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         Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria

                    CALD  - NDIS Readiness Bulletin # 35 | June 28, 2019
Pictured: Alex Litsoudis and fellow artists. Melbourne film producer with mild intellectual disability, is looking for artists with disability to participate in his new documentary, working title “Who Are They?”
                                    IN THIS ISSUE:

Looking for artists with disability Alex Litsoudis, a film producer with mild intellectual disability, is looking for artists with disability to participate in his new documentary, working title “Who Are They?” The film will explore the issues of isolation, bullying, challenges for an artist, and future plans of the participants.For more info please contact the director of the film, Costa Athanassiou: 0414 994 698,
FREE Workshop for Interpreters of AFRICAN languages

Understanding the NDIS
When: July 3 

More info/to book a workshop for YOUR bicultural workers ph Sophie Dutertre: 9418 9911
CALD Carers As the statewide voice for family carers, Carers Victoria  is dedicated to improving the lives of all carers, including those from CALD backgrounds. They can arrange interpreters and have brochures and fact sheets in:
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Vietnamese
who want to know more about the NDIS
Footscray | July 16 | 10am - 12pm 
Register HERE
Read resources

NDIA has released a new NDIS price guide effective and national as of the 1st of July 2019. Key updates effective 1 July 2019 include:

  • general price increases and specific increases for therapists, attendant care and community participation;
  • the introduction of a Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP);
  • increases to remote and very remote loadings;
  • updates to travel, non- face-to-face services and cancellation billing policies;
  • updates to Assistive Technology and Home Modifications;
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Transitioning to the NDIS | Springvale workshops to increase capacity of people with autism & their families to exercise choice & control in working under NDIS
When: July 15 - August 12
Where: Greater Dandenong Community Health Service Springvale
What do support coordinators actually do? 

The most recent version of the NDIS Price Guide includes a pretty good definition of the Support Coordinator’s roles:

  • Connection
  • Support Design
  • Establish Supports
  • Crisis
  • Coach, Refine, Reflect

“That’s the Support Coordinator’s job.” It’s a line that providers, Planners, Plan Managers, Participants and families say and hear all the time. But how often are they actually correct? (Article by Evie Naufal, Disability Services Consulting

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WERRIBEE support group for the DEAF & hard of hearing. Families, friends, carers and co-workers are welcome
Name: WynDeaf
When: 1st and 3rd Mondays each month
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Where: Café QB, Thames Blvd, Werribee
049 045 3287 (text)
Melbourne Seniors & Disability Expo will link thousands of seniors and people with disability with hundreds of product and service providers as well as leisure, lifestyle and technology options for all.

When: 22, 23 November 2019
Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Cost: FREE
An initiative of the Social Impact Institute
find out more
Box Hill Institute Employment Services has been awarded a new contract for Disability Employment Services (DES). This is a Government Funded contract, which specializes in assisting people who are facing complex barriers to employment ranging from physical, intellectual and mental health to gain and maintain sustainable ongoing employment within the open employment market.
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What: A wonderful opportunity for you to promote your organisation and employment opportunities to local job seekers wishing to explore career pathways
When: July 17 10 am- 2pm
Where: Chisholm TAFE, Berwick
Cost: FREE for both exhibitors and job seekers.
Funded by: the Department of Education and Training.


Professional development training sessions for people with disability, family carers advocates, and industry professionals.
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As part of Refugee Week 2019 last week ECCV presented a preview screening of Sharing Our Stories, a short film that provides a first-hand perspective on the hardships and achievements of Victorians from refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds.
Peter Khalil MP, Federal Member for Wills and a long-time advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum, spoke as part of the presentation of Sharing Our Stories on Wednesday 19 June.

Thank you for subscribing to ECCV's NDIS Readiness Bulletin. This fortnightly update highlights upcoming events for people with a disability, families and carers, especially those from CALD backgrounds and events for service providers. It also highlights resources that you may wish to access to support your organisation with the transition to the NDIS.

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              (Photography by Shane Lam)
     Refugee Week 2019

Hot off the heels of Refugee week (June 16-22) now perhaps is a good to time to reflect on the NDIS and some of the barriers and exclusions surrounding the scheme and the support needs of newly arrived refugees with a disability. #WithRefugees is the continuing 3 year theme for Refugee Week 2019 in Australia. This year’s theme was “A World of Stories - Share a meal, share a story”.
Read more about barriers & exclusions
(Pictured ECCV NDIS Project Officer Toula Elefsiniotis with newly arrived banner!!)

Ethnicity Disability ☆ Self-Advocacy
FEAST & FOOD | Your Way - Your Life 
DANDENONG - August 21

A FREE & fully accessible FORUM  for people with disability from ethnic backgrounds, their families, friends & carers. Also for people who have an interest or work in the disability sector. 

Interpreters &Support workers can be provided. More information contact: Snm Gray: p: 9354 9555

Presented by: Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) & Diversity and Disability (DnD)

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July 1 2019: NDIS Commission rolls out across Australia (July 2020 WA)

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is an independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services.

They regulate NDIS providers, provide national consistency, promote safety and quality services, resolve problems and identify areas for improvement.

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Nation-wide Multilingual Disability Hub is a multilingual HOTLINE and WEBSITE that provides relevant and easily accessible information on disability and the NDIS to CALD communities in 14 languages.
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Disability Community Forum: Western Metro Every Australian Counts

When: Tuesday 9 July 9:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Where: Brimbank Community and Civic Centre
SpeakersPam Kennedy & Raewyn Afu (Brimbank Council)
Theme: Disability Inclusion in Volunteering: Creating Meaningful Opportunities in our Organisations for Volunteers with a Disability 
Cost: FREE 


ECCV’s: Good Governance for an NDIS Environment Guide
An excellent resource for board members of ethnic and/or community organisations wishing to provide NDIS services. It includes legal and financial implications, strategic planning, risk management, self-assessments, checklists, resources and more. The Guide includes expertise of the NDIS Business Readiness teams at ECIA VIC/TAS and ECCV and open source materials available to the sector.

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FREE Workshop for parents of secondary school children with a disability: Starting your career conversation
When: Monday 5th August, 2019
Where: Sunshine Meeting Place,
Cnr Wilkinson & Islington St’s, Sunshine
Presented by:  Association of Children with a Disability. Bookings essential
MENTAL HEALTH & getting ready for the NDIS
AlfredHealth Carer Services 
For: Local Carers
When: Wednesday July 24, 6-8:30 pm
What: Tania Curlis, Tandem NDIS Engagement Consultant will share NDIS tips for NDIS access and planning supports
Where Brighton Savoy Hotel
Address: 150 The Esplanade, Brighton, Seaview Terrace Room
More Info

CLICK HERE Developed and delivered by National Disability Services (NDS)carecareers is a not-for-profit initiative whose aim is to attract talented people from all backgrounds to work in the disability, community and aged care sector. Their job board is an Australia-wide platform for a broad range of roles within aged care, disability, community and healthcare. Contact:1300 637 637 or
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Vic Gment Disability Self Help Grants up to $10,000 recognising the value of people coming together and sharing their experiences. The grants assists disability self help groups to finance general expenses, running costs, minor works and equipment. Share this information with your networks, especially to groups that:
  • support people from hard-to-reach and diverse backgrounds
  • support people from regional or rural Victoria
If you need assistance completing the application form, contact the Office for Disability on 1300 880 043 or
Applications close 12 July 2019.
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ECCV's NDIS Transition Support Project is supported by the Victorian State Government and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

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