PWD E-Bulletin

Number 59 February 2010 - ISSN 2202-0705

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NSW News

           A Conversation with NSW women about paid work

           Boarding House Advocacy Project

           Draft Residential Tenancies Bill 2009

           Launch - Improving Access to Services For Women from NESB with Disability Experiencing Violence

           Legislative Council Select Committee on the NSW Taxi Industry

           NSW Inquiry into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs

Other State and Territory News

           PWD to provide new individual advocacy service in Mt Isa

           Go Cards – not the way to go in Queensland

           Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design (QAUHD)

           Vision Impairment Travel Pass for Queenslanders

National News

           Disabled woman banned by Jetstar seeks settlement

           Gender Analysis Workshops for women with disability

           Having a Say: Making it Happen Conference

           Health services for people with intellectual disability

           Same Sex Law Reform Education Campaign Launch

International News

           PWD report tabled at UN NGO Committee session

           Disability Rights, Gender, and Development: A Resource Tool for Action

           Disability Rights Fund: 65 Grantees in 11 Countries Begin Work This Month

           International Women’s Day - Empowering Women to End Poverty by 2015

           Needs of Haiti’s Disabled must not be forgotten, says UN Committee

           New training tool for HR to support CRPD

           OHCHR - Preparing a study for the Human Rights Council

           Pacific progress in addressing the human rights of persons with disabilities

The Inside Story

           Farewell to outgoing President, Robert Farley

           Election for PWD President

           New Executive for the PWD Board 2010

           New PWD Training Courses

           PWD Training Calendar - March to June 2010


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New South Wales News

A Conversation with NSW women about paid work

The NSW Premier’s Council for Women is currently undertaking a survey about the views and experiences of NSW women and paid work.

To participate in this online survey, visit the Office for Women’s Policy website at and follow the links to ‘Conversation with NSW women about paid work’ online survey.

Boarding House Advocacy Project

PWD’s Individual Advocacy Service is pleased to announce that it has been successful in a tender to Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), Department of Human Services NSW for conducting the Boarding House Advocacy Project.

This project provides individual and group advocacy support to people living in licensed residential centres (Boarding Houses) across NSW. The project is funded until June 2012.  People with disability who reside in Boarding Houses are among the most vulnerable members of our community.

To request disability rights information or advocacy assistance for a person with disability who lives in a Boarding House please contact us on 1800 422 015 or 02 9370 3100.

For more information contact Susan Barnes, Manager Individual and Group Advocacy on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email

Draft Residential Tenancies Bill 2009

A draft Bill has been prepared to update and reform the NSW residential tenancy laws. This was released by the Government for community consultation at the end of 2009.

PWD provided feedback to NSW Fair Trading on a number of key issues for people with disability, primarily those who are residents of boarding houses, who in the draft Bill continue to be excluded from the provisions of residential tenancy laws.

Some of the points made in our feedback include:

Ÿ         There is currently no legislation in NSW which provides tenancy protections to people living in boarding houses nor does the draft Residential Tenancies Bill 2009 address or amend this legislative oversight.

Ÿ         A lack of legal security of tenure creates a high risk of vulnerability for any person, but even more so for a person with a disability. Limited availability of alternative supported accommodation and essential support services, means that a person with disability living in a boarding house has few alternative choices available to them should they want to exercise their right to relocate or are evicted.

Ÿ         The Youth and Community Services Act 1973 (YACS Act) which provides for the regulation of boarding houses accommodating two or more “handicapped persons” has been under review for approximately ten years. To date there has been no public announcement of the progress of this review since a consultation process undertaken in 2004.

Ÿ         Boarding houses, whether licensed under the YACS Act or not, cannot provide residents with a stable living environment where there is legal security of tenure. Lack of security of tenure undermines all other protections the YACS Act was intended to afford.

