Welcome to the January 2016 edition of the NDCOTas Newsletter


Save the Date: Post School InTouch meetings for 2016.

The network meeting aims to facilitate communication between those involved in supporting people with a disability or ongoing health condition access further education, training and/or employment.   
This network is hosted by the Tasmanian National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO) 
The benefits
  • Improve information exchange on transition issues
  • Facilitate linkages between education and post-education providers
  • Provides information on current issues and events
  • Opportunity for face-face networking
  • Acquire new information from informative guest speakers
Hobart: 7th of March & 20th of June
Burnie: 11th of February
Launceston: TBA

To register your interest contact Colleen Hooper or Darlene McLennan

I Can Network; Enabling Young Tasmanians on the Autism Spectrum

Autism Tasmania is sponsoring the I Can Network to conduct a workshop in March for people and schools interested in kick starting this CAN do network in Tasmania.
They are initially calling for expressions of interest to gauge the level of support for this initiative and determine an appropriate venue in Hobart.
The I Can Network is a mentoring social enterprise for people on the Autism Spectrum. The two day workshop is being held on the 31st of March & the 1st of April 9.30 to 4.30 each day.  The venue will be confirmed at a later date. 

To express and interest in being involve call 6231 2745 or email for more information

Disability and employment - Getting to YES seminar for employers – Hobart

With over 2 million Australians of working age living with disability, more and more smart businesses see the strong case for inclusive employment practices to meet their business needs.

The event is hosted by the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC) and is free-of-charge.

When:  Thursday 17 March 2016
Where: The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Jones and Co. room, 25 Hunter St, Hobart, TAS 7000
Time: 8:00am arrival for a 8:30am start
                10:30am seminar concludes
10:30am - 11:00am meet the NDRC team, network with other employers and get to know your local Disability Employment Service provider.

Employers will learn about the benefits of employing people with disability and good practice in doing so. Our approach is varied and includes presentations, videos, panel discussions and opportunities for networking before and after. Breakfast will be provided.

Getting to Yes seminars provide employers with an opportunity to:

  • how employing people with disability is low risk and high return
  • how Australian Government support services work
  • people who live and work with disability
  • from employers who have embraced and benefited from diversity
  • examples of good practice to take back to your workplace
  • with the people and services that can help you on your way

 RSVP: Tuesday 8 March by registering here

For more information on the seminar or if you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us at or call Karla on 03 8102 8787.

Cost: The NDRC is funded by the Australian Government and all services are provided free of charge.

Places are limited so please limit RSVPs to a maximum of two representatives per organisation.



Senate report - Education and Employment Reference committee

A report has been released by the Education & Employment Reference Committee, Access to real learning: the impact of policy, funding and culture on students with disability. The inquiry was tasked with investigating;

 (a) current levels of access and attainment for students with disability in the school system, and the impact on students and families associated with inadequate levels of support;
(b) the social, economic and personal benefits of improving outcomes for students with disability at school and in further education and employment;
(c) the impact on policies and the education practice of individual education sectors as a result of the More Support for Students with Disabilities program, and the impact of the cessation of this program in 2014 on schools and students;
(d) the future impact on students with disability as a result of the Government‘s decision to index funding for schools at the consumer price index after 2017;
(e) the progress of the implementation of the needs-based funding system as stated in the Australian Education Act;
(f) the progress of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability and the findings, recommendations and outcomes from this process, and how this data will, or should, be used to develop a needs-based funding system for students with disability;
(g) how possible changes as a result of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability will be informed by evidence-based best practice of inclusion of students with disability;
(h) what should be done to better support students with disability in our schools;
(i) the early education of children with disability; and
(j) any other related matters.

Access to real learning: the impact of policy, funding and culture on students with disability Senate report.


Children with Disability Australia: Post School Transition: The Experience of Students with Disability

The transition from school is an important period. All young people should be supported throughout this time to access options which allow them to meaningfully participate and contribute to our society as adults. Many young people with disability however have extremely poor post school transition experiences. 

CDA has produced a report based on the direct experience of young people with disability. It highlights key issues from current research, legislation and consultation with key stakeholders. It concludes with recommendations for improving outcomes and options for post school transition of students with disability.

CDA Transition report

Media Access Australia have updated the Service Providers Accessibility Guide: A quick reference guide for accessible communications. The guide is designed to provide you with practical, hands-on, step by step was to effectively prepare and deliver content and communications to people with disability via computing and mobile devices.

Get a copy by going to the Media Access website


Gearing Up Expo Service directory

The service directory that was provided to everyone who attended one of the Gearing Up Expos is now available online.  This handy resource provide information and contact details of over 90 service providers.  To download a copy go the NDCOTas website

Have you decided not to join the NDIS? Have you been told you can't join the NDIS?


Flinders University want to hear from people with disability or a mental health condition (and family members/carers) who live in an NDIS trial site in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria or the ACT, but who have not joined the NDIS.
The survey team would like to speak with you for 60-90 minutes on your own or as a part of a focus group of up to eight people with a disability. You will be given $50 to help you take part. They want to find out how satisfied you are with your supports, what you think about the NDIS, and any other issues that concern you.
Everything you tell them will be kept private. If you would like to take part in an interview or focus group (free call) 1800 265 648 or email

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