Successful NDIS Application – What’s Next

Your NDIS application was successful – What next?

Preparing for your planning meeting

“Learn to think beyond the money you think you’ll need, think yes I’ve got these impairments so I’ll need these supports to live out my dreams. Think about what are the most important things that I want to work on in my life right now” – Cath (she/her), Cath is blind.

Once you are approved to use the NDIS, you become what is called a participant.

  • When you become an NDIS participant, you will be put on a plan. Usually a plan lasts for the next 12 months after it has been approved.
  • What goes in your plan will be worked out between you and your plan manager during a planning meeting.
  • The NDIS aims to help you meet your goals. What are the things you would like to achieve in the next 12 months, and what equipment and/or supports can help you to achieve them? These supports could be specific support to assist you in achieving your goals, or assistance with the tasks of daily living so that you can focus on what’s important to you.

“When I first accessed the NDIS I didn’t realise how many ways I could use that funding. I was just like, ‘I need a wheelchair’. Having my NDIS plan and learning how to use it has meant that I could find supports I didn’t even know I needed. – Robin (they/them), is a multiply disabled wheelchair user.

“My funding covers support I might need as a person who’s blind. This includes software on my computer that means I have access to the screen, it reads out to me in speech what’s on the screen. I also have a braille computer. If I need help learning new places, like moving to a new house, I do work with orientation and mobility instructors.” – Cath (she/her), Cath is blind.

“I have someone who helps around the house, with odd jobs, the dishes, but he also helps me with my uni work and computer stuff, goes shopping with me – all those things might not seem like a lot, but they’re foundational for me to go on and do other things.” – Debbie (she/her) lives with a psychosocial disability.

Alcohol And Cancer Risk

We all know that in our LGBTQ+ communities, enjoying a few drinks can be part of the scene. It can often feel like alcohol is intertwined within the rainbow communities’ fabric.

But here’s the thing – sometimes we might be sipping more than we realise. LGBTQ+ people tend to drink more alcohol than the rest of the population, which can put us at greater risk of alcohol-related cancers and other health issues.

Together, we can make mindful choices about how we enjoy our drinks and find a better balance in our relationship with alcohol.

Learn How To Navigate Alcohol And Cancer Risk.

Know Yourself – Your Cancer Risk Quiz

Understanding your risk of cancer is a positive step towards staying healthy. Take the quiz to get personalised cancer risk information for you and your body. Take the quiz!

Disability Justice Social Group

ACON is hosting a new online social group for LGBTQ+ people with disability in NSW who are over 18 years old.

Disability Justice Social Group is a space to share experiences, build community connections, and discover LGBTQ+ inclusive events, programs and services for people with disability.

Click here to read more and register.

Instructional Designer and Trainer

Be instrumental in developing and delivering educational resources to improve the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in their workplaces, accessing healthcare, and participating in sports.

  • Ever wanted to combine your training expertise with your passion to support the LGBTQ+ community?
  • ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs is looking for a passionate and accomplished person to develop and deliver LGBTQ+ inclusion education to support its 3 membership programs (Pride in Diversity, Pride in Sport, Pride in Health + Wellbeing).

What’s ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs you say?

ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs (APIP) comprises 3 organisational support programs that drive LGBTQ+ inclusion within; Australian Workplaces (Pride in Diversity), Australian Sport (Pride in Sport) and Australian Health and Wellbeing Services (Pride in Health + Wellbeing).  In addition to the provision of subject matter expertise and support, the three programs facilitate the delivery of cutting-edge educational content in LGBTQ+ inclusion to member organisations, with a view to improving the knowledge, understanding, and confidence of their staff and improving the culture for LGBTQ+ people.

Ok, so what’s the role?

The role sits within the Quality, Training and Research unit, which provides industry-best research and educational content, to support the vision of the APIP division and its programs. Its key role is to ensure all divisional offerings are relevant, current, and accurate, and delivered consistently, to oversee all training content, index processes, data extraction, manipulation, and reporting, across all programs and all external research partnerships and outputs, ensuring currency, accuracy, and consistency of message across all training modules, all programs and fee for service offerings.

The Instructional Designer and Trainer will support educational content development and design, across the 3 membership programs. In addition, the position will provide support to the membership programs by the facilitation of any of the standard educational content as required.

The Instructional Designer and Trainer is essentially an expert in development and delivery of educational programs, targeting different audiences within organisations, supporting the recommendations of the membership programs. You will work with the program leads to understand who their key audiences are, what the key learning objectives are, and develop a recommended training plan for an organisation, plus the resources to support the plan.

You will:

  • Work with subject matter experts to develop all training content for all Pride in- programs (PID, PIS, PIHW). This includes accompanying resources, decks, facilitator guides, etc.
  • Work with subject matter experts and Pride Training to assist in the creation of content for any eLearning programs developed on behalf of Pride in- programs or that will be utilised by Pride in- programs.
  • Working collaboratively with subject matter experts as required to ensure all curricula is current, evidence-based, and ethically delivered, with a particular focus on community safety and potential triggers.
  • Ensure currency, accuracy, and consistency of message (where appropriate) across all Pride in- training modules.
  • Support implementation of new/changed content for divisional staff via user acceptance testing, socialisation of initiatives, and ‘train-the-trainer’.
  • Support the design and content management of endorsed trainer programs
  • Provide back-up training to support the team during peak activity.

