Word - Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre by chenmeixiu



    REPORT 2007-2008

Acknowledgements                         01

   Role of EDAC                          02
   Committee of Management               03

    President                            06
    Chief Executive Officer              07

Individual Advocacy                      09

Systemic Advocacy                        17

Projects                                 21

Administrative Matters                   27

Treasurer‟s Statement                    28

Financial Report                         29

We wish to acknowledge recurrent financial support this year from:

 Department of Family and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  (DFaHCSIA), which also this year provided funding for training equipment; and the
 Disability Services Commission (DSC), which also this year funded several projects.

Lotterywest continues to provide the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) with
ongoing office accommodation and in addition funded the Vicinity project.

We are also pleased to acknowledge this year project funding also from:
 Carers WA; and the
 Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI).

We also wish to acknowledge the support of all those who have served on our Committee
of Management, project steering committees, and volunteers. With their assistance
EDAC has been successful in achieving its objectives.

                                                                             Page 01

                                     ROLE OF EDAC
EDAC is core-funded by both the Commonwealth Department of Family, Housing, and
Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (DFaHCSIA) and the Disability Services
Commission (WA), to provide individual and systemic advocacy, support and information
to people with disabilities and their families/carers who are from culturally and
linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds. EDAC is a community-based service for WA,
to advocate and empower people with disabilities who are from CaLD backgrounds and
assist to advance their interests.


EDAC vigorously seeks to both protect and promote the rights and interests of culturally
and linguistically diverse people with disabilities and their families/carers in order for them
to fulfil their full potential as Australian citizens in our multicultural society.

EDAC’s main Objectives

 To advocate on behalf of people with disabilities who are from CaLD backgrounds in
  order for them to achieve equal access to services and resources in our community
  and for those services to be provided in culturally responsive ways.
 To empower those individuals and families by increasing their leadership, participation
  and self-advocacy in consultation and decision making, in all areas which affect their
 To also increase the awareness of ethnic communities, the disability services sector
  and mainstream society of issues affecting people with disabilities and their families
  who are from CaLD backgrounds - through education programs, training activities and
  other appropriate means.
 To include and represent people with disabilities who are from CaLD backgrounds and
  their issues in public forums, government consultations and the activities of

Strategic Plan (2007-2009)

In late 2005, EDAC started a series of consultations to develop a Three Year Strategic
Plan (2007-2009). All stakeholders were consulted and the process involved the re-
examination of the Mission and Strategic Priorities for 2007-2009. Key Objectives were
developed and accepted. An Action Plan was developed and is being progressively

   1. Sustainability & Funding
      Position EDAC to achieve optimum outcomes
      1.1    Maintain and communicate up-to-date data on client trends and services
      1.2    Pursue opportunities for improvement in processes and systems
      1.3    Secure funding for a permanent location for EDAC
      1.4    Develop strategies on funding opportunities

   2. Leadership, Partnership and Strategic Alliances
      Develop CaLD/disability leadership in partnerships and strategic alliances with
      other advocacy groups and clients.

                                                                                      Page 02
       2.1    Form partnerships and strategic alliances with like organization(s)
       2.2    Develop collaborative partnerships involving projects and shared
       2.3    Facilitate and provide services to auxiliary groups

   3. Promotion and Profile
      Promote the uniqueness and effectiveness of EDAC
      3.1   Promote EDAC services and achievements
      3.2   Engage the community
      3.3   Raise awareness of ethnicity and disability

   4   Investing in People
       Attract and retain skilled and appropriately qualified staff and volunteers
       4.1     Promote the organization as an innovative and dynamic place to work
       4.2     Develop a workforce with relevant and current knowledge, skills and
               abilities, prioritizing employment and inclusion of CaLD people with
       4.3     Encourage and support staff professional development
       4.4     Engage volunteers and establish, train and involve a group of clients

   5   Influencing Policy
       Achieve the status of being an Agency invited to participate in policy development
       at all levels of Government
       5.1      Influence high profile persons and engage them in the achievements of
       5.2      Participate in the Disability Industry on CaLD/disability issues
       5.3      Undertake more research based CaLD/disability service development and
                training projects

                           COMMITTEE of MANAGEMENT

The Membership of the EDAC‟s Committee of Management continues to reflect its Policy
that requires a minimum of 50% people with disabilities and carers, and to represent a
wide current spectrum of the multicultural society in WA.

Nihal Iscel - President
Nihal, born in Turkey, is visually impaired, and has B Psych (ECU) with a minor in
Disability Studies. She has been an EDAC Board member since July 2004, has
participated in several EDAC Projects, and represents EDAC on the National Ethnic
Disability Alliance (NEDA). She is working at Multicultural Services Centre WA Inc as a
Family Relationships Advisor. She was involved on the Management Comm ittee of the
Turkish Community for a number of years.

John Cooke – Vice-President
John is a lawyer, currently working for Solicitor GV Lawyers. He is a Burgher (Eurasian
ethnic group) from Singapore. He has practiced in WA for 18 years, primarily in personal
injury litigation. John provides support and advice to EDAC staff on issues involving legal
matters. He has also been working as a volunteer solicitor at Legal Aid in Gosnells since

Dr. Duc Dau – Secretary
Duc is of Vietnamese background. She was awarded a doctorate in English and Cultural
Studies from UWA. With Elena Jeffries, she co-produced the Carers‟ Booklet (2003), for
                                                                                  Page 03
EDAC. Duc works in the Communications and Business Operations branch in the Mental
Health Division at the Department of Health.

Suresh Rajan – Treasurer
After many years of involvement in the Financial Sector at the ATO and in his own
financial planning business, Suresh has decided to concentrate his efforts in the
Multicultural sector. Suresh is the Executive Officer for the Ethnic Communities Council of
Western Australia. Suresh is also a member of a number of government and semi-
government committees and boards in the area of multiculturalism.


Mrs. Thankam Abraham: Thankam is of Indian background and has been carer of a
family member with a disability for the last 38 years. She is a retired school teacher and
now devotes much of her time to church and community activities. She is a member of
the Multicultural Carers Group. She is also a member of the Health Consumer Council
and consumer representative on the Alzheimers Australia committee.

Melissa Del Borrello: Melissa became a member of the EDAC Committee of
Management in September 2006 and brings to EDAC her extensive experience working
with migrants, refugees and special humanitarian entrants in WA. She comes from an
Italian background. Melissa has been involved in this area since 1988, having worked for
Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies. She has been active on a
number of committees for the past 17 years and remains committed to working with
migrants and refugees. She wants to make a positive contribution to assisting clients from
CaLD backgrounds who have disabilities. Currently, she works at UnitingCare West.

Eddie Khoo: Eddie Khoo, formerly from Malaysia is a Graduate in Administration from
Curtin University. He currently works part-time as Activities Officer with the City Of
Canning and spends time looking after his frail aged mother. Eddie was formerly a
General Manager of a Japanese computer company in Malaysia and has experience in
Aged/Disability care. He currently also spends time assisting in Buddhist meditation
affairs in W.A.

Wendy Rose: Wendy has worked at the Canning Division of General Practice since
1997. In her role as Manager of Practice Support (Education), she manages programs in
Mental Health, Family and Domestic Violence, Aged Care and Quality Use of Medicines.
She also co-ordinates education programs for GPs, practice nurses and practice staff.
Previous to this she worked as the Women's Policy Officer at the Ethnic Communities
Council for nine years and before that as a Community Development Worker for the City
of Fremantle. She was born in South Africa and was one of the founding members of the
African Cultural Group of WA.

Arthur Tam: Arthur Tam is the father of a young adult with autism and intellectual
disability. To look after his son, he has recently retired from BankWest after a 35-year
successful career in the finance industry. He is a well sought-after speaker by
universities, churches and disabilities communities, covering a wide range of topics
including IT Security & Governance, Financial Management, Business Strategy Planning,
and Practical Guide to living with people with disabilities. Arthur is currently a Board
Director of an international software firm. He is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA),
and a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (F Fin). He was a Graduate
member of Australian Company Institute of Directors (GACID) and Certified Systems
Professional (CSP).

                                                                                  Page 04
 Boris Turpin (Resigned in January 2008): Boris Turpin is second generation
Macedonian whose parents migrated to Australia in the „50s. Boris is in a wheelchair from
an arthritic condition. He graduated from ECU with an Arts degree in languages. He has
contributed to several EDAC Projects and training, including the original and graphic
versions of the CaLD Perspectives on the Disability Services Standards. His main focus
is to improve the quality of services for people with disabilities and to raise awareness
among clients of their social rights. He believes that a person with disability should have
equal rights and opportunities as others in the community.

Tony Vardaro: Tony, of first-generation Italian descent, and born with Cerebral Palsy, is
currently working as the Disability Manager for Swan TAFE. He has a B App Sc (Social
Work) from Curtin University and has been involved in various state and national advisory
committees in the disability area including the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
and the National Disability Advisory Council. Tony is EDAC's Immediate Past President.