For more information contact Sonya Price-Kelly, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email

Launch - Improving Access to Services For Women from NESB with Disability Experiencing Violence

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the NSW Network of Women with Disability and the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) will be launching their report, Improving Access to Services For Women from NESB with Disability Experiencing Violence.  This report details the experiences and barriers faced by women from Non English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB) with disability when accessing services after experiencing violence. The report also details suggested strategies to enhance service provision. 

The launch will take place at 9:45am on Wednesday 10 March 2010 at the Courtyard, Riverside Theatres corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta. RSVP date is 5 March 2010

More information

Legislative Council Select Committee on the NSW Taxi Industry

The NSW Parliament, through the Legislative Council Select Committee on the NSW Taxi Industry, is conducting an inquiry into the NSW Taxi Industry. This Inquiry has broad terms of reference, many of which relate specifically to people with disability. They include a focus on Wheelchair Accessible Taxis and compliance with the 2002 Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.

PWD made a brief submission to the Inquiry outlining our belief that the NSW taxi fleet needs to be comprised entirely of universally designed vehicles. Other NSW disability organisations also made submissions to the inquiry.

The Committee is due to report on Wednesday 14 April 2010. PWD will continue to advocate for improved taxi services for people with disability.

For more information about the Inquiry visit the Parliamentary website at or contact Dean Price, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email

NSW Inquiry into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs

In December 2009, the NSW Government announced an inquiry into the provision of education to students with a disability or special needs attending primary or secondary schools, with a particular focus on what can be learned from International and Australian States and Territories and Federal approaches.

PWD has provided feedback to the Inquiry with regard to:

Ÿ         Human Rights Framework to guide the provision of education of children with disability;

Ÿ         Benefits of Inclusive Education;

Ÿ         Adequacy of funding and resources for the education of children with disability;

Ÿ         Suspension and expulsion of children with disability.

With regard to these key points, case studies arising from PWD’s Individual and Group Advocacy were used to demonstrate the issues of concern and areas for improvement. Public hearings will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2010.

For more information contact Sonya Price-Kelly, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email

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Other States and Territory News

PWD to provide new individual advocacy service in Mt Isa

On 24 February 2010, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, and Senator for Queensland Jan McLucas announced that People with Disability Australia Incorporated will be funded to provide a new disability advocacy service for people with disability across the Mount Isa and Gulf Country region.

People with Disability Australia will be funded under the Australian Government’s National Disability Advocacy Program which provides over $16 million to help people with disability to overcome barriers which impact on their daily life and participate fully in the community.  Mr Shorten said the funding would give people with disability in the Mt Isa region access to essential advocacy support. 

“People with disability still face barriers in their everyday lives, and it is important they have people dedicated to fighting to ensure their rights are respected,” Mr Shorten said. “Advocacy plays a crucial role in protecting the right of people with disability to get equal treatment from government, businesses and community organisations.  The Australian Government is committed to ensuring advocacy continues to be an effective safeguard for people with disability.”

PWD is extremely pleased that we can apply our expertise in providing individual and group advocacy support to people with disability living in the region.  PWD have contracted indigenous consultancy services to help us make contact and establish important relationships with the local communities.

Senator McLucas said that the funding would ensure that people with disability in remote parts of Queensland could benefit from advocacy services.

“Trained advocates will provide individual advocacy to rural and remote communities including Mount Isa, Boulia, Doomadgee, Burketown, Normanton, Karumba, Cloncurry and Camooweal,” she said.  “People with Disability Australia will be based in Mount Isa and operate on an outreach basis with regular visits to these regional centres.  The work will include regular visits to specialist disability services, nursing homes, residential institutions, jails, relationship building with community leaders, and establishing links with supportive service providers.”

PWD is currently recruiting for a full time manager and a full time advocate who will staff the new service, please head to the PWD website, to access information packs about these positions.

The service is expected to commence in April 2010.  People requiring disability advocacy assistance from the Mt Isa and Gulf Country region can contact People with Disability Australia on 1800 422 015.