Who are we looking for?

  • At least 3- 5 years of experience designing and developing engaging training materials, centred in creative and innovative design.
  • Strong track record in developing facilitated learning (face-to-face and webinar), backed with relevant collateral, e.g., PowerPoints, job-aids, and facilitator’s guides.
  • Experience delivering structured, flexible, relevant and interesting training sessions and assists all learners, regardless of level, to achieve their training goals in both face-to-face and webinar formats.
  • Confident public speaker and educator.
  • Strong administration and organisational skills, including computer literacy.
  • Demonstrated application of best practice learning methodologies (e.g., ADDIE, COM-B, 70:20:10) in the design of learning solutions and assessments.
  • Ability to think creatively, identify and explore new training concepts and best practice approaches to support the development of learning initiatives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service and communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proven track record in quickly building and maintaining trusted and respectful relationships across diverse teams and key stakeholders.
  • Ability to collaborate, seek understanding of conflicting views and work towards win-win solutions without comprising quality or evidence base.
  • An understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and in particular challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people within the workplace, sport and/or health + wellbeing settings.

What else can we tell you?

ACON provides a colourful, nurturing, and fun workplace. Our employees and volunteers are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness and for our capacity to deliver innovative community engagement and health promotion programs and initiatives for our communities.

To support the successful candidate in their new role at ACON we offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Generous learning and development opportunities.
  • Potential for tailored mentoring opportunities.
  • Supportive working environment with a knowledgeable and friendly team.

You’ll be part of a dynamic team of individuals within ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, who support organisations Australia-wide to create inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ people.

What’s the remuneration and working details?

Salary:                 Commensurate with skills, qualifications, and experience.

Location:            ACON’s Gadigal/Surry Hills (Sydney) Office, with flexible working options a possibility.

Hours:                Full-Time (76 hours per fortnight) on a 2-year fixed term contract with a possibility of extension.

We offer flexible working arrangements and a generous array of entitlements often above the National Employment Standards (NES) including:

  • Salary Packaging up to $35,000 gross up value (i.e., currently up to $15,900 Expenses + $2,650 Meals, tax free).
  • Generous pro-rata leave entitlements – including up to an extra week of paid leave for full time employees to be taken during our Christmas and New Year’s shutdown period.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to a comprehensive counselling service free to employees.

How can I find out more details and apply?

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply to join our team and help us make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. By joining us, you will be part of a mission to create a healthier and more inclusive community.

We’d love someone who has experience already in this area but people at all levels of experience are absolutely welcome to apply. We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from CALD backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people of all genders to apply.

For more information on the role, please contact Nicki Elkin, Associate Director – Quality, Training & Research, via email at NElkin@acon.org.au or (0439) 220 039.

All applications must include:

  1. Your completed ACON Employment Application Form – with all the details filled in where requested;
  2. Your Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Selection Criteria; and
  3. Your Resume.

DOWNLOAD: Job Pack – Instructional Designer and Trainer

Applications close: Sunday 23 June 2024

We are grounded in the belief that diversity is our strength, our differentiator, and at the core of who we are and what we do. As part of our commitment to inclusion, we encourage applications from people living with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTQ people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant and refugee backgrounds, and LGBTQ people of colour.

LOVE Connections: An Intergenerational Art Experience

The LOVE Project invites LGBTQ+ people of all ages to LOVE Connections: an intergenerational art experience. Explore your inner creativity with community peers across generations, with artists Peta-Joy Williams and Wayde Clarke.

Peta-Joy Williams is a Wiradjuri woman, born in Sydney, with her feet firmly in both cultures, the inland and the salt water. Peta-Joy finds an affinity with both and finds inspiration from unique elements of the two diverse nations.

Wayde Clarke is a Wiradjuri/Birpai man, also known as Alejandro. Wayde is a queer Aboriginal artist exploring identify and perception through his art, influenced by his experiences as a gay person of color in Australia. Wayde is studying art therapy and is
a firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of art.

You will have the opportunity to work with both artists, learn about Aboriginal cultures through art and connect with LGBTQ+ people of all ages, in a welcoming and safe space.

Date: Saturday 22 June
Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm
Location: Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe

FREE EVENT – All art supplies provided

Bookings essential as numbers are limited.

Register HERE

Aged Care Update and Community Discussion

The LOVE Project invites LGBTQ+ people, carers and friends to an Aged Care update and community discussion. Come and listen to the latest information about aged care in NSW, your rights, quality standards and safety. Get a better understanding of where you
stand if you are thinking about aged care for yourself or someone you care for.

