Info for Young Carers
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink/ Carelink North Young Carers Program
Young carers are people up to 25 years of age who care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem.
Carers Australia runs the Young Carer Information, Advice, Support and Referral program and works closely with the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres.
Free call: 1800 052 222
Phone: 03 9495 2500
Carers Victoria work closely with government and other support organisations to improve the lives of caring families throughout Victoria.
Advocacy and Information
VALID stands for Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with a Disability. VALID is committed to the vision of an Australian nation in which people with a disability are empowered to exercise their rights – as human beings and as citizens. VALID’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with an intellectual disability and to champion their rights as citizens to: Community Presence, Choice, Respect, Community Participation and Self Determination.
VALID’s guide to National Disability Insurance Scheme therapist report: http://www.valid.org.au/10-steps-excellent-ndis-therapy-reports?utm_source=VALID&utm_campaign=08254d271f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_06_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f41058d401-08254d271f-210560133
Action on Disabilities within Ethnic Communities - ADEC
ADEC work towards empowering people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and families to fully participate amongst their local community. They have offices in Preston, Dandenong and Werribee.
Toll Free: 1800 626 078
Preston office: 175 Plenty Road, Preston 3072
Phone: 9480 7000
Disability Services at the Department of Health & Human Services
DHHS supports people living with a disability through a range of services including: Financial, community life, employment, accommodation, aid and equipment, advocacy and support for carers and families.
Victorian Disability Services Commissioner
The Disability Services Commissioner can respond to complaints about Victorian disability services, including disability services provided by the Department of Human Services.
Free call: 1800 677 342
Toll Free: 1300 728 187
TTY: 1300 726 563
Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc
The Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc (DDLS) is a state-wide independent community legal centre that specializes in disability discrimination legal matters. They provide free legal services in several areas.
Phone: 9654 8644
Toll Free: 1300 882 872
TTY: 9654 6817
Centrelink Disability Services
Centrelink are able to provide financial support for people living with a disability, as well as help them to find employment.
YDAS-Youth disability advocacy services
Youth disability advocacy provides services to young people aged 12-25 years to raise awareness of their rights.
Phone: 03 9267 3709
Brotherhood of St Laurence – NDIS Local Area Coordination
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is delivering the NDIS in North and East Melbourne. For more local information you can visit the Banyule and Nillumbik office: 65 Main Street, Greensborough, 3088
Phone: 1300 BSLNDIS (1300 275 634)
Education and Training
National Disability Coordination Officer
The NDCO address the barriers that people with a disability face in education, employment and training (15-64 years)
National Disability Coordination officer
Phone: 03 9686 2354
Youth Projects – Disability Employment Services
A Disability Employment Services program designed specifically for young people to achieve employment and education goals. Youth Projects focus on what you can do; your strengths, interests and passions.Youth Projects have specialised Youth Coaches whose primary responsibility is working with each young person to tailor pathways to their goals and aspirations.
Phone: 03 9304 9100 or free call 1800 602 549.
Young people aged 15-21 may be eligible for CVGT’s Transition to work program which offers young people practical experience and support as well as the opportunity to gain skills and confidence through their employment journey.
Greensborough Office: 88 Main Street, Greensborough, 3088
Phone: 03 8401 6170
Banyule City Council
Banyule City Council is committed to ensuring our community is accessible to everyone. Council has dedicated staff that work to ensure that Council buildings, services and programs are accessible and include people with disability. For more information, you can contact Community & Social Planner: Michael Uniacke
Phone: 9433 7733
TTY: 13 677 then ask for 03 9490 7733
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Offer accessible programs and equipment for people with disabilities including digital talking books, digital reading book groups and PC's with large screens and modified keyboards and mouses.
Phone: 03 9480 7888
Interact provides a range of tailored services for people with disabilities, their families and carers. These include post school planning, creative recreational activities, holiday and respite programs, employment services and independent living skills
General Enquiries: 1800 093 369
Principal Office Victoria (Head Office)
Phone: 03 8650 7000
Access for All Abilities
Reclink Australia is funded by the Access for All Abilities program to act as the first point of call for people with disabilities looking for sporting opportunities, through the provision of Access for All Abilities Play. AAA Play is a free information and referral service.
Phone: 1800 222 842
Extended Families Australia
Extended Families Australia is a not-for-profit incorporated association that provides support, respite, significant social relationships and community participation for children with disabilities and their families in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula
Central Office (Coburg) Phone: 03 9355 8848
The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for 10-16 year-old young people diagnosed with high functioning Autism who enjoy working with computers.
Arts Access have an online directory for accessible art programs and activities for people with disability.
Support & Other Info
Livewire powered by Starlight
Livewire is an online peer support community for young people ages 12-20 living in Australia or New Zealand who have a chronic health condition, serious illness or disability, and their siblings. Livewire is powered by Starlight Children's Foundation provides support for young people who are dealing with tricky stuff and can do with some extra support from crew who understand.
The 'Tell Someone' Website is aimed at educating people with a mild intellectual disability and their family and community about family violence.
Association for Children Living with a Disability
The ACLD offer family Support resources for families with young children who have recently been diagnosed with a disability or developmental delay.
Phone: 03 9880 7000
Interchange offer family support and social opportunities for children and young people with a disability.
Phone: 03 9663 4886 or 1300 300 436 (FREECALL)
Pride Vic assists individuals who have a disability through outreach and social programs by using person centred approaches and connect individuals with LGBTIQ+ communities.
Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR)
DSR promotes health and wellbeing for people who have a disability. Through DSR, you can find the right sport or recreational activity that suits your interests and needs.
Phone: (03) 9473 0133
COVID-19 Specific Information
Right now, there is a lot of uncertainty, disruption and anxiety across Australia and the world. We know that many people are concerned about how coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect them and the people they care about. The wellbeing of our community is our number one priority. Banyule Youth Service will continue to provide relevant updates and share information so that you stay informed. We share this information on our website and our social media channels. Please make sure you connect at: https://www.facebook.com/BanyuleYouthServices/ & https://www.instagram.com/banyuleyouth/
The NDIS has created this handy social story that explains covid-19 in an accessible way and provides tips on how to look after yourself during this time. You can download it below. Please contact the NDIS hotline if you have any questions. Phone: 13677
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)
YACVic have created this great resource for people with additional needs to access information during COVID-19.
Department of Health & Human Services - Disability services sector - coronavirus (COVID-19)
The most reliable and up to date information for the disability services sector regarding COVID-19.
Is the national peal body representing Australasia unpaid cares, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level. It Works collaboratively with partners and its member organisations, to deliver a range of essential national carer services.
Disability inquiry to hear COVID-19 impact
The impact of coronavirus on people with a disability, as well as the federal government’s pandemic response, will be examined across a four-day royal commission hearing. See more information about the royal commission here: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/?fbclid=IwAR1CZKY63PtDyHpE9bI-eec8o3zLdXEaxRkWIW8AsQVRrV4HMBCnE4gpxTk
Telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic
An article by the ABC challenging the stereotypes surrounding autism. Read the article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-16/autism-in-the-covid-lockdown-struggling-with-telehealth/12555866?fbclid=IwAR2n0-NjvJD8mvcEQvO0krm2y_ns_2kbdpxcuxvRpAd60W3kFY-la5lwyUc
Up to date information about Disability during Covid19
Disability advocates welcome NDIS reforms