Dr. Bernadette Wright: Bernadette has been on EDAC‟s Committee of Management for
over four years. She was born in Indonesia and came to Australia in 1993, via long stints
in New Zealand and the UK. She has worked as Clinical Psychologist with West
Australian Transcultural Mental Health Services for over 10 years. Bernadette has a
brother who is intellectually disabled and through him, she has been involved with the
Special Olympics movement for the intellectually disabled in Western Australia. Along
with her work at WA Transcultural Mental Health (SMAS, Mental Health) she has
developed insight into the issues of CaLD clients with a disability.

The Executive and Members of the EDAC Committee of Management have been active
in this past year participating in workshops developing the Action Plan to accompany the
EDAC Strategic Plan. EDAC especially commends them for their constructive ongoing
overview of its operations and programs.

A special thank you also goes out to the following retiring Members of the EDAC
Committee of Management:
    Francis Adupa-Ekwang
    Anne Tong

Jenny Au Yeong                Chief Executive Officer
Thuan Geh                     Administrator (Relieving CEO Mar-Aug 2008)
Veronica FitzGerald           Administrative Officer
Luba McMaugh                  Individual Advocate (left Jul 2007)
Carmen Harrison               Manager Advocacy Services (from Mar-Aug 2008)
Syed Ali                      Individual Advocate (joined Aug 2007)
Beatriz Andrew                Individual Advocate
Lee Bickford                  Senior Individual Advocate (joined Aug 2007)
Zeliha Iscel                  Systemic Advocate/Project Officer

Project Officers
Gino Lopez                     Sheila Mwebaze                 Gari-Emma Perry
Maranda Ali

Kevin Cheong, Computing and IT                Harry Pickett, Psychologist/Consultant
Sanja Vuksanovic, EthnicAbility               Tony Serve, EthnicAbility

                                                                                  Page 05

                              PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) has a very professional and capable staff
and Members of its Committee of Management. All contributed to getting positive
outcomes in terms of individual and systemic advocacy for EDAC. This was
demonstrated in the external Disability Services Standards Monitoring Report which was
finalised in June 2008. EDAC also contributed to DSC‟s Sector Health Check
recommendations, regular meetings with executive staff members of DSC, and EDAC
was represented at DSC‟s quarterly meetings with the chair of DSC and chairs of
organisations funded by DSC where strategic management issues were discussed.

EDAC is the only agency in Western Australia representing the rights and interests of
people from non-English speaking backgrounds who have a disability, their families and

EDAC receives recurrent funding from the Disability Services Commission and the
Commonwealth Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and
Indigenous Affairs for individual and systemic advocacy. We also thank Lotterywest for
continuing to provide premises for our operation.

Short term project funding also provides a valuable resource for additional development
work, for which we also thank DFaHCSIA, DSC, Lotterywest and other funding bodies -
the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) and Carers WA. We also value project
partnership with the National Disability Service (NDS) on Promoting the Disability
Services Standards and the support and collaborative efforts on a range of issues from
members of the WA Disability Coalition and the Ethnic Communities Council of WA.

The Office of Multicultural Interests funded EDAC for a short term CRIO project which
involved working with four ethnic community migrant settlement and services
organisations, training them to deliver culturally appropriate and sensitive services to
people from non-English speaking backgrounds who have a disability, their families,
carers and ethnic communities. Other funding from OMI provided for the EthnicAbility
Empowerment Project for EDAC to train people with disabilities to produce ethnic
community radio programs. EDAC‟s EthnicAbility program continues to go on air every
Tuesday informing the WA community of disability and ethnicity issues. EDAC has
recently celebrated the EthnicAbility’s 100th program.

My special thanks go to Thuan Geh and Carmen Harrison for managing EDAC‟s day to
day issues so efficiently during Jenny‟s recovery and EDAC‟s staff members, volunteers
and Committee of Management working collaboratively to get the best outcomes for
EDAC. I would also like to thank all outgoing staff members for their valuable
contributions and welcome the new staff on board and wish them well.

Nihal Iscel

                                                                               Page 06

EDAC completes another successful year. I am pleased to announce that the recurrent
funding for Disability First Stop (DFS) was finally realised despite some early anxieties. It
enabled EDAC to support a further 28 CaLD clients who were newly diagnosed with
Individual casework continues to be our primary concern and this year we attended to
231 individual clients for 330 advocacy cases. Some 45 ethnic groups were represented.
The largest single ethnic groups were the Somalis and the Iraqis, which reflected the
current refugee and humanitarian intake for WA. Our information provision, networking
and workshops also reached many CaLD individuals and communities in WA.

The main issues identified in our individual advocacy were accommodation, subsidies
and entitlements, financial hardship and service access. These issues highlighted the
wide range of concerns addressed by EDAC in ensuring that barriers faced by CaLD
people with disabilities and their families were addressed appropriately and also reflected
the overall focus areas of our systemic advocacy activities for the year.

Through the Sector Health Check (SHC) Implementation Committee of the DSC on which
I am a steering committee member, CaLD issues are receiving special attention. There
are some positive measures being undertaken by DSC towards achieving substantive
equality for CaLD people with disabilities, including training planned to increase the
capacity of existing disability service providers to respond to CaLD communities and
people with disabilities. We welcome the appointment of Naomi Tyrrell as DSC‟s Senior
Policy Officer who has the task of implementing the CaLD SHC recommendations and we
look forward to a mutually productive relationship. EDAC also contributed to the
formulation of the State‟s Community Living Plan and provided input into Disability Future
Directions 2025. EDAC advocated for meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities from
CaLD background in it's aspects of programs and services. Our written response to the
Disability Future Directions 2025 and many others are available on our website,
The National Disability Advocacy Program Review took on a renewed momentum this
year. Some very positive consultative meetings took place during the year, including the
introduction of enhanced performance improvement strategies and a comprehensive
independent Quality Assurance (QA) system. Accredited certification will be a condition of
The direct impact of rental housing shortage, affordability and discriminatory practices of
some landlords has driven many migrants and refugees including those with disabilities
into serious difficulty. EDAC was actively involved with the Housing Crisis Committee for
CaLD (HCCCaLD) advocating for improving affordable housing and reducing the barriers

in the private rental market. A positive outcome to this work was a public enquiry
undertaken by the Equal Opportunity Commission to which EDAC provided a written

This year saw the successful completion of the Vicinity Project after 3 years of exciting
and challenging work. The graduation and final viewing of all the short films took place in
mid December attended by over 100 people, comprising mostly of students and their
families. I would like to thank Leah Ciancio, and this year Linda Rawlings and Garry
Emma Perry, for their significant contributions as co-ordinators of the project and David
Doyle, CEO of DaDAA as a project partner.

                                                                                    Page 07
EDAC also completed a CaLD/disability project Promoting the Disability Services
Standards as part of DSC's Strategic Plan Implementation. NDS collaborated on this by
being on the Steering Committee and administering the DSC funding. We thank DSC for
the project funding and for their continuing membership of the Steering Committee.
Particularly we thank all participants for their support and cooperation in enabling the
successful completion of a series of 10 workshops. The final report is available from

EDAC‟s website as too are the outcomes of the project workshops that were broadcast
regularly on EDAC's EthnicAbility community radio program. A translated and narrated
overall summary version goes to air late 2008.

There are many projects undertaken by EDAC worthy of mention but I would like to
particularly single out the CRIO project funded by the multicultural sector that aimed to
enhance disability awareness and inclusion with new migrants and settlement services.
We thank OMI for the funding initiative and the partners in this project Multicultural
Services Centre of WA, ASeTTS, Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre and Fremantle
Multicultural Centre. Disability is a universal issue and positive and collaborative
measures should be undertaken by all community members to eliminate barriers as early
as possible to service access and to facilitate the integration of CaLD people with
disabilities and their families.

The Disability Services Standards Monitoring of EDAC by Beth Marchbank concluded
that EDAC was operating at a high standard on all of the service standards monitored.
Evidence also showed that EDAC is continuously engaged in ongoing quality
improvement strategies at all levels and in particular those concerned with meeting client
needs. We extend our appreciation and thanks to Beth and to our clients and staff who
provided input to the monitoring process.

This year we farewelled Luba McMaugh, a long-time Individual Advocate and welcomed
new advocates, Syed Ali and Lee Bickford. Syed, besides his individual advocacy duties
in Subiaco also operates EDAC's outreach service in Cannington once a week. We also
farewelled project staff, Anna Richards (Disability Services Standards Training Manual
project), Gino Lopez (CRIO Project), and Sheila Mwebaze (EDAC Promotions Project).
EDAC would like to thank all the funding bodies and acknowledges the tremendous
enthusiasm and effort put in by project officers to ensure the successful completion of the

Finally I would like to thank all members of the Committee of Management, staff and
volunteers for their cooperation and patience during my long leave, especially Thuan Geh
as Relieving CEO, Veronica Fitzgerald, Carmen Harrison as Manager, Advocacy
Services and consultant Harry Pickett. With their hard work and commitment we have
achieved success all round and maintained a high quality advocacy service.

