National Disability Week

Let’s be realistic, depending on their disability, some people might need life-long care and someone to provide for all their needs. Nonetheless, there are individuals with different challenges–like autism, cerebral palsy, ADD and others–with an IQ higher than the rest of us average people. They are doing amazing things. They are doctors, teachers, scientists, great mathematicians, etc.

Disability Action Week is held annually and raises awareness of how Queenslanders can play their own role in creating an all-abilities Queensland. The 2022 Disability Action Week theme, ‘Workforce Diversity: open up to opportunity’ highlights the skills, talents, qualifications and abilities people with disability bring to Queensland’s workforce. The week also aims to empower people with disability, raise awareness of disability issues, and improve access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

You can help encourage more Queenslanders to consider what action they can take to build more inclusive and accessible workplaces, businesses and community spaces by spreading the word. And, if you are a person with a disability, or know somebody who is living with a disability, and are looking for advocacy support, then call TASC on 07 4616 9700 or visit find out more.


Hundreds of desperate Queensland renters have been targeted by scammers taking advantage of the state’s housing crisis. Currently, the scammers use text, email and telephone to try to take your private details and your money.

Banks and finance companies, energy, water and telco’s will not ask for your personal information in a text, email or a cold call on the phone. If you get a contact in any of these situations, please do not engage in any communication with the contact. Instead, call the entity and alert them about the contact you have received. Emails in particular are troublesome.

Some scammers use the company they supposedly represent in part of their email address. Also, if it does not show up then it is most likely a scam. If you do not recognise the sender or the email address, then just delete it or report it. Any communication from a scammer will ask you to click on a link, call a number or reply to the correspondence. If you do not know who the sender is or recognise the sender’s details don’t contact them just delete the information.

If you or somebody you know is experiencing rental issues including bond and lease disputes, eviction and termination of leases, understanding their rights and responsibilities, and talking to their landlord or agent about problems, call the QSTARS hotline on 1300 744 263 and ask to speak to your local service (TASC). TASC’s office number is 07 4616 9700.

TASC joins the OPAN (Older Persons Advocacy Network) calling for supported decision-making to be embedded across aged care

As people age, the autonomy and independence they enjoyed earlier in their lives is often denied by the negative, ageist attitudes of those who believe older women and men are unable to make their own decisions, or disregard those choices when they do. It prevents older people from making important decisions about their finances, employment, living arrangements, family life and participation in community life. This situation has been detected throughout societies – from governments and local authorities, to local leaders and family members

Everyone should have the opportunity to make decisions about the care and services they receive and the risks they are willing to take.– especially our senior populations. While aging can sometimes make independent living difficult, small supports, such as home wellness solutions and home-delivered meals, can help seniors maintain independence in their own homes.

Loss of independence can be discouraging to older adults. They have spent their entire lives living independently, working jobs, raising families, and making decisions. The natural effects of aging can sometimes make independent living harder than it once was. Difficulties with mobility, behavioural health conditions such as isolation and loneliness, and financial strains are just some of the contributors to a loss of independence in aging adults.

While we cannot avoid some barriers to independence, we can take the time to understand the importance of independence in seniors and look for ways to increase opportunities for independent living. Some of the benefits of older people making decisions about the care and services they receive and the risks they are willing to take are: feeling like an individual, maintaining balance and strength, it gives them sense of purpose, it aids with memory skill, it gives them sense of control and it helps them to develop positive relationships.

If you or somebody you know is experiencing elder abuse, and live in or around Toowoomba our Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) may be able to help you with you with free legal advice and information or referrals or other services near you. Call 07 4616 9700 or go to HERE to find out more.

TASC Annual Report for 2021-22 released

Have you ever wondered what a community legal and social justice centre does and how they help the communities they work in?

TASC’s 2021-22 Annual Report has just been released and provides a more in depth look at what we do and how we have helped the communities we live and work in by standing up for everyone’s human rights both for individuals and at the wider level with our systemic advocacy and law reform submissions.

If you would like to find out more about TASC and our achievements and challenges from last year, the report is available here.