For more information about the Mount Isa and Gulf Country Individual Advocacy Service please contact Matthew Bowden, Executive Director, PWD Leadership Team on 0405 491 359

Go Cards – not the way to go in Queensland

From 4 January 2010, the Go Card system for payment of fares on public transport became the lowest cost option for payment of fares on Brisbane public transport.

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is concerned that it is not usable by all members of the travelling public. Problems with manipulating the card in the touch on/off process, the inaccessible design of the hardware (the readers and ticketing machines used to top up the value of the card) and the availability of assistance to top up the card are just some of the factors which mean many people with disability are unable to use Go Cards. 

The alternative to Go Card is paper ticketing. This is scheduled to be phased out at year's end (2010) and presently costs 30% more that Go Card price for the same journey. This has placed some people with disability at a financial and practical disadvantage to other public transport users. 

Queensland Transport has acknowledged this disadvantage and are seeking to redress it as quickly as possible. Suggestions from a meeting attended by QDN and other stakeholders included a 'disability pass' based on the Victorian "Access Travel Pass”. While this is a workable suggestion it will require care in the implementation. 

In the meantime, QDN has asked for commitments from Qld Transport on:

1.                  Fare parity between Go Card and paper tickets.

2.                  Direct assistance with topping up the card and with touching it on and off.

3.                  Future Translink hardware to be developed in conjunction with a working party from the disability sector.

If you are experiencing difficulty using the Go Card, and feel you are being discriminated against, you might like to think about lodging a complaint of discrimination with either the:

Ÿ         Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland 1300 130 670; or TTY 1300 130 680; or e-mail; or

Ÿ         Australian Human Rights Commission 1300 656 419; or TTY 1800 620 241; or Fax (02) 9284 9611; or SMS for info pack or complaint form 0488 744 487 (0488 RIGHTS).

Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design (QAUHD)

Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design (QAUHD) has recently launched their website offering information and resources on universal housing design.

QAUHD represents a partnership of industry and community working together to maximise the social and economic performance of sustainable housing through the adoption of universal housing design. Universal housing design captures the best practices of accessibility, safety and adaptability for a dwelling’s residents and visitors. It ensures that housing stock is suitable for people at all stages of their lives.

QAUHD believes that the time has come for government and industry to take a consistent national approach to housing design that would result in practical and reliable outcomes for the whole community. More specifically, QAUHD calls for:

1.                  The development of a national code for access features in all new and extensively modified housing;

2.                  Inclusion of universal housing design in all strategies for sustainable housing and communities; and 

3.                  Incentives for owners, developers and builders to build housing that incorporates universal design features.

If you agree with the three position statements above, please send an email stating your support to

Vision Impairment Travel Pass, Queensland

The Vision Impairment Travel Pass issued by the QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads to residents who are legally blind according to Commonwealth Government social security criteria, entitles the holder to free travel on the TransLink bus, ferry and rail network in south east Queensland, as well as on qconnect bus services in regional towns of Queensland.

Applicants must complete an application form, including either their Commonwealth Blind concession card details (ie, a Customer Reference Number from Centrelink or a File Number from Veterans' Affairs) or medical verification they have been assessed as legally blind. Applicants must also attach two identical passport photographs, one of which is signed by an approved witness.

A frequently asked questions factsheet along with the application form is available in PDF and Word formats on the Queensland Ministry of Transport website at

The factsheet and form is also available by calling 1300 417 481 or emailing

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National news

Woman with disability banned by Jetstar seeks settlement

In our E-bulletin Issue 58, PWD outlined the discrimination faced by Ms Sheila King, an immediate past PWD Board member, and the action the Disability Discrimination Legal Centre NSW (DDLC) has taken on her behalf.  Ms King booked her flight over the internet in August 2008 but was contacted the next day and told she would not be able to fly on that day because there were already two passengers requiring wheelchair assistance booked on the flight.

