Paid writing opportunity

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People with disability must be heard during Our Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission is holding hearings between now and the end of the year addressing the the following issues:

  • the experiences of people with disability in the criminal justice system, and long-term detention,
  • the experiences of First Nations people with disability and their families in contact with child protection systems,
  • training and education of health care professionals treating people with cognitive disability,
  • barriers to employment.

We believe the voices of people with disability should be prioritised during these hearings (nothing about us without us!), and we will be publishing a series of guest blogs on our website in the lead up to each hearing.

If you are a person with disability, and/or part of the Deaf community, who wants to share your thoughts, feelings or experiences regarding any of the issues listed above, we want to hear from you!

What are we looking for in a blog entry?

Blogs can be written (500-700 words) or delivered in audio or video format (3-4 minutes) and you can be as creative as you like in your presentation.

If your blog is in audio format, you will need to provide a transcript. 

If your blog has visual elements, you will need to provide a written description.

How to pitch your blog:

Your pitch should be 50-150 words long and should contain:

  • a bit about you,
  • a summary of what you will say in your blog,
  • how your blog will be presented (written, audio, video, images),
  • links to, or samples of, previous written or creative work.

Send your pitch to naomic@pwd.org.au.

Will you be paid?

Successful applicants will be paid $200+GST (if applicable) for their blog entries.

Important Dates:

You can send us your pitch any time between now and December 2020.

Important note: Blogs are much more likely to be published if we can post them the week before the relevant hearing. You can find a schedule of upcoming Royal Commission hearings here: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/about-royal-commission/our-schedule

We encourage people from Indigenous, CALD and LGBTQIA backgrounds, and people with intellectual disability, to apply.