Seeking Expressions of Interest Provision of Audio Technical Equipment and Services

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), Australia’s leading national organisation of blind and vision impaired people, is seeking expressions of interest to provide technical equipment and support for its National Convention this year.

This EOI process has closed. Thank you for your interest.

Blind Citizens Australia Is Seeking Your Input!

Many of our members would be aware that over the last year, we have been working hard to develop a thorough and comprehensive suite of policies regarding the accessibility of transport services frequently utilised by people who are blind or who have a vision impairment. Thus far, we have completed policies on the accessibility of rail, bus, aviation, taxi, and tram and lite rail services.

Our next project in this arena is to complete a ferry and hydrofoil policy on accessibility, and we need your input! We are seeking information about the issues you may have experienced, or the potential pitfalls one might encounter as a person who is blind or vision impaired when utilising a ferry or hydrofoil service. It does not matter whether you use the service regularly, or just on occasion. What matters is the collection of information which can lead to recommendations for changes or improvements in the service that makes using it more accessible, and just as importantly, as safe as possible.

You can download a copy of a draft ferry and hydrofoil policy which we have formulated based on the foundations and some recommendations of our existing transport policies (here), Draft ferry and hydrofoil policy (Word doc)

Alternatively, you can ask for a copy of the draft policy in your preferred format from Blind Citizens Australia’s head office, by phoning 1800 033 660, or by emailing

Feedback and further input on the policy can be provided by contacting the office and asking to speak to one of our National Policy and Advocacy Officers on 1800 033 660, or by emailing

Your National Policy Development Council state representative is also happy to bring your input and feedback back to us here at the office. For a list of NPDC state representatives, go to NPDC Contact Information

We look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions regarding the hydrofoil and ferry services policy.

The Scope Outcomes Project

The Scope Outcomes Project is a national, multi year project to test some surveys that are designed to measure the outcomes associated with disability services and social inclusion, as experienced by people with disabilities in Australia.

The project will result in surveys that can be used by organisations involved in providing disability services in the future.

We are inviting adults with disabilities (and/or their carers or support workers) to complete the survey/s available online at
Scope Vic

Participation is voluntary and anonymous. No identifying information will be collected. The project has ethics approval from Scope. The surveys are accessible to people with a wide range of abilities. We have standard and easy English versions of surveys and the website works with a range of assistive technologies.

Hardcopies of the surveys can be provided for participants for those who find online access a barrier.

The project closes June 2015.

If you require more information please don’t hesitate to contact me>

Kind Regards

Celeste Cuzzillo
Researcher, Outcomes Project
Scope | 830 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, VIC, 3128
Tel: 03 9843 2042

Changes to Disability Support Pension legislation for travel outside Australia

From 1 January 2015 DSP customers can be paid outside Australia for a temporary absence of, or number of absences totalling 4 weeks (28 days) in a rolling 12 month period. They can also travel outside Australia and be paid under the approved reason portability provisions, up to a maximum of 4 weeks.

  • Days paid DSP while outside Australia are included in the 4 weeks, regardless of the reason for absence.
  • Days paid DSP outside Australia before 1 January 2015 are not included in the 4 weeks.
  • Prior to 1 January 2015 DSP customers could be paid for a temporary absence of 6 weeks.

A transitional provision allows customers who booked and paid before 14 May 2014 for travel outside Australia commencing on or after 1 January 2015 and returning before 1 January 2016 to be paid under the pre 1 January 2015 DSP portability provisions.

International Agreement specific rules:

  • Days paid while outside Australia but in the agreement country, are not counted while paid under that respective agreement country
  • Days paid while outside Australia and the agreement country, are counted in the 4 weeks

BCA Festive Season Office Close

Please note:

The Melbourne head office of Blind Citizens Australia will be closed for the festive break from Wednesday 17 December, returning 5 January 2015.

The Board and employees of Blind Citizens Australia wish all a safe and enjoyable festive break.