Women with disabilities are amongst the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in the world. The intersection of gender inequality and disability presents a situation of multiple levels of discrimination. We are less likely to be educated, employed and well-housed than almost any other population group. Our Mission is to lead the way for Victorian women with disabilities and improve women’s choices by being a voice for women with disabilities, building partnerships, providing information and educating the community. We focus on those areas which have the biggest impact on women's lives – currently, violence against women with disabilities and access to health care. We also have a secondary focus on parenting rights and employment equality.

Information & Resources

News & Events

04.12.2017 - At this year's AGM, WDV were proud to launch two new sets of Guidelines:
- Inclusive Planning Guidelines for the Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disabilities.
- Our Right to Safety and Respect - Guidelines for developing resources with women with disabilities about safety from violence and abuse.

Further details, and copies of the Guidelines can be found here under 'Our Publications'.

04.12.2017 - You Can Ask That - How to Engage with the NDIS is a two part video resource that answers some common questions about the NDIS. More information and video links can be found under 'Videos' of our Information and Resources page.

04.12.2017 - WDV gave a submission to DPC for the Victorian Disability Registration and Accreditation Counsultation. PDF and word versions can be be found here.

20.11.2017 New employment opportunity. We are looking for an experienced and passionalte project officer to work within four rural communities, and support the Here We Are Program. More information can be found on our Employment page. Applications close 5:00pm Wed 6th Dec.

20.11.207 - As part of the Victoria Against Violence - 16 Days of Activiism Campaign, WDV invites members and organisation partners to Free & Equal - a celebration of Women with Disabilities. It will be held on Thursday 30th November at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre in the city, after our Annual General Meeting. Click here for more information about Free & Equal and how to RSVP. Click here for directions of how to get to the venue.

20.11.2017 - Members are invited to Women with Disabilities Victoria's 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM). It will be held on Thursday 30th November at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre in the city. The AGM will include election of Board members. The AGM willl be followed by the celebratory event 'Free and Equal', which members are also invited to. Click here for more information about the AGM and how to RSVP. Click here for directions of how to get to the venue.

9.10.2017 Expressions of Interest are invited from suitably-qualified consultants to design and undertake an evaluation of WDV’s Women’s Empowerment Program and to create a comprehensive evaluation framework. Submissions close 5pm Wednesday 18th October. Please see the Request for Quote for more information.

03.10.17 - The Enabling Women Mentor Program is coming soon to Woodonga. To find out more, attend the Mentor Information Session this Thursday 5th October. Here is our Application Form and Mentoring Handbook.

26.09.17 - WDV is looking to develop four local community leadership network hubs, for women with disabilities. We're currently recruiting 3 Hub Liaison Officers - in Wellington, Moira and Warnambool. Check out our Employment page for more details.

22.09.2017 - We've extended the Application date for the Mentor Co-ordinator Postion for Enabling Women - Wodonga and surrounds. For more information, visit our Employment page.

12.09.2017 - The Enabling Young Women Leadership Program is coming to Gippsland.This Program is for women who identify as having a disability, and aged 15-25 years of age. Further information about the Program can be found at our Enabling Women section under 'Our Work'. A flyer for an upcoming Information session can be found here.

12.09.2017 - Mentor Co-ordinator Position available. We're looking for a woman from Wodonga or surrounds, who has strong networking skills to be the Mentor Co-ordiantor for the Enabling Women Mentor Program. For more information, visit our Employment page.

06.09.2017 - The Enabling Women Leadership Program in Wodonga and surrounds is coming up soon. There will be an information session on Thursday October 5th. If you're interested in taking part in the Program, a flyer for the information session can be found here as a PDF, and here for Word. Application forms can be downlaoded here. For further information please see our Enabling Women page. Applications close 5pm, Monday 16th October.

30.8.2017 - The Enabling Women Leadership Program in the Central Highlands area is coming up soon. Applications are open to women with disability who live, work, or study in Ballarat, Moorabool, Hepburn or Golden Plains. For further information please see our Enabling Women page .If you're interested in taking part, application forms can be downlaoded here. Applications close 5pm, Friday 29th September.