                                                     Dinesh Wediwel (EO NEDA),
                                                     Nihal Iscel (President EDAC),
                                                    Mellisa Del Borrello (Committee
                                                    member EDAC), Jenny Au Yeong
                                                              (CEO EDAC)

                                                                                      Page 08
                           INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY
EDAC‟s objective in individual advocacy is to provide an effective culturally responsive
individual advocacy service to safeguard and advance the rights, interests and wellbeing
of people with disabilities who are from CaLD backgrounds. It involves assisting,
empowering and supporting people with disabilities to bring about positive changes in the
quality of their everyday life. Apart from the Subiaco office, EDAC also established an
Outreach centre at the Multicultural Services Centre in Cannington. The service started in
February 2008 and on every Wednesday provides advocacy and support for people with
disabilities who are from CaLD backgrounds and their families living in the south eastern
region of Perth.

EDAC has fulfilled all its funding requirements and continues to maintain a quality
advocacy service. The table below shows the number of cases and clients for this
financial period, by funding source. Due to demand, EDAC is increasingly servicing more
clients than provided for within it‟s current funding.

                 INDIVIDUAL ADV OCACY             DFaHCSI A        DSC            DFS
         Closed Cases                                 111           118           46
         Open Cases                                   29            22             4
         Total Cas es                                 140           140           50

         A verage Days taken for closed cases         36            35            254

         TOTAL CLI ENTS                               94            110           27
         FUNDED NUMBER OF CLIENTS                     80            110           28

       DFaHCSI A        Commonwealth Dept of Family and Housing, Community Service s
                        and Indigenous Affairs
       DSC              Di sability Services Commi ssi on WA
       DFS              Di sability First Stop (funded by DS C)

Funded by the Disability Services Commission WA.

DFS was originally established on project funding and since demonstrating its viability
now receives recurrent funding. EDAC is one of five DFS partner agencies providing
information, referral, support and advocacy services to people with a disability and their
families in the first 18 months following diagnosis. EDAC's special role is to provide
individual advocacy to CaLD clients with disability. Through this financial period EDAC
provided service to 27 clients, covering a range of issues.

The following is a breakdown of profiles of EDAC's individual advocacy clients.

Male clients made up 55% of the total intake, slightly lower than last year. There have
been consistently slightly more male than female clients attending EDAC over the last
four years. EDAC has responded to this pattern by the appointment of a male individual
advocate. This is particularly important because of our increase in Muslim clients. Our
new advocate is also Muslim.
                                                                                Page 09
                                          CLIENTS BY GENDER                                      Figure 1: Clients
                                                                                                 b y Gender
               70                                                                                (Percentage)



               40                                                                 2005-2006

               30                                                                 2006-2007


                                 Female                       Male

Age Group

The 26-55 y.o. mid-age adult groups remain the most highly represented of EDAC clients,
as they have been consistently over the last four years. They increased again slightly
from last year. Both the younger and older age groups are still at significant levels but
decreasing. EDAC is accessed by clients from all ages across the life span, with the
younger often advocated for by their family members and their issues addressed through
the school system. The elderly CaLD clients also tend to be advocated for by family
members and their issues attended to through aged care.

                                           AGE GROUP DISTRIBUTION




                   20                                                                         2005-2006

                   15                                                                         2006-2007


                           -15    16-25     26-35   36-45   46-55    56-65    66-75     75-

                                                    Figure 2: Clients b y Age Group
Types of Disability

People with physical disability continue to constitute EDAC‟s largest client group (42%).
The next three major types of disability are psychiatric, intellectual and neurological.
Intellectual disability has decreased since the increase last year, neurological disability

                                                                                                          Page 10
has decreased for the second time. The most significant increases are clients with
physical and psychiatric disabilities. This could be related to EDAC‟s strengthening
network in mental health. [Please note that the trend analysis only utilized the stated first
disability of the client and does not take into consideration the fact that a client may have
more than one disability].

                                CLIENTS BY TYPE OF DISABILITY






           Deaf/Hearing                                              2004-2005
    Acquired Head Injury


                M edical




                            0      10     20     30    40       50

Figure 3: Clients b yType of Disability

                                                                                    Page 11

EDAC's clients were from 45 different ethnic groups. The largest ethnic groups are now
the Somalis and the Iraqis – relatively new arrivals. Increases are also shown for the
smaller client groups of Afghanistanis, Polish and Latin Americans. EDAC is seeing an
increased number of new arrivals, who are mainly refugee/humanitarian entrants.
Associated with this EDAC has had increased involvement with settlement agencies
through the Community Relations Integration Officer (CRIO) project. There is a significant
drop in the percentages for the now more established Vietnamese and Chinese clients.

                           CLIENTS BY ETHNICITY






  Latin American
            Polish                                                      2005-2006
        Liberian                                                        2006-2007






                     0      5             10              15       20

                                 Figure 4: Clients b y ethnicity

Individual Advocacy Issues

This year the top issues have been accommodation, subsidies/entitlements, service
access, legal, education and immigration - in that order. Amongst these, the percentage
of cases involving legal and service access issues decreased but significantly increased
for accommodation. This increase was because of the booming housing market and the
high cost and reduced availability of suitable private rental and increasing delay in
obtaining public housing. Subsidies/entitlements, immigration issues, rights, respite,
employment and health were also all up from last year.

                                                                                    Page 12
                                  MAIN INDIVUAL ADVOCACY ISSUES

        A cco mmo datio n


          Service access


                Educatio n

              Immigratio n


                  Respite                                                          2005-2006
             Emplo yment


         A ids/ Equipment

            P erso nal care

               Financial S

                Transpo rt

  Family/ So cial suppo rts

                              0          5              10              15    20

                                      Figure 5: Clients b y advocacy issues


The post-code distribution of clients is shown on the colour map on the back cover.

EDAC‟s office space is now at maximum occupancy and with increasing client dem and
and systemic, project and training commitments there has been a need to consider other
strategic service delivery options. The Subiaco office of EDAC for some years now has
been a central location for access by clients across the metropolitan area.

                                                                                      Page 13
In February 2008, EDAC established an outreach service at the Multicultural Services
Centre in Cannington and services the eastern suburbs of East Victoria Park, Thornlie,
Cannington, Maddington and Gosnells through to Kelmscott and Armadale. It is staffed
on Wednesdays by Individual Advocacy Officer Syed Ali.

For some years the main area in metropolitan Perth from which EDAC draws its clients
has and still tends to be the northern suburbs of Mirrabooka, Balga and Girrawheen, and
with the extension of the railway and freeway north to Clarkson this suggests the
possibility of considering an outreach service based in the Joondalup area. Similarly, the
growth suburbs along the new railway and freeway south past Medina and Rockingham
to Mandurah warrants proactive consideration for outreach as the number of clients from
those areas is beginning to increase (as is migrant settlement and support concerns).

EDAC has an increasing involvement in facilitating early support for migrant CaLD
families with members with a disability. As part of its infrastructure development to meet
these trends and the needs of CaLD people with disabilities EDAC will pursue funding to
support the continued development of an effective outreach service.

EDAC has standing commitment to seek opportunities to develop CaLD disability
advocacy in regional WA.

DFaHCSIA has provided funding for EDAC to establish a part-time rural disability
advocacy service in Carnarvon.

EDAC also provided a service improvement workshop on implementation of the Disability
Services Standards with CaLD clients for South West Advocacy.

                                     CASE STUDIES

Case 1:       Disability,    immigration,       from then to approval took nearly two
settlement and social integration               years. They have been here in Perth
A South American client, permanent              now for five months, are now married
resident since 1973, contacted EDAC             and on a temporary spouse visa (and will
because he wanted assistance to obtain          require another one and a half years for
approval to bring his fiance and her two        permanent residence).
post-school age children from overseas
to Perth. He was employed and living in         To help them prepare for arrival and
his own home north of Perth, ready for          settlement, EDAC referred them to the
them. The youngest of her children, 18          Edmund Rice Centre. As the mother and
years old, has a permanent mild                 children spoke very little English he was
developmental intellectual and physical         also provided with information regarding
disability due to a rare genetic condition.     the Adult Migrant English Program
                                                (AMEP). The EDAC individual advocate
He was allocated to an experienced              saw them at the Edmund Rice Centre
bilingual/bicultural individual advocate at     and subsequently at EDAC and there
EDAC with similar language and cultural         has continued to be several mutual
background. She assisted by writing a           contacts on the phone to follow up on a
letter to the Senior Migration Officer at       range of issues. It has proven useful that
the Australian Embassy in Brazil. This          the EDAC advocate is also female,
included information about the nature of        mature-aged and mother of a child of
the disability and the support services         similar age, and has herself been
available here, including EDAC. This
was successful, although the process                                             Page 14
through the spouse migration experience        understanding and experience as
here. As the client‟s wife is primary carer    families with children/adults with that
of the child with the disability, she has      very particular and specialised disability.
now become the primary client of EDAC.         They have made contact with the group
She has benefited considerably from the        but so far have sought only limited
language and cultural communication            participation until they feel they all have
and understanding which in this way            more confidence in their ability to
EDAC has been able to provide.                 converse easily in English.

