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Disability Services Information

Carers (DHS)

There are payments and services to support people who provide full-time care to someone else with a disability, illness or medical condition.
Click her to find out more: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/themes/carers

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Services Directory

Do you need to know about which community, residential aged care, disability and other support services are available in your area? Search this directory for an extensive list of service providers – including the range of services they offer and their contact details.

Click here to find out more: http://australia.gov.au/service/commonwealth-respite-and-carelink-services-directory

Disability Parking Scheme
Provides help to eligible people on how to apply for a permit in their area, allowing them park nearer to their destination. It also offers links to information about the national eligibility criteria and national minimum standards for disability parking concessions.Click here to find out more: http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/australian-disability-parking-scheme-0

Disability rights

Provides a range of resources and links on disability discrimination and other human rights and disability issues.

Click here to find out more: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/disability-rights

Disability Services Australia

(DSA) is a respected not-for-profit organisation that provides essential community support, employment and training services to enhance the lives of more than 2,000 people with a disability each year.

Click here to find out more: http://www.dsa.org.au/Pages/Home.aspx

International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. This site is the central source for all information about IDPwD in Australia.

Click here to find out more: http://www.idpwd.com.au/

Livewire (community for young people with chronic illnesses)

Provides a safe and fun online community designed for young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability. It also caters for their siblings and parents and allows members to share experiences.
Starlight Children’s Foundation https://www.livewire.org.au/

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Provides community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

Click here to find out more: http://www.ndis.gov.au/

National Disability Services

(NDS) is the Australian peak body for non-government disability services. Through the provision of information, representation and policy advice, NDS promotes and advances services which support people with all forms of disability to participate in all domains of life.

Click here to find out more: http://www.nds.org.au/

National Disability Services

(NDS) is the Australian peak body for non-government disability services. Through the provision of information, representation and policy advice, NDS promotes and advances services which support people with all forms of disability to participate in all domains of life.

Click here to find out more: http://www.youngcarers.net.au/

Maps

National Public Toilet Map

The National Public Toilet Map (the Map) shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia. Details of toilet facilities can also be found along major travel routes and for shorter journeys as well. Information is provided about each toilet, such as location, opening hours, availability of baby change rooms and accessibility for people with disabilities. You can also download an app for iOS and Android.

Click here to find out more: https://toiletmap.gov.au/

Travel Advice

Air Travel for People with a Disability

This site provides details on passenger information, airports, medical certificates, mobility aids, boarding and seating arrangements and more.

Click here to find out more: http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_91456

Departing Travellers

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service information on customs clearance for departing travellers.

Click here to find out more: http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4350.asp

Duty Free Concession

List the duty-free concessions available to travellers entering or returning to Australia.

Click here to find out more: http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4352.asp

Passport Information Service

The Australian Passport Information Service (APIS) provides a telephone information service to callers inside Australia seven days a week. When you call, your questions will be answered by trained and experienced staff. APIS is not a passport office.You can contact APIS on 131 232 for the cost of a local call.

Click here to find out more: http://australia.gov.au/service/passport-information-service-dfat

Passports – apply for, renew or report a lost or stolen Australian passport

When you apply for an Australian passport you will need to provide original documents which confirm your Australian citizenship and your identity.
Need a passport urgently? Ask about the Priority Processing Service when you lodge your application.
Lost or stolen passports must be reported as soon as practicable after you become aware of the loss or theft.

Click here to find out more: https://www.passports.gov.au/Web/index.aspx

Smartraveller

The Australian Government’s travel advisory and consular information service, Smartraveller provides travel advice for countries and events, guidance about travel insurance and staying safe and healthy, and getting help overseas.

Click here to find out more: http://smartraveller.gov.au/

Smartraveller – iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Features include location aware travel advice updates, Smartraveller advice without the need for internet connections and easy repeat travel registration.

Click here to download: https://itunes.apple.com/app/smartraveller/id562136815/

Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.

Click here to find out more: http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4646.asp

Travel Doctor (travellers medical and vaccination centre

Provides expert travel health advice, travellers’ medical kits, vaccinations and anti-malarials, current health alerts for overseas travel and much more.

Click here to find our more: http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/

Traveller’s guide to Australian interstate quarantine.

Restrictions apply to each state and territory for the movement of fruit, vegetables, plants,soils, flowers, plant products, agricultural machinery, animals or animal products and recreational equipment. Random and permanent roadblocks are in operation and fines for non-compliance can be imposed.

