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Stay up-to-date with the latest news affecting people with disability around Australia. We’ll provide plain language summaries of what’s happening so you can get your information quickly and easily, and get on with the job of advocating for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

  • New Easy Read on getting a coronavirus test

    Thursday October 15 2020

    The Australian Government Department of Social Services has released new Easy Read information about getting a coronavirus (COVID-19) test. It includes information about: where you can get a test what happens when you get a test at the hospital what happens when you get a test in the car how the test is done what […]

  • More support for apprentices and trainees

    Thursday October 15 2020

    The Australian Government is extending and expanding the support its offering to apprentices and trainees during coronavirus (COVID-19). The Government offers this support to apprentices and trainees who are employed through the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy. The support will now include medium-sized businesses, as well as small businesses, that had an apprentice in […]

  • Temporary coronavirus measures extended

    Thursday October 15 2020

    Temporary measures were introduced earlier this year to make sure National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants could keep getting the support they need during the coronavirus (COVID-19). These measures will now be extended until February 2021. They include: eligible NDIS participants can use funding to buy low-cost Assistive Technology, such as smart devices (up to […]

  • Regional Victoria lowers restrictions

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    At 11.59pm on 16 September, regional Victoria moved into the Third Step in the government’s road map. Regional Victorians can now leave their homes whenever they like and can travel within regional Victoria. Though they still can’t travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for work, study or care. The general principles on how to keep you […]

  • What are the current travel restrictions between states?

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    Each state and territory has different travel restrictions in place. Some states have closed their borders and will only allow exceptions for emergency services, freight delivery, medical appointments, employment and compassionate reasons. What you need to do to access one of these exemptions also varies state to state. Australian Capital Territory The ACT doesn’t have […]

  • Mutual obligations to start up again

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    On 28 September, mutual obligations for people receiving payments like JobSeeker and Youth Allowance will start up again. This doesn’t include people who live in Victoria. The Australian Government suspended mutual obligations in March because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Mutual obligations include things like: going to appointments with employment services applying for jobs training voluntary work. […]