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The Belonging Matters Notice Board is a frequently updated forum providing a variety of notices from service providers, Government, and other agencies. You can access information regarding events, reports, publications and many other resources at a click of a button on the Belonging Matters Noticeboard.

Let’s Get To Work National Conference

On-Line Through June & July 2020

Imagine More is proud to announce its 5th Biennial Conference, Let’s Get To Work. Our goal for the conference is to help more people with a disability find paid work. But not just any old work. We want to see people doing work that they are good at and enjoy. And we want them to be paid award wages so that they can live a Good Life.

Microenterprise/Customised Employment On Line Peer Group

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am - 1pm

The Valued Lives Microenterprise project team is running a twice-weekly online peer group for people who are interested in Microenterprise or Customised employment. The groups run from 11am to 1pm (WA time) on a Tuesday and Thursday, and are hosted by the team who are on hand to answer any questions you may have about employment, as well as general NDIS questions etc. 


The daytime sessions can be accessed via this link:

The evening sessions can be accessed via this link:


Copy Of -Coronavirus

An Easy English guide to the Coronavirus.

Everyday Practice


The Everyday Practice web site aims to help NDIS providers better understand and comply with their regulatory obligations so that they can deliver safe and high quality services to NDIS participants.  It also aims to assist people with disability to feel more informed and confident about what high quality service looks like so they are able to choose the best NDIS providers for them.

2nd Video Released by ADEC on NDIS Pre Planning and Planning

30th April 2019

This video will help you understand what a NDIS Plan is and how you can prepare for your first meeting with the NDIA. If you need any help with your NDIS planning meeting, please contact ADEC on (03) 9480 7000 or email

Disability Study City of Melbourne

People with disability have a right to go to the same places as everyone else. They have the right to use the same services and participate in the same activities. But some places and services don’t work well for people with disability. We want to understand what things the City of Melbourne needs to fix to make the city work better for people with disability. The research is funded by the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Disability Institute, and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.


Homeshare is an innovative idea.  It brings together householders with a disability who could benefit from help in the home and companionship, with people of integrity prepared to lend a hand in return for affordable accommodation. The Householder provides a bedroom and shared living. In exchange, the Homesharer provides some practical assistance which could be cooking, cleaning, shopping, gardening, social outings, mentoring and guidance. Each homeshare arrangement is different and assistance may be needed in some or all of these areas depending on the individual’s needs. Home share has many benefits! It could help you to reduce your living expenses, live in a comfortable home, share common interests, enjoy new things and companionship, offer security and make a difference in someone's life!

We currently have three people seeking Homesharers in the Melbourne suburbs of Caulfield, Mt Waverley and Doncaster.  Belonging Matters is not a provider of Homeshare but can put you in touch with people looking for Homesharers.

If this sounds like you and you enjoy sharing your company with others then please email: or phone:  03 9739 8333.


This guide will help you to:

  • Understand self-management and decide whether it is the right option for you.

  • Understand your rights and responsibilities as a self-manager

  • Understand how you can spend your self-managed funding in accordance with your NDIS plan.

  • Arrange your self-managed supports.

  • Manage your self-managed payments.

  • Prepare for a review of your plan as a self-managed participant. 

  • Understanding The NDIS Workshops

    The three-hour workshops will cover lots of different parts of the NDIS, including knowing who is eligible for the NDIS, working out what support you can get in your NDIS plan, to using the funds in your NDIS plan to live a better life in the community. The workshop is designed and delivered by staff with a disability from AFDO (Australian Federation of disability Organisations). AFDO and its member organisations are run by and for people with lived experience of disability. AFDO Disability Loop is a program that aims to make information about the NDIS easier to find, understand, and use.

    2 New Periodicals Out Now!

    Two new periodicals are now available in the On Line Shop on the website:Issue 32 & 33 (Special Edition) 19 Stories of Social InclusionRecently, in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, we developed a project called 19 Stories of Social Inclusion. We invited 19 Australians to share their lives of connection, belonging and contribution. Each story demonstrates how people with a disability contribute to the Australian community and make it a rich and diverse society. From moving out of home, working with the police, joining a band, and hosting a radio show. In this edition we share some of those stories.

    Authors Include

    Jocelynne McCann, Hannah Beard, Nathan Basha, Meg Pargeta, Jen Tait, Brodie McElroy and many more!