Click here to find out more: http://www.quarantinedomestic.gov.au/index.php

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Australian Public Holidays 2015

Australia celebrates a number of public holidays throughout the year when banks, government offices and some shops are closed. Public holidays in Australia often fall on Mondays, creating extended weekends. Tourist attractions stay open, but as many Australians take short breaks at these times, they may be busier than usual. If you are planning to travel to Australia during these peak periods it’s wise to book interstate flights, tours and accommodation well in advance. If driving, roads are busier than usual.

National Public Holidays 2015
Following is a list of Australian national public holidays for 2015.
Thursday 1 January: New Year’s Day
Monday 26 January*: Australia Day
Friday 3 April: Good Friday
Saturday 4 April: Easter Saturday
Monday 6 April: Easter Monday
Saturday 25 April: Anzac Day
Friday 25: December Christmas Day
Saturday 26 December: Boxing Day
*When Australia Day (26 January) falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is declared the public holiday.

State and Territory Public Holidays 2015
Aside from the national public holidays each state and territory of Australia also declares its individual public holidays.

Australian Capital Territory
Monday 9 March: Canberra Day
Monday 8 June: Queen’s Birthday
Monday 28 September: Family & Community Day
Monday 5 October: Labour Day
New South Wales
Monday 8 June: Queen’s Birthday
Monday 5 October: Labour Day
Monday 28 December: Additional Day
Northern Territory
Monday 4 May: May Day
Monday 8 June: Queen’s Birthday
Monday 3 August: Picnic Day
Monday 28 December: Additional Day
Queensland
Monday 8 June: Queen’s Birthday
Monday 5 October: Labour Day
Monday 28 December: Additional Day
South Australia
Monday 9 March: March Public Holiday
Monday 8 June: Queen’s Birthday
Monday 5 October: Labour Day
Thursday 24 December**: Christmas Eve**
Thursday 31 December***: New Year’s Eve***
Monday 28 December: Proclamation Day
**Part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight.
***Part-day public holiday from 7 pm to 12 midnight.
Tasmania
Monday 9 March: Eight Hours Day
Monday 8 June: Queen’s Birthday
Monday 28 December: Additional Day
Victoria
Monday 9 March: Labour Day
Monday 8 June: Queen’s Birthday
Tuesday 3 November: Melbourne Cup Day
Monday 28 December: Additional Day
Western Australia
Monday 2 March: Labour Day
Monday 1 June: Western Australia Day
Monday 28 September: Queen’s Birthday
Monday 28 December: Additional Day

* Regional areas in Western Australia may celebrate the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday on an alternative date.

Australian School Holidays 2015

In Australia, the school year runs from January to December. School holidays in Australia occur four times a year, although the dates vary slightly in each state and territory. These are the times when Australian families usually take their holidays too, so it can be a very busy time at many of our attractions and favourite holiday destinations. If you are planning to travel to Australia during these peak periods it’s wise to book flights, tours and accommodation well in advance. Many free and family events are held in our major cities during school holidays. The following is a list of Australian school holiday dates to help you plan your vacation.

Term 1 School Holidays 2015
Australian Capital Territory: 11 April to 26 April
New South Wales: 7 April to 19 April
Northern Territory: 5 April to 12 April
Queensland: 3 April to 19 April
South Australia: 11 April to 26 April
Tasmania: 2 April to 19 April
Victoria: 28 March to 12 April
Western Australia: 5 April to 19 April
Term 2 School Holidays 2015
Australian Capital Territory: 4 July to 19 July
New South Wales: 27 June to 12 July
Northern Territory: 20 June to 19 July
Queensland: 27 June to 12 July
South Australia: 4 July to 19 July
Tasmania: 4 July to 20 July
Victoria: 27 June to 12 July
Western Australia: 4 July to 19 July
Term 3 School Holidays 2015
Australian Capital Territory: 26 September to 11 October
New South Wales: 19 September to 5 October
Northern Territory: 26 September to 4 October
Queensland: 19 September to 5 October
South Australia: 26 September to 11 October
Tasmania: 26 September to 11 October
Victoria: 19 September to 4 October
Western Australia: 26 September to 11 October
Term 4 School Holidays 2015
Australian Capital Territory: 19 December to 29 January 2016
New South Wales: 19 December to 26 January 2016
Northern Territory: 11 December to 22 January 2016
Queensland: 12 December to 26 January 2016
South Australia: 12 December to 26 January 2016
Tasmania: 18 December to 2 February 2016
Victoria: 19 December to 27 January 2016
Western Australia: 18 December to 1 February 2016

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