Frequently asked questions
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We get lots of enquiries from people and organisations about various aspects of our work. Many of these are the same kind of enquiry. So we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to give you a short cut to some of the information you many be seeking.
What is PWDA?
People with Disability Australia (PWDA):
- is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation;
- is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability;
- has a cross-disability focus; and
- is a non-profit, non-government organisation
How do I join PWDA?
You can join PWDA by filling out a membership application on our website, or by filling out an application form either physically or digitally and sending it to us by post or email. You can learn more about membership here.
Can you help me with a disability-related problem?
We can assist people with disability on a range of issues. Currently, we are funded to provide some of these services to Queensland and New South Wales only, while others are available to people with disability across Australia.
I want to appeal an NDIS decision and I don’t know where to start.
We can now support people living in certain areas to appeal a decision made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). We also periodically run information sessions across Queensland and New South Wales.
Does PWDA offer a newsletter? How can I stay up to date with your work?
PWDA publishes a fortnightly newsletter, PWDA News, and a Weekly Media Round-Up with the latest disability headlines for the week. Subscribe here to get them in your inbox.
I am a student doing an assignment on a disability-related topic. Can you help me with my assignment?
We encourage students to make full use of our website to address assignments relating to disability. In particular, the Disability Information page is designed for anyone seeking information about disability, the disability rights movement and Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs). You can find everything formerly in our Student Section there, including our Language Guide and an explanation of the social model of disability.
You may also find relevant information in the News section of this website.
I have a legal matter relating to my disability. Can PWDA provide any advice or support?
PWDA might be able to provide some advocacy support.
How can I get a Qantas Carer Concession Card?
You can read about the Qantas Carer Concession Card here, as well as download an application form. For any queries, please call 1800 422 015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you think about plastic straws, or something else that’s been in the news lately?
I’m planning to come to Australia for work, study or on holiday. What disability services can I access?
If an employer or university is involved with your travel, they should have specific information for people with disability – check their website or ask your contact person for this trip.
For general information, international students should look at this Australian Government list of support services for students, as well as further useful links from the Independent Living Institute.
What is the best way to contact PWDA?
How can I make a complaint about PWDA or a PWDA staff member?
Do you have a complaint about our services or our work? We would be happy to hear from you. Your feedback will help us to make our services better.
You can make your complaint through our online feedback form here.
How I could get a job at PWDA? I feel passionate about your service and have lots of experience of disability.
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