WWDWA Inc July Forum – Sunday 31 July

Women With Disabilities Telling Our Stories

Other people tell stories about women with disabilities. They aren’t always the stories we want other people to hear about our lives. What do you want to tell the world about yourself? How would you want to tell it?

We have funding from the Disability Services Commission to run a series of arts workshops and hold an arts show showcasing the creative talents of women with disabilities in WA.

If you are a woman with a disability come to WWDWA Inc’s July Monthly Forum and meet Arts Workshop Facilitator Jule Japhet Chiari to find out more information about WWDWA Inc’s Art Project.

Sunday 31 July
2-4 pm
Women’s Health and Family Services
227 Newcastle Street, Northbridge

RSVP for the forum by Monday 25 July to 9244 7463 or rayna@wwdwa.org.au, with any access or dietary requirements. Auslan interpreters will be provided on request.

WWDWA Inc’s Monthly Forums are for women with disabilities to meet other women with disabilities, share information and support and to find out more about services and supports that may be of use to them.

Women with physical, psychological, intellectual or sensory disabilities or chronical illnesses from all backgrounds are welcome.

You can contribute an already created piece to the project, writing, visual art, photography, film, song, dance.

Or learn new creative techniques in workshops run by Jule in,

Creative Writing
Visual Arts, Film and Multimedia
Movement and Dance
Voice (song or slam) and Drama (monologue or short play)

Contact Rayna on 9244 7463 or rayna@wwdwa.org.au to sign up to the workshops. Location and date will be confirmed with participants of each workshop.

Women With Disabilities WA Inc’s 2015 Annual General Meeting

Women With Disabilities WA Inc’s 2015 Annual General Meeting is on

Sunday, 29 November 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

At the Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco

  • 2015 Annual General Meeting
  • Guest Speaker – Jane Akerman – Women’s Health Nurse
  • Afternoon tea

Everyone is welcome, WWDWA Inc members, friends, family, supporters of WWDWA Inc and the general public.
Auslan interpreters are available on request.
Venue is wheelchair accessible with ACROD parking and close to public transport.
Please RSVP to rayna@wwdwa.org.au or 9244 7463 by Monday 23 November.

Please note that the official part of the AGM will be voice recorded to assist with note taking.

AGM documents can be downloaded by clicking here

Special Members Meeting – March 2014

On Sunday 20 March, the first part of our forum will be a Special Members Meeting for a Special Resolution to make changes to WWDWA Inc’s Constitution.

WWDWA Inc members can download the documents for the meeting at the following links:

Meeting Agenda Accessible Word Document

Proposed Constitution Changes Accessible Word Document

Postal Voting Form Accessible Word Document

Proxy Voting Form Accessible Word Document

WWDWA Constitution Accessible Word Document
WWDWA Constitution

WWDWA Inc Annual General Meeting 2013


INCORPORATED ABN 88 362 290 308


Women With Disabilities WA Incorporated (the “Incorporated Association”)
gives notice that the 2013 Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday
24 November 2013, 2 pm, at the Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road,

Date: 5 November
by order of the Committee

Rayna Lamb – Coordinator
on behalf of the WWDWA Inc Management Committee

All community members are welcome to attend the AGM, but only WWDWA Inc members – women with disabilities who live in West Australia – are eligible to be on the Manangement Committee and to vote in elections. Please go to our Publications page to download copies of our Management Committee Nomination and Proxy forms.

NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME (formerly disabilitycare Australia) Q & A Session

(formerly disabilitycare Australia)
Q & A Session

WA’s Individualised Services and
The Developmental Disability Council of WA
are pleased to invite you to join—

David Bowen, CEO and Bruce Bonehady, Chairman,
National Disability Insurance Scheme
for a light lunch and Q & A session about the scheme

Friday 27th September 2013

The Boulevard Centre, Lower Level, Cambridge Library Building
99 The Boulevard, Floreat
Lunch 12.30pm, Q & A Session 1.00—2.30pm

Online RSVP: or go to Developmental Disability Council WA website

Please advise of any dietary or access requirements

Information: mary.butterworth@ddc.org.au or
9420 7230 (exc Wednesday)

Help design a resource for choosing service providers

From WA Individualised Services (WAiS)

Join our World Café – Be part of an exciting NEW PROJECT

Are you or your family currently supported by an organisation?
Are you in the process of choosing a service provider?

WAiS is seeking people to help co-design a resource booklet that will assist individuals with disability and/or their family in choosing a service provider that is right for them.

When: 23 October 2013
Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm (including light refreshments)
Where: Room 7, Conference Room,
City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi Street West Perth

Be informed about services. Know your rights.

What do you want and need to know about service providers?
What questions do you need to ask about what they can offer you and your family?
What questions do you need to ask so you can make an informed choice?
What questions do you wish you had asked before starting with a service?
What questions would you advise others to ask?

RSVP: 9420 7252 or k.duff@waindividualisedservices.org.au by 7/10/2013. Please advise us of any requirements you may have to participate.

