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  • If you suspect you may have the Coronavirus disease call the dedicated DHHS hotline on 1800 675 398. If you are a NDIS participant you can also call the national hotline on 1800 020 080.    
  • Information and referrals for people with disability and their supporters about Coronavirus: Contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 634 787.
  • If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

If you need an interpreter, please call 131 450 first.
Latest updates and information on Coronavirus:
Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services
Australian Government Department of Health - Coronavirus advice for people with disability
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

National Disability Insurance Scheme - Information about changes to how the NDIS works during the COVID-19 pandemic in 12 languages.  

Coronavirus: DHHS advice and information available in 49 languages

Health Translations -  A comprehensive place to find current COVID-19 multilingual information in 70 languages including Auslan and Easy English. 
SBS news and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) available in 63 languages

MyAusCovid-19 app: Multilingual resource application produced by Migration Council Australia (MCA) for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID-19, its impact and available support. 

Coronavirus AUSLAN updates: Expression Australia 
Blind Citizens Australia: Information on coronavirus for people who are blind or vision impaired
Coronavirus Easy English Guides
Looking after your mental health: Comprehensive list of information and resources to support those affected.

Temporary COVID-19 Rules ending from 1 July

NDIS Minister, Stuart Robert announced that a number of the temporary measures introduced to support providers and participants through COVID-19 will be coming to an end from 1 July in what is being dubbed "the first stage of a post-coronavirus NDIS".

Changes from 1 July

• Removal of 10% COVID-19 loading on certain core and capacity building supports

• Return to standard short-term cancellation definition (ie. 2 clear business days)

• Medium Term Accommodation returned to original policy of 90 days (down from 180).

Continuing until further notice

• Alternatives to face-to-face planning meetings

• Plan extensions for up to 24 months 

• Flexible use of funds to purchase low cost assistive technology

More information

All One Together campaign video: How do we want to be together?

The ECCV marks Refugee Week 2020 through the release of a special campaign video featuring high-profile Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds sharing their stories and talking about the impacts of racism and discrimination. 

We hope you can engage with the stories shared here and reflect on how we can live in a safe and inclusive society together. 


View the video here

A very special thanks to Khadija Gbla, Hung Le, Betul Tuna and Akec Makur Chuoth for sharing their stories and to Think HQ for helping us capture it so beautifully.

To learn more about ECCV's  All One Together Campaign, click here.

ECCV stands in solidarity with the First Nations people of Australia, whose land we live, love and work on. We are committed to listening to and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about the pain and injustice they have endured throughout 250 years of racist policies and practices in Australia. Through the All One Together campaign, ECCV approaches anti-racism work through a systemic lens. We feel that this approach is more important than ever in the context of the current global movement for equity and justice.

Creating Socially Impactful Communication for CALD Audiences
In this free 45-minute webinar Polaron will be covering off the many positive outcomes that arise from translating your content with the intended audience as your partners. You’ll hear from the experts and Polaron, and a respected community leader at the frontline of helping diverse communities develop information that is fit for purpose.

When: 18 June, 2pm

More information 
AMPARO Advocacy - Multilingual Factsheets 
AMPARO Advocacy has developed a number of fact sheets that have been translated in 39 languages. The factsheets cover the following topics:
-Understanding Disability in Australia 
-What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? 
-NDIS Information for Interpreters and Translators
-NDIS and Participants Rights


Understanding Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Factsheet

This document is available in English as well as in languages other than English. Links to the English and multilingual resources can be accessed, here.

Health Translations newsletter
The Health Translations newsletter
 includes multilingual resources on early childhood intervention, volunteering, testing for COVID-19 in Victoria, Telehealth, home care during COVID-19 and more. Read the June issue and subscribe here. 

Nominations are open for The National Awards For Disability Leadership 2020!

In 2020, work undertaken to support our community through the pandemic, bushfires and other major disasters is being paid particular attention.

There are seven categories; The Arts, Change Making, Rights Activism, Innovation, Social Impact, Inclusion, and...
The Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Nominations for 2020 open on 10 June and close at midday on Friday 16 October.

More information here

Online Disability Confidence Training

A 'disability confident' community group/organisation should be able to routinely and seamlessly accommodate differences when managing volunteers who may have a disability. 

This 2 hour session will assist you to build confidence to know the right things to say and do when interacting with a person with disability.

More information
Resources to Help Support Autistic Students 

Amaze has released 6 resources to help support autistic students and their parents/carers through the return to school.

The resources provide practical tips and strategies to help children and young people manage anxiety and regain routines. 

More information
Getting the Most Out of Your NDIS Plan - Information Pack
AFDO has put together a set of useful handouts that give you more detail on the topics covered in their  “Getting the Most Out of Your NDIS Plan” Information Session.

This Information Pack includes 16 handouts, all of these are available in PDF and Word, with the exception of handout 9 which is available in PDF format only.

COVID-19 Survey by People with Disability Australia

A new survey conducted in May 2020 and released by People with Disability Australia (PWDA) earlier this month, reveals how difficult COVID-19 has been for many people with disability across Australia.

“Over 90% of people with disability said they had faced increased expenses due to COVID-19,” said El Gibbs, Director, Media and Communications at PWDA. 

“People with disability had higher expenses for food and groceries (58%), healthcare (31%), internet and phone (26%) and sanitising and hygiene equipment (20%).”

Over 200 people responded to the survey, 88% of them people with disability. Survey respondents were from all states and territories, and represented a variety of age groups.

Read the full report here.

CMY MYConnect Line

 CMY is offering support for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak with their MYConnect phone support service.

The service can offer information and assistance to navigate services during this difficult time.

Interpreters are available and all staff have been trained to use them if a young person requests one. 
For more information visit their website or the flyer here.
Reasonable and Necessary- Podcast Series
Talking ethnicity, culture and the NDIS
Reasonably and Necessary: Making Sense of the NDIS is a podcast series by the Summer Foundation, hosted by our very own Dr George Taleporos.

Episode 1: Talking ethnicity, culture and the NDIS – with Sophie Dutertre from the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, and NDIS participant Julie Duong 

More information

Tandem is Hiring!
Tandem is seeking passionate professionals to join their Carer Support Services team, who provide NDIS peer support services and their free 1800 313 325 Carer Support and Referral Line. Please click on the below links for more information, position descriptions and details for how to apply: 
Applications close: 21 June 2020


Funded by the Victorian State Government and the Department of Health and Human Services through the Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Grants Program and the NDIS Transition Support Package.

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