The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of funding for a statewide intermediaries scheme to help children or people with disabilities who are victims of crime.

A recent Supreme Court decision shows how the Disability Access Bench Book, developed by the Judicial College of Victoria and the Commission, is helping people with disabilities receive effective access to justice.

The Commission is very pleased to announce the new Disability Reference Group members for 2016-18.

The Judicial College of Victoria and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission will today launch the Disability Access Bench Book, a new resource to promote access to justice for people with disabilities.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) website upgrade, which will allow victims of crime to easily access and submit application forms when applying for a range of support services.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today launched Signs for Health, an online resource to help deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind patients better access the health care they need and have a right to under law.

You are invited to the launch of Signs for Health, a resource for improving Auslan and communication access in hospitals for staff and deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind patients, on 19 October.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Attend the launch of Mental Health Week

The Mental Health Foundation of Victoria is hosting the Mental Health Week launch on Tuesday 11 October at the Edge Theatre, Federation Square, from 5–7.30pm.

After years of campaigning, 15-year-old Connor McLeod has the results of his determination in hand: The first bank note that Australia’s 360,000 blind people can read.

Voters with complex communication difficulties will be able to participate in enrolling and voting—possibly for the first time—thanks to the development of an exciting new app by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Funding will be provided for a new research and teaching institute to help the disability and aged care sectors to transform and grow.

Children in out-of-home care are being supported to get the best out of their education with the launch of the new LOOKOUT Education Support Centre. 

At a special lunch on 2 June, Kristen Hilton, Victoria's Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, thanked and farewelled the members of our outgoing Disability Reference Group (DRG), who have served a two-year term from 2014–16.

Women with an intellectual disability are almost 70 per cent more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but they are often overlooked by shelters and support services because their needs are seen as too complicated, as reported by the ABC's PM program on 26 May.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has today launched a national report examining the challenges facing older workers. 

The Commission welcomes the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Victoria – now only 100 days away.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report into allegations of abuse in the disability sector, tabled in Parliament on 9 December.

Today on International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), the Commission is urging employers to reject the common misconceptions about hiring people with disabilities and consider the many benefits they bring to the workplace.

Victoria’s 10 year mental health plan has been released today, aiming to promote mental health and wellbeing, reducing suicide rates and providing better access to and choice about services for people with mental illness.

Victorian self-help groups working in the disability sector are encouraged to apply for the Disability Self-Help Grants, a program offering up to $10,000 in funding over two years.

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