30.8.2017 - WDV is looking for a Co-Faciliator for the Enabling Women Leadership Program in the Central Highlands area, and for a Mentor Coordinator to support mentors and match them with participants of the Enabling Women Leadership Program. For more information about either of these paid positions, check out our Employment page. Applications close Wednesday 13th September for the Mentor Coordinator, and Monday 18th September for the Co-facilitator position.

30.8.2017 - The application period for the Youth Facilitator position of the Enabling Young Women Program in the Gippsland area, has been extended until 5pm, Thursday September 7th. More information can be found on our Employment page.

24.8.2017 - Tribute to Fiona Richardson

The members of Women with Disabilities Victoria are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Fiona Richardson, Victoria’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. 

We pay tribute to her as a great advocate for all women who established the first Gender Equality Strategy.  

Fiona recognised the importance of the voice and experience of victim/survivors of violence in government policy. She was responsible for establishing the Victim Survivor Advisory Council and ensured women with disabilities and other disadvantaged populations were represented.

Fiona was always committed to consulting with women with disabilities in her role as Minister. Her legacy will live on through the important policy initiatives she established and the personal connection she made through her humour, honesty and natural engagement with her constituents. 

Our thoughts are with Fiona’s family, ministerial staff, colleagues, and friends at this sad time.

- Keran Howe
Executive Director

15.08.2017 Another vacancy at WDV! WDV is looking for a Rural Linkages Officer.Applications close Wednesday 31st August and more information can be found on our Employment page.

8.8.2017 Another vacancy at WDV! WDV is looking for a Youth Facilitator for the Enabling Young Women program in the Gippsland region. Applications close Wednesday 23rd August and more information can be found on our Employment page.

7.8.2017 The nomination period for the Brenda Gabe Leadership Award has been extended until Monday 28th August! More information (and all the forms you need) can be found here.

1.8.2017 Expressions of Interest are invited from suitably-qualified consultants to produce a new information resource for women with disabilities about safety, violence prevention and response. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in an innovative project, funded by the Victorian government. Submissions close 9am Mon. 21st August. Please see the Request for Quote and its Attachment for more information.

31.7.2017 More vacancies at WDV! WDV is now also looking for a Community Inclusion and Women's Empowerment Program Manager (applications close 9am Wed. 16th August), and a Communications and Membership Officer (applications close Thurs 17th August). Head to our Employment page for more details.

19.7.2017 Current vacancies at WDV! WDV is looking for: 1) a Co-Facilitator for the Enabling Women program in Wodonga in Victoria's far north-east (applications close Monday 7th August) and 2) a Family Violence Workforce Development Officer (applications close Monday 21st August). Please see our Employment page for more information.

7.7.17 The Enabling Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women leadership program is coming up soon in the inner west Melbourne metro region. For further information please see our Enabling Women page. If you're interested in taking part, please download the application form.

20.6.17 The Enabling Women program is also coming up soon in the inner north Melbourne metro region. More information can be found via the above link. If you're interested in taking part, please download the application form.

11.5.17 The Enabling Women program is coming up soon in the Moira Shire in Northern Victoria! More information can be found via the above link. If you're interested in taking part, please download the application form.

4.5.2017 Call for nominations for the 2017 Biennial Brenda Gabe Leadership Award! The Award recognises and rewards the contribution women with disabilities have made that is of direct benefit to women with disabilities, or to making a more inclusive community, in Victoria. Brochure, Nomination Form and Nomination Guidelines are all now available. More information can be found here about the Award, its past nominees and winners.

4.5.2017 WDV is looking for an experienced and passionate Project Officer (part-time .8FTE for 12 months) to join our team and manage our pilot Isolated Women with Disabilities Project. Please see our Employment page for more details.The closing date is 9am on Monday 22nd May 2017.

2.2.2017 "Our Right to Respect!" WDV's Women's Peer Education Program is coming up soon in two Melbourne locations: Murrumbeena (28 Feb-21 March) and Ringwood (9-30 March). If you're interested in coming together with other women with disabilities to talk about respectful relationships, your rights, and health and well-being services in your area, more information is available on WDV's Our Work page.

2.2.2017 You can now watch a video of highlights of WDV's very successful "Women Leading By Example" leadership workshop from last September - visit WDV's Our Work page.

