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  • Payments for people affected by COVID-19 restrictions

    Wednesday June 30 2021

    If your work has been affected by COVID-19 restrictions, the Australian Government is offering financial support. You may be eligible for the: Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment COVID-19 Disaster Payment Crisis Payment for National Health Emergency (COVID-19). The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment for people who have […]

  • Disability sector alert from the Australian Government – 19 May

    Thursday May 20 2021

    On 19 May, the Australian Government sent the latest disability alert. These alerts give regular updates to the disability sector about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.  Updated information for people with disability The Department of Health has updated its webpage of vaccination information for people with disability. The updates include extra information on the different ways […]

  • Send us your questions and concerns

    Tuesday April 20 2021

    There is a lot of different information out there on the news and on government websites about COVID-19. Our aim with the AdvoKit newsletter and website is to try and bring all the key pieces and sources of information together in one place for you. However, if you have any particular questions or concerns about […]

  • Keep up-to-date on the latest vaccination information from the Australian Government

    Friday March 19 2021

    The Australian Government has created a webpage with information for people with disability about the COVID-19 vaccines. It will update the page regularly as new information about the rollout of vaccines comes up. The page currently has information on: when and where you will get your vaccinations likely side effects from the vaccines vaccination of […]

  • Legal resources for people affected by coronavirus

    Thursday October 15 2020

    Justice Connect is a not-for-profit legal service that helps connect people and community groups with the lawyers and the legal help they need. They have developed a range of resources to help people with common legal problems related to coronavirus (COVID-19). The ‘Accessing courts’ resources explain how you can access different courts under the coronavirus […]

  • Find your nearest coronavirus test location

    Thursday October 15 2020

    If you have any coronavirus symptoms, you need to get a test. The Australian Government has developed a map that shows where the testing locations are in your area. You can enter your suburb or postcode and the closest testing places will appear on the map. Depending on where you live, this may include a: […]

  • A new Disability Response Centre for coronavirus

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    The Australian and Victorian governments are working together to improve how they respond to, and manage, coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in disability residential care. To do this, they are focussing on supporting staff and services to limit the number of places a staff member can work, as well as improving how they manage outbreaks through a […]

  • Increased calls to the Disability Information Helpline

    Tuesday August 18 2020

    IDEAS (Information on Disability, Education and Awareness Services) has released the latest data on the Australian Government’s Disability Information Helpline. The Disability Information Helpline answers people’s questions about coronavirus and what support is available for people with disability and their carers. Since April: 2,587 people have called the Helpline or used the live chat IDEAS […]

  • A guide to support people who have been through trauma

    Tuesday August 18 2020

    The Australian Government is providing funding to create a best practice guide for the disability sector to better support people with disability who have been through trauma. The Blue Knot Foundation will develop the guide that will help organisations and workers understand trauma and provide trauma-informed care to people with disability. People with disability experience […]

  • Healthy Mind for people with intellectual disability

    Tuesday August 4 2020

    People with intellectual disability are more likely to experience mental heath issues, such as anxiety and depression. However, finding support that meets their needs, especially online, has been very challenging. To address this gap, The Black Dog Institute created an Easy Read tool to help people with intellectual disability recognise and regulate their thoughts and […]