NDIA looking for feedback on NDIS CALD strategy

If you are live with or represent someone who lives with a disability and is culturally and linguistically diverse the NDIA would like to hear from you about how they can improve the NDIS.

A set of information sessions will explain the project and what they have learned so far, before opening up for people to have their say about the NDIS.

To find out more about the project in a range of languages and formats please visit:

The NDIS website

The sessions are being held:

Tuesday, 7th February 2023

10.00 am – 11.00 am (AEDT)

Wednesday, 8th February 2023

14.00 pm – 15.00 pm (AEDT)

Thursday, 9th February 2023

20.00 pm – 21.00 pm (AEDT)


MS Teams (Online)


If you would like to attend any of the sessions, please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ndis-cultural-and-linguistic-diversity-cald-strategy-information-session-tickets-495858755887

More information is available on this flyer

Mould in Rentals – Know Your Rights

Did you know that mould may constitute loss of amenity or breach of the lessor’s obligation to provide premises fit to live in and in good repair?

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.

Stop Domestic Family Violence

Domestic and family violence can impact anybody, and is a pattern of abusive behaviour that is not always physical. 

If you live in Toowoomba, Ipswich or the surroundings or know someone in those areas who are experiencing domestic violence, contact TASC Legal and Social Justice Services on 07 4616 9700.

This is a FREE service subject to the eligibility criteria.

We Are Open

We’re back from our Christmas break ready to make 2023 a brighter year.

Are you struggling with legal issues related to Family Law, Domestic and Family Violence, Civil and Consumer Law, Criminal Law (minor matters), Discrimination, rights, complaints, Human rights concerns: abuse, neglect, harm, Problems with services and agencies (e.g. NDIS), or Tenancy issues (evictions, bond disputes, QCAT matters) but don’t have the financial means to pay for professional services?

Start 2023 on the right foot by contacting our team on 07 4616 9700 or visit www.tascnational.org.au to find out if you qualify for our free services.

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 www.tascnational.org.au 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 https://www.tascnational.org.au/services/seniors-advocacy/. 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.

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