Hon Christian Porter MP (Minister for Social Services) agrees more disability employment consultation is needed

I am on a roll, a couple weeks ago I caught up with Premier of Victoria the Hon. Daniel Andrews, now with the Hon Christian Porter MP (Minister for Social Services).

Who’s next?

The Minister mentioned during visit to the VALID Inc. Having a Say Conference in Geelong that the findings from the Disability Employment Framework Consultation demonstrate the need for attitudes to change so that people with disabilities can enter the workforces.

For more details about the Disability Employment Framework Consultation click on the link below.

Disability Employment Framework Consultation

In light of all the action happening with the NDIS I think its crucial that disability employment consultation continues , as I believe there should be many opportunities out there right now.

I must acknowledge the efforts made by The National Disability Insurance Agency to employee people disabilities.

The Hon Christian Porter MP position is “Social Services” as I was googling these words I became aware that Saturday 20th of Feb 2016 is World Day of Social Justice,

The first World Day of Social Justice was observed on 20 February 2009.

 World Day of Social Justice 20th Feb 2016

“It aims to contribute to the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and justice for all.”

As a person with a disability, my head is full of NDIS, and how potentially it can help many people with disabilities,  so for me the World Day of Social Justice is a good reminder that the NDIS is not a fix for everyone & there are many people out there who struggle with a variety of challenges.


It’s All in the Ingredients

You’ve got your disability support funding,

Your list of goals that you want to achieve, so go for it……….

Na, it’s not that simple of course

This is where a good facilitator is worth their weight in gold.

Recently I was invited to participate in a Victorian Statewide Community of Practice Forum.

There was over 80 facilitators from the Department of Human Services and Disability Service Providers attending this event.

It was extremely encouraging to listen to a group of professionals who are willing to share resources and challenges with each other.

I came away from this forum with a greater understanding of what goes into a “Facilitator Role”

Facilitator Role

“don’t use that service, try these people…..”

The VALID Peer Support to Buy Support groups across Victoria are are playing a big role keeping people with disabilities and their families informed when it comes to purchasing services.

As we prepare and watch Disability-Care / National Disability Insurance Scheme (let’s not go there with the name) evolve, we must continually remind the Government that we are responsible consumers who know exactly what supports we need.

In Victoria so far VALID has 7 groups in the following areas.

Tonight the Melbourne CBD Peer Support to Buy Support has two Representatives from the Department Human Services joining in the conversation about “Direct Employment” should be a great night.

I think it is crucial that these Peer Support to Buy Support groups spread across Australia, let me know if you want some tips on setting these groups in your area.

Newsflash……. VALID will be setting up a dedicated “Direct Employment” Peer Support to Buy Support Victorian statewide group that will incorporate teleconferencing for those who cannot attend in person, stay tuned……
Peer Support

Peer Support