The Desert Song Festival 2017 will take place in Alice Springs from 8-17 September – the theme is ‘Celebrating diversity – Holding hands together’. Headlining the festival is Poco Tutti Choir, a group of experienced singers with disability from Adelaide, SA. The Sisters of Invention, a band of girls with disability from South Australia will also be making an appearance.
Incite Arts, in collaboration with the Desert Song Festival, invite you to a free community workshop program from 11-15 September that offers the opportunity to work with members of Poco Tutti Choir and The Sisters of Invention. Throughout the festival, Poco Tutti will deliver a schools and community-based program ”designed to educate, to inform and to challenge people’s perceptions of the artistic and performance capacity of people with disabilities.” (Source: For more information, see flyer below (titled ‘Incite Arts – FUN Singing Workshops Invitation’).
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Abuse and neglect are NOT OK! Zero Tolerance forums are scheduled from the 29th of August to the 8th of September in five NT locations, including Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy, Darwin and Katherine. These are free forums about human rights, safety and preventing abuse and neglect of people with disability. For more information, event flyers, or to register for a Zero Tolerance forum, go to

From the NDS website: ”Zero Tolerance is an initiative led by NDS in partnership with the disability sector… The forums are able to happen due to the support and sponsorship of the NT Office of Disability.” (Source:

The NDIS website lists upcoming events taking place in your area! Click on the links below for more information.

NDIS Events in the NT:
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The NT Anti-Discrimination Commission’s 2017 training information has been released. All public courses require minimum numbers to run, so please promptly register your interest for any desired training. Included in the attachments are the dates in which training will be run in 2017, information on the public program courses the NT ADC will be running, information on customised training courses the NT ADC will be running, and the NT ADC’s cancellation policy.

PDF – 2017 ADC Training Information Sheet
PDF – NT Training Registration Form
PDF – Training Cancellation Policy

The NT ADC are currently taking registrations for the February round of training. They are happy to take registrations for the other training periods, however please note that the dates for the second half of 2017 are still tentative. If you would like any further information please contact the NT ADC on 08 8999 1444 or email
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International Day of People with Disability and the Mayoral Awards were celebrated in Alice Springs on Monday, 5th December 2016. The day is a celebration of the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

Disability Advocacy Service Inc. had an informational PowerPoint on display at the celebrations. You can access this PowerPoint in the links below. It has been saved in two parts due to website size restrictions – we apologise for this inconvenience.
PDF – DAS PowerPoint Pt. 1 – IDPwD 2016
PDF – DAS PowerPoint Pt. 2 – IDPwD 2016

Congratulations to the Nominees and Winners of the 2016 Mayoral Awards! You can find out more information about the Mayoral Awards, including the 2016 winners, at the Alice Springs Town Council website.

Link: Alice Springs Town Council website

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November 29, 2016
You are invited to join us in celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) and Mayoral Award Presentations 2016 – a day to break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities!
December 3 is International Day of People with Disability –  this year in Alice Springs, celebrations are being held on Monday December 5, 2016.

Come along and celebrate the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.
The Guest Speaker will be Katrina Webb OAM, Paralympian and Motivational Speaker. You can find out more about Katrina at

Date: Monday, 5th December 2016
Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Location: Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council (93 Todd Street Alice Springs NT 0870)

Link: International Day of People with Disability website
Link: Alice Springs Town Council IDPwD Event page


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The Disability Advocacy Service Inc. Annual General Meeting took place on 24 November 2016 at the Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council.



November 4, 2016
You are invited to the Disability Advocacy Service Inc. Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Andy McNeill Room
(Alice Springs Town Council – 93 Todd Street Alice Springs, NT 0870)

For more information, contact DAS on (08) 8953 1422 or send an email to

Click on the image above to open a printable version of the DAS AGM flyer (PDF).


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Disability Advocacy Service receives many emails linked to magazines presenting information and articles about what is news in disability. Recently ‘LINK’ featured an article on the NDIS rollout along with snapshots on ‘Invisible Disabilities’ or decoding human gestures. This link will connect you. Link: Why the NDIS is a Big Deal

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NT Disability Service Awards Flyer
Congratulations to the winners of the NT Disability Services Awards 2016!
See the winners at the NT Disability Services Awards website.

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August 30, 2016
The NT Disability Services Awards acknowledge the contributions, diligence, and accomplishments of the Northern Territory disability sector ”by individuals, businesses, organisations, and initiatives who work to improve the lives of people with disability in the Northern Territory.”

There are seven award categories to nominate for. From the category winners, one will be selected to receive the Overall Award for Excellence.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on 11 November 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Esplanade Darwin. Tickets will become available on the NT Disability Services Awards website in September 2016.

Link: NT Disability Services Awards website

Nominations for the 2016 NT Disability Services Awards close Friday 30 September 2016 @ 5:00pm.
Nomination information and forms can be found on the NT Disability Services Awards Nominate Page. Link: NT Disability Services Awards Nominate Page.


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Each week, Disability Advocacy Service receives the Integrated Disability Action (IdA) E-Bulletin – this week, it had an extremely useful link to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) website.

This website highlights a number of very useful video clips to support people with disabilities and their families to better understand the processes under the NDIS. Please take the time to review this helpful link.
Below are links for the IdA website, the NDIS website, the My NDIS Pathway video, and the Communicating at the NDIS video.

Link: Integrated Disability Action (IdA)
Link: NDIS website
Link: Video – My NDIS Pathway
Link: Video – Communicating at the NDIS

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Recently Disability Advocacy Service received a memo from the Department of Health outlining this proposed support programme – the programme relates to older Australians who currently receive specialist disability services and who will NOT be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)


The Council of Australian Governments all agree that as the NDIS rolls out nationally, it is a priority to ensure continuing support for older people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS. This Commonwealth Continuity of Support (COS) will provide support to older people with disability, either through existing aged care programme such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, or through a new Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme.

This new programme will be phased across the Northern Territory commencing on the 1st January 2017.
More details as they become available.

Manager, Disability Advocacy Service

Link: Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme – AU Government Department of Health

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