The mother is studying English at AMES         They have maintained personalized
at TAFE and particularly enjoys the            contact with the EDAC individual
additional special English sessions for        advocate as they were provided early
migrant women that EDAC referred her           with information on how we would be
to at the Multicultural Migrant Resource       able to assist them with any issues they
Centre which are conducted informally in       might have in independently accessing
a culturally supportive and relaxed            relevant disability services and agencies
socialising atmosphere where transport         to suit their needs.
and food are also provided.
                                               Case 2: Supporting family care of a
Her youngest son with disability that she      child with a disability
is family carer for has settled well and is    A family from Afghanistan consulted
going to TAFE AMES English classes.            EDAC for assistance with their youngest
However there is no special provision for      child who has autism with quite profound
people with disability in ESL as there is      disability. Also the father is partially
within the school system–an opportunity        blind. He had been in detention as an
EDAC is         pursuing      with       its   illegal immigrant seeking asylum in
language       and communicative skills        Australia before gaining permanent
consultant as a systemic advocacy              residency status. The mother then
issue. With the support of the family he       arrived in Australia, 6 years after her
participates in cultural and social            husband, with their three children, aged
activities and the issues of assisted          8, 11 and 13 years. The father
employment and post-school options for         understands and speaks some English,
his life and prospects of possibly later       the mother and the children at that time
independent living with peers are              did not speak any English at all, but the
beginning to be considered.                    two eldest children speak quite good
                                               English now. The child with autism does
The older son, an adult in his early 20‟s,     not speak in any language but can
however has not settled well and may           understand the Dari language of the
return to be with his peers back home - a      family spoken at home. They also had
not uncommon issue having grown up             very little knowledge of the culture and
over there–but always an issue of              the services available, especially for
concern for the family.                        children with disabilities.

Importantly, from quite early they were        Getting the two eldest children into
connected with the Latin American              school was no problem and they thrived
Association, all of whom of course speak       and quickly settled in, but the youngest
Spanish and share similar cultural             child with autism did not settle for a long
activities and interests, and through that     time. Since birth he had never been
they have enjoyed frequent social get-         apart from his mother and had not ever
togethers, especially soccer, and have         been to any kind of school or training
developed a good network of friends.           facility.  Both    mother     and     child
                                               experienced anxiety at the separation to
To assist with their care of their child       attend school. For the child no-one there
with a disability the family were also         spoke his language and he could not
provided with information on the Family
Support Group in WA who have                                                     Page 15
speak at all. Everything was strange -           Having established a good relationship
school, culture and language, and he             with the EDAC advocate they have
could not understand, participate or even        sought assistance frequently to help
express his basic needs. At first he self-       them with information, understanding
harmed, cried and regressed.                     and confidence to deal with a number of
                                                 issues. EDAC for example also assisted
His parents had become very stressed in          them to successfully apply for Energy
seeing their child suffer. An EDAC               Rebates, Carer‟s Pension, and, with
individual advocate worked supporting            MHAP/MCSC staff assisted the mother
the parents, utilising an interpreter.           to get a driving license.
Cooperating, the special school helped
stabilize the situation, assuring the            The family is now quite well settled, and
parents that going there was the best            is more able to manage issues in their
option for their son. Now he is more             lives. They have also had another baby,
settled and learning new skills (although        born at the beginning of this year. The
the parents do still take the boy out of         mother, as the primary carer, has a
school at times).                                driver‟s license and drives the family, as
                                                 the father is partially blind and not able
Working in collaboration with staff of the       to drive. The young boy with autism is
Multicultural Housing Advocacy Project           more settled in school and happier to be
of the Multicultural Services Centre, the        there. Although the parents are naturally
EDAC individual advocate also assisted           still very anxious about him they now feel
the family in arranging more affordable          confident to raise their issues and
accommodation to ease their associated           concerns and are well informed and
financial stress. Their private rental was       connected to appropriate supports. The
very expensive, so EDAC, in conjunction          two elder children are doing very well at
with other agencies, assisted the family         school. The parents come to EDAC now
to get Priority Listing with HomesWest,          from time to time, mainly just for
and they now have suitable and                   clarification of anything that they are
affordable accommodation that is also            unsure about, or just to drop by to show
within easy access of the youngest               off the new baby.
child‟s special school. Altogether, this
has made a great difference to the well-
being of the whole family.

                               EDAC Stand at Hyde Park during
                                 Harmony Week Celebrations

