Out of control fire ravages trees

On Tuesday 12 November there were over 300 new fires across New South Wales, especially in the Mid and North Coast regions... As the temperature hit the high thirties in some parts of the state, the catastrophic fire danger warning was issued in the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions. 

Image of a helicopter carrying a bucket of water near a bushfire.

Thanks to The Deaf Society and Hayley Martin for the following Auslan video regarding the NSW Fire Warning.

Preteen school boy with down syndrome working a desk in a classroom with a pencil in hand

The First Hearing of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) commenced this week in Townsville. Focus this week has been on inequity for children with disability, especially those with Autism, sensory processing disorders and intellectual disability, in accessing and engaging in education.

A pile of paperwork with hands flicking through the pages

 The Aged Care Royal Commission Interim report was published on Thursday 31 October 2019. In the opening statement the Commission has "found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too many instances, it neglects them."

Image of rainbow watercolour silhouettes. Two people. One speaking.

The Australian Government is funding free and independent counselling, as well as advocacy, legal and financial supports for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

Image of hand holding black chess piece (King) with a row of white chess pieces (pawns)

The Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency announced on Thursday 17 October, that Mr Martin Hoffman has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the NDIA. Mr Hoffman will take up his three-year appointment on 4 November 2019.