Q A I’s Annual General Meeting

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Date(s) - 25/10/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Capitol Apartments Function Room


Please join us for Queensland Advocacy Incorporated’s 30th Annual General Meeting.

RSVP by 11 October 2018 on 07 3844 4200 or qai@qai.org.au.


Become a member!

A membership would broaden your knowledge around these issues and provide an opportunity to become involved with the advocacy endeavours of this organisation.

QAI’s advocacy efforts, whether individual or systems, seeks to and achieves great improvement in the lives of vulnerable people with disability through promoting, protecting and defending their fundamental needs rights.

Our members have helped us achieve a lot in the past year as these highlights below show!

  • Our Mental Health Legal Service has assisted with the implementation of the Mental Health act 2016.
  • QAI is a leading voice in the coalition for a Queensland human rights act: one that clearly sets out human rights, guarantees that governments respect them, and provides avenues to seek justice when they have been violated.
  • QAI is working to hold the government to its commitment to fund disability advocacy. Under the Bilateral Agreement between Federal and State Governments, Queensland will give money used to fund a number of advocacy services to the NDIA. Hon Minister Coralee O’Rourke offered to commit funding on re-election in 2017.
  • Consultation with Education Queensland regarding the Deloitte Access Review of education for students with disability in Queensland state schools and the subsequent submission to Education Queensland Disability Review Response Plan ‘Every Student with Disability Succeeding’
  • Self-advocates and QAI are trying to have section 216 of the Queensland Criminal Code repealed because it discriminates against people with disability.  We will speak about this at the 2018 ASID Conference at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.
  • Created a social movement against the NDIS Serco Call Centre permitting the voices of approximately one-thousand people to speak up against the NDIS-involvement of Serco by signing our petition.
  • QAI was granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • Made three submissions for the ‘Let’s Shake it Up, Human Rights for Everyone’ conference at the Gold Coast Convention Centre from 14 November to Friday 16 November 2018.
  • QAI continues to campaign for accessible Queensland rolling-stock. In the new NGR trains, some access paths and the bathroom access are narrower than the minimum widths set out in the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) that were established in 2002.
  • Joined with Queensland Homicide Victim Support Group (QHVSG) to support those identified by an Australian psychiatrist in his novel documenting case studies which impacts on victims and offenders alike.
  • Our ongoing advocacy regarding general issues around the implementation and performance of the NDIS.
  • QAI’s response to the Queensland Government’s Application to the Human Rights Commission for Exemption from the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (Trains)
  • QAI’s Review of Termination of Pregnancy Laws in Queensland in February of 2018

 We are proud of what we have been able to do and we could not have done it without the support of our members!

2018 and 2019 is gearing up to be full of exciting work!   Projects QAI are currently working is:

  • The development of a shadow report on the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
  • An exhibition and presentation by QAI representatives at the Care Expo on 14-15 of September.
  • Violence against PWD. QAI staff, with the assistance of Management Committee member Chanelle McKenna, are collaborating with Paula Ingles from TAFE and Linda Steele from University of Technology Sydney on the project: “Violence against People with Disabilities in their Homes”. QAI will create resources and a hold a forum in September to educate and generate change in our communities about these acts of violence. These range from physical abuse, abuse of power, control and coercion, the sanctioned and illegal use of restrictive practices and Section 216 of the Criminal Code, which can result in unintended abuse against the right to relationships.

As a member of QAI, you will receive a quarterly newsletter, notifications about current work, media releases and invitations to upcoming events. Our systems advocacy team regularly write submissions on various topics and these are uploaded to our website as well as through our social media on Twitter (@QldAdvocacy), Facebook (www.facebook.com/queenslandavocacy) and Instagram (qld_advocacy_inc).

If you would like to become a member, please fill out the membership form and return it to qai@qai.org.au . Membership is $30 for paid members and free for people who aren’t working.

Thank you for your support,

Byron Albury
QAI President