Do You Need Help Doing Your Taxes?

If you want free help completing your tax return and you are on a low income, ATO-trained Tax Help volunteers may be able to help you.

Tax Help

Free help for low-income earners

If you want free help completing your tax return and you are on a low income, our trained Tax Help volunteers may be able to help you.

What is Tax Help?

Tax Help is a network of community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns at tax time. They can also give you advice on how to complete your tax return next time.

These volunteers are people from within the community who give up their time each year. They are not ATO staff, but they receive training and support from us.

Where is Tax Help available?

Tax Help is available in all capital cities and many country centres across Australia, with volunteers operating from convenient locations in the community. In most places, the service is available from July to October.

Who is Tax Help for?

Tax Help is for people on low incomes, including, but not restricted to, those who are also:

people from non-English speaking backgrounds
people with a disability
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Since tax can be complex, volunteers are only able to help with fairly straightforward tax returns. They can help identify and record income received through:

Australian government benefits and allowances, such as unemployment and sickness benefits
salary or wages
managed funds

Are you eligible for Tax Help?

You are eligible for Tax Help if your income is around $50,000 or less for the income year and none of the following situations applied to you in the income year 2011-12:

You were employed as a contractor – for example, a contract cleaner or taxi driver.
You were in business, including being a sole trader.
You sold shares.
You sold an investment property.
You owned a rental property.
You received royalties.
You received distributions from a trust other than a managed fund.
You received foreign income other than a foreign pension or annuity.

If you are not eligible for Tax Help, you can find information to help you complete your tax return by using either:

Individual tax return instructions 2012.

Some of the benefits of using e-tax include:

free preparation and lodgment of your return
easy to use, with built-in help
safe and secure
most refunds in 12 working days
tax debts not due before 21 November, even if you lodge as early as 1 July.

This year it’s even easier, with online access to your personal information, including:

your Centrelink payment summary
salary or wage information
details of your bank interest.

To download e-tax from 1 July 2012, visit E-tax essentials.

What can Tax Help volunteers help with?

If you need to complete a tax return, a volunteer can help you. In some cases, people on low incomes do not need to lodge tax returns. Tax Help volunteers can work out if a tax return is necessary in your case. If it is not necessary, and you lodged a tax return last year, it is important that we know this. Tax Help volunteers can help you to fill out a Non-lodgment advice if this is necessary. Tax Help volunteers will also be able to help you with claims for refund of imputation credits.

Help that is not available

Tax Help volunteers cannot help you with:

business tax returns
partnership and trust matters
capital gains tax (CGT)
rental properties.

What to read/do next

Once you have worked out if you are eligible for the Tax Help program and want to make an appointment, phone us on 13 28 61. Tax Help is only available in July to October each year.

If you would like to know more about the volunteer program, see Becoming a Tax Help volunteer or Tax Help centre.
Becoming a Tax Help volunteer or Tax Help centre

How did Tax Help start?

Tax Help began as a pilot program in Newcastle, NSW in 1988. It has since expanded to cover the whole country.

Why was Tax Help established?

Tax Help was established to help people who have difficulty completing their own tax returns. These people are often unable or unwilling to approach us when they need help, but they feel comfortable seeking assistance from someone in their community. There are others who do not have access to one of our local offices, so Tax Help provides an important alternative.

Our enquiries service can help people with queries about specific aspects of their tax affairs, but cannot complete people’s tax returns for them. Tax Help can.

What does a Tax Help volunteer do?

Tax Help volunteers help people with fairly straightforward tax matters and tell clients whether they need to lodge a tax return.

Tax Help volunteers help clients with tax returns, as well as claims for refunds of franking credits. They help clients prepare tax returns using e-tax and, where possible, lodge electronically.

Tax Help volunteers actively encourage clients to prepare the tax return themselves.

What does a Tax Help centre do?

Tax Help volunteers operate from Tax Help centres located in a range of community venues, such as libraries, community centres and migrant resource centres. A centre supports the volunteer by taking appointments from people seeking Tax Help assistance, coordinating service availability with the volunteer, and providing facilities such as power, telephone and office furniture. Where possible, centres provide computer access to allow tax returns to be lodged electronically. The centre also advertises the service so that members of the community are aware that help is available.

More than 800 Tax Help centres are active in capital cities and country areas across Australia.

Who is Tax Help for?

Tax Help is for people on low incomes who need help with their tax returns. These taxpayers include seniors, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, those with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other people with special needs.

Tax Help volunteers provide guidance to those clients wanting to do their own tax returns and explain the benefits of using e-tax to prepare and lodge personal tax returns. They can also provide assurance to those who have completed their return that they have done it correctly.

National Inquiry Announced: Reducing Legal Barriers For People With Disabilities

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC announced today that he is asking the Australian Law Reform Commission to inquire into how to reduce legal barriers to people with disabilities.

“I want to make sure that existing Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks do not create barriers to people with disability exercising their rights and legal capacity,” Mr Dreyfus said.

