Courses & Programs

Programs and Support

Listed below are State Government programs and support services which may be of assistance when working with a young person with a disability.

Aids and Equipment

Aids and equipment (Disability Services, Department of Human Services, Victoria
The Aids and Equipment Program (A&EP) provides people with a permanent or long-term disability with subsidised aids, equipment, vehicle and home modifications to enhance independence in their home, facilitate community participation and support families and carers in their role.

Supports for people (Disability Services, Department of Human Services, Victoria)
Provides information about supports and services for people with disabilities that are available from a range of government and non-government organisations.

Disability Accommodation

My Future My Choice

‘My Future My Choice’ aims to provide better living options for younger people with a disability living in, or at risk of entry to, residential aged care.

Supported Residential Services (Department of Human Services, Victoria) – home page
Provides information about the Supported Residential Services (SRS) Program. Includes details about registration, monitoring, legislation and regulation, choosing an SRS, living in an SRS, list of facilities, resources and contacts.

Disability Benefits and Allowances

Supports for people (Disability Services, Department of Human Services, Victoria)
Provides information about supports and services for people with disabilities that are available from a range of government and non-government organisations.

Victorian State Concessions (Department of Human Services, Victoria) – home page
State Concessions are designed to improve the affordability of key services to low income households. Areas covered by State Concessions include energy, water and sewerage, municipal rates and transport

Disability Health Services

DiVine

DiVine is an online community for and by people with a disability.

The website is published by the Victorian Government’s Office for Disability in the Department of Human Services.

DiVine aims to inform, engage and entertain. It is a vibrant, inclusive community that encourages participation. We can all learn from each other. And we can have fun, too.

The website provides the opportunity for you to share your passion and unique perspective with thousands of other Victorians.

Disability Services Division (Department of Human Services, Victoria) – home page
Disability Services is responsible for funding and providing a range of supports and services for people in Victoria with intellectual, physical, sensory and dual disabilities, neurological impairments and acquired brain injury.

Service directory (Better Health Channel, Victoria)
The service directory enables you to find a health practitioner or service anywhere in Melbourne or Victoria. You can search by name, category, keyword or language spoken. There is also an option to add a service.

Disability Policy and Research

Office for Disability

The Office for Disability (the Office) was established in 2006 with a mandate to put disability on the agenda across the Victorian Government. The Office is the first of its kind for Victoria.

The Office’s role is:

  • To provide expert policy advice and support to the Minister for Community Services to implement a coordinated whole-of-government response to disability
  • To support the Victorian Disability Advisory Council according to sections 11-13 of the Disability Act 2006
  • To support the development and implementation of disability action plans according to section 38 of the Disability Act 2006
  • To manage programs and activities that will support the aims of the Office.

The Office’s aim is:

  • To encourage and influence Victorian Government policy and activities to improve outcomes for people with a disability and to deal with barriers to participation in our communities;
  • To progress the mandate of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
  • To promote the eight guiding principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Office of the Public Advocate (Victoria) – home page
The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) is an independent statutory body established by the Victorian State Government.

OPA works to protect and promote the interests, rights and dignity of people with a disability.

People with Disabilities

Access for All Abilities (AAA)

The Access for All Abilities (AAA) Program develops and supports a diverse range of sport and recreation environments that are inclusive of and accessible to people with disabilities.

Accessible Public Transport In Victoria Action Plan 2006-12 (Department of Infrastructure, Victoria)
The Accessible Public Transport Action Plan 2006-12 provides a long term strategy for delivering accessible bus, train, tram and taxi services throughout Victoria.

Accessible transport (Metlink Victoria Pty Ltd)
Public transport in Victoria is being made more accessible for people with disabilities and to comply with the provisions of the Commonwealth Government’s Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (2002).

For information on public transport accessibility follow the links below:

Multi Purpose Taxi Program (Department of Infrastructure, Victoria)
The Multi Purpose Taxi Program makes it easier for Victorians with a severe and permanent disability to afford taxis.

Companion Card

Companion Card promotes the right of people with a disability, who require a companion, to fair ticketing at Victorian events and venues.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under three laws:

Services provided by the Commission include:

Disability Advisory Council of Victoria
The Victorian Disability Advisory Council was established in July 2007 under the Disability Act 2006. The principal purpose of the Council is to provide advice to the Minister for Community Services in respect of whole of government policies and strategies to increase the participation of people with a disability in the Victorian Community.

We would like to acknowledge that this information was sourced from the Victorian Government Department of Human Services website.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National Disability Coordination Officer Program.  The views expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.