She was told Jetstar had a policy of allowing only a maximum of two wheelchair-reliant passengers on any flight.

Ms King has taken the low-budget airline to the Federal Court, claiming it discriminated against her by treating her less favourably than a passenger who did not have a mobility disability that required the use of a wheelchair.  Ms King claims that in denying her the right to fly, Jetstar breached the Disability Discrimination Act.

Ms King has agreed to make one last attempt to settle the matter before going to a Federal Court hearing.

To read the Sydney Morning Herald article ‘Disabled woman banned by Jetstar seeks settlement’, 2 February 2010 -  see  

Gender Analysis Workshop for Women with a Disability

UNIFEM Australia is conducting Pilot Gender Analysis Workshops for women with disability.  The pilot workshops will provide women with disability with an introduction to gender analysis. Participants will consider key concepts and a selection of gender analysis frameworks, approaches, tools and questions.

Opportunities will be provided for participants to apply and further develop their gender analysis skills through the application of selected tools to policy, project, service delivery and community related case studies.  The workshops will also provide an introduction to important international instruments including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol. The workshops will be facilitated by the Gender Consortium, Centre for Development Studies, Flinders University (GC) training team.

The 2 day training workshops are being held twice, with one being delivered in Adelaide on the 18 and 19 March, and one being delivered in Melbourne on 21 and 22 April 2010. 

The workshops are made possible through a Federal Government grant to UNIFEM Australia.  Registration is free and will include a light morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Participants must meet their own travel and accommodation expenses.

For more information and registration visit the UNIFEM website at or contact UNIFEM on telephone 02 6285 8254

Having a Say: Making it Happen Conference

From 10 to 12 February, PWD participated in the Having a Say: Making it Happen Conference.  This annual conference primarily brings together self advocates and adults with intellectual disability from around Australia.

Organised by VALID, the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability, the Conference provides an opportunity for people with disability to have a say about issues that affect their lives, to celebrate their achievements and to plan strategies for future activities.  This year’s conference was held at Deakin University in Geelong. The theme “Making it Happen”, attracted over 1000 delegates.

The conference opened with a moving tribute to Doug Pentland, a Victorian activist and self advocate who spent his younger years growing up in institutions and most of his adult life campaigning to close them. The theme of closing institutions and creating appropriate individualised supports and services was continued throughout the conference.

The conference also launched the Victorian Shut In campaign, which aims to close the remaining four institutions for people with intellectual disability which operate in Victoria.  The launch brought together a number of state and national organisations, including PWD to plan and organise a national Shut In campaign to close all institutions across Australia. PWD will provide more information on the national Shut In campaign over the coming months.

For more information contact Dean Price, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email

Health services for people with intellectual disability

PWD has joined with many individuals and organisations across Australia to endorse a position statement calling on the Australian and State and Territory Governments to work together to redress the inequity in health care experienced by people with intellectual disability. 

The statement has been developed by the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID), the National Council for Intellectual Disability (NCID) and the Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine and is on the PWD website at (Word 175kb).

The statement outlines there are over 300,000 people with intellectual disability in Australia who have very high rates of health problems and these problems are often not diagnosed or appropriately treated.  Life expectancy is reduced by up to 20 years.  There are many causes of this situation, ranging across communication barriers between patients and health professionals, complexity of diagnosis, lack of general and specialised skills in the health workforce, and health promotion campaigns and research not focusing on people with intellectual disability. As well as the human and financial cost of poor health for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, there is considerable financial cost to the health, social security and disability service systems. 

The statement calls on all Governments to establish a national network of intellectual disability health services. Individuals and organisations are still able to endorse the position statement.

In addition to the position statement, NSW CID is currently asking interested individuals and organisations to lobby Labour Members of Parliament to bring this issue forward in the NSW State budget process. NSW CID is able to provide a submission to assist with anyone undertaking this lobbying.  

