NDCO eDIN newsletter 48th edition now available (January 2018)
Welcome back everyone. ‘Living the dream 2018’ is my new catchphrase since returning to work. Despite the holiday feel I have been busy planning the next twelve months and revamping a lot of resources. At this stage I haven’t made any major changes to the eDIN format although I am considering the move away from once a month to once every two months.
For this particular edition I have kept things fairly light and concise with some usual features not appearing due to the hiatus of some information streams.
As mentioned late last year I will also be conducting some survey feedback research in preparation for the program being formally extended for several years in the near future. I do hope, and encourage everyone to participate in the feedback process and as such I will make it as easy as possible.
One quick thing before I go. I missed commenting on this late last year but a big congratulations to Senator Jordon Steele-John. I highly recommend checking out his maiden speech by clicking here. In particular if you do not know who he is. Also a quick hello to Ramona Mandy who joins the NDCO team in region 11. Great to have Ramona on board and I look forward to her sharing her expertise on accessibility for the vision impaired.
Welcome to the 47th (special) edition of eDIN, electronic Disability Information Network monthly newsletter. Designed for the Disability Education and Employment Community of Northern Victoria.
No real need to express how fast the year has past, just a natural condition of getting older, (and wiser, I hope). Welcome to the fourth end of year special of eDIN news where I attempt to summarise the key categories of the year past.
Number one highlight of the year has to be the indication from the Department that the NDCO program is to be extended until June 2022. Not only great to receive some certainty about the program but also knowing this six months out from the close of the current contract allows for better improvement in strategic actions and directions. I am already turning my attentions to a review of environmental scan early in 2018 to guide any changes in direction.
Which brings me to the number two highlight of the year—the rollout of the NDIS. Whilst there had been a lot of speculation around the impacts and implications for the disability sector it is now crunch time. For me as NDCO I have already seen many opportunities come and go and there is clear need for more work to be done around the integration of NDIS and transition pathways for people with disability. Another priority is the engagement of business and industry in the employment and support for people with disability, especially in the framework of NDIS across all community.
Merry Christmas to you all. Have a safe and happy festive season and I look forward to seeing you all on the other side.
Click here to access the latest edition of eDIN news November 2017
Was a bit of a struggle putting this together this month due to the fact that I was out of office for most of it. As such I have made some slight format changes and apologies for any inconvenience if caused.
First thing to mention here is some major news from the Education Department that governs the NDCO program. Not only have they indicated that the program will be continued, it will be rolled over until June 2022. Wow. Wasn’t expecting that. They have also released the evaluation report as promised. I am expecting that there should be no disruption of the program through this rollover process and I am extremely excited to have the chance to re-focus my activities with a longer term vision in mind.
As already mentioned, there was a lot of out and about this month which is reflected in a majority the articles featured in this edition. In particular; a sojourn to the Mallee district, participation in the Local Aboriginal Network state gathering and attendance at the CEAV conference in Melbourne.
I look forward to sending out a special end of year wrap up in a couple of weeks as per previous years. Until then, be well and keep looking after to each other.
Oh—and just before I go, the big thumbs up this month goes to the Australian voters and the positive step forward towards community inclusion and equality in the same sex marriage issue
August 2017 edition of eDIN news now available: http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=176548
Spring has sprung, the buds are busting, jack frost is packing his bag and the magpies are sharpening their beaks. Must admit that spring is my favourite season of the year. As for the last month of winter, things have been busy despite the cold.
My key takeaways for the month; firstly, the opportunity to deliver more workshops in regards ‘Pathway Options’ and ‘Assistive Technology’ is allowing refinement of delivery re style and content. I look forward to presenting more of these in the future. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call if you need me to deliver a session to your group.
Second mention goes to the NDIS and the fact that the world still spins as the rollout continues. It was good to catch-up with Merri Health this month to learn more about the Early Childhood component of the Scheme. I look forward to their participation in the local networks.
Lastly, a big welcome to all the new NDCO’s across the country-side. Seems to have been a big change in personnel across many regions lately. (Which also means a big farewell to all those that have left). I very much look forward to the re-invigorated team at the next national conference in October.
42nd eDIN newsletter now available July 2017 –http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=175107
I actually managed a little time off over the school holidays but when I look back at this month it doesn’t feel like it. So much I haven’t included in this months newsletter with some articles being held over to next time.
Key takeaways for the NDCO program this month include the finalization and submission of reports to head office in Canberra and the inaugural meeting of the new NDCO advisory committee in Melbourne. (see page 2).
In Ovens and Murray this month we saw the roll out of the NDIS information roadshow featuring the key players as they got to most major centres in that region. Anecdotally I am receiving a lot of feed-back from potential NDIS participants indicating that they are still very much unaware of the ins and outs of the new systems. This would indicate that information sessions will need to continue during the implementation phase.
We also had NAIDOC come and go although I know a lot of events were postponed due to the weather, with these to occur later in the year when it warms up.
Good luck to all the nominees in the Victorian 2017 Disability Sport and Recreation Awards which closed recently, I look forward to highlighting the winners once announced.
NDCO eDIN newsletter 41st edition now available.
Another busy month as the mid year term break approaches. I will be having a few days rest that I am very much looking forward to despite the colder weather. Having completed the annual NDCO reports it’s nice to know I will be returning to a revised set of planned activities to focus on.
This month saw a strong move forward with the Victorian NDCO’s fully realizing the intent to have an all of Victorian State advisory committee. The inaugural meeting is scheduled for mid July and I look forward to bringing you my reflections on the achievements of this initiative throughout 2017/18.
July is a lot about NAIDOC, make sure you check out the Koorie catch up page for some of the local events happening near you.
It is also that time of year when there seems to be an influx of staff changes in various program areas. To all those, too many to name here, that are moving on, thanks for your input and contributions to the sector. For all the replacements, I look forward to meeting you soon and I hope this newsletter finds its way into your in tray sooner rather than later.
Sincerely, Mark Cottee. NDCO region 15 Northern Victoria
The 40th edition eDIN news is now available. Click here
As I indicated last month, I have included some extra references to the budget although the main impact points regarding school education and higher education funding were already pre-released prior to budget night. I am also mindful of my comment that just because it was indicated in the budget, doesn’t mean it is real. Except for the bit were it talks about the NDCO program being funded (ha).
In other news, it has a been a big month regarding Aboriginal Affairs with a major focus on the talks happening at Uluru during May. Interesting to see a push towards treaty rather then recognition. This is something that Victoria has been contextualizing for at least the last 12 months.
One of the behind the scenes issues I have been focusing on through this month is the impact (issues and opportunities) of the NDIS on the VET sector. I look forward to bringing readers a comprehensive overview in the near future. Already I am seeing the opportunity for positive change in the sector for all and the crucial role VET/Further Education may play for all mainstream connections with NDIS.
NDCO region 15 Mark Cottee