People with disability

We are committed to assisting people with disability in Yarra, and increasing their representation and participation in the community. Our goal is to provide support services to protect and enhance the health, wellbeing and independence of people with disability.

We provide services for people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS, and people with disability over 65 who are eligible for home based services.

#EndSegregation - People with disability are not second class citizens.

End Segregation join more than 50 disability rights and advocacy organisations in a campaign asking the Disability Royal Commission to support an end to the segregation of people with disability in Australian schools, workplaces and housing. Disabled People's Organisation Australia has more information about the campaign.

Victorian Disability parking permit scheme

Victoria has started the transition to the new Accessible Parking Permit Scheme and online administration system. Please see advice regarding the Accessible Parking Permit Scheme Pilot.

Residents who live in other council areas not participating in the pilot are currently unaffected by the introduction of the APP Scheme.   If you are looking to apply for a Disability Parking Permit or renew an existing permit you will do so through your existing council application processes.

It is anticipated that the remaining Victorian councils will transition to the new Scheme and APP Online Service in 2021.

The current scheme provides for two permit categories with varying parking concessions based on the applicant’s need for assistance.

The permit must:

  • Only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the individual to whom the permit was issued. It cannot be used if the permit holder is not travelling in the vehicle
  • Be clearly displayed so the permit number and expiry date are visible from the exterior of the vehicle

Parking is not permitted in restricted locations such as Clearways, No Stopping, No Parking Areas, Taxi Only Areas, Bus Zones, and Authorised Resident Areas.

An individual is entitled to hold only one disability parking permit.

Select any of the categories below for more information

The Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission has released its interim report about violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability.

The Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston and Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Stuart Robert welcomed the release of the report in a statement issued on the same day.

If the report creates difficult feelings for you, you can talk to a trauma-informed counsellor. A counsellor provides a safe space for you to be listened to and heard, and supported to explore your needs.

For free, independent and confidential support call the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468 or visit the DSS website.

Support is available through 68 counselling and advocacy providers across Australia.

Here are links to information and resources you may wish to share with your networks through social media, newsletters and your website:

  • Social media post to share (see below)
  • A communication toolkit with newsletter, website and social media content
  • Disability counselling and advocacy support with information and resources such as publications, captioned videos, and Easy Read and Auslan resources
  • Follow the International Day Of People With Disability Facebook and Twitter accounts to see our social media messages and share them with your networks

Visit the Department of Social Services website for more information including captioned videos, Easy Read and Auslan resources, a toolkit to help with communications, and a full list of organisations providing counselling, advocacy, legal and financial supports for the Disability Royal Commission.

  • Access and inclusion strategy

    Learn more about our access and inclusion strategy.

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  • Accessible sports

    Find out about sporting programs designed to get people with disability active.

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  • Disability Advisory Committee

    Find out more about the Disability Advisory Committee and how you can join our meetings.

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  • Information for carers

    Find out about support and resources available to carers

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  • Events and activities

    Find out about upcoming events and community activities for people with disability.

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  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

    Find out more about the NDIS and how it applies to you.

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  • Services for people under 65

    See our services that we offer for people under 65 with disability.

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  • Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres

    Mostly run by volunteers providing a variety of programs and activities for the community.

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