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A Message from WDV CEO Leah van Poppel
Welcome to another edition of eNews. Today is International Day of People with Disability, a day to celebrate the diversity, strength and resilience of women with disabilities everywhere, regardless of where we live, how we identify or what we do. Women with disabilities experience much higher rates of disadvantage across our society. We have less access to education and employment, tend to be more isolated and are more often victim survivors of gendered violence. It is the unique combination of being female - with the lower rates of pay, less expectation that we speak up, and greater expectation that we care for children and older people - and being disabled - with a lack of access to services, and a sense that we cannot participate fully in society - which creates these barriers. It is impossible to talk about one part of who we are without acknowledging the other.

As always, there are many activities going on to mark International Day. At WDV, we're hosting an event to talk to workers in family violence and disability services about the importance of preventing violence against women with disabilities. This is especially important to us because International Day falls within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, working to highlight the issue of violence against women. If you aren't already connected to us on social media, you can join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to check out our social media campaign as part of 16 Days which highlights what respect means to women with disabilities. You can help spread the word by sharing our posts or talking about what respect means to you, using #16dayscampaign and tagging WDV and Respect Victoria. 

Whatever you're doing this International Day, we hope it empowers you.

Work with Us

Health Coordinator

We are currently looking for an experienced Coordinator who will be responsible for overseeing our Experts by Experience Health Project.

This position will be responsible for leading the Health Experts by Experience project, and coordination, training and professional development of the Experts by Experience Health Team. Members of the group are women with disabilities who support the Program by sharing their lived experience of disability, with a focus on health and gender equity.

The position will also be responsible for the co-design, development, promotion and dissemination of health resources to improve the health outcomes of women with disabilities, and collaborating with project partners and supporting stakeholder engagement in the project.

Hours are 60.80 hours or 76 hours per fortnight (0.8 EFT or 1 EFT) to be worked over Monday to Thursday each fortnight.

This position is from the date of appointment to 31 July 2022, and may be extended subject to funding.

Applications close 5pm 9 December 2020

Health Promotion Resource Development Officer

We are currently looking for an experienced Health Promotion Resource Development Officer for our Workforce Development Program on Gender & Disability.

This position will be responsible for co-design, development, promotion and dissemination of health resources to improve the health outcomes of women with disabilities, and collaborating with project partners and supporting stakeholder engagement in the project.

The position will also be responsible for other areas of project implementation, including supporting the EBE Health team and contributing to project reporting and evaluation.

Hours are 60.8 hours per fortnight (0.8 EFT) to be worked over Monday to Thursday each fortnight.

This position is from the date of appointment to 30 June 2022, and may be extended subject to funding.

Applications close 5pm 9 December 2020

Applications from women with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

View more information on our website

WDV event: 2021 - 2024 Strategic Plan 

Thank you to everyone who attended the online launch of the WDV 2021 - 2024 Strategic Plan. The following goals will guide the organisation's strategic direction: 

Goal 1. Visibility and voice: Engage women with disabilities, build our self-advocacy and strengthen our membership across Victoria.
Goal 2. Pursue safety, wellbeing and connectedness for women with disabilities: leverage government-funded policy reform and programs
Goal 3. Create long term change through engagement, education and advocacy
Goal 4. Key enablers to support the above three goals. WDV will ensure strong organisational infrastructure to enable our strategy.


View WDV 2021 - 2024 Strategic Plan (PDF version)
View WDV 2021 - 2024 Strategic Plan (Microsoft Word version)
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign

WDV's '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign focuses on what women with disabilities believe Respect is.

This year, Women with Disabilities Victoria will run a social media campaign to coincide with the annual international ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign.

The campaign is running from 25th of November, the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, to the 10th December, Human Rights Day. It will span the International Day for People with Disability, which falls on the 3rd of December.

In line with Respect Victoria’s 2020 campaign, Respect Women: Call it Out. WDV’s theme focuses on increasing respect towards women with disabilities and aims to inspire action and to encourage members of the public to embrace the types of behaviours and actions that represent and personify ‘respect’.

For each day of the campaign, WDV will be posting a visual tile on our social media channels each describing what women with disabilities think ‘Respect is…’ This campaign was created in consultation with women with disabilities.Our aim is to inspire action and to encourage members of the public to embrace the types of behaviours and actions that represent and personify ‘respect’.


Check out our 16 Days campaign
Summary of Victorian State Budget

The Victorian State Budget came out on  24  November with some highlights for women and for people with disabilities.
A big feature of this year’s budget is a big investment in social housing WDV is pleased to hear that 2,000 homes will be dedicated to people with psychosocial disability, and that victim survivors of family violence will also have priority. It's also great that the government will do this work in a way that gives jobs to lots of disadvantaged groups, including people with disability. WDV is eager to hear what proportion of this housing will be accessible to people with disabilities, and what proportion will be dedicated to women.  

