Election ’22

Victoria Metro region

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Our National Day of Action on April 28th is a time when everyone – whether you’re an individual or an organisation – is welcome to host your own events and activities (or join in on someone else’s) all across the country. Because together we are powerful!

Below, you can take our pledge to participate in our National Day of Action, and tell us how you’d like to help.

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Day of Action - local events in this region

Our National Day of Action on Thursday, April 28 is a time when everyone – whether you’re an individual or an organisation – is welcome to host your own events and activities (or join in on someone else’s) all across the country. Because together we are powerful!

Young, Powerful & Engaged: CYDA’s Federal Election forum

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is hosting a free, online forum for young people and our wider community to hear from Australia’s major parties what they are promising children and young people with disability in the Federal Election.

There will be a Q&A for young people to directly ask political leaders about the election issues that are important to them.

Panelists:
– Senator Hollie Hughes
– Hon Bill Shorten MP
– Senator Jordan Steele-John

Date: 18 May | Time: 7-8pm AEST

Location:

Organisation/host: Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA)

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Self advocates and supporters rallying in the streets of Melbourne.

Melbourne march + rally against NDIS cuts & appeals

The NDIS exists to help people with disability and families to get the essential supports needed to live a decent life.

But over the last couple of years, people with disability, families and advocates are being increasingly forced to go to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to get back the supports that have been cut from their NDIS plans without explanation.

We will hear from NDIS participants, families, advocates about their experiences and why this is so important.

And we’ll take the 10 minute journey from the NDIA to the AAT – a journey that far too often takes more than 10 MONTHS.

We will have Auslan interpreters there, and we will livestream the event (with captions) on our Facebook page and YouTube channel for people who can’t be there with us in person.

Date: May 19 | Time: 11am - 12pm AEST (Melbourne time)

Location: 367 Collins Street Melbourne (NDIA Melbourne CBD head office) - then March to the AAT at 15 William Street Melbourne., Melbourne, Vic 3000, AU

Organisation/host: Every Australian Counts

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Reasonable and Necessary Election Special Series Watch Party

This is an Every Australian Counts partnership event with Dr George Taleporos’ special election series of Reasonable and Necessary.

You’ll hear what Australia’s NDIS politicians have planned for our NDIS. And what a lineup! Linda Reynolds, Bill Shorten and Jordan Steele-John.

And in our final episode we will bring together Australia’s leading disability advocates to analyse everything that’s been said.

The questions that I’m asking have come from you, sourced from advocacy organisations also including People with Disability Australia (PWDA), Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA), Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), and National Disability Services – who have partnered with me to bring you this very important series.

Date: 4 episodes being released on May 9, 11, 13 and 16. | Time: 6PM AEST

Location: https://www.facebook.com/everyaustraliancounts/

Organisation/host: Every Australian Counts in partnership with the Reasonable and Necessary podcast

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Defend our NDIS over a zoom screenshot

Defend Our NDIS Big Night In

Catch up with people from all over the country online, to hear about what everyone got up to after our efforts on the National Day of Action. And help us all keep up the energy and come up with ideas to keep the pressure on our pollies this election.

Date: 28 April | Time: 7 pm - 9 pm (AEST)

Location: Online

Organisation/host: Every Australian Counts, Teamwork Works

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A Democracy Sausage to Defend our NDIS

In partnership with the Every Australian Counts campaign, Lifeful is proud to be hosting 2 events for the National Day Of Action at our Frankston and Melton locations.

Please come along and join us, share your stories and sign the petition. We can assist you to join the campaign by signing up, and registering your stories of funding cuts, so that come election day, we will be heard!

We know if we all work together we can make a difference.

Date: Thursday the 28th April | Time: 12-2pm, AEST

Location: Hannah Watt’s Park 183-225 High St,, Melton, Vic AU

Organisation/host: Lifeful

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A Democracy Sausage to Defend our NDIS

In partnership with the Every Australian Counts campaign, Lifeful is proud to be hosting 2 events for the National Day Of Action at our Frankston and Melton locations.

Please come along and join us, share your stories and sign the petition. We can assist you to join the campaign by signing up, and registering your stories of funding cuts, so that come election day, we will be heard!

We know if we all work together we can make a difference.