                                                                                  Page 16
                             SYSTEMIC ADVOCACY
EDAC        has    undertaken   extensive         Child Disability Assessment Tool
systemic advocacy activities this year to         (CDAT). Dec 07
promote the rights of CaLD people with           Contributed        towards      NEDA‟s
disabilities through community education          submissions, including ABS data
and awareness as well as highlighting             collection for CaLD disability and
ethnic/disability issues and concerns in          carers;          and          supported
submissions        and    responses     to        accommodation for CaLD people
government           and       community          with intellectual disability.
                                                Conference/Forums and Consultation
Presenting at forums and conference             meetings attended by staff.
attendance provides great opportunities
to    raise    awareness     of      cultural    The proposed WA Human Rights Bill:
competency issues and advocating for              workshop at the ECC
the rights of people with disabilities from      Integrated Humanitarian Settlement
CaLD backgrounds and their families.              Service
The following are formal presentations           Consultation on planning of the Fiona
undertaken by EDAC staff.                         Stanley Hospital
                                                 FECCA and ACOSS Conference
Presentations                                    Racism Conference
 Same is Not Equal paper presented              Welfare to Work Forum
   at the Working in the West                    DFaHCSIA Accommodation Forum
   Conference. (Oct 2007)                        Options for Accommodation Support
 Training workshop on Culture and               Disability and Justice
   Disability for VIP staff. (Jan 08)            VET and Mental Health
 Presentation and meeting with Bill             Community Living Plan workshop
   Shorten, Parliamentary Secretary for          UN Convention on the Rights of
   Disability Services in Canberra. (Feb          People with Disabilities
   2008)                                         Workshop on Technology for people
 National Conference on Disability               with disabilities
   and Diversity in Melbourne via                Presentation- People with disabilities:
   teleconferencing.                              CaLD Issues
                                                 Employment Strategy for people with
Submissions                                       disabilities
We advocated for the rights and issues           DIAC consultation meeting on
of CaLD people with disabilities to be            Complex Case Management
represented in all aspects of disability         Carers‟ Advisory Council consultation
services delivery. Written submissions           ECC women‟s sub committee –
provided to government bodies this year           strategic planning
included responses to,                           Centrelink Consultation forum
                                                 CSTDA meeting at DSC
 Issues for consideration in the                National Research project discussion
  Citizenship Test Review for Culturally          with      Professor   Cocks,    Curtin
  and Linguistically Diverse People               University
  with Disability. June 2008                     ECC forum on translating and
 The proposed WA Human Rights                    interpreting in medical setting
  Act. August 2007                               Rosemary Keyes – Australian
 DSC‟s Community Living Plan from a              Representative to the United Nations
  cultural perspective. March 08                  Convention on Human Rights and
 National Advocacy Program Review                Disability
 Evaluation of the Adult Disability
  Assessment Tool (ADAT) and the                                                Page 17
 Launch of the Disability and Arts            volunteer Sanja Vuksanovic present a
  Inclusion Initiative                         weekly program through 6EBA 95.1 FM
 Muslim Carers‟ Support Group                 on Tuesdays, 11.30 am to noon.
 OMI Harmony Day event at Murdoch             There was a political flavour to our
  University – Oration by Professor            broadcast this year. With the Federal
  Davis                                        election towards the end of 2007 and
 Launch of Children and Youth with            State elections in 2008, the EthnicAbility
  Disability in WA by NDS                      team secured interviews with politicians
                                               who played significant roles in the
Representation on Committees                   disability sector.       The politicians
 Member of the Housing Crisis                 interviewed included Bill Shorten,
   Committee        for   Culturally    and    Parliamentary Secretary for Jenny
   Linguistically Diverse Communities          Macklin, Disability Services; Sheila
 Member of the Women‟s With                   McHale, Minister for Disability in WA;
   Disabilities WA                             Donna Faragher, Shadow Minister for
 Member of the Disability Coalition           Disability Services in WA, and Ljiljianna
   WA                                          Ravilich, Minister for Multicultural
 Member of the Multicultural Mental           Interests and Citizenship in WA.
   Health Carers‟ Steering Committee
 Member of the Sector Health Check            An interview with Graeme Innes, Human
   Implementation Team (ministerial            Rights and Disability Discrimination
   appointment)                                Commissioner at the Human Rights and
 Member         of     the    Multicultural   Equal Opportunities Commission on the
   Centrelink Consultative group               human rights and discrimination of
 Member of the DisabilityFirstStop            people with disability was           also
   Steering Committee 2006                     broadcast, along with other interviews on
 Member of the National Ethnic                this topic.
   Disability Alliance
 Member of the Muslim Carers‟                 Other topics on continence, labeling
   Group.                                      people with disabilities and an interview
 Member of the Ethnic Communities             with Barbara Mackay (an author with
   Council WA                                  cerebral palsy), were among some of the
                                               programs      that    received    positive
Information Provision at Public                comments.
EDAC participated in the following             EthnicAbility itself received positive
events       by      displaying   relevant     media attention in 'The Canning Times'
disability/cultural resources and material     in October, when the Presenter, Zel
and responding to enquiries.                   Iscel, took control of the radio panel for
 ISHAR Mental Health Forum                    the first time, after having received
 Fremantle Multicultural Service              training from 6EBA FM. (Zel has visual
 Carers‟ Celebration Event                    impairment).
 Racism Conference                            Immediate past broadcasts can be heard
 Red Cross Mental Health Week                 from www.edac.org.au and copies of
 People with Disabilities Celebrations        previous broadcasts are available from
 Harmony Day organized by the City            EDAC.
    of Vincent at Hyde Park.
                                               Ongoing Systemic Activities
EDAC continues to advocate for CaLD            The National Advocacy Program
people with disabilities, carers and their     Review continued this year with an
families, by raising awareness and             agenda of reforms. The strategies of
holding discussions on relevant disability     reforms included the introduction of a
issues through our radio program. Zel
Iscel, our systemic advocate and                                                Page 18
comprehensive independent Quality               significant funds to help non-
Assurance (QA) system for all disability        government organisations increase
advocacy agencies funded under the              the wages of direct care workers.
National Disability Advocacy Program
(NDAP) The QA system will be based on        An interim report to the Minister has
a system of accredited certification         outlined the status on the imple-
already      established  for   disability   mentation of the 67 recommendations.
employment services and certification of     (This can be viewed on DSC‟s website).
compliance with the Service Standards        Discussions and planning have also
and Key Performance Indicators (KPI‟s)       been      underway      regarding   imple-
will be on the basis of regular              mentation of the recommendations
assessments. People with disability will     relating to people of culturally and
be involved at all levels in the             linguistically diverse backgrounds. These
certification and accreditation process.     included developing and supporting
EDAC has volunteered to undertake the        multicultural agencies‟ capacity as
QA system trial.                             disability     service    providers   and
                                             increasing the capacity of existing
Sector Health Check Implementation           service providers to respond to the
Committee: The Sector Health Check           culturally and linguistically diverse
was established by the Minister to           community with disabilities. The timely
consider the extent to which Government      appointment of a CaLD Senior Policy
resources for the disability sector were     Officer (Naomi Tyrrell) is a positive step
being used effectively, efficiently and in   in progressing the implementation of
the best interests of all people with        these recommendations.
disabilities in Western Australia. The
SHC Committee prepared a detailed            Commonwealth State and Territory
report for the consideration of the          Disability Agreement (CSTDA): EDAC
Minister. It was released with establish-    as a member of the Disability Coalition
ment of a nine member committee to           (WA) collaborated on a number of
oversee the implementation of the 67         campaigns and initiatives, one of which
recommendations.                             was the CSTDA campaign, lead in WA
                                             by the Developmental Disability Council
The Chief Executive Officer of EDAC          of WA, seeking additional funding for
was appointed to the committee.              accommodation and respite to address
Numerous meetings were held to               the unmet needs of many families caring
discuss the implementation of the report     for people with disabilities.
                                             The WA Government committed an
During the first six months all
                                             additional $10 million dollars, each year,
recommended DSC policy changes have
                                             for five years, for accommodation and
been implemented. Significant progress
                                             respite      services.  With      matched
has also been made on the major reform
                                             Commonwealth funding this amounts to
initiatives.  These     include    the
                                             an additional $20 million per year in WA
development of
                                             which has the potential to make
 The     Western      Australian   State    considerable improvement in the lives of
  Disability Plan to guide the sector and    many families who were in need of
  the wider community responses to all       urgent assistance. EDAC will continue to
  Western Australians with disabilities.     provide support and monitor equitable
 A comprehensive Community Living           funding to CaLD families and people with
  Plan to broaden the range of
  community living options available to
                                             Supporting Multicultural Carers
  people with disabilities.
                                             EDAC recognizes the importance of
 Workforce planning and development         family care and support within the
  initiatives including the allocation of
                                                                              Page 19
 various cultural communities. We                   EDAC also participated in a number of
strongly believe that if we enhance their           promotional     activities  such      as
knowledge and engagement with the                   information sessions to various groups
Australian disability system, it will bring         about     our    services      and    an
greater benefit to CaLD family members              information display at a number of
with disabilities and help close the                functions throughout metropolitan Perth.
current critical services uptake gap.
The     Multicultural   Carers    Group             The following publications can be found
continues to hold their monthly meetings            on www.edac.org.au/publications.
at EDAC with the financial support of the
WA Red Cross.                                       Submissions
                                                     WA Human Rights Act - proposed.
EDAC also supports the Muslim Carers‟                  Aug 07
Group at the Muslim Womens‟ Support                  Citizenship Test Review: Issues for
Centre. This group was established last                consideration re: CaLD people with
year through the efforts of EDAC in                    disability. Jun 08
conjunction with the Muslim Womens‟
Support Centre.                                     Reports
                                                     Implementation       of     Culturally
Supporting Women With Disabilities                     Responsive      Disability  Services
(WWD WA Inc.)                                          Standards. Jul 07
EDAC continues to support WWD by                     Open Your Mind, Count Us In. Jul 07
providing a venue for meetings and                   Speak up: learning the skills of self-
financial management. Two EDAC staff                   advocacy for CaLD Carers. Dec 07
are members of their management                      EthnicAbility Empowerment Project.
committee.                                             Mar 08
                                                     CaLD Perspectives on the Disability
WWD WA was also included in the                        Services    Standards:     Consumer
EDAC workshop series promoting the                     Version - Easy English and Pictorial.
Disability Services Standards to CaLD                  May 08
people with disabilities.
                                                    Newsletter. Dec 2007
Community Networking
We networked with numerous disability               Annual Report. 2006 – 2007
and multicultural agencies in order to
raise ethnic disability issues and provide
support on issues of mutual concern.

                                    Some of the pub lications

                                                                                   Page 20
VICINITY FILM PROJECT                          films; Meet the Eye and Never Bin in
Funded by: Lotterywest                         Love Before, received prestigious WA
Coordinators: Linda Rawlings and Gari-         Screen Awards at His Majesty‟s Theatre
Emma Perry.                                    on 23 March 2007. This is the major film
                                               industry event of the year in Western
Vicinity, a three year project was             Australia and to have two disability films
successfully completed this year with a        honoured for their excellence is worthy
final screening and graduation ceremony        of note!
at the Palms Community Centre in
Subiaco. Over 100 people attended the
event. There was a mixture of emotions
(sadness and excitement) experienced
as we discussed the future of Vicinity.

David Doyle (DaDAA) and Jenny Au
Yeong (EDAC) outlined their plans to
develop an independent disability-led
screen facility in WA which could              Attendance at the Graduation Ceremony in 2007
generate its own income and broker long
term corporate support. An application
for funding had been lodged with DSC.

Gari-Emma Perry took over the project
from Linda Rawlings and managed the
2007 workshops and reported on the film
making course and achievements for the
year. Vicinity continued to focus on
providing students with a supportive and
creative workshop environment within
which their ideas, opinions and
aspirations could be well nurtured and
freely expressed.

