Disability

Kiama Disability Inclusion Action Plan Consultation

Kiama Council residents living with disability, along with their support workers and carers, are encouraged to make their voice heard on Council’s services, programs and amenities.

Council will be holding community consultations via a survey and focus groups, to develop a local Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) in alignment with the requirements of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014). 

The new DIAP will cover the period from July 2022 to June 2026.

Our DIAP will provide long-term planning and strategic thinking to help improve access and inclusion across all aspects of our area’s programs, services and infrastructure.

Information about our current DIAP, including Annual Reports on achievements, is available here.

DIAP community consultation sessions

As part of the development of Kiama Council’s next Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), we are inviting residents, workers and students to provide feedback and comment on the accessibility of the Kiama Council area through community consultation sessions.

Tell us your ideas and have your say on a key strategy, helping to make our area more accessible for everyone.

We have scheduled four community consultation sessions. Registration is essential.

To register, please click on the date for the session you wish to attend below and fill out your details. 

  • Thu 16 Jun (10am–12noon): Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Kiama
  • Fri 17 Jun (10am–12noon): Via zoom, register for link
  • Wed 22 Jun (5.30pm–7.30pm): Via zoom, register for link

DIAP online survey

You can also have your say on the DIAP via our online survey. The survey takes less than 20 minutes and we’re offering a $100 gift voucher for one lucky survey respondent (to be chosen via a draw) as encouragement to complete the whole survey.

The survey seeks to identify the effectiveness of our current access and inclusion practices, potential areas for improvement and opportunities for new services for people with disability.

Take the survey


Disability

Invitation to join Community Voice Network

My name is Jess Eggins, I am the Project Officer for the disability sector in the Community and Industry Engagement team from the NSW government.

I work in the Better Regulation Division (BRD) where we work across the regulatory bodies – including NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW. Our focus is to reduce community harms for the consumer, and in the workplace.

I am writing to invite you to be part of the Community Voice network (CV-net). The aim is to reduce community harms, particularly those that are prominent in our most vulnerable communities, including people from multicultural backgrounds, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.

This is beneficial so BRD can hear of the issues occurring from the community directly and we would also like to offer to be the local issues or escalation point to connect with the regulators if needed.

Through the CV-net we want to work with you to identify existing and emerging harms and develop workable solutions. Together we will broaden the reach of BRD harm minimisation programs and campaigns to educate and protect communities. The network will improve pathways for community feedback, and participation in the regulatory process.  

Network membership for community groups and intermediaries is offered at two levels: 

  • Informed Members are kept informed with news and information from across the three regulators that may be relevant for their communities or sector.  

 Members are encouraged to take part in polls, surveys, submissions etc, and to inform BRD of any risks or harms emerging in their sector.

  • Involved Members take a more active role, including contributing to the  development of content and the delivery of harm minimisation initiatives 

 To take part in this initiative please refer to the Terms of Reference and Fact Sheet attached.

The sign up process takes about 5 minutes of your time, there is no cost involved and you can find the membership form here.

We are planning our next disability sector meeting to be held 26 May 2022 and will be featuring guest speakers from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and regarding Fair Trading’s, talkin’ together resources for working with people with disability.

Please feel free to share the information within your network and other organisations you think would find the Community Voice Network beneficial especially organisations working with our multicultural communities, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.   

I look forward to discussing with you further to explore how we can work together in partnership with CV-net.

I can be contacted on (02) 9566 8665, return email or at jessica.eggins@customerservice.nsw.gov.au


Women, Health and Wellbeing, Disability

Creative Minds Course

The Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (IWDVCAS) and Family Advocacy Support Service (FASS) are services of Women Illawarra. 

We have 27 WDVCAS based across NSW, we’re a not-for-profit organisation. 

For those that don’t know we work in partnership with NSW Police Force, NSW Local Courts, the Department of Justice and a range of other stakeholders such as housing and health services. We service the areas between Helensburgh and Gerroa.

Our service provides women and their children with information, support, advocacy and safety planning where appropriate. We also provide referrals to other services including housing, counselling, financial assistance or health services. We work with solicitors from the Domestic Violence Unit or Domestic Violence Duty Scheme, who can provide legal advice on matters including Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs), financial advice, family law, immigration and other issues. 