Time will be allocated for a community discussion to share your aged care experiences and explore community needs and preferences.

Guest speakers: Seniors Rights Service and ACON’s Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme and Pride Training.

Date: Wednesday 19 June
Time: 2am to 3.30pm
Location: ACON Building 414 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills

FREE EVENT with afternoon tea provided.

Register HERE

ACON Guides to Hosting LGBTQ+ Events Safely

A guide to hosting LGBTQ+ events safely

In a time where we are seeing escalating disinformation, lobbying, stigma and violence directed at LGBTQ+ people, especially trans people, drag artists and creatives, and those who are gender expansive, it’s more important than ever that our communities stand united in supporting one another through our events.

We’ve developed a guide mainly for LGBTQ+ community groups who are interested in holding events for our communities safely.

Download the guide here

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A guide to hosting LGBTQ+ events safely for Local Councils in NSW

Government bodies like local councils should be able to confidently support their LGBTQ+ residents and families, and offer safe, fun, and engaging opportunities for LGBTQ+ people, our families and allies to gather.

When LGBTQ+ voices are uplifted and heard, and LGBTQ+ people can live freely as themselves in their local community, we are building safer, stronger, and healthier environments for all.

Hosting LGBTQ+ events sends an important and visible message of inclusion and affirmation to your LGBTQ+ locals and the broader community. These events improve local community participation and connection, reduce social isolation, improve mental health, and enhance wellbeing among LGBTQ+ communities. In the face of negative attention and pressure from hate groups and anti-LGBTQ+ lobbyists, these events are more important than ever.

We have developed this guide to offer tips and advice to help support local councils in your important work to affirm and celebrate LGBTQ+ communities in your local area.

 Download the guide here

Bystander Intervention Leaflet

In recent history, we’ve been witnessing a spike in hate crimes, hate incidents and violence aimed at LGBTQ+ communities. This leaflet gives a helpful overview of hate and bystander interventions for community members and allies alike.

Download the leaflet here.

ACON’s Statement on its First Nations Listening and Truth Telling Project and Our Pathway Forward Following the Referendum

ACON has released a statement announcing the beginning of its First Nations Listening and Truth Telling Project as a pathway forward, towards reconciliation, following the outcome of the referendum on a Voice to parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

This new project is designed to instil a culture of meaningful listening within our organisation, in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities feel their voices are being heard, and that their needs are being prioritised. 

Throughout this year’s National Reconciliation Week, ACON will be taking time to meaningfully consider our role in the process of reconciliation, and the actions we need to take, to further this objective. We know that reconciliation can only proceed when we are ready to accept the truth of our history. Our First Nations Listening and Truth Telling Project will help us to clearly identify ACON’s ongoing role working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of diverse sexualities and genders to achieve better health outcomes for these communities. 

Download our full statement here.

Read about our Listening and Truth Telling Project here to submit an expression of interest in working with ACON as a consultant to drive this work forward. 

ACON’s First Nations Listening and Truth Telling Project

ACON’s First Nations Listening and Truth Telling Project seeks to strengthen dialogue, promote collaboration, and inform the development of ACON’s programs and services for LGBTQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in NSW.  

The aim is for ACON to conduct, and participate in, a community listening and truth telling process across NSW to better inform ACON of the health needs and priorities of LGBTQ+SB Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so we can better serve these communities. The outcomes of the project will inform decisions about appropriate governance structures to strengthen strategic directions in the delivery of programs and services for LGBTQ+SB Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the state. 

“ACON is currently seeking a consultant with experience (lived and professional) in working with LGBTQ+SB First Nations communities to lead this project.

Description of the tender for consultants interested in the Project: 

The project will consist of two separate phases, and applicants are invited to submit an EOI for one, or both phases, depending on their professional and lived experience: 

Phase 1 will involve the conducting of a listening and truth telling process designed to enable meaningful listening, including the convening and hosting of community meetings across NSW, aimed at improving ACON’s understanding of the key health priorities of LGBTQ+SB Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including any who may be living with HIV.  

Phase 2 will include the hosting of strategic meetings across the sector with experts, researchers, funders, and other relevant stakeholders aimed at engaging ACON, and the sector more broadly, with the issues raised in the initial phase, and facilitating discussion on strategies to address them. 

ACON welcomes any interested applicant to propose a unique approach to the process of each phase, as we understand the journey through a listening and truth telling process must be driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design. We welcome innovative approaches, and we encourage interested applicants to engage with us to discuss their ideas. 

How to apply: 

If you are a prospective applicant, please first register your potential interest by sending an email to policy@acon.org.au to briefly introduce yourself to us, regardless of whether you go on to submit a full expression of interest or not, by Monday 8 July 2024. Include a brief overview of your experience. We want to know who you are, even if you don’t end up putting in and EOI. 
Then, when you’re ready to submit a completed expression of interest, follow the instructions here and submit all documents to policy@acon.org.au.  
The deadline for submitting a completed expression of interest is COB Monday 5 August 2024.