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Just Voices: Building mainstream justice workforce capability around the NDIS through lived experience

This project will work with people with disability and experience of the justice system to design and develop workforce initiatives for the mainstream justice workforce.

The CIJ is pleased to announce that we have recently been funded to deliver the “Just Voices Project: Building mainstream justice workforce capability around the NDIS through lived experience”, commissioned by the Department of Justice and Community Safety. This project will work with people with disability and experience of the justice system to design and develop workforce initiatives for the mainstream justice workforce. In this project, the CIJ have partnered with KPMG to bring together our expertise in disability justice, working with people with lived experience, co-design, and workforce capability development.

Just Voices aims to build the capability of the justice workforce to:

  • understand the lived experience of people with disability;
  • be aware of disability and able to identify associated behaviours;
  • communicate and interact effectively with people with disability
  • better understand and engage with the NDIS

The CIJ will work with our partners in disability advocacy and self-advocacy networks to draw lived experience and disability expertise into the project, as members of the Project Advisory Committee and participants in co-design activities. This project will draw from our recent experience and learnings from the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, working with disability self-advocates and developing innovative approaches to embedding lived experience in service design. Just Voices is a wonderful opportunity to continue our work with people with lived experience of the criminal justice system to improve outcomes for people with disability in the justice system.

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Key People

Stan Winford

Stan Winford

Associate Director of Research, Innovation & Reform

Stan is a legal and justice system expert with experience in innovation and reform, including user centred design and applications for restorative and therapeutic justice in criminal and civil law.

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Verena Tan

Verena Tan

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Verena is an experienced lawyer who is responsible for the CIJ’s disability justice work including the Supporting Justice Project.

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