TASC Attends Senior’s Expo

TASC’s Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) were excited to participate once again at the Ipswich and Toowoomba Senior’s Expo this year.

Our team were able to speak to many seniors and retirees on the days, to spread the word that our Seniors Legal and Support Service provides information, advice and free legal and social worker support to people in Toowoomba and Ipswich Hinterland.

Elder abuse can manifest in many different ways – financial, emotional and neglect. If you’re worried about a family member or if you feel you may need some support, call our friendly team on (07) 4616 9700.

TASC can assist in many ways – especially if someone they trust is hurting them or taking advantage of them financially. Go here to find out more This service is available to anyone aged over 60 years and First Nation’s people aged 50 years and over – however please call us on 07 4616 9700 to check your eligibility.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents are a treasure in the family. Grandparents can play many important roles in the lives of their beloved young children. They are trusted advisors for their adult children who are now parents themselves. For many families, grandparents provide regular child care. In some cases, they are primary caregivers to their grandkids. And whether they live nearby or stay in touch from afar, the love and emotional closeness that grandparents provide makes a big, positive impact on their grandchild’s healthy development.

This Grandparents Day is an opportunity to connect with older loved ones and share a meal, read a book, play a game, have a yarn or simply take the time to learn more about our shared history.

It’s a day to say ‘thank you’ to all grandparents for their care and support and for sharing their knowledge, experience and traditions with younger generations.

Here at TASK we care for our seniors. If you live in Toowoomba, Ipswich or immediate surrounds, or know a grandparent who is experiencing any form of abuse you can contact our TASC Seniors Advocacy team on 07 4616 9700. Our solicitors and social workers will help you with free legal advice and information, short-term counselling, or referrals to other services near you. Go here to find out more

My Life My Voice – TASC Self Advocacy Support

Self-advocacy can be an intimidating prospect for many people, particularly those living with disability or from non-English speaking backgrounds.

To take some of the mystery out of the advocacy process, TASC designed and built an online resource for self-advocacy – My Life, My Voice.

Accessibility was a core goal of the project, with the tool being translated into seven languages and presented in dyslexic friendly text and Auslan.

Knowing your rights and how to advocate for them can be an intimidating process for people and one which many of us have little experience of doing formally.

It takes confidence and knowledge to effectively advocate for yourself and we hope the tool can help people taking these steps.

Through our legal and social justice advocacy activities at TASC we know there can be many barriers to both accessing advocacy services and self advocacy.

My Life, My Voice aims to help take some of these away by giving people some self-help tools in the advocacy process and provide an insight into what advocacy involves.

My Life, My Voice is now available to everybody online at

Are you living with disability and identify as being cultural and linguistically diverse?

Calling all people living with a disability and identify as being cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD).

NDIS is offering some paid feedback opportunities at their Participant First focus groups. For more information go to…/participant-first-help-improve-ndis

And if you have any concerns about how you, your family or an individual is being treated, and live in Toowoomba, Ipswich and rural and regional areas in South West Queensland, our Disability Advocate team can help you with problems or issues with the services you currently use, with the aim of making sure these meet your needs.

Go to…/disability-advocacy/ to find out more.

TASC’s mental health week activity wrap

TASC’s Mental Health Week activities kicked off on Tuesday with our Toowoomba event near the Art Gallery in Little St. With one in six Australians currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both according to Beyond Blue, it was a reminding for us to check in on and be kind to ourselves and those around us.

People visiting us there had the opportunity to hear about and experience well-being activities and ideas with mindfulness and yoga sessions. Thank you to Alan Martin for the wonderful meditation session.

Did you know TASC offers a Mental Health Advocacy Service? If you or someone you know experiences mental health challenges and needs advocacy assistance please contact TASC on (07) 4616 9700 or visit for more information.

Come talk with TASC this Senior’s Month

This month is Seniors Month. TASC helps seniors with legal and advocacy services and will be attending both the Ipswich and Toowoomba Senior’s Expos again this year. We’d love it if you stop by for a chat!
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