The 2007 group of nine students came             Dr Ron Chalmers and one of the graduands
to the course with varying degrees and
types of limitations but huge amounts of
imagination and passion for all aspects        LET ME SPEAK PROJECT
of film and filmmaking. Six graduated at       Funded by: Carers WA
the Ceremony in December and were              Project Officer: Maranda Ali
presented with Certificates by Dr Ron
                                               The project developed and implemented
Chalmers, the Director-General of the
                                               a series of workshops to assist carers to
Disability Services Commission.
                                               teach self-advocacy skills to the person
                                               they were caring for. They learned the
Overall the Vicinity Project was a great
                                               importance of breaking down each step
success. At the Mandurah Short Film
                                               in self-advocacy into smaller achievable
Festival in November 2006 eight entries
                                               goals. The workshops were designed to
were submitted and of them, four
                                               meet the cultural needs of specific
received Mandy Awards and four
Certificates of Merit in the Special           groups from Somalia, Sudan and the
                                               Muslim community. Another workshop
Challenge Section of the Festival.
                                               was also implemented for participants
                                               from general CaLD communities.
Perhaps     the      most        significant
achievement for Vicinity is that two of the
                                                                                   Page 21
These workshops were valued by many            An important aspect of the initiative was
of the participants as they not only           to assist new arrivals as well as
learned important techniques to assist         settlement staff to gain a contemporary
the person they are caring for to be self-     understanding of disability within the
advocates, but also found the workshops        Australian context and also information
improved their own self-advocacy skills.       on the nature of services available here,
The most prominent feedback was that           including how and where to get help
participants were eager to attend similar      when needed. It is anticipated that this
workshops tailored to their specific           knowledge will help CaLD people with
cultural needs to enhance their abilities      disabilities and their families and ethnic
as carers. One participant highlighted         communities to gain confidence and
the general response, that the                 understanding to be able to effectively
workshops were also “valuable to hear          navigate the disability support sector -
other people‟s concerns and ideas”.            and settlement staff to be able to
                                               competently link them to disability/
                                               culturally informed human services and
COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND                        community agencies.
PROJECT                                        This Project worked towards not only to
Funded by: the Office of Multicultural         meeting the immediate disability support
Interests (OMI)                                needs earlier, but also to assist greater
Project Officer: Gino Lopez                    social inclusion of people with disability
                                               from culturally and linguistically diverse
The aim of this project was the early          background in services and more
engagement of new arrivals with                broadly in our multicultural society.
disability, to facilitate support and social
inclusion.                                     It makes good social policy, not to
                                               mention good sense, to welcome,
Delay in new arrivals accessing disability     include, and foster belongingness
support services has been a critical area      among newly arrived migrants and
identified by EDAC for CaLD people with        provide early assistance with their
disabilities and their families/carers and     disability support needs. They will feel
ethnic communities. Partners in this           that they are truly a part of their new
project were Multicultural Services            community and embrace their citizenship
Centre of WA, ASeTTS, Metropolitan             in an immediate and informed way. The
Migrant Resource Centre and Fremantle          community also will feel secure in the
Multicultural Centre.                          knowledge that the new arrivals have
                                               embraced their new home and our
It provided opportunity for EDAC to work       multicultural way of life as their own.
with settlement agency staff, local            Some CaLD disability support and social
human services and community groups -          inclusion outcomes, the real value of the
holding information forums, seminars           CRIO Project, have been immediately
and workshops. The purpose was to              apparent while others will become so
enhance their awareness of disability in       increasingly over time. For example - for
their work with new arrivals and to            Mariam, an amputee and a single
encourage early referral to appropriate        mother of five, including an infant
support services. In particular, the CRIO      adopted while they were in a refugee
Officer assisted staff to identify gaps in     camp; or for Saeed whose son was
services and unmet support needs, as           recently diagnosed with profound
well as build on the strengths and             intellectual disability - the project's value,
aspirations of individuals and their           in making the services more inclusive
families and communities - in culturally       and accessible, will help shape a better
appropriate ways at both individual            life than the uncertainties of the places
service and organizational levels.             they came from.

                                                                                   Page 22
ETHNICABILITY EMPOWERMENT                     The CaLD Perspectives on the Disability
PROJECT                                       Services Standards provides service
Funded by the Office of Multicultural         providers   with a framework for
Interests (OMI)                               developing these services in culturally
Project Officer: Zel Iscel                    responsive ways. The Training Manual is
                                              designed to facilitate the use of this
This was an EthnicAbility training project    framework by providing step by step
to offer opportunities for people with        Guidelines with practical exercises.
disabilities who are from CaLD
background to develop ethnic community        It first recognises that an understanding
radio program skills and for EthnicAbility    of cultural perspectives of disability and
to gain a pool of trained radio               the lived experiences of people with
presenters, researchers and producers         disabilities from CaLD backgrounds may
for future radio activities. The project      not be familiar to all service providers.
trained     and    empowered       thirteen   To meet the need for more information
participants    through    a    structured    and before starting to work through the
specially developed ten-week course           Guidelines, a section is included to
facilitated   by     experienced      radio   promote a clearer understanding of
broadcaster Tony Serve. It enhanced           CaLD perceptions and experiences.
their confidence and promoted skills          From this it is expected that service
development in the basic process of           providers will be more informed and
radio production, both technical and          sensitive to the suggestions outlined in
practical, and covered public speaking,       the Guidelines.
voice training and projection, interview
techniques,      researching      material,   The Guidelines are presented so that
recording and editing, and some               agency staff can participate in active
experience in radio broadcasting using        learning. Case studies and exercises
the 6EBA radio station console.               associated with examples of good
                                              practice and suggested actions are
                                              presented     throughout.     Additional
A MANUAL TO ASSIST SERVICE                    resources are also included with CaLD
PROVIDERS IN USING THE CALD                   perspectives of each Standard and in the
THE   DISABILITY   SERVICES                   The Manual could also be used as a
STANDARDS                                     self-development tool by any service
Funded by: the Disability Services            agency. However EDAC is available to
Commission (DSC) of Western Australia         provide both training and implementation
under the Substantive Equality Initiative.    support to agency staff. The Manual has
Project Officers: Anna Richards and Dr.       been completed and three-hour training
Anne Atkinson                                 workshops are underway to trial it.
                                              Subsequent training workshops will be
The aim was to develop a Training             available to DSC staff and other
Manual on the CaLD Perspectives on            disability service providers. We are
the Disability Services Standards for         confident that this Manual will be useful
services providers. The Disability            in assisting training the staff of agencies
Services Standards (1-9) define what          in adapting their services to meet the
government expects services to achieve        needs of CaLD clients and their
when assisting people with disabilities       families/carers. Training and consultancy
and their families and describe how the       support is available by contacting EDAC.
principles and objectives of the Disability
Services Act (1993) should be put into
practice in disability services.
                                                                               Page 23
HELPING CALD CLIENTS WITH                       hension difficulties to also attend, and to
COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES                      actively    engage      and     participate,
ENGAGE     THE   DISABILITY                     exploring their experiences and issues of
SERVICES STANDARDS                              concern within the framework of the
Funded       by:    Disability  Services        Disability Services Standards.
Commission WA (DSC) Quality Systems
Improvement Grant                               EDAC also hosted and assisted Dolly to
Project Officer: Dolly Bhargava                 use these same techniques to produce a
                                                consumer version of the Constitution of
In March 2008 EDAC completed a                  the National Ethnic Disability Alliance
Consumer Version of its earlier CaLD            (NEDA). The purpose was to promote
Perspectives on the Disability Services         awareness, understanding, inclusion and
Standards, using easy English and               participation of those CaLD people with
pictures     and     graphics      with    a    disabilities who have communication
multiculturally friendly flavour. The           difficulties, as Members in NEDA
Project Officer was a Speech Pathologist        meetings and other activities. This is an
specializing in augmentative (assisted)         initiative that could well be adopted as
communication        for      people    with    best practice by disability service
disabilities. This Consumer Version             providers to extend their inclusion of
allows the promotion of the Disability          people with disabilities, especially those
Services        Standards       to     CaLD     of      CaLD     background,    in    their
communities to be more inclusive of             organisation.
those people whose disability makes
reading and comprehension difficult.            ABORIGINAL PERSPECTIVES ON
Through improving their awareness and           THE   DISABILITY  SERVICES
understanding, and thereby access to            STANDARDS PROJECT
the Standards, it aims to enhance their         Funded by: Disability Services
empowerment and confidence and                  Commission (DSC) Quality Improvement
capacity for self advocacy, and also their      Grant
informed involvement in the design and          Project Officer: Rhonda Murphy
delivery     of    culturally    appropriate
disability support services.                    This project is to develop Aboriginal
                                                Perspectives on the Disability Services
                                                Standards as guidelines and a training
                                                package, engaging Aboriginal people
                                                with disabilities and their families and
                                                communities and service providers. This
                                                is an approach similar to that EDAC
                                                used previously with CaLD people with
                                                disabilities and their families/carers to
                                                develop the CaLD Perspectives on the
                                                Disability Services Standards and an
                                                associated Training Manual.
 CaLD Focus Group on the Disab ility Services
                                                The Disability Services Standards (WA)
                                                (1-9) define what the government
Elements of this consumer version of the
                                                expects services to achieve when
Standards was subsequently used in
EDAC's community workshops on                   assisting people with disabilities and
Promoting the Disability       Services         their families and describes how the
Standards – encouraging working                 principles and objectives of the Disability
relations between CaLD clients and their        Services Act (1993) should be put into
                                                practice in disability services. They
families/carers and communities with
                                                represent a framework that assists
disability service provider agencies. It
allowed CaLD people with disabilities
                                                                                  Page 24
and communication and/or compre-
people with disabilities, their families/       associated CaLD Perspectives can be
carers and service providers to                 used as a tool towards upholding their
collaborate in the development and              cultural rights when accessing services.
maintenance of high quality services.           Through the implementation of ten
                                                workshops       for    specific    cultural,
This project is hosted by the Ethnic            geographical and disability groups, the
Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC ) in           project enabled service providers the
partnership with the newly restructured         opportunity to learn about cultural needs
Aboriginal Disability Network and Marr          of clients and how to work inclusively
Mooditj Aboriginal Health Training              with them to incorporate those needs
College. There is a Memorandum of               within the Disability Services Standards.
Understanding between the three
agencies.                                       Throughout the development of these
                                                workshops service providers were eager
In consultation with the Aboriginal             to learn ways to enhance the
communities,      the     Project     Officer   participation rates of CaLD clients by
confirmed that little is known about the        adapting their services towards meeting
level and types of disability within the        their cultural needs.
Aboriginal population. A small amount of
evidence suggests that the level of
disability and handicap may be around
twice as high as that of the total
population. The factors contributing to
greater levels of disability are likely to be
complex and linked to the extreme social
disadvantage experienced by many
Aboriginal people since European
settlement and dispossession of land
and culture, discrimination and disruption
of kinship ties. This means that
Aboriginal people with disabilities, their
families and carers need access to                Participants at the Northern Perth Workshop
disability information and services which
they can understand and relate to, and          152 people attended ten workshops
which respects and integrates Aboriginal        which targeted clients from different
culture and care practices.                     metropolitan regions, people (or their
                                                carers) with cerebral palsy, autism,
The Project Officer has completed the           intellectual      and       developmental
Aboriginal Guidelines to the Disability         disabilities, and independent schools,
Services Standards and will soon                accommodation services, the Muslim
conduct a workshop to trial the Training        community and CaLD women with
Manual.                                         disabilities.      Many        participants
                                                appreciated the opportunity to not only
PROMOTING THE DISABILITY                        learn about how they can advocate for
SERVICES STANDARDS PROJECT                      their cultural rights to be upheld when
Funded      by:    Disability   Services        accessing services but also to discuss
Commission (DSC)                                their concerns with services about ways
Project Officers: Zel Iscel and Maranda         to uphold these cultural rights. Concerns
Ali                                             raised by participants were followed up
                                                by EDAC‟s individual advocates or
2008 saw the completion of this 2 year          systemic advocate with relevant service
project designed to enable CaLD people          providers who were guest speakers
with disabilities and their carers the          during the workshops.
opportunity to learn how the Disability
Services Standards (DSS) and the                                                     Page 25
ETHNICABILITY RADIO.                           Funded by: Carers WA