“Most of us take for granted the independent decisions we make about our lives. People with disability deserve the same opportunity.

“This inquiry is about maximising choice and autonomy for Australians with disability.”

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin said that people with disability are entitled to the dignity that comes from being able to make choices over their own lives.

“Ensuring that people with disability have access to the same rights and opportunities as Australians without disability is a hallmark of a just society,” Ms Macklin said.

“As we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, it is fitting that we consider whether our laws are adequately supporting people with disability.

“The announcement of this inquiry coincides with the upcoming launch of DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, a significant reform that will transform the way people with disability are supported and put choice and control in the hands of people with disability.”

Consultation on draft terms of reference for ALRC inquiry into equal recognition before the law and legal capacity for people with disability

The consultation seeks stakeholder views on draft terms of reference for an Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into equal recognition before the law and legal capacity for people with disability. The inquiry will consider:
• Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks that deny or diminish the rights of people with disa bility to make their own decisions, and
• act on their own behalf, and what, if any, changes could be made.

The Draft Terms of Reference can be downloaded in PDF or Word at:

The Australian Government invites stakeholders to make submissions outlining their views on the draft Terms of Refer ence. If you would like to make a submission, send it:

by email to:

by mail to:
Submission – legal capacity
Human Rights Policy Branch
International Law & Human Rights Division
3-5 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600

Electronic submissions are preferred where possible.

The closing date for submissions is 28 June 2013.

If you cannot make a submission in either of the above ways and would like to express your views by another method, you can contact the Human Rights Policy Branch on 02 6141 6666 or disabilityrights@ag.gov.au

IBTC – the Big Book of Small Breasts

Shay Webster is putting together a Big Book of Small Breasts and is looking for a diverse range of models to take part in this fantastic project. She wants to make sure she includes women with disabilities in the book.

Shay Webster is putting together a Big Book of Small Breasts and is looking for a diverse range of models to take part in this fantastic project. She wants to make sure she includes women with disabilities in the book.

From Shay:

I am on the hunt for women to be involved in a photo book celebrating small breasts and showcasing the issues that small breasted women face. I am after women to pose from fully clothed to topless, this is up to each individual. I have a range of women already involved, but I would like to add some more women of different ethnic backgrounds (Asian, African American etc), women above the age of thirty, women who have chosen to have small breasts (reductions, drag queen, transgender), women who work in the sex trade, exotic dancers, women who have a disability and possibly even women who have lost their small breasts due to illness or injury.

If you fit any of these bills and are interested in being involved, please email me. I require a photo of yourself, it does not have to be nude, I just need to see what you look like and some details, ie, your name, age and anything else you care to share. I will also require a story. You do not need an modeling experience. There is no payment involved and everyone involved are volunteers.

Please email a.webster@live.com.au. Visit the IBTC facebook page

Help to switch to digital only TV – ends 16 May 2013

Perth and surrounding areas have switched to digital-only TV, but help is still available

Perth and surrounding areas switched to digital-only TV signals on Tuesday 16 April 2013. If you haven’t yet converted to digital-only TV, it’s not too late to make the switch.

“Even though the switch to digital-only TV signals has taken place, you can still find assistance and support available if you are not yet digital ready”, said Tommy Adebayo, Digital Switchover ambassador.

If you haven’t yet converted to digital TV and are eligible for the Household Assistance Scheme, there is still time to apply. The Scheme has been established to help eligible people on certain full rate pensions have equipment installed in their homes free-of-charge and provide in-home aftercare support for 12 months.

You may be eligible if you have not yet switched to digital TV, have a working analog TV and receive the full rate of one of the following payments:
• Age Pension
• Disability Support Pension
• Carer Payment
• Department of Veterans’ Affairs Service Pension
• Department of Veterans’ Affairs Income Support Supplement

The Scheme will remain open for eligible residents of Perth and surrounding areas until 16 May 2013. For more information, call the Department of Human Services on 1800 556 443.

Talking set-top boxes are also available under the Scheme for people that have a blind indicator on their eligible payment, or care for a child who is legally blind.

People who are eligible to receive a talking set-top box will not have to do anything—once they opt-in to the Household Assistance Scheme, they will be identified as being eligible and the talking set-top-box will be installed free-of-charge.

“If you’re not eligible for the Household Assistance Scheme and haven’t yet converted to digital-only TV, it’s not too late to make the switch. You can still connect a digital set-top box or digital TV recorder to your existing analog TV. Otherwise, you can upgrade to a TV with a built-in digital tuner”, said Tommy.

To find out more about disposing of old TV equipment, including tips on what you can do with unwanted televisions and computers until local services start, visit www.environment.gov.au/ewaste.

For more information about the switch to digital-only TV signals and for translated information in 30 languages, visit the Digital Ready website www.digitalready.gov.au or call the Digital Ready Information Line 1800 20 10 13 (available 7 days a week, 8am to midnight AEST).

The Translating and Interpreting Service is also available on 131 450.

People who have a hearing or speech impairment can call 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 20 10 13.