Date: Thursday the 28th April | Time: 12-2pm, AEST

Location: Trim’s Café 40 Playne Street, Frankston, Vic AU

Organisation/host: Deb

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Defend Early Childhood Intervention Through NDIS

Online meeting with the Team to reflect on the importance of NDIS for young children and families.

Date: 28th April | Time: 2.00

Location:

Organisation/host: EarlyEd

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Family Advocacy

Family Advocacy’s Social Media Blitz

Can you help us make some noise this Thursday, 28 April?

As part of the Defend Our NDIS National Day of Action, Family Advocacy are having a social media blitz. Share our posts, retweet our tweets, tag NDIS Minister Reynolds and call your local Federal member.

Our NDIS is at a crossroads. It’s not the NDIS we fought so hard for, or the NDIS Australians deserve. A federal election is just around the corner. Let’s show our political leaders just how important it is that we Defend Our NDIS.

Follow us on Facebook at familyadvocacynsw or Twitter @FamAdvocacyNSW

Date: 28 April | Time: All day

Location:

Organisation/host: Family Advocacy

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Heaps of Every Australian Counts supporters wearing red tshirts on the foreshore in Geelong

Geelong In Action: Defend Our NDIS!

Join us for the #DefendOurNDIS rally at Cunningham Pier in Geelong. No registration needed, all are welcome.

Date: 28 April | Time: 11:30 am (AEST)

Location: Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Foreshore Rd, Geelong, VIC 3200

Organisation/host: WDV Barwon Region

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Sunbury: Defend Our NDIS – Sausage Sizzle

Join us from 12pm-1pm for a sausage sizzle! Wear red to show your support of the NDIS.

$2.50 for a sausage in bread
$2 for a can of drink

Proceeds will be donated to Every Australian Counts

Date: April 28th | Time: 12pm-1pm; AEDT

Location: Distinctive Options - Sunbury 24 Macedon Street, Sunbury, Victoria 3429, AU

Organisation/host: Distinctive Options- Sunbury

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Defend the NDIS: A Sort Your Support online forum

Sort Your Support is hosting a forum with people with disability and their supporters to discuss how the NDIS can be fixed. The NDIS should be something to be proud of, a rights based funding system to enable people with disability to live an ordinary life. The NDIS in its current form is not what was promised. Funding has been cut from plans, wait times are getting longer, and people are needing to fight NDIS lawyers to get the support they need. Something has to change.

Date: April 28 | Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM AEST

Location: Online (Zoom)

Organisation/host: Sort Your Support

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Join SACID crew and #DefendOurNDIS

Adelaide (Online): SACID Crew Defend Our NDIS

Join us for an Hour of Power!

We’re ready to #DefendOurNDIS and would love you to be part of it.

There’ll be fun and easy ways to take part, have your say and who knows maybe even some dancing and music!

By the end of the hour of power, we’ll put together a mighty big message that we’ll share with politicians and candidates about why the NDIS matters in this election (and the future!)

It’ll be on Zoom, so you can take part from wherever you are across South Australia (and be safe).

Date: 28 April | Time: 2pm - 3pm ACST

Location: Zoom (online)

Organisation/host: South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability (SACID)

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Come along to the National Day of Action to Defend Our NDIS! Self advocates and supporters will be meeting at Ross House before we March as a group down Flinders Lane! Thuirsday 28 April 12:30-1:30pm. Where? The group will meet in the Ross House foyer. Ross House 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000

Melbourne: Self-advocates rally

Self-advocates will meet in the Ross House foyer at 12:30pm to get ready.

After that we will head outside and share our messages with people passing by. We will have Defend our NDIS signs, Every Australian Counts t-shirts, and excellent chants to share with the public.

Please note: this event is only for self-advocacy groups based in Ross House to help us stay COVID safe.

Date: 28 April | Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)

Location: Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Organisation/host: Reinforce and Positive Powerful Parents

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Reinforce 9650 7855 or Positive Powerful Parents - 9639 9106

Frankston: Standing up for the NDIS

Lifeful will be holding a lunch for our NDIS participants, their parents and carers & NDIS providers to support the National Day of Action. The event will include a light lunch #DefendOur NDIS. Register at the link below to attend.

Date: 28th April 2022 | Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)

Location: Trims Cafe 40 Playne Street, Frankston, Vic, 3199, AU

Organisation/host: Lifeful

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Heidelberg: Mind Australia Morning Tea – Keep the NDIS strong

This event is not open to the public.

