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  • Congratulations to Jane Rosengrave for winning the Inspire Award for best Achievement in Disability Advocacy 2017
  • Disability Accommodation Rights Review
  • Congratulations to Jane Rosengrave – Board member of STAR
  • Divine – website for people with a disability
  • Office of the Public Advocate – Launch of “Rebuilding the Village” – Supporting families where the parent has a disability
  • NDIS: Do you live in a home of your choice? Tell us about it
  • HONOUR BOARD FOR THE CAMPAIGN FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS- Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
  • Jane’s story a short video that tells a powerful real life story

STAR Victoria Inc. – 47th Annual General Meeting

 Wednesday 22nd November, 2017

12noon – 2pm

Jenny Florence Room

3rd Floor Ross House  247 Flinders Lane Melbourne

 12pm         Registrations  and Light Refreshments                                  

 12-30pm      47th Annual General Meeting including

                     Presentation of Annual Report

                     Audited Financial Statements

                     Election of Board Members

                     1pm            Guest Speaker

                                         Sharon    Barry

Director ,Inclusion, Access and Participation Branch Early Childhood and  School Education Group

Department of  Education

                                                   Inclusive Education

 RSVP- by Thursday 16th November is essential for catering purposes


Congratulations to Jane Rosengrave for winning the Inspire Award for best Achievement in Disability Advocacy 2017.


Funds in Court: Inspire Awards

Congratulations Jane Rosengrave on winning the Inspire Award for Best Achievement in Disability Advocacy. Jane was nominated by the Office of the Public Advocate. Funds in Court’s Inspire Awards recognise people 18 years and older, living in Victoria, who identify with a disability and are well respected in their field of work/interest and community. Nominees are acknowledged not only for their professional contribution to their work but for their enduring leadership qualities, role modelling, mentoring and/or volunteering.

The peer-based awards provide an important opportunity to raise awareness about disability issues and, ultimately, support the development of an inclusive Australian society.

Protecting Tenants Rights In Specialist Disability Accommodation

Tenants, families and carers in specialist disability accommodation have been invited to share their views on how their rights can be protected in the transition to the NDIS when it comes to specialist disability accommodation. As part of the transition to the NDIS, all participants should be empowered to exercise choice and control in every part of their life – especially in choosing accommodation.

It is about ensuring people with disability are able to live their life, their way. The current housing laws are not fit for an NDIS environment, as it is too difficult for residents to change service providers in their home. To address this issue, the Andrews Labor Government is undertaking public consultation around how the new laws will work. This includes hearing from Victorians about what they like and don’t like about the current laws, and what they would like to see happen in the future.

Any new Victorian legislation will support all specialist disability accommodation residents to change their service provider and know their tenancy is secure and rights are protected. This consultation will happen hand in hand with the community so that people with disability, their families and carers, staff, service providers and advocacy groups can all have a say.

In addition to taking formal submissions, the Government will also conduct sessions with affected residents to make sure that their views are front and centre of any new legislation. The consultation period will close on Friday 23 June 2017.

For more information on the consultation, or to make a submission, please visit www.engage.vic.gov.au/sda


Congratulations to Jane – long time Board member of STAR. Jane Rosengrave recipient of the Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award at the Australian Human Rights Awards for 2016

jane-awardThe Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award – Individual is awarded to a person with a track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community on a not-for-profit basis. Jane is a proud Yorta Yorta woman with an intellectual disability. She is a passionate advocate for people with disability. Jane grew up in institutions and has experienced segregation as well as sexual and other violence, including domestic violence. She contributes to several organisations and shares her personal experiences publicly to raise awareness of the abuse and discrimination facing people with disability.

The link to the Human Rights Award page is https://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au/winners

To see Jane receive the award look at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwJ5CIk94LY&feature=youtu.be&t=7402

Divine – website for people with a disability

Divine is a website for people with a disability. It is published by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services.

 A team of writers, all of whom have a disability, have written for the website since its launch just over seven years ago. They have written on a wide range of topics, often sharing their own experiences, interests and passions.

Individual Supported Living – How well do individual supported living arrangements work?

What is good about individual supported living? Do you live in your own home in the community?

You can help answer these and other questions by joining the ‘Quality and Outcomes of Individual Supported Living (ISL) Arrangements for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disability’ study.

There are many factors that make a good quality individual supported living arrangement. We are asking adults with intellectual/developmental disability to talk to us about living in their own home. Other people involved in the arrangement will also be interviewed.

To download Easy English Information  click link EasyReadISLInformationSheetfinalVictoriaAug3rd2015 (pdf)

If you want to join the study, please contact us on the details below. If you have any questions, please contact one of the study team: Assoc Prof Keith McVilly  Chief Investigator  Phone: (03) 9244 6257  or  Ms Jenny Crosbie Research Assistant Phone: (03) 92 51 7827 Email: keith.mcvilly@deakin.edu.au          Email: jcrosbie@deakin.edu.au

Office of the Public Advocate – Launch of “Rebuilding the Village” : Supporting families where the parent has a disability

To see the report click here OPA_Rebuilding the village_OPA_Rebuilding the village_Report 2_Child Protection_2015



The exhibition Grassroots Democracy: the Campaign for Disability Rights explores just some of the events and people who led reform and campaigned for change.

From the deinstitutionalisation movements of the 1970s and 1980s led by activists like John Roarty and Ann McDonald. to the more recent campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), we profile here just some of the people from around Australia who have made a difference.

Through this digital honour board, we pay respect to the work of those who have campaigned for the rights of Australians with disability.
Over time the museum wishes to grow those who are represented here, and are asking people to nominate individuals who have made a major contribution to the disability rights movement.

Nominations can include people with disability or those who have stood alongside and encouraged people with disabilities to find their own voices to advocate for their own rights.

Jane’s Story

‘Jane’s Story’ is a short video that tells the powerful real life story of Jane and her son Nick. Focusing on the challenges they faced when Nick first moved into a group home, Jane talks about;

  • her memory of whenNick’s disability was first diagnosed;
  • the challenges they faced when Nick wanted to move out of home;
  • the breakdown in the r elationship between herself and staff at the group home;
  • her role in advocating for Nick; and
  • what it took to turn the situation around.

We recommend this video as a valuable resource for disability service providers committed to supporting their staff to work more effectively with families.

Jane’s Story is available at the Disability Services Commissioner website and is a helpful resource that can show how a issues/complaints can be resolved.  For more information about making a complaint please go to the DSC website http://odsc.vic.gov.au/making-a-complaint