Rights and policies

Policy & legislation 20 articles

A disability parking sign.
Disability parking sign

Drivers need to have a valid permit.

Illegal parking in disability spots inconveniences people with disabilities. Only people with valid permits can use disability parking spots. Local councils issue the permits. In Victoria people who don’t have a valid permit can be fined $148. People who illegally park in disability spots might also find a photo of their car on the internet for all to see. Disability activist Samantha Connor has created an online group to shame people who illegally park their cars. The site has hundreds of pictures of illegally parked cars. Taking pictures can result in confrontations with drivers. So reporting illegal parking to councils is a safer option.
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Know your rights 35 articles

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Girl with her head in her hands

The right to be safe from abuse.

The Victorian Government is conducting an inquiry into abuse in disability services. The first stage of the inquiry has already been completed. Stage 2 is happening now. The inquiry is investigating why the abuse of people with disability is not reported. It is trying to find ways to improve systems and stop abuse from occurring. People can make submissions about their experiences to the inquiry. Speaking up about abuse can be confronting. But hopefully this will help keep people safe from abuse and neglect. Submissions to the inquiry close on 30 October 2015.
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Decisions & announcements 6 articles

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The Divine team is currently working on redeveloping the website. New content will be published later in the year. For now, please enjoy the great stories on Divine. Thank you for your support and patience.
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State Disability Plan 3 articles

A young girl performing ballet.
Girl doing ballet

The government wants to know about your experiences.

The Victorian Government wants to hear from people with a disability. Are you a person with a disability who is over 18 years old? The Victorian Government wants to know about your experiences, in your life and your community, since the State Disability Plan 2013 – 2016 started on 1 January 2013.The survey will be open until 6 November 2015.
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