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Annual General Meeting 2016/17

Annual General Meeting 2016/17

Posted by Phillip Camela.

On Tuesday 17 October 2017 AED held its AGM at the Office of the Public Advocate.

During the meeting the Chairperson - Gaetano Ravida, Erwin Ng on behalf of the Treasurer Jeffrey Au and Legal Manager - Kairsty Wilson tabled their reports which were unanimously accepted.

One of the most remarkable facts about the 2016/17 financial year when compared to the 2015 /16 financial year, is that AED has significantly improved its financial position from a deficit of $ $26,050 to a surplus of $18,461. This very positive result has been achieved through the crisis intervention plan that the AED Committee took in January 2016 where employment expenses were curtailed as well as additional revenue due to funding for legal advice under the BSWAT Payment Scheme and the $117,000 grant to run the NDIS Appeals Program.

The Legal Manager - Kairsty Wilson said that  the 2016/17 financial year had been characterised by some very positive developments, including: diversification  and growth in service delivery, a significant improvement in AED’s financial position, the employment of a Human Rights Lawyer and an upgrade of our IT infrastructure.

She added that: " Fair and equitable wage determination remains one of our key strategic issues. As well as individual casework we have worked on systemic projects requiring collaborative efforts and inputs on multiple fronts for the benefit of employees with disability working in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)".

The new AED Committee for 2017-18 is made up of:
Gaetano Ravida - Chairperson
Kairsty Wilson - Secretary
Erwin Ng - Treasurer
Wendy Davies - Ordinary member
Stacy Mallis - Ordinary member
Nicole Williamson - Ordinary member
Chris Devine - Ordinary member
Jeffrey Au - Appointed member

Phillip Camela Posted by Phillip Camela.
Applying for a payment under the BSWAT Payment Scheme

Applying for a payment under the BSWAT Payment Scheme

Posted by Phillip Camela.

BSWAT PAYMENT SCHEME - APPLY NOW!

Around 2,300 people with intellectual impairment who registered with the BSWAT Payment Scheme now need to apply for a payment.

More than 8,700 people have already applied - and some have already received payments!

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2017.

YOU can help participants to apply -  visit www.dss.gov.au/bswat to find out more.

Have you received an offer of payment by the Department of Social Services under the BSWAT PAYMENT SCHEME?

If you have, AED Legal Centre can give you free legal advice on the payment offer. All you need to do is call us on (03) 9639 4333 and leave a message or contact noni.lord@aed.org.au

 

Phillip Camela Posted by Phillip Camela.
BSWAT Payment Scheme (1)

BSWAT Payment Scheme (1)

Posted by Phillip Camela.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION

People who work/have worked at ADEs and were assessed using the BSWAT may be entitled to a payment through the BSWAT Payment Scheme. They have to register by April 30th or they will miss out. Here is a list of ADEs that used the BSWAT by State and Territory: www.wagejustice.org.au/…/ADEs-that-used-the-BSWAT-by-State-…
Can advocacy organisations please check the list.
* Do you know people who work, or have worked, in one of these ADEs?...
* Are any of the workers your current clients or past clients?
* Are they part of a Self - Advocacy group or peer support group that your organisation supports?
* Are you able to speak to, or visit, any of your closest ADEs to ask the workers if they have registered?

Phillip Camela Posted by Phillip Camela.
NDIS Appeals Program

NDIS Appeals Program

Posted by Kairsty Wilson.

NDIS APPEALS PROGRAM
We are pleased to announce that AED Legal Centre has received a grant from the Department of Social Services under the NDIS Appeals Program. The grant provides funding to assist applicants to navigate the process of seeking an Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) review of National Disability Insurance Agency decisions. Activities will include preparing documents, attending conferences and hearings. AED will assist clients who have concerns about their individual plans, including funding levels, and are seeking a review.

Kairsty Wilson Legal Manager


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People must register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme by 30 April 2017

People must register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme by 30 April 2017

Posted by Phillip Camela.

Thousands of people with intellectual impairment could be entitled to a one-off payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme if they register by 30 April 2017. People could get a payment of $100 or more.

The BSWAT Payment Scheme is for around 10,000 eligible supported employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) who had their pro-rata wages or training wages worked out using the BSWAT and have an intellectual impairment. They must have worked for at least one day in the period starting on 1 January 2004 and ending on 28 May 2014.

Now that the Federal Court has approved the settlement of the BSWAT class action, the scheme is the only way for class action members to receive a payment.

To apply for a payment, people must register with the scheme by 30 April 2017. It’s quick and easy to register using this online form. Or, people can call 1800 799 515 or send an email.

Important: If people don’t register by 30 April 2017, they cannot apply for a payment – even if they may be eligible.

The Department of Social Services recently wrote to people who may be eligible for a payment. The letter included a payment application form and reply-paid envelope.

Potentially eligible people can complete the payment application form, put it in the reply-paid envelope, and post it as soon as possible so we receive their form by 30 April 2017. By completing the form, the Department will automatically register them for the scheme as well as process their application for a payment.