For more information or to endorse the statement, contact NSW CID on telephone (02) 9211 1611; freecall 1800 424 065; or email

Same Sex Law Reform Education Campaign Launch

As previously reported in E-Bulletin 49 December 2008, 85 federal laws were changed in 2009 to remove discrimination faced by same-sex couples. In May 2009 the Federal Government provided funding to the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON), on behalf of the National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Health Alliance, to create a campaign to educate Australia's same-sex attracted community about their new rights and responsibilities.

The Wear It With Pride <> campaign was formally launched with an art exhibition of campaign t-shirts and a media conference on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 2 February 2010.

The campaign features celebrities and community members wearing t-shirts designed specifically for the campaign by some of Australia's best designers. Each unique design features a number from 1 to 85 inspired by the human stories behind the changes. The campaign fuses human rights education with art to engage with the LGBT community and the broader community to educate everyone about what these changes mean.

For more information contact Dean Price, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email

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International News

PWD report tabled at UN NGO Committee session

Every four years PWD must report to the United Nations on our activities in relation to our Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.  PWD submitted its Quadrennial Report 2005-2008 in June 2009 in preparation for the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations session held at the end of January 2010.  

On 10 February 2010, PWD was informed that our report was accepted by the Committee.  Our report and the Committee’s recommendation will now go to the July session of the Economic and Social Council for formal approval.

For more information contact Therese Sands, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email

Disability Rights, Gender and Development: A Resource Tool for Action

The Wellesley Centers for Women in collaboration with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations Population Fund has produced a resource, Disability Rights, Gender and Development: A Resource Tool for Action.

It provides valuable insights on the theory and practice of human rights-based approaches to development, and provides innovative approaches to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in gender and child sensitive development activities.

For a copy of this manual see the UN website at (only available in PDF format)

Disability Rights Fund: 65 Grantees in 11 Countries

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF), a collaboration among donors and disability activists to support the human rights of people with disability around the world has announced 65 new grants totalling $1,382,050 to Disabled Persons Organisations in eleven countries.

Since its founding in 2008, DRF has gifted over $2.7 million to 87 different organisations in fourteen countries. DRF currently supports work in: Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru; Ghana, Namibia, Uganda; Bangladesh, India; and 14 Pacific Island countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The grants support Disabled Persons Organisations to raise awareness about the rights of people with disabilities, build coalitions and networks, and develop advocacy and monitoring activities, in connection with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

PWD is pleased that 5 grantees are from our DPO colleagues in the Pacific:

Ÿ         Papua New Guinea Assembly of Disabled Persons (PNG ADP) – grant towards CRPD ratification efforts

Ÿ         Fiji Disabled People’s Association (FDPA) – grant to lobby for CRPD ratification

Ÿ         Fiji – Youth Champs for Mental Health (YC4MH) – grant to bolster program of youth with psychosocial disability speaking out for the rights of persons with psychosocial disability

Ÿ         Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) – Pohnpei Consumers Organisation – to build the disability movement in FSM, with longer-term goal of CRPD signature and ratification

Ÿ         People with Disabilities Solomon Islands (PWDSI) – grant to raise awareness of the CRPD, especially in remote islands

The full grantee list is posted on the DRF website at

International Women’s Day – Empowering Women to End Poverty by 2015 – March 8th 2010

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th of March across the world. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements, without regards for divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political.

This year’s theme is Empowering Women to End Poverty by 2015, and aims to raise public awareness about the centrality of gender equality to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and to discuss practical ways that the Millennium Development Goals can be achieved over the next 5 years.

In 2000, Government Leaders from around the world came together and agreed on a powerful agenda for a global partnership to fight poverty, the Millennium Development Goals. Central to the achievement of these goals is gender equality. Despite there being one specific goal of gender equality (Goal 3), without progress towards the empowerment of women, none of the other goals will be able to be achieved.

