Talk Up project

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The Talk Up project is about empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability to know and understand their legal rights, through the creation and delivery of educational resources and workshops.

Legal rights include areas such as:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Police and the criminal justice system
  • Discrimination

Following a period of consultation with relevant communities, the project will produce a range of educational resources (such as flyers, booklets and fact sheets) and deliver workshops for community members.

The project works in Mount Druitt, Dubbo and Wellington, and the Northern Rivers.

Talk Up art logo with some dot painting around it.

Talk Up Workshops

Northern Rivers

Talk Up is coming to the Northern Rivers! In December 2023, Talk Up is going to Jubullum Village to host a community consultation. The Team will listen to what legal issues are affecting the community. The outcome of this consultation will be the identification of five priority legal issues, which will guide the direction of the educational resources. Talk Up will be returning to Jubullum in early 2024 to run educational workshops for community members and distribute these resources.

Dubbo & Wellington

In May and November 2023, Talk Up went to Dubbo and Wellington (NSW) for community consultation sessions. After the community identified their priority legal issues in the May workshops, the Talk Up team developed educational resources which were presented to community groups when we returned in November. Talk Up is now concluded in Dubbo and Wellington.

Mount Druitt

Talk Up has concluded its work in Mount Druitt. You can find the resources at most community organisations and meeting places.

Go to https://fpdn.org.au/talkup/key-contacts/ to access online!

Project partners

The Talk Up project is run in partnership with First People’s Disability Network (FPDN) and the Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL).

With the expertise and experience of these organisations in First Nations disability and disability law, respectively, the project will be developing resources that fill identified gaps and are needed by community.

Project information

Find a detailed Talk Up project webpage with extra information on FPDN’s website here.

Community consultation and stakeholder engagement

All aspects of this project are guided by genuine community consultation and stakeholder engagement. The project team – which includes the PWDA Project Manager, ACDL Solicitor and FPDN Cultural Liaison – are travelling to selected locations across NSW to speak directly with community members and listen to their stories and needs.

The Project Advisory Group also provides input and guidance on the direction of the Project. This group is made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability. 

Enquiries

If you would like more information, please contact Sally Holmes at sallyh@pwd.org.au 

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