    Nightlife Disability Services Receive Award

    Nightlife Disability Services, designed and founded by people with a disability with the assistance of Belonging Matters, receives an award the at National Disability Awards In Canberra!

    Bringing The Good Life To Life - Exciting new On Line Material

    2 New Pages Added!!!

    Community Resource Unit Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of a new website we have developed as part of our NDIS Participant Readiness program.  This website has been created as a resource for people with disability and their supporters, both paid and unpaid.

    New Book Out Now - "Reinventing Emma" by Emma Gee

    The inspirational story of a young stroke survivor

    This is not only the story of a young stroke survivor, but also a valuable observational memoir for health professionals, written by one of their own who has travelled to ‘the other side’. As a former health professional she has a rare insight into life as a patient, and emerges with a very different perspective on person-centred care. For anyone that encounters seemingly insurmountable challenges in life. Read how Emma reinvents herself and develops resilience.

    Amazing Ted Talk - Hilary Cottam

    There are some excellent messages in this Ted Talk by Hilary Cottam. Check it out!

    Nathan Basha nominated for NSW state finalist, 2015 Young Australian of the Year

    I feel very proud and honoured to be a finalist in the NSW Young Australian of the Year awards. It is a wonderful opportunity for a wider audience to hear my plea for greater awareness around employment opportunities for people with disability, in particular intellectual disability in the workplace.

    As I travel nationally and internationally with my motivational speaking I hear all the time from people with disability that what would make a significant difference to their lives would be supported employment.

    My Friend Bradley

    I have been an advocate for a man with complex needs for nearly 20 years. The journey I have been on with him and his family over this time has seen some great outcomes for him, but it remains a constant struggle to ensure he has the funding needed for his support. We are hopeful that the NDIS will change this!Megan Buntine

    AFDO Launches Disability Loop Website

    Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is very pleased to launch the Disability Loop website at today.

    “Disability Loop aims to give people with disability and their families information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that is up to date, easy to find and easy to use,” said Matthew Wright, AFDO CEO.

    “Disability Loop is different to the NDIS website because it is run by and for people with disability and their families. It also brings together information from lots of different websites, not just the NDIS.


    Getting a job twice as hard for people with disabilities

    If you are an Australian living with a disability, the chances of finding employment are much harder - even if your condition does not stop you working.

    Our Voice Matters

    Inclusion Australia responds to DSS $1.5m cut to support and services for people with intellectualdisability.Inclusion Australia (NCID) is the peak body for people with intellectual disability and their families. Inclusion Australia has represented people with intellectual disability for over 60 years with the support of thousands of people and organisations.

    New E-Book "Accessible Melbourne" by Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet has recently produced an accessible Melbourne e-book. This resource covers a range of Victorian destinations including accessbile parks and all terrain wheelchairs that are available in parks across Victoria. It is free to download so go right ahead and click on the link.

    Communication aid app is now LIVE

    Scope has developed a communication aid template app for the iPad. People with little or no speech, or who have speech that is difficult to understand will these communication aids useful.

    Ticket To Work

    Improving school transitions get Australian young people with disabilities into jobs.The Transitions to Employment of Australian Young People with Disability and the Ticket to Work Initiative report.Contact Michelle

    Youth Disability Advocacy Service

    The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is raising voices, expanding choices and creating change for young people with disabilities in Victoria, Australia.


    YDAS works alongside young people with disabilities aged 12 to 25 to raise awareness of their rights and to support them to achieve what they want.


    We provide one-on-one support through our individual advocacy service. We also work on broader social issues affecting young people with disabilities through systemic advocacy. This systemic work is directed by the YDAS steering committee, which is composed of young people from across Victoria, most of whom have disabilities.


    YDAS is a service of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic). We are funded by the Office for Disability.


    Three young men with a disability live in a welcoming community in the heart of Canberra along with 22 other households in public housing. They are the head tenants and share their home with a co-resident or house-mate. Two of them require 24 hour support. This book describes how three mothers achieved this over several years. It describes the families, the essential elements, the strategy, the partners, the community, the philosophy, the work.Individuals and families: $10.00 plus $3.85 postageOrganisations: $20.00 plus $3.85 postageEmail: for your copy.

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