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The NDIS and Disability Services​

 
 
NDIS Worker Screening Check

14 September 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Sam Taylor, Acting Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

 

A practical understanding of worker screening in the disability sector: what are the requirements, how the system works and what does this mean for both individual workers and for organisations?

 
NSW Ageing and Disability Commission

21 September 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, NSW Ageing and Disability Commission

 

If you are working with our ageing population or adults with a disability, find out the important role played by the NSW ADC.  This is a practical discussion about your role, rights and responsibilities as a professional worker dealing with abuse, neglect and exploitation.

 
The NDIS Worker Capability Framework – What the Framework Means for You as a Disability Worker

11 November 1-2pm Guest Speaker: NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

 

Members and delegates in the disability sector played an important role in consultations with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission as they developed the new Worker Capability Framework.  Join this important discussion about what skills are included in the Framework, how this will be implemented in the disability sector and what it will mean for you as a disability worker. 

 
The NDIS Worker Capability Framework – What the Framework Means for You as a Manager and Sector Leader

17 November 1-2pm Guest Speaker: NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

 

Members and delegates in the disability sector played an important role in consultations with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission as they developed the new Worker Capability Framework.  Join this important discussion about what skills are included in the Framework, how this will be implemented in the disability sector and what it will mean for you as a manager or sector leader.

 
NDIS Code of Conduct for New Workers in the Disability Sector

24 November 1-2pm Facilitator: Helen Westwood, ASU College

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission requires all workers in the disability sector to have completed this very important training. 

Make sure that you understand the Code and what it means for you and your professional practice as a disability worker. Learn what it means to be in breach of the Code of Conduct, and what it means if there is a complaint made.

If you are a new worker in the disability sector, or if you have not yet completed the course, or would like a refresher, this very practical course is for you.

 

Child, Youth, and Family Services

 
 
What is the NSW Residential Care Workers Register and Does it Mean for Workers and Services?

13 October 1-2pm Guest Speaker: NSW Children’s Guardian, Janet Schorer

 

Learn about the new legislation and what it means for you as a worker in the out of home care sector, or someone who is considering working in the sector.

This is a great opportunity to take part in a very practical discussion with the Children’s Guardian, who is responsible for the new registration scheme.

 

 

Mental Health Series for Community Workers

 
 
Mental Health in the Workplace - What do Board Members, Leaders and Managers Need to Know?

16 September 1-2pm Guest Speaker: SafeWork NSW

 

SafeWork NSW will present a special training webinar for ASU members who are board members, managers and those in leadership positions in the community and disability sectors.  Find out the latest information on rights and responsibilities and have access to free training material and other resources developed by SafeWork NSW with the ASU, specifically for people in leadership positions in the community and disability sectors.

 
Mental Health in the Workplace - What do Community and Disability Workers Need to Know?

23 September 1-2pm Guest Speaker: SafeWork NSW

 

SafeWork NSW will present a special training webinar for ASU members in the community and disability sectors. Find out the latest information on your rights and responsibilities and have access to free training material and other resources developed by SafeWork NSW with the ASU, specifically for you and your work.

 

Human Rights

 
 
Women of Colour Inside the Justice System

7 October 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Meena Singh, Director of Legal Services, Human Rights Legal Centre

 

Join Meena Singh in a discussion about how being a woman of colour has impacted her experience and practice as a lawyer in the community sector and how being a person of colour impacts the lives of First Nations People in our system of justice.

 

Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Services

 
 
Impact of COVID-19 and Funding Changes on CALD Communities and Services

15 September 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO at Settlement Services International

 

The COVID pandemic has impacted the whole world.  With borders closed to the outside world, what have been the changes in funding and programs for migrant and settlement services in Australia?  What does this mean for the community sector and for workers who are employed in migrant, refugee and asylum seeker resource organisations?

 

Governance and Leadership

 
ASU Proud Since the Start: The Proud History of the ASU

14 October 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Fran Hayes, Peter Davidson, and Bob Boughton

 

Join these remarkable foundation members of the ASU, the first Federal President, the first Federal Secretary and the first organiser and State Secretary, in a fascinating discussion of the real story behind the foundation of the ASU, the battle to be recognized as an industry in our own right and win our own Award.

 
The CEO and the Board – Building a Positive and Constructive Relationship

21 October 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Denele Crozier, CEO at Women’s Health NSW and other special guests

 

This is an important discussion for anyone who is in a senior leadership position or a Board member. Hear ideas on how to build a positive and constructive relationship between the CEO and their Board that is good for the organisation, staff, the CEO, and the Board.  This is a conversation in which everybody wins!

 

Community and the Law

 
Should the State Defend Those Who Cannot Defend Themselves?

28 October 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Joanna Shulman, CEO, Redfern Legal Centre

Join Joanna Shulman in a discussion about how the law applies to people who may find themselves on the wrong side of the law but are unlikely to have access to good legal advice or support.  Joanna will talk about new police powers and laws including COVID public health orders, mandatory disease testing, strip searches, new tenancy legislation and new legislation on coercive control.

 

The Future of Community & Disability Services

 
Ethical Practice in the Community and Disability Sector

28 September 1-2pm Guest Speaker: John Falzon, Per Capita

John Falzon discusses the need for structural change in our society, how ‘being there for each other’ as professional workers in the community and disability sectors is about both social service and social struggle.

 
Building a Career in the Community and Disability Sector

29 October 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Professor Wendy Bowles and special guests

Join Wendy Bowles, Professor of Social Work and Arts at Charles Sturt University, along with special guests from TAFE to hear about how to build your career in the sector.  Professor Bowles and her partners at TAFE will outline the range of courses that are available, and how you can build ‘stackable qualifications’ from a Cert III to a diploma and degree.  There are no limits on what you can do!

 
When Caring is Not Enough: The Importance of Professional Skills in the Community and Disability Sector

18 November 1-2pm Guest Speaker: Lynne Keevers, Associate Professor of Social Work at University of Wollongong

 

Being a professional in the community and disability is not all about being ‘nice’ or caring’.  Working in our sector also means doing your job at best practice standards – like every other professional. Join this conversation with Natalie and Lynne as they discuss the importance of recognizing and being recognized for your skills. Hear about how Lynne Keevers has been working to keep diversity and local knowledge in the community and disability sectors by building courses that are accessible to workers in their own time and their own area.

 

 

 

On-Demand Training

A government register for residential youth workers – what it means for you

A wave of disadvantage across NSW - impact of the COVID-19 recession

Campaigning and advocacy in community services

Disability Rights and Advocacy Series

Inequality and COVID-19 – The Impact on People, Communities, and Community Services

Justice for First Nations People

Mental Health in the Workplace

Out of home at 18? Reforming out of home care (OOHC)

Practice and other issues for workers in the alcohol and other drugs sector

Responding to domestic and family violence in the workplace

Self-determination over “integration” – understanding Culturally and Linguistically Diverse specialist services and why they are important

Understanding and Responding to Vicarious Trauma (VT): An Introduction

Understanding behaviour support plans and supporting NDIS participants through positive behaviour strategies

Understanding the NDIS Code of Conduct

Understanding the TEIP reforms

What does Workplace Health and Safety mean and what is a Health and Safety Representative?

What is a “Professionalised Foster Carer” and what does it mean for workers?

What is best practice consultation – what rights do workers have and what are the obligations of employers?

Working Safely in COVID-19

The College: Online Course Catalogue