News and updates https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/ News and updates from the Disability Gateway en The Great Dunny Hunt https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/great-dunny-hunt The Continence Foundation of Australia are encouraging people to upload the location of regional public toilets so users can then search for a convenience based on their locatio 2021-06-21 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/great-dunny-hunt Update on Stage 2 of the National Disability Strategy https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/nds-stage2-update-1 Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services has released the reports on the results of Stage 2 public consultations to inform development of a new National Disability Strategy (NDS). 2021-05-12 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/nds-stage2-update-1 Volunteers needed for research into wheelchair safety at pedestrian crossings https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/pedestrian-survey The University of Adelaide is seeking participants for laboratory trials to investigate the risk of wheelchairs getting trapped on railway crossings. 2021-05-03 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/pedestrian-survey Volunteers needed for survey of mobility device safety at railway crossings https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/railway-crossings-survey If you use a mobility device and have ten minutes to complete an on-line survey, you can help to improve wheelchair safety at railway crossings. 2021-05-03 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/railway-crossings-survey New website for parents and carers of children with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/new-website-parents Planet Puberty is a newly launched website which can help parents or carers of children with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder navigate their child’s body changes, emotions and social interactions occurring through adolescence. 2021-04-30 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/new-website-parents $36 Million to Support Disability Employment and Community Participation https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/36-million-support More than 160 organisations across Australia will share in $36 million to run projects to improve the employment prospects of people with disability and increase participation of people with disability in community activities. The full article is on the Department of Social Services website 2021-04-21 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/36-million-support Protecting vulnerable Canberrans from abuse https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/vulnerable-canberrans Institutions and individuals who abuse, fail to protect, or neglect vulnerable people in their care will be committing an offence under new laws in the Crimes Act 1900 (ACT), which come into effect today. 2021-04-21 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/vulnerable-canberrans Respite Effect and Recovery Grants open for people with disability and carers https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/grants-open The ACT Government has today made $100,000 available to support people with disability, their families and carers under the ACT COVID-19 Disability Strategy. The Respite and Recovery Grants will support the wellbeing and resilience of people with disability across the ACT community. 2021-04-21 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/grants-open Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting Communique https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/reform-communique Commonwealth, State and Territory Disability Ministers met on 15 April 2021 to discuss progress on the development of the new National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the Communique is available. 2021-04-20 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/reform-communique Have your say on the National Disability Employment Strategy https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/employment-strategy The Australian Government through the Department of Social Services (the department) is developing an Employment Strategy to address the disadvantage experienced by people with disability looking for work. 2021-04-15 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/employment-strategy Transport for People with Disability - April 2021 Consultation https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/disability-transport Around one in five Australians have disability. Access to public transport is critical for people with disability to participate fully in community life and the economy. Many use public transport to take them to work or study, connect them to family, friends and the community, or help them access services, such as healthcare. 2021-03-31 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/disability-transport Assistance Animals – Survey https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/assistance-animals The Federal, state and territory governments are working together to develop options for a nationally consistent approach to the regulation and accreditation of assistance animals. 2021-03-31 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/assistance-animals Is it true? Countering the misinformation on COVID-19 vaccines https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/it-true-covid19 The Australian Government is ramping up its campaign against misinformation on the COVID-19 vaccines, as the vaccination program moves into Phase 1B. 2021-03-14 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/it-true-covid19 Over $1.1 billion to extend Australia’s COVID-19 health response https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/over-11billion-covid19 The Government is investing more than $1.1 billion to extend the national COVID-19 health response and suppression strategy until 31 December 2021. 2021-03-14 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/over-11billion-covid19 COVID-19 vaccination update from the Prime Minister https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/vaccination-update The COVID-19 vaccination program has been officially launched with the formal national rollout across Australia on 22 February 2020. 2021-02-22 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/vaccination-update Prime Minister Media Release - Pfizer vaccine approved https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/25-january-2021 COVID-19 update: the Prime Minister confirms that disability care residents and workers are a first priority for the vaccine, followed by people with disability who have an underlying medical condition. 2021-01-25 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/25-january-2021 Transport for NSW Media Release - New ways to book wheelchair accessible taxis https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/12-january-2021 People with disabilities will soon be able to book a wheelchair accessible taxi using a service staffed by a company that supports people living with disabilities. 2021-01-12 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/12-january-2021 What is International Day of People with Disability? https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/what-idpwd Every year on 3 December, people around the world take part in International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). 2020-11-30 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/what-idpwd The Hon Stuart Robert MP Media Release - Delivering the NDIS: Improving Access For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/media-release-29102020 The Morrison Government is providing $5.9 million over the next two years to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to strengthen National Dis 2020-10-29 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/media-release-29102020 Joint Media Release - More than $75 million in grants to support economic and community participation for Australians with disability https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/media-release-28102020 More than $75 million in grants is available to organisations and employers who create opportunities for people with disability to contribute to community prosperity and partici 2020-10-28 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/media-release-28102020 Blue Knot Day https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/blue-knot-day Blue Knot Day is a national day held every October by Blue Knot Foundation in support of adults who have experienced complex trauma. 2020-10-20 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/blue-knot-day Help us spread the message about the new Disability Gateway pilot https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/help-spread-message The Department of Social Services would like to encourage you to spread the word about the new Disability Gateway pilot. 2020-09-03 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/help-spread-message The Hon Stuart Robert MP Media Release - Victoria and New South Wales NDIS participants now able to claim for personal protective equipment, including masks https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/ndis-ppe-claim On Wednesday, 29 July 2020, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, announced temporary changes to funding arrangements to allow NDIS participants in Victoria and New South Wales to claim the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks. 2020-07-29 Disability Gateway https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/news/ndis-ppe-claim