On separate funding provided under the         EDAC celebrated Carers‟ Week by
same Grant, the outcomes from each of          holding a function at the Subiaco Palm
these workshops were broadcast                 Centre. Hon Sue Ellery, the Minister for
progressively over that time on EDAC‟s         Community Services welcomed the
EthnicAbility radio program and posted         carers and their families and Eddie
on EDAC‟s website.                             Bartnik, Director of Metropolitan Services
                                               DSC presented a talk on the Community
The programs included the voices of            Living Plan as a new and innovative
people from CaLD backgrounds relating          approach to caring.
their    personal    experiences      and
interviews with the Guest Speakers to          The EDAC Committee of Management
the workshops. These broadcasts were           took the opportunity to acknowledge the
found to be beneficial to not only CaLD        contributions of all carers and to present
listeners but also to disability services      an award to two family carers for
providers towards making their services        outstanding contributions. They were Fui
more accessible for CaLD clients.              Ling Chew and Maranda Ali. Minister
                                               Sue Ellery presented them with
In addition a summary of the outcomes          Certificates of Recognition and a small
has been translated and narrated in            gift.
different languages for broadcast on
EthnicAbility - Croatian, Filipino, French,
Italian, Somalian, Spanish, Vietnamese
and Arabic.

Funded by: Disability First Stop (DFS)
Project Officer: Sheila Mwebaze

The promotions component of DFS
                                                Award winners, Maranda Ali and Fui Ling
project funding and a small DSC grant           Chew with Nihal Iscel and the Hon Sue
for service development were combined            Ellery, Minister for Community Services
to employ a Project Officer to develop
and deliver a joint promotions package
for EDAC and DFS to the staff of
relevant agencies in the Metropolitan

This is an initiative that had been
identified within EDAC‟s Strategic Plan
for action during this period. The
outcomes           suggest       significant
improvement in EDAC‟s promotional
outreach. It is intended that the package      Moonbaki singers going through their numb er
will continue to be utilized, as resources
permit, to sustain active targeted             The Moonbaki Multicultural Choral
provision of information about EDAC to         Group sang and danced. EDAC also
service provider agencies and ethnic           thanks the special guests Heather
communities.                                   Henderson the Mayor of Subiaco,
                                               Ramdas Sankaran, President of ECC
                                               and Eddie Bartnik from DSC for
                                               participating in the event.
                                                                           Page 26
                         ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS
Staffing                                        ECC.
In July 2007, EDAC farewelled Luba              DSC Statewide Service           Z Iscel
McMaugh, Individual Advocate who had            Providers Forum
been with EDAC for over ten years. At           DFaHCS IA - Information          T Geh
                                                and Changes                   J Au Yeong
the same time EDAC welcomed Lee
                                                Risk Management                 J Cooke
Bickford and Syed Ali as part-time
                                                Quality Standards               All Staff
Individual Advocates.                           Monitoring
                                                DFaHCS IA: Pandemic Flu         T Geh
During the year, Maranda Ali and Sheila         Planning
Mwebaze were appointed as short term
Project Officers. Carmen Harrison was          Strategic Plan 2007-2009
appointed as Manager of Advocacy               EDAC has implemented all of the actions
Services from March to August 2008.            identified for achievement in 2007-2008.
The CEO, Jenny Au Yeong was on                 These were reported at each Committee
extended sick leave from March and             of Management Meeting.
Thuan Geh occupied the position of
Relieving CEO.                                 Quality Improvements
                                                DSC Quality Monitoring. An External
Professional Development Activities            Monitor from DSC conducted an audit of
                                               Standards two, nine and part of eight at
 TITLE                            STAFF        EDAC from April 2008. EDAC has
 Public Speaking Course          B Andrew      received the final report which indicated
 Radio Console Training            T Geh       no improvement actions were necessary.
                                   Z Iscel
 Better Communication           V FitzGerald
                                                Policy and Manual of Operations.
 Skills                                        The annual review of the current Policy
 FECCA Conference -             J Au Yeong     and Manual of Operations was carried
 Tasmania                         N Iscel      out in December involving CaLD clients
 DSC Grant Writing                 Z Iscel     and EDAC staff members. This resulted
 ISHA R: Mental Health            G Lopez      in the inclusion of new sections dealing
 Workshops                         Z Iscel     with Induction for new members of the
 Disability and Justice            Z Iscel     Committee of Management and Staff
 Conference                                    and Management and notification of
 DSC ACDC Workshop                 T Geh       serious accidents in the Manual of
 POWERPOINT Training            V FitzGerald   Operation.
 Mental Health Advoc acy            S Ali       Website. EDAC‟s Website has been
                                               revitalized and procedures are in place
 DDC: Options for                B Andrew      to ensure that the Website is
 Accommodation Support
                                               continuously updated and improved. The
 ACOSS Conference-                Z Iscel
                                               number of hits and number of unique
 MAITRI: Supporting                M Ali       visitors remain at a high level.
 someone in a caring role        S Mwabe        Training Equipment. EDAC acquired
                                               a Laptop computer and Portable Public
EDAC System Improvement Activities             Address system (funded by DFaHCSIA)
                                               and received a donation of five used
 NEDA Council                     N Iscel      desktop computers from the Department
 DSC Quality Management           T Geh        of Education and Training.
 Framework                                      Individual Professional Development
 DSC Combined Application          S Ali       Plan of all staff. The development plan
 Process                                       included all staff and was extended to
 Mental Health Council-           Z Iscel      include a skills audit of all of the
 criteria for project funding                  members       of the       Committee    of
 International Womens‟ Day       B Andrew      Management.
 Celebration organised by       J Au Yeong
                                                                                Page 27
                         TREASURER'S REPORT

It gives me pleasure to present the audited financial statements for 2007-2008. The
subsequent attachments detail the financial operations of EDAC include the following:

          Independent Audit Report
          Balance Sheet
          Statement of income and expenditure
          Statement of Cash Flow

This has been a busy year for EDAC undertaking an increased number of projects as well
as an increased load in the individual advocacy area. With income derived from the
management of projects and efficient budgeting EDAC has completed the year with a
slight surplus.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jenny Au Yeong and her staff for their kind
assistance and outstanding work.

Further, I with to acknowledge the following organizations for their financial support and
contributions towards EDAC‟s work:

        Department of Family and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous
        Disability Services Commission
        Lotterywest
        Carers WA
        Office of Multicultural Interests

                                                                                  Page 28


             30 JUNE 2008

                                         Page 29
INDEX                                   PAGE NUMBER


INDEPENDENT AUDIT REPORT                  32 – 33

BALANCE SHEET                                 34

INCOME STATEMENT - SUMMARY                    35


INCOME STATEMENT - DETAIL                 39 – 40

                                                    Page 30


The committee has determined that the association is not a reporting entity and that this
special purpose financial report should be prepared in accordance with the accounting
policies outlined in Note 1 to the financial statements.

In the opinion of the committee the financial report as set out on pages 34 to 38:

This presents a true and fair view of the financial position of Ethnic Disability Advocacy
Centre (Inc.) as at 30 June 2008 and its performance for the year ended on that date.

At the date of this statement, there are reasonable grounds to believe that Ethnic
Disability Advocacy Centre (Inc.) will be able to pay its debts as and when they fall due.

For and on behalf of the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre Inc.:

                                                                                     Page 31



We have audited the accompanying financial report, being a special purpose financial
report, of Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (Inc.), which comprises the balance sheet as
at 30 June 2008, and the income statement, a summary of significant accounting policies,
and the statement by members of the committee.

