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NDIS Advocacy Workshop 26 & 27 Sept (Sydney)

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Sydney University Carslaw Tutorial Room 352

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Sydney, NSW 2000

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Course Overview

A good understanding of the NDIS appeals processes is essential to supporting people with disabilities, who may be, or be seeking to become NDIS participants. How do we identify the most important facts, and communicate them to the NDIA, and the AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal) in the most compelling way? How do we connect our clients’ circumstances to the NDIA legislation and eligibility criteria? What do we need to do to ensure that they are also assisted by Legal Aid throughout the process?

This course takes participants form the fundamentals (client interviewing, fact finding and information gathering), to drafting referrals to DSS for Legal Aid funding, and proceedings in the AAT, to supporting clients’ at case conferences, conciliations, and at hearings.

By the end of the course, participants will have an understanding of administrative law principles, NDIS legislation, and relevant cases. The course also teaches attendees the importance of supporting their clients in a way which builds their capacity for self representation in the future.

Is this course made for you?

Participants who will benefit most from this course include:

  • Community sector Managers and Executives who want their organisations to be better able to assist NDIS participants
  • DSS Funded advocacy organisations providing NDIS Appeals assistance
  • Graduate social work , Disability Support, Community Development students,
    who are on track toward a career or position connected to the NDIS
  • Candidates already working in a community sector role in which they are engaging with the NDIS
  • Any other person or professional seeking to have a better understanding of the NDIS Appeals Process

Course Objectives

  • Provide participants with understanding of the most common types of issues people encounter with the NDIS, and why a review might be required
  • Provide participants with initial client interviewing skills and techniques, information gathering, and managing client expectations
  • Provide participants with ability to draft persuasive Central Assessment Provider applications for grants of Legal Aid
  • Provide participants with skills to draft initial proceedings for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  • Provide participants with overview of administrative law principles, and the conduct of an NDIS Appeal through the AAT
  • Provide participants with skills in negotiating settlements with the NDIA, and implementing these upon
    the conclusion of an NDIS AAT matter.

Participants of this course will be able to:

  • Interview clients professionally, and in an efficient way. Understand what documentation will be required to initiate proceedings in the AAT
  • Draft a persuasive CAP application with reference to eligibility criteria
  • Draft proceedings in the AAT, or provide support to clients to enable them to do this
  • Represent clients professionally at Case Conferences, Conciliations, and at Hearings
  • Manage clients expectations, and be able to negotiate professionally with the NDIA to resolve a dispute
  • Understand how best to record information and data

Prerequisites

  • None, although, it is recommended that participants have a general understanding of the NDIA, and issues relating to disability

Learn from Our Lead Trainer, Tim O’Hare

“I live and breathe it”

This is how Tim describes his approach to disability advocacy, and his 15 years working through out the community and legal sectors.

“NDIS Appeals is definitely a passion”, says Tim. “Having worked extensively in this area, it’s a real pleasure to see a client happy with an outcome, as a lot of the time, my clients can be quite unaware of their rights, and the avenues of appeal which are open to them in dealing with the NDIS”.

Before stepping into the role of Lead Trainer at AbilitySeer, Tim worked in NDIS appeals with one of the ACT’s leading Disability, Aged and Carers’ Advocacy Organisations. In this role, he assisted clients with the complete array of Individual Advocacy issues, including issues related to services and quality, discrimination applications through the Human Rights’ Commission, Housing and Accommodation related issues, Care and Protection proceedings brought against birth parents living with disability, to name but a few. Tim has presented on Human Rights Disability Discrimination complaints, and has taught ‘NDIS Law for Non Lawyers’.

Responsible for the design and delivery of the AbilitySeer training curriculum, Tim is a big believer in what he calls ‘Capacity Building Education’. “We like to not only make our students proficient in the areas our courses and workshops cover, but also emphasise the importance of encouraging our clients living with disability to participate and be involved, with a view to building their capacity to liaise with the NDIA more independently in the future”.

These workshop problems draw on the types of issues commonly encountered by NDIS participants and prospective participants. Finally, the vision is for our clients and course attendees to get great outcomes through the AAT. Our training attendees will continue to win because they develop analytical skills that increase their value in the community sector labour market. The businesses we work with win because they end up with staff capable of playing the NDIA at their own game”.

Tim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics and Laws form the University of Canberra. He has over 10 years experience working directly with people with disability, three years as a Disability Advocate, NDIS support coordinator, and NDIS Appeals officer (throughout ACT and Southern NSW). After graduating in Laws, he worked in a variety of legal positions, including with Slater & Gordon, and with Mark Ireland Lawyers Bathurst, where he completed the practical component of his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, working in the area of family law,
criminal law, and wills and estates. He has also taught Introduction to Economics to University of Canberra undergraduate students, and Negligence Law to Charles Sturt University students.



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