Women, and in particular women with disability disproportionately experience poverty and widespread discrimination. These actions are examples of what we mean when we talk about empowering women to end poverty:

Ÿ         Action taken to promote greater involvement of women in public life.

Ÿ         Legal and social programs that give women protection from violence.

Ÿ         Promotion of social change which encourages more equitable sharing of domestic burdens.

Ÿ         Girls and women enabled to gain greater access to technical training and information and communication technologies.

Ÿ         Needs and rights of women given greater priorities when public services are being reformed.

International Women’s Day is celebrated by many events throughout Australia. 

For more information visit the International Women’s Day website at

Needs of Haiti’s Disabled must not be forgotten, says UN Committee

New York, 9 Feb 2010: A group of United Nations experts today stressed that the needs of Haitians with disability must be included in the relief, recovery and reconstruction processes following the earthquake that battered the small Caribbean nation last month.

Persons with disability must not become “the forgotten ones during the emergency response and the reconstruction of the country,” the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities stated in a news release.

“While relief workers are struggling to provide aid to the people of Haiti and while the situation remains difficult for everyone, persons with disability are particularly affected by the crisis,” said the Committee's current chairperson, Mohammed Al-Tarawneh.

“The disabled risk being left out unless a disability perspective is built in the recovery process from the start.”

The 12 January quake killed up to 200,000 people, injured many others and left one third of the country's nine million people in need of aid.

“The trauma caused by this disaster cannot be underestimated,” said Mr Al-Tarawneh, adding that many disabled people in Haiti have been made even more vulnerable, especially if their caregivers have been killed or injured.

From the UN News Centre website at

New training tool for Human Resources to support CRPD

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is raising awareness of its staff on issues related to persons with disabilities via a new online training tool to facilitate their integration into the workforce. The on-line training course by UNDP Office of Human Resources is called “Persons with DisAbilities: Ability. CapAbility. EmployAbility”

The training tool is the premier initiative of this type not only in its content, but also in its ability to accommodate individuals with functional limitations. The training is unique in that it has built-in accessibility features for people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive impairments.

For more information visit the United Nations Development Programme website at

OHCHR – Preparing a study for the Human Rights Council

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is preparing a study for the Human Rights Council on the structure and role of national implementation and monitoring mechanisms in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The study is being prepared for the 13th session of the Council that will take place in Geneva in March 2010. An unedited draft will be posted on the OHCHR website shortly.

For more information visit the OHCHR website at

Pacific progress in addressing the human rights of persons with disability welcome

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Pacific Operations Centre, welcome the advances the Pacific has made over the last ten years in addressing the needs of persons with disability. 

Eight Pacific island countries have either passed or are in the final stages of approving rights-based policies; some have established national disability advocacy and coordination mechanisms and four countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  

Mr Macanawai, CEO of the PDF said, “Disabled Persons Organisations have played a leading role in advancing awareness of disability in Pacific communities and have actively engaged governments to develop policy.”  

Mr Miller, Disability Coordination Officer of PIFS said, “governments have been willing to engage with people with disabilities, as well as with advocacy and service organisations and have embraced new policy to address the priorities of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We were very pleased that Pacific Island Ministers responsible for disability were so enthusiastic in their support for a Pacific regional strategy on disability and we hope that this will be a useful policy and implementation tool to assist countries address national priorities.”  

Mr Wilkinson of UNESCAP Pacific Operations Centre said “Pacific Island countries have supported disability initiatives on the regional political agenda since 2003 when the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action Towards and Inclusive, Barrier-free and Rights-based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific was adopted by Forum Leaders as a useful framework for addressing the needs of persons with disabilities. However, it is concerning to note that governments and donors alike still neglect to include disability when reporting on the achievement of the Goals and targets of the Millennium Development Declaration. The Biwako Millennium Framework was specifically developed as a tool to assist governments to include disability in MDG reporting.” 