Mind is one of the largest providers of NDIS-funded supported independent living services in Australia for people with psychosocial disability, and we provide a plethora of NDIS-funded services through mobile outreach, centre-based and online methods. Let’s show our support for this crucial funding and defend the NDIS.

Date: 28 April | Time: 10:30 am (AEST)

Location: Heidelberg, VIC, 3084

Organisation/host: Mind Australia

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Werribee: Mambourin National Day of Action Morning Tea

This event is not open to the public.

Mambourin will be holding a morning tea for our community members, and their parents and carers, to support the National Day of Action. The event will include performances by our Hip Hop crew and choir.

Date: 28 April | Time: 10:30 am (AEST)

Location: Werribee, VIC 3030

Organisation/host: Mambourin

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0411040176

Morning Tea to Defend Our NDIS

At our supported Independent Living Service we will have a morning tea and pet therapy to discuss the role and importance of the NDIS

Date: April 28 | Time: 11am (Melbourne)

Location: Brunswick West AU

Organisation/host: Mind Australia

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Melbourne (Online): Defend Our NDIS Morning Tea

Join Melba Support Services CEO Hayley Dean at our online rally and be a part of the National Day of Action to stop the cuts! Learn how you can help make this campaign visible in communities and how to influence candidates ahead of the election. Set aside 20 minutes in your calendar – all are welcome. Bring friends and family along to show how much we care about a strong NDIS.

At 10am on Thursday 28 April, grab a coffee or tea and enter the zoom room here: https://zoom.us/j/99296897519

Date: 28 April | Time: 10:00 am (AEST)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Organisation/host: Melba Support Services

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Defend our NDIS SWAN

Online: Defend Our NDIS SWAN Australia Event

Syndromes Without a Name (SWAN) Australia is hosting a virtual Defend Our NDIS event for the National Day of Action. If you cannot attend, we invite you to submit a video about your recent experience with the NDIS. You can also use our template letter to email your candidates with SWAN asks this election. Contact SWAN Australia CEO Heather Renton for more info or guidance.

Date: 28 April | Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (AEST)

Location: Online

Organisation/host: Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN) Australia

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You Need Us

I’ve written a new poem and I am going to explain what is happening to me re-NDIS on a zoom event at 12pm on that day 28th and put out the video of it on YouTube  and my Website.

Date: April 28 2022 | Time: 12pm AEST

Location: Online

Organisation/host: Sam Petersen

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An Online Chat About Why ‘Defending Our “NDIS” is Important to Us on a Personal Level

This is an online event via ‘Messenger Rooms”, which can be accessed via “Facebook”, or via ‘Messenger App”.

Date: Saturday 7th May, 2022 | Time: 5.00pm (AEST)

Location:

Organisation/host: Tiffany Trudgeon

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#DefendOurNDIS Twitter Storm

In a galaxy not so far away, on the eve of Every Australian Counts #DefendOurNDIS National Day of Action there’s going to be a Twitter Storm … get your fingers or voice to text options warmed up..

Join for a fast-paced hour of all things #NDIS
– why it matters
– the difference it has made
– the missing tier
– research it has ignored
– the future & more

Let’s get it out there just what the pollies & everyone needs to know as we head to #Election2022 #AusVotes

Date: 27 April | Time: 8-9PM (AEST)

Location: Twitter

Organisation/host: Aine Hillbilly

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JOIN US FOR MORNING TEA A chance for people in our community to come together and share their experiences of the NDIS. Everyone is welcome. SAGES COTTAGE FARM 85 SAGES ROAD, BAXTER Thursday 28 April, 2022 WHERE WHEN 10am: 11am: 12pm: Morning tea & farm walk Wallara CEO Phil Hayes-Brown & personal NDIS stories Group Photo

Mornington Peninsula: Defend Our NDIS Morning Tea

Join us on the Mornington Peninsula for a morning tea with disability service agencies, local disability social networks, schools, parents and others who want to #DefendOurNDIS. Email  with questions.

Date: 28 April | Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (AEST)

Location: Sages Cottage Farm 85 Sages Rd, Baxter, VIC 3911, AU

Organisation/host: Wallara Australia

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Latest news and opinion

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