Committee’s Responsibility for the Financial Report

The committee is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the financial
report and has determined that the accounting policies described in Note 1 to the
financial statements, which form part of the financial report, are consistent with the
financial reporting requirements and are appropriate to meet the needs of the members of
the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (Inc.). The committee‟s responsibilities also include
establishing and maintaining internal control relevant to the preparation and fair
presentation of the financial report that is free from material misstatement, whether due to
fraud or error; selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies; and making
accounting estimates that are reasonable in the circumstances.

Auditor’s Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the financial report based on our audit. No
opinion is expressed as to whether the accounting policies used, as described in Note 1,
are appropriate to meet the needs of the members. We conducted our audit in
accordance with Australian Auditing Standards. These Auditing Standards require that we
comply with relevant ethical requirements relating to audit engagements and plan and
perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial report is free from
material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and
disclosures in the financial report. The procedures selected depend on the auditor‟s
judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial
report, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor
considers internal control relevant to the entity‟s preparation and fair presentation of the
financial report in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the
circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of
the entity‟s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of
accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by the
centre, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial report.

The financial report has been prepared for distribution to members of Ethnic Disability
Advocacy Centre (Inc.). We disclaim any assumption of responsibility for any reliance on
this report or on the financial report to which it relates to any person other than the
members, or for any purpose other than that for which it was prepared.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to
provide a basis for our audit opinion.

                                                                                   Page 32



In conducting our audit, we have complied with the independent requirements of
Australian professional ethical pronouncements.


As is common for organisations of this type, it is not practicable for the Ethnic Disability
Advocacy Centre (Inc.) to maintain an effective system of internal control over donations,
subscriptions and other fund raising activities until their entry in the accounting records.
Accordingly, our audit in relation to these activities was limited to the amounts recorded.


In our opinion, except for the effects of such adjustments, if any, as might have been
determined to be necessary had the limitations discussed in the qualification paragraph
not existed, the financial report of Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (Inc.) presents fairly ,
in all material respects the financial position of Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (Inc.) as
at 30 June 2008 and of its financial performance for the year then ended 30 June 2008 in
accordance with the accounting policies described in Note 1 to the financial statements.

                                                                                      Page 33

                                   BALANCE SHEET

                                        AS AT
                                    30 JUNE 2008

                                                   Note    2008      2007
Current Assets                                                         $

Cash and Cash Equivalents                           2      26,100    81,504
Cash at Bank – Building Maintenance Fund                    6,450    21,671
Cash at Bank – TeleNet Saver                              191,452   151,622
Investments                                                     -    57,619
Sundry Debtors                                              4,546     4,882

Total current assets                                      228,548   317,298

Non Current Assets
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment                     3      12,774    15,905

Total Assets                                              241,323   333,203

Current Liabilities
Grants in Advance                                          55,204   142,710
Provision for Annual Leave                                 12,475    12,471
Provision for Sick Leave                                    2,125     2,125
Provision for Superannuation                                    -     4,757
Sundry Creditors                                    4      16,016    14,385

Total Current Liabilities                                  85,820   176,448

Non Current Liabilities
Provision for Long Service Leave                           18,686    24,088
Building Maintenance Fund                                   6,451     7,667

Total Non Current Liabilities                              25,137    31,755

Total Liabilities                                         110,957   208,203

Net Assets                                                130,367   125,000

Accumulated Funds                                          53,776    48,409
Accumulated Funds – Capital                                76,591    76,591

Total Equity                                              130,367   125,000

                                                                      Page 34

                               INCOME STATEMENT
                              FOR THE YEAR ENDED
                                  30 JUNE 2008

                                                    2008      2007
                                                      $         $
Income                                             417,794   389,956

Expenditure                                        412,427   380,166

Surplus/(Loss) for the Year                          5,367     9,790

                                                     5,367     9,790

Accumulated Funds at the Beginning of the
Year                                                48,409    38,619

Accumulated Funds at the End of the Year            53,776    48,409

                                                               Page 35


                              FOR THE YEAR ENDED
                                  30 JUNE 2008



The financial report is a special purpose report prepared for members of the Ethnic
Disability Advocacy Centre Inc. The committee has determined that the Ethnic
Disability Advocacy Centre Inc. is not a reporting entity and therefore there is no
requirement to apply all Accounting Standards and other mandatory professional
reporting requirements (Urgent Issues Group Consensus Views) in the preparation
and presentation of these statements.

The financial report has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the
following Accounting Standards and other mandatory professional reporting

AASB 1031:        Materiality
AASB 110:         Events after Balance Sheet Date

No other Accounting Standards or other mandatory professional reporting
requirements have been applied.

The financial report is prepared in accordance with historic cost convention and does
not take into account changing money values or, expect where specifically stated,
current valuation of non-current assets.


Unless otherwise stated, these assets are shown at cost. Depreciable assets are
depreciated over their estimated useful lives to the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre

                                                                              Page 36

                        NOTES TO FINANCIAL ST ATEMENTS

                               FOR THE YEAR ENDED
                                   30 JUNE 2008


                                                     2008         2007
                                                       $            $

Cash on Hand                                                200        200
Cash at Bank – Ethnic Disability Advocacy                25,607     80,462
Cash at Bank – Women on Wellness                            293        842
                                                         26,100     81,504


                                                    2008          2007
                                                      $             $

Office Equipment at Cost                              53,061        49,870
Less: Accumulated Depreciation                      (40,818)      (34,659)
                                                      12,243        15,211

Furniture & Fittings at Cost                           8,345         8,345
Less: Accumulated Depreciation                       (7,814)       (7,651)
                                                         531           694

Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment at Cost               61,406        58,215
Less: Accumulated Depreciation                      (48,632)      (42,310)
                                                      12,774        15,905

                                                                     Page 37

                              NOTES TO FINANCIAL ST ATEMENTS

                                     FOR THE YEAR ENDED
                                         30 JUNE 2008


                                                               2008           2007
                                                                 $              $
Accrued Expenses                                                  3,296          4,668
GST Liability                                                     7,056          5,378
PAYG Withholding Payable                                          5,664          4,339

                                                                 16,016        14,385


The surplus for the year has been arrived at after taking into account equipment
purchased for $3,191 which has now been capitalised.


At 30 June 2008, no commitments exist.

                                                                                   Page 38

                               INCOME STATEMENT - DETAIL

                                 FOR THE YEAR ENDED
                                     30 JUNE 2008

                                                          2008         2007
                                                            $            $

Grants and Projects

DFaHCSIA - Recurrent                                       125,220     124,438
DSC - Recurrent                                             81,604      77,126
DSC - Projects                                             106,065      76,163
Lotterywest Vicinity Project                                26,486      43,082
Other                                                       53,272      56,422

Total Grants Income                                        392,647     377,231

Other Income                                                25,147      12,725

Total Income                                               417,794     389,956


Salaries & Staff Costs:
 Salaries & Contract Fees                                  157,292     145,334
 Superannuation                                             13,940      13,027
 Long Service Leave                                          2,958       2,050
 Annual Leave                                                4,010       2,735
 Travelling Allowances                                         785       1,739
 Transport                                                     211         164
 Amenities                                                   1,141       1,134
 Worker‟s Compensation Insurance                             1,843           -
 Fringe Benefits Tax                                           667           -
 Staff Training/Seminars                                         -           -
 Consultancy / Facilitators / Honorarium
 Conferences / Seminars                                          727     2,576

Total Salaries & Staff Costs                               183,574     169,709

                                                                         Page 39

                          INCOME STATEMENT - DETAIL

                             FOR THE YEAR ENDED
                                 30 JUNE 2008

                                            Note      2008       2007
                                                        $          $
Operational Costs:
 Telephone                                              3,044      2,570
 Agencies                                                    -         -
 Printing, Postage, Stationery                            741      3,803
 Accountancy & Audit                                   11,801      7,898
 Cleaning                                               2,405      3,274
 Insurance                                              2,768      5,319
 Computer, Internet Expenses                            1,613      2,091
 Electricity & Water                                    1,073      1,748
 Meeting Expenses                                         290          -
 Bank Fees                                                208        311
 Interpreting / Translation                               387          -
 Membership Fees                                          100        105
 Sundry Expenses                                             -        52
 Office Maintenance                                     2,908      2,850
 Depreciation                                           6,321      7,274
 Rate & Taxes                                           1,310      1,122
 Dues & Subscription                                         -       107
 Advertising & Promotion                                  262          -
 Hire Venue & Equipment                                   618          -
 Asset Purchases Under $1,000                                -         -
 Resources                                                107          -
 Parking, Taxi & Bus Fare                                    -       913

Total Operational Expenditure                          35,956     39,437

Total Project Expenses                                192,897    171,020

Total Expenditure                                     412,427    380,166

Surplus / (Deficit)                                     5,367      9,790

                                                                   Page 40
       320 Rokeby Road, SUBIA CO WA 6008
                         Ph: (08) 9388 7455
                        Fax: (08) 9388 7433
                     Freec all: 1800 659 921
                 Email: admin@edac.org.au
                  Website: www.edac.org.au
                         ABN: 35913004810

To top