken and Chips casting look forward to receiving your submissions!


ABS Data Graduate

April 1st, 2021 by tperry

Become an APS Data Graduate in 2022

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is recruiting more than 150 data graduates for placements across the Australian Public Service (APS).

If you have graduated university within the last five years they want to hear from you!

Leading the Australian Public Service Data Professional Stream, the ABS is at the centre of developing specialised data professionals to build a data capable APS.

One Application, Multiple Opportunities

By completing one application as part of the Australian Government Graduate Program Data Stream, you will open the door to over 20 different Australian Government agencies, including the ABS, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Health.

Data roles are varied and provide access to all aspects of government, including policy development, research, program management and service delivery.

Work in data analysis, data acquisition, data engineering or more specialised roles in data science, methodology or geospatial analysis.

There are lots of roles across government that require you to work with data, and they are open to applicants from all fields of study

Common Backgrounds for Data Graduates Include:

• Analytics/Data Analytics
• Actuarial Studies
• Data Science/Data Mining
• Demography
• Economics/Econometrics
• Engineering
• Finance
• Mathematics/Mathematical modelling
• Machine Learning
• Psychology/Social Sciences
• Risk and Intelligence Analysis
• Statistics

  • Applications open 9 March and close on 11 April 2021.
  • For more information or to apply go to