If a person is not ready to apply, they can register for the scheme by 30 April 2017. They then have until 30 November 2017 to apply for a payment. It's quick and easy to register for the scheme using this online form. Or, people can call 1800 799 515 or send an email.  

People can ask someone they trust to help them to register and apply. This could be a family member, advocate, nominee or someone in their ADE.

If you know someone who could be eligible, please tell them about the scheme and encourage them to register by 30 April 2017!

For more information visit www.dss.gov.au/bswat. Here, people can find an Easy Read Handbook, resources for supporters, the payment application form, information about financial counselling and legal advice, and more.

Phillip Camela Posted by Phillip Camela.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - BSWAT CLASS ACTION

IMPORTANT UPDATE - BSWAT CLASS ACTION

Important Update on BSWAT Class Action
Maurice and Blackburn Lawyers,

The Class Action was made on behalf of supported employees with intellectual disability, who had their wages assessed using the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) between 1 January 2004 and 28 May 2014.
This is the last chance for class members to have a say about this important legal case. A special session of the Federal Court is being held, where the Judge is expected to make a decision abo...ut the settlement. Class members may attend the special session taking place on 12 December, at the Owen Dixon Commonwealth Law Courts Building in Melbourne CBD.
Regardless of the outcome of the Class Action, supported employees with intellectual disability, affected by this case should still register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme.

If class members are happy to be involved in the case and they agree with the settlement, they are not required to do anything.

Class members who are not happy with the settlement, or do not want to be a part of the Class Action, you need to notify one of the following by 7 December 2016.
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers:
T: 1800 654 990
The Federal Court of Australia:
T: 03 8600 3333

Failure to make reasonable adjustments for employee with disability cost employer over $170k

Failure to make reasonable adjustments for employee with disability cost employer over $170k

19 July 2015

Article by Louise Rumble and James True

Marque Lawyers

The Federal Circuit Court has ruled that Corrective Services NSW unlawfully discriminated against Caryn Huntley, an employee, who suffered from Crohn'sDisease and idiopathic hypersomnolanceby failing to make "reasonable adjustments".

While the Court found a number of flaws in Corrective Services NSW's handling of the medical condition and subsequent termination, it focussed on the employer's obligations around "reasonable adjustments". Suffering the disease and sleep disorder ("disabilities" for the purposes of disability discrimination legislation), Ms Huntley had provided medical evidence to the employer regarding her ability to perform her role which, relevantly, included some travel.

The Court found the employer had misinterpreted that evidence when it determined Ms Huntley should be medically retired because she was unable to travel for more than 30 minutes. On the contrary, that medical evidence asserted Ms Huntley could take trips greater than 30 minutes, so long as she was able to take a break along the way. A reasonable adjustment to make?

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (Act) provides that an employer will not have unlawfully discriminated against an employee if, because of the disability, the employee would be unable to carry out the inherent requirements of the job even if the employer made reasonable adjustments for that employee. Under the Act, an adjustment is reasonable unless making it would impose an unjustifiable hardship on the employer.

So, did Corrective Services NSW make reasonable adjustments? Basing its decision on the fact the employer had misinterpreted the medical evidence presented by Ms Huntley, had considered the condition an "illness" rather than a "disability" (the latter meaning the disability discrimination legislation was relevant) and subsequently terminated the employment, the Court said no.

Corrective Services NSW had failed to: consider the inherent requirements of the role; consider any reasonable adjustments that could be made to assist the employee to perform the inherent requirements; and implement those adjustments. Relevantly, the employer was ordered to pay compensation for pain and suffering and breach of contract to the tune of over $170k plus interest.

Lessons learned: employers ought to carefully consider whether an employee's illness or medical condition is a "disability" and, if so, take steps to comply with the obligations which arise from the disability discrimination legislation. A failure to do so could be costly.

We do not disclaim anything about this article. We're quite proud of it really.

 

 

 

STAR WARS 8 - The Last Jedi

STAR WARS 8 - The Last Jedi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence turns upside down when he meets Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. And Supreme Leader Snoke will likely tempt Rey to join him on the Dark side of the Force. But beyond being evil and having the unlikely name of “Snokeâ€, will we learn anything else about the guy?

Come and join us at the Kino Cinema and may THE FORCE be with you, always!

Tickets Adults $30 and Children $25 - include Small popcorn + ice cream stick + 600ml water/ small soft drink

All proceeds will go to support people with disability in getting access to the justice system.

The Kino Cinema is close to all forms of public transport.
Parking facilities on lower levels of 45 Collins Street, entry via Flinders Lane.

Book your tickets online now at :www.trybooking.com/SPHX

NDIS Appeals Flowchart

NDIS Appeals Flowchart

AED Legal Centre is currently providing assistance to NDIS participants who are seeking a review of an NDIS decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

For more information about this service please contact AED Legal Centre, Suite 4 Level 9, 276 Flinders Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Ph:(03) 9639 4333 or email noni.lord@aed.org.au

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