"If we are serious about addressing poverty then persons with  disability must be included on MDG reporting as persons with disability are more likely to be poor than any other group in society," said Mr Macanawai.

Mr Miller said that “we expect to support the development of new disability policy in Tuvalu early in 2010 and we will be supporting other Pacific Island countries meet their obligations with respect to the new Regional Strategy and therefore to the priorities of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”

“We have a very important partnership arrangement with the Australia Human Rights Commission to deliver rights awareness training for DPO and government representatives in a number of Pacific Island countries. We will be undertaking a number of training missions to other Pacific island countries over the course of 2010,” Mr Macanawai said. 

The Pacific Disability Forum, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and UN ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre have been coordinating their support and technical advice to governments, DPOs and NGOs in the Pacific over the last few years and have undertaken a number of joint missions. Most recently Mr Miller and Mr Macanawai conducted a joint mission to Kiribati in August to support the drafting of a national policy on disability, Mr Miller and Mr Wilkinson supported a national workshop in the Solomon Islands to develop disability legislation later that month, and Mr Macanawai and Mr Wilkinson conducted a joint mission to the Federated States of Micronesia in late 2008 to support the final stage of the approval of their national disability policy.

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The Inside Story

Farewell to outgoing President, Robert Farley

On 28 January 2010, Robert Farley tendered his resignation from his elected role as PWD President due to health considerations. The Board accepted the resignation with regret and with sincere thanks for Robert’s leadership during his term.  Robert was elected as President in 2006 and again in 2008 by the PWD membership.

As committed and dedicated President, Robert has led the organisation through a period of growth and development that has greatly improved our ability to achieve our vision.  We thank Robert greatly for his leadership and passion for the rights of people with disability.

While Robert will be missed as President, we look forward to Robert’s involvement in other membership activities.  We wish Robert all the best for the future.

Election for PWD President

The PWD Constitution requires an election to be held to fill the position of President.  As PWD members will be aware the election process is now underway with nominations for President closing on 1 March.  Members will be informed shortly of the outcome of the nomination process and next steps in the election.

New Executive for the PWD Board 2010

The first Board meeting of 2010 took place on Saturday 6 February, following an Induction session held the day before.  A key agenda item was the election of the new Executive for 2010 with the following Board members being elected to the following roles:

Ÿ         Jan Daisley, Vice-President

Ÿ         Peter Cassar, Secretary

Ÿ         Tim Hart, Treasurer

Until the election for a new PWD President is finalised, Jan Daisley will act in the role of President and Hazel Freed was elected to the role of Interim Vice-President.

New PWD Training Courses

PWD Training is offering four new training courses between March and June for anyone working in the disability sector.

Introduction to Disability Awareness (1½ hours)

This short course is designed for anyone who knows the word disability, but wants or needs to understand what it means beyond wheelchairs and white canes.

Disability Awareness (1 day)

This one day course is for anyone who may need to regularly communicate or work with people with a range of disabilities respectfully and professionally, but isn't sure how.

Responding to Abuse and Neglect (1 day)

Understanding the frequency and severity with which people with disability experience abuse and neglect is the first vital step in the challenge to prevent this crime.

Responding to Sexual Assault (2 days)

A practical 2 day course essential for anyone working with people with intellectual disability equips participants with a toolkit of strategies they can use as individuals, as part of an organisation and as a member of society to make a difference.

PWD Training Calendar – March to June 2010



Disability Awareness
1 day  9am – 4.30pm



Responding to Abuse and Neglect
1 day  9am – 4.30pm


6 & 7

Responding to Sexual Assault
2 days  9am – 4.30pm



Responding to Abuse and Neglect
1 day  9am –  4.30pm



Introduction to Disability Awareness
1½ hrs 2 – 3.30pm



Disability Awareness
1 day  9am – 4.30pm



Introduction to Disability Awareness
1½ hrs 2 – 3.30pm



Responding to Abuse and Neglect
1 day  9am – 4.30pm



Disability Awareness
1 day 9am – 4.30pm



Introduction to Disability Awareness
1½ hrs 10 – 11.30am

Training Brochure & Registration Form (pdf) (122kb)

Training Brochure & Registration Form (word) (1.42MB)

PWD has an extensive experience in the development and delivery of professional training across a wide range of disability areas, PWD is able to develop specific in-house training sessions for your organisation. We are constantly adding to and improving the training we have on offer and so have a wide range of courses available to suit everyone’s needs.

