Topic: Disabilities

Keeping Local Communities Connected During Coronavirus

Victorians experiencing loneliness or social disconnection due to coronavirus will receive support from the Australian Red Cross and local community organisations with one call to the coronavirus hotline, thanks to a new  Victorian Government initiative. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan has launched the Community Activation and Social Isolation initiative with more than […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers

New Mental Health And Disability Services Commissioner

Treasure Jennings has been appointed as the new Mental Health Complaints Commissioner and the Disability Services Commissioner. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan announced Ms Jennings will take on the two roles beginning from 1 July 2020 for a five-year term. Victorians will continue to be […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Mental Health

Supporting Victorians With Disability During Coronavirus

Victorians with a disability, their families and carers will have better access to health services and much needed respite during the coronavirus pandemic, with a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today announced an additional $17 million to ensure all Victorians with a disability get the help […]

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Emergency Relief Packages For Victorians Who Need It Most

Victorians self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) with no access to food and essential supplies will receive emergency relief packages under a program introduced by the Victorian Government. The program will support people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of family and friends to support them. Each eligible household will […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers

Boost For Neighbourhood Houses Affected By Bushfires

The Andrews Labor Government is standing with fire-affected communities across Victoria, with a funding boost for frontline Neighbourhood Houses. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today announced 15 neighbourhood houses will receive an extra $10,000 each in recognition of the incredible efforts of staff and volunteers from Cann River to Corryong. Neighbourhood Houses […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers

Victorian Guardianship Reforms Now Law

New legislation will commence from today to better protect the rights of adults with a disability to make and participate in decisions that affect their lives. The Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 presumes that a person has decision-making capacity unless evidence is provided to the contrary. It also recognises that a person has decision-making capacity […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Have Your Say On Victoria’s New Volunteer Strategy

Victorians are invited to have their say on how the Andrews Labor Government can support people who give up their time to volunteer. Whether you help at a school, plant trees, support people with a disability, coach a sports team, spend time at a soup kitchen or you fight fires – your feedback can help […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Western Victoria Region

Nominations Now Open For 10th Disability Awards

Victorians are encouraged to nominate community members that are making an outstanding contribution to the lives of people with disability for the 10th annual Victorian Disability Awards. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan encouraged Victorians to nominate people and organisations who are making a real difference in the disability sector – recognising their […]

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Victoria Goes Into Bat For Vital Disability Funding

People living with a disability and their families are missing out on critical services and care because the Federal Liberal Government is withholding an estimated $1.6 billion committed to the National Disability Insurance Scheme across Australia. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today joined New South Wales Minister for Families, Communities and Disability […]

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Victoria Launches Australia’s First Autism Campaign

The Andrews Labor Government has established Australia’s first social behaviour change campaign to promote better understanding and inclusion of autistic people. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today launched the new $2.8 million public education campaign Change Your Reactions with Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie. Change Your Reactions encourages Victorians to recognise some of […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers