NEWS & EVENTS

At RIAC, we are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news and events on all of our activities, including workshops, rallies, and other events. We also share updates about our programs and services, so you can learn more about how we are making an impact in the community.

Be sure to visit our news and events page often to stay informed, and follow us on social media for even more updates and opportunities to get involved.

$2.2 million boost to empower people with disabilities

$2.2 million boost to empower people with disabilities

Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC) has secured a $2.2 million Commonwealth grant to deliver a program to empower people with intellectual disabilities and their families and carers across regional and rural Victoria. RIAC CEO Dr Sandy Ross said the funding...

NEW CHAPTER IN DISABILITY ADVOCACY

NEW CHAPTER IN DISABILITY ADVOCACY

The Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC) and the Barwon Disability Resource Council (BDRC) are pleased to announce a strategic merger effective from May 20. The merger will consolidate their capabilities in the face of mounting challenges, particularly the...

RIAC advocates for fairer Immigration Policies

RIAC advocates for fairer Immigration Policies

Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC) is proud to announce its involvement in the Welcoming Disability Campaign, joining a coalition of over 70 organisations in a united effort to reform Australia’s immigration policies for people with disabilities and health...

Uncle Mick’s Story

Uncle Mick’s Story

Uncle Mick Wilson is a well-known and much-loved Aboriginal Personality in Shepparton—a proud Barkindji Man from NSW who has lived in Shepparton since 1988. A previous singer/performer and business owner for the past 50 years, he has finally retired and is enjoying...

International Day of People Living with Disability

International Day of People Living with Disability

Hey RIAC Squad, We're thrilled to share the joy and good vibes from our action-packed International Day of People Living with Disability celebrations! Here's the lowdown on the awesome happenings: Geelong Disability Awards Bash! 🎉🏆 First up, a massive high-five to...

Funding Boost

Funding Boost

The Victorian Government is providing $1.8 million in boost funding for Victorians with disability, and their families, to keep accessing timely and targeted advocacy support through the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program, when they need it.  The Victorian...

RIAC holds 2023 AGM

RIAC holds 2023 AGM

We recently held our 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, 20th November, presenting an overview of the organisation's activities and operations over the past year. The AGM highlighted several points of interest from our most recent 2023 Annual Report,...

Strengthening Parents Support Program – Carer’s News

Strengthening Parents Support Program – Carer’s News

RIAC has been very busy in the carer space, working to expand our “self-care hub” model of support for carers across the Loddon Mallee. Carers of children under 18 years in Bendigo, Castlemaine*, Kerang and Cohuna can now join us to enjoy a cuppa and a chat and try...

Gannawarra Parent and Guardian Carer Support Group

Gannawarra Parent and Guardian Carer Support Group

Supporting parents and carers of children under the age of 18 with disability, mental ill-health and neurodiversity. We offer: A cuppa and chat with a qualified social worker Peer support and meeting other carers Self-care Stations with a variety of activities that...

Update from the Access and Support Team

Update from the Access and Support Team

We have recently had some big changes in our Access and Support Program due to the Aged Care Reform. The Aged Care reform was started because of findings from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. A big part of RIAC’s work in our Over 65s program is...

RIAC host event on neurodiversity and education system

RIAC host event on neurodiversity and education system

We are thrilled to share that RIAC recently hosted an event on Friday, 28 July, focused on "The Juggle of Neurodiversity and the Education System." Our esteemed speaker, Kim Alexander, brought her extensive experience as an educator and advocate for neurodivergent...

Connecting with the community at Services and Futures expo

Connecting with the community at Services and Futures expo

RIAC was thrilled to attend the bustling 'Services and Futures Expo' at Barwon Valley School. This highly anticipated event, open to parents, carers, and students, provided an excellent platform for us to spread awareness about our crucial services within the Geelong...

RIAC celebrates NAIDOC week

RIAC celebrates NAIDOC week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The...

RIAC empowers carers at Red Cliffs Carers Expo

RIAC empowers carers at Red Cliffs Carers Expo

RIAC was proud to attend the Red Cliffs Carers Expo, hosted by The Red Cliffs Community Resource Centre on Friday, July 14 2023. This event aimed to connect carers with valuable resources, support, and various opportunities. Our primary focus was to provide carers...

NDIS Review

NDIS Review

Disability Ministers are currently seeking to review the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) with the aim of improving the experience of participants and ensuring the sustainability of the program.  They have identified five key areas that require attention...

RIAC INFORM Clinic – Bendigo

RIAC INFORM Clinic – Bendigo

The RIAC INFORM Clinic is a new service that helps people who face difficulties with reading, writing, understanding forms, and require IT support. The clinic is available for assistance in: Filling out forms (Centrelink, housing, Govt. rebates etc.) Writing a...

RIAC INFORM Clinic – Mildura

RIAC INFORM Clinic – Mildura

The RIAC INFORM Clinic is a new service that helps people who face difficulties with reading, writing, understanding forms, and require IT support. The clinic is available for assistance in: Filling out forms (Centrelink, housing, Govt. rebates etc.) Writing a...

First People’s Advocacy Program

First People’s Advocacy Program

In February of this year, the First Nations Program in Shepparton was launched with the support of MusoMagic, a company founded by Chocolate Starfish Front Man Adam Thompson. The program brought together 15 First Nations students from Verney Road School and 7 First...

Tammy’s Experience with RIAC

Tammy’s Experience with RIAC

In this article, we talk to one of our clients, Tammy, about her experience working with RIAC during her NDIS Appeals matter. Tammy shares how she felt supported and heard throughout the process and appreciated the dedication and thoroughness of her advocate.  Here's...

DRC Advocacy: BELONG – Bringing our community together

DRC Advocacy: BELONG – Bringing our community together

Belong is a free network led by and for people with disabilities in Victoria. Whatever your culture, gender identity, age or disability, you are welcome here. We come together online, both in groups and for one-to-one meetings, to build connections, share experiences...

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