To find out more about PWD's training services or to discuss your specific training needs, by email or by one of the numbers listed at the end of this bulletin.

For more information contact Fiona Godfrey, Training Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email


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Ÿ         16 March – Coalition on Intellectual Disability & Criminal Justice Forum: 6pm-8.30pm, Building F8, Law School, University of NSW. Cost: $20 waged; free for unwaged.
More details:

Ÿ         16 March – Third Sector Women’s Networking Lunch: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, VIC
More details:

Ÿ         16 March – YOORALLA in conjunction with Guest Speaker BRUCE BONYHADY are offering a free Community Information Session about the National Disability Insurance Scheme: (Two Sessions) 12-2pm and 7-9pm. Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre Corner of Bell Street and St Georges Road, Preston Victoria.
More details: contact the Yooralla Office at Preston on (03) 9496 0000 or via email

Ÿ         22 March – What does Self Directed Planning, Funding and Support mean for people with high and complex needs?  9am-4pm, Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Road, Burwood. Cost: $30 for professionals; $10 people with disability and families (inc. GST).
More details:

Ÿ         25 March – Supporting People with a Disability to Access the Sex Industry: 9am - 5pm Family Planning NSW, 328-336 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW.
More details:

Ÿ         25-26 March – Arts Activated: Accessible Arts Conference: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia.
More details: or contact Jane Pollard at email or by telephone at 02 9251 6499

Ÿ         12 & 13 April – 2010 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities: Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii.
More details:

Ÿ         6-7 May – NDS Accommodation and Social Participation Conference: Conrad Jupiters, Gold Coast.
More details: Sarah Maguire Ph: (02) 6283 3200 or email

Ÿ         23-25 May – Think Globally, Act Locally: 2010 Annual Conference, Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities, Auckland, New Zealand.
More details:

Ÿ         CALL FOR PAPERS 2-4 August – Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference 2010: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Call for papers are now open and will close on 25 March 2010. Guidelines for submissions at

Ÿ         15-16 September – Implementing Disability Inclusive Development in the Pacific and Asia: Reviewing progress, planning the future:  Australian Disability and Development Consortium, Darwin Convention Centre.
More details:

Ÿ         CALL FOR PAPERS 1-3 November – Global Domestic Violence Conference Gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Call for papers are now open and will close on 31 January 2010. Individuals are encouraged to submit proposals which focus on 1 of 10 categories: Guidelines for submissions at 


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About PWD

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our membership is people with disability and organisations made up of people with disability. Individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement can join PWD as associate members. 

PWD was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled People, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus and represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability.

As a non-profit, non-government organisation we increasingly depends on membership fees, public donations, bequests and fundraising activities to maintain our commitment to improving the lives of people with disability. PWD is a deductible gift recipient so donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible.

Your tax deductible donation will mean we can continue to maintain our services. If you are interested and would like to support PWD please visit

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Please note that PWD publishes items contributed by other organisations at our discretion. While we will assist where possible in the dissemination of information, we do not take responsibility for the promotion or advertisement of events organised by other organisations.

If you would like to receive PWD E-Bulletin in an alternative format or have an enquiry, contact PWD one of the numbers listed below or email

People with Disability Australia Incorporated
PO Box 666 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Phone 02 9319 6622, toll-free 1800 422 015
TTY 02 9318 2138, toll-free 1800 422 016

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