Our service assists:

  • Women and their children who are or have been experiencing domestic and family violence, with their legal, social and welfare needs.
  • 16 years or older
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
  • Women from multi-cultural communities
  • Women living with a disability
  •  LGBTIQ women

In partnership with Kiama Community College we have created a course for women that have or/are living in domestic or family violence situations that may be living with a disability.  

This course is based around art, aromatherapy and photography and they will receive RPL at the end of the course.

If you have any clients that may be interested in this course please contact us via email or phone. Alternatively your client can contact us and we can complete all the paperwork to get her enrolled in the course.  

Rebecca Moulds
Domestic & Family Violence Specialist
Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service [IWDVCAS]

T: 02 4229 4604 

E: rebecca@womenillawarra.org.au  

Working Days: Monday, Tuesday – 9:30am-5:30pm, Thursday 8am-4pm


Disability

FREE Ability Online Group Workshops & Ongoing Individual Disability Counselling and Support

FREE individual counselling and support that is available to any individual living with a disability, their family and or carers’, and/or those working in the disability sector.

FREE group workshops hosted by our Ability Groupwork team.

Starting from Tuesdays the 5 April Self-Esteem and Communication for Men with a Disability. This is a free four-week online course to help build new skills in a safe and supportive environment – learn how to clarify your problems, gain new perspectives and work through change.

Wednesdays from 6 April, Aboriginal Women’s Group, a free six-week online course to support, encourage and celebrate Aboriginal Women who have a disability or are caring for someone with a disability. Share stories, form friendships, and connect with like -minded women in a safe and caring environment.

Every Friday from the 8 April, a FREE four-week online group for people living with disabilities, Feeling Great About Me- get the tools to have great relationships, manage emotions and improve self-care.

Please see the attached flyers for details, and for further information please contact:

Alicia Battestini Team Leader for Ability Groupwork (we are also open to collaborating on joint workshops with your organization)

Phone: 02 4221 2000

Email: illawarra@ransw.org.au

Website: relationshipsnsw.org.au

AND For our  Individual Counselling please contact:

T:1300 024 320

or

E: drccs@ransw.org.au

Disability Royal Commission Counselling and Support

Relationships Australia NSW



Disability

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as
a child.

Call our team on 1800 843 929

Email info@wayfinderhub.com.au

You might get redress for what happened. You might get:
• Money
• Counselling
• An apology

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a disability rights, representative and advocacy organisation. PWDA’s Redress team are available to assist people with disability to access the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme. We receive funding through the Federal Government to provide confidential and free support for people with disability (including psychosocial disability/mental health issues) to access the Scheme, should they wish to.

The Scheme was set up in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and for eligible people offers: financial redress, counselling and psychological services, and the potential for an apology from the relevant institution. Across Australia we are seeking to form working relationships with organisations as well as working with people with disability. Our aim is to establish referral pathways, and offer services information and support in working with people who may wish to apply to the Redress Scheme.

We acknowledge the scheme is not highly advertised. One reason for this is due to the concern about possible trauma that advertising may cause a survivor. We have also found that this means that many people do not know their eligibility and are missing out. We prefer to work collaboratively with services and can provide guidance and advice in understanding how best to support people with disability access the scheme. We work this way so that people can continue to work with the services they know and trust and workers they are connected to, rather than discussing sensitive issues with a new service they do not know. We offer individualised presentations to services about the scheme, and are happy to discuss any issues, concerns and questions they may have. We also provide warm referrals to other redress services in regional communities, so we are also very keen to work with these services as well.

Please contact us if you would like any further information, would like us to present to your staff, or if you would like to talk with us about how we may be able to work together. Please find attached some brochures and information on our service. Also, you can find additional information about People with Disability Australia on our website http://www.pwd.org.au

Linda Wiseham

Project Officer and Advocate, Redress Project

0490 082 737

lindaw@pwd.org.au

Karen Kobier

Manager and Specialist Advocate, Redress Project

0434 692 845 karenk@pwd.org.au