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International Day of People with Disability: December 3

Set up by the United Nations, IDPwD is celebrated internationally to boost public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions. This year’s Australian patron is Kurt Fearnley, who has achieved things most of us could only dream of. He climbed Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track – not a [...]

Review to expedite NDIS plans

  The first dedicated minister for the disability sector, NDIS Minister Stuart Robert, last month announced a review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation and rules to expedite people’s access to the scheme and their individual plans. While disability advocates and groups say they welcome much-needed efficiency improvements, they also say that any review [...]

Meet our team – Lisa Bremner, Domestic Assistance Coordinator

Lisa has joined the team at Sydney Community Services as the Domestic Assistance Coordinator, organising our linen service and its volunteer team as well as introducing our new Domestic Assistance service to the Lane Cove community over the next few months. “This role is a chance to deepen my understanding of the importance of community [...]

Promised: disability sector inquiry

Sen. Jordon Steele-John, centre, flanked by other disability advocates in press conference. The Federal Government last month was poised to announce details of a disability sector inquiry, which PM Scott Morrison has said should be of  “a similar size and standing” to the $370-million, five-year child sexual abuse inquiry. Despite passing a motion for [...]

Meet our client – James Russell

It’s another busy week for James Russell who works Mondays and Thursdays for Jigsaw, a document management service which pays award rates to people with the ability to digitise archives.  Today, James makes time to chat between data entry work and drama in the afternoon. Then, in the evening, it’s his favourite event, Social Club [...]

Walking with the stars – of the NRL

Exploring Sydney group Wests teammates meeting Walking Group Young people in two busy social groups for people with a mild disability look forward to meeting each week, catching up on each other’s news, as well as their next destination – and  then seeing it all on the SCS Facebook page later. [...]

News – NSW Budget 2018-19

The NSW Budget outlined by State Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet on June 19, included funding for NDIS, for health and seniors programs including energy discounts, an allocation to help protect seniors from elder abuse, plus a boost to mental health services for elders and palliative care as bulleted below. Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) particularly [...]

A Review of Sydney Community Services Approach to Australian Disability Service Standards

Australia’s National Standards for Disability Services Australia’s National Standards for Disability Services drive, promote and promulgate the rights of persons with disabilities, whilst upholding a nationally consistent approach to service quality improvement. Importantly, Australia’s Disability Standards are not static but rather are continuously revised to reflect current societal standards, service models and philosophies and as [...]

Rebecca Gentz: From Family Violence Survivor to Advocate for People with DisAbility

Rebecca was a 25-year-old university graduate prepared to start her master’s in art therapy when she became a victim of family violence. Her stepfather assaulted her with a claw hammer in 1998, resulting in a severe brain injury. Now Rebecca is known for being an advocate and speaker for people with disability. She has been [...]


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