For women who want to train or retrain as we recover from COVID-19, the Victorian Government has announced $631 million for free TAFE and subsidised training facilities. There is also $155 million to provide access to those most impacted by the pandemic — with a focus on getting more women back into the workforce. We look forward to discussions on how women with disabilities will benefit from this initiative.  
A gender equity budget statement is available which is a sign of progress not to be overlooked.  
Turning to disability, WDV join others in the disability advocacy sector in welcoming investments in students with disabilities in state schools. This investment is accompanied by budget allocations to Special Schools which add to ongoing questions about the future of Victorian approaches to school segregation. 
The Government also announced a $223.3 million commitment over the next four years to support Victorians with disability with complex needs or who are not eligible for the NDIS. Read the Government’s disability budget statement.
The Victorian Government has a Budget Website with all the budget details which are currently available. On the page you will find a menu called Regional Victoria where you can select areas of the state to see the investments made for those areas.  

WDV event: Access to Health

WDV is hosting an online member event and you are invited!

View the invitation in Microsoft Word

This session is about accessing health services as a woman with disability.

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2020
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm

Please note if you reserved a ticket to this event in October, you WILL need to reserve another ticket. 

Register via EventBrite or by emailing, or by phoning 9286 7800. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.

We hope to see you there!


Register via EventBrite
DHHS release new Coronavirus resources

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Last Step from 23 November – the same rules apply across all of Victoria (metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria). 

For more information about the current restrictions go to the Roadmap to reopening web page.
Other resources in accessible format will continue to be updated to reflect current restrictions. They will be shared as soon as they become available.
Please share these resources as widely as possible through your networks, people with disability, families and carers and through social media. You can access this information at
We also encourage you to actively share these resources in ways that your networks and groups usually receive information, including newsletters, mailouts, and peer support sessions. This will help us share important information with as many people as possible, including people who don’t usually access information online. 

Read the DHHS Coronavirus resources

External Role: Disability Advocate - Team Leader with Disability Resources Centre

The Disability Resources Centre (DRC) is a member-driven organisation managed and staffed by people with disabilities. We are currently funded to provide individual advocacy for adults with disability in the Melbourne Metropolitan and outer South-East areas. We also work on systemic issues and conduct and support campaigns that aim to provide long-term benefits for many people.

Working closely with the Executive Officer, this part-time (0.7FTE) role will be responsible for overseeing the Individual Advocacy program and leading a small team of Disability Advocates. This individual will have a direct experience of disability and can demonstrate a commitment to the rights and empowerment of people with disabilities.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 9 December 2020

View job details
Be a part of Manningham Council Disability Advisory Committee

Manningham Council is seeking expressions of interest from people with lived experience of disability and carers to join Manningham’s new Disability Advisory Committee.

The Disability Advisory Committee has been set up to strengthen the voice of people with disability in Manningham to advise and support Council towards authentic access for, and inclusion of people with a disability. It will help to shape the future of Manningham to ensure it is accessible and inclusive for all residents.

The Committee will consist of those with a lived experience of disability, those who identify as Deaf or Hard of Hearing, or who live with mental illness. People with lived experience will make up 80% of places on the committee and we invite carers of people with disability to make up 20%. We also want to aim for a committee of diversity in ages, cultural backgrounds, genders and sexual identities.

View more information or apply for the Disability Advisory Council

New resources for people with disability and families, and allied health workers

DHHS Victoria has released a new framework for allied health workers providing support to people with disability and complex support needs.  This Framework has been developed as part of the Victorian Government's Keeping Our Sector Strong strategy for the NDIS.

A team led by Monash University is building free online accessible resources for people with disability and their families, as well as allied health workers, to help them to use this new Framework.

If you are a person with disability or family member and would like to learn more about these resources, which are due to be released in December 2020, you are welcome to watch a video.

After watching the video, please fill out the brief anonymous feedback form.

If you have any questions, you can email or 

View the framework
Summer Foundation Lived Experience Opportunities

The Summer Foundation is looking for people with disability or their family members/close others in Victoria to join us in creating tools that better support people with disability to explore their housing options.
Do you, or someone you support, have the following experience?

  • Lived in a nursing home or group home 
  • Moved into housing better suited to your needs OR thought about moving, but decided against it
If you answered yes to any of the above, you could use your experience to help others!
The Summer Foundation have a range of opportunities available across the project between Dec 2020 - June 2021:
  • Participate in an interview or give feedback on the tools. This would take 2 hours and you will receive a $70 gift voucher for your contribution.
  • Apply for a casual paid position as a Lived Experience Partner. You will work with the team throughout the project for a total of 45 hours. Lived Experience Partners will be supported to share their experiences and ideas about what tools should be created. No prior work experience is necessary. Ongoing support will be provided to make sure you get the most of this work and can develop your skills.
 They can talk you through these opportunities and help you find the one that’s right for you. Having your say in the creation of these tools will help make sure people with disability are supported to become empowered consumers.

If you require further information or assistance applying for the role, please contact Brigid O’Flaherty Project Support Officer on 0428 962 916 or email
Find out more on the Summer Foundation website

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