19.1.2017 Two positions available at WDV!

WDV is looking for two experienced and passionate Women's Engagement and Empowerment Officers (both part-time; one is .7FTE for 9.5 months, the other .6FTE for 11 months) to join our team and deliver some of our innovative Women's Empowerment programs. Please see our Employment page for more details.The closing date is 9am, Monday 6th February 2017.

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27.9.2016 The closing date for applications for the Enabling Women program in Melbourne's Western Region has been extended to Thursday 6th October.

For further information please see our Enabling Women page.

1.9.2016 The Enabling Women program is coming up soon in Melbourne's Western region and WDV is looking for a Co-Facilitator. You can download the Position Description in PDF or Word and please note the closing date of Monday 12th September.

25.7.2016 Are you a woman with a disability interested in developing your leadership skills? Do you know of anyone who may want to participate? Our Women Leading By Example leadership program, to be held on 20th and 21st September, aims to support women with disabilities on their leadership journeys. More information is at Our Work.

27.6.2016 The Brenda Gabe Leadership Award has now been moved from an annual to a biennial event and will next be held in November 2017. More information can be found on our Brenda Gabe Award page.

27.5.2016 The closing date for applications for the Administration Officer position (see below) has been extended to 9am, Monday 13 June.

13.5.2016 WDV is looking for an Administration Officer! If you have wide-ranging administration skills, including sound financial and ICT knowledge, and would like to play a pivotal role in a small, friendly team, this could be for you. Please go to our Employment page for the position description.

21.4.2016 WDV has a short-term contract position for a Project Worker to implement a 2-day leadership program entitled Women Leading By Example. Further information, including the Position Description, can be found on our Employment page. NOTE: The closing date has now been extended to 9am on Monday 9th May.

23.3.2016 The closing date for applications for the Strategic Development Manager position has now been extended to 9am, Monday 4th March. Full details about the position are on our Employment page.

21.3.2016 The Enabling Women program is coming up soon for Bendigo and surrounding areas. The program will run in Bendigo during May/June. You can download the program flyer and application form in PDF or Word from our Enabling Women page. Applications close Monday 4th April.

10.3.2016 WDV has a new position for a Strategic Development Manager to maintain and grow WDV's postion as a vital and influential voice for the rights of women with disabilities. The position is for 12 months and further information, including Position Description, can be found on our Employment page.

22.2.2016 The Enabling Women program is coming up soon in North East Victoria (Wangaratta) and is looking for a Co-Facilitator. You can download the Position Description in PDF or Word and please note the early closing date of Mon. 29th February.

18.2.16 WDV's Gender and Disability Workforce Development Program is about to enter its next stage, thanks to an extension of state government funding following an encouraging evaluation of the pilot program in 2015. You can read more about the program and the evaluation findings here (PDF and Word available).

5.11.2015 The 2015 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award is won by Colleen Furlanetto! You can read more here about Colleen and the other nominees.

14.10.2015 Re-advertised position: WDV is looking for an experienced Gender Equity Training Co-ordinator to implement training within the Workforce Development Program on Gender and Disability. Please visit our Employment section for more details. The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 9th November 2015.

20.7.2015 The closing date for nominations for the 2015 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award has been extended to close of business on Monday 10th August.

10.7.2015 The upcoming Enabling Women Program in Melbourne's North-East is looking for a Co-Facilitator. You can download the Position Description and Expression of Interest for more information.

28.5.2015 Are you a young woman who identifies as having a disability? WDV is looking for a Co-Facilitator for our Enabling Younger Women Pilot Program. More details can be found in our Employment section.

7.5.2015 WDV has a new position for an Administration Officer (part-time), located in our office in Bourke Street, Melbourne. There is an early closing date of Monday 18th May. Visit our Employment section for more details.

15.4.2015 Call for nominations for the 2015 Brenda Gabe Award: The Brenda Gabe Leadership Award recognises and rewards women with disabilities who have made a significant contribution to improving the status of women with disabilities in Victoria. Brochure, Nomination Form and Nomination Guidelines are all now available. Click here to read about Brenda Gabe and the Award we named after her, and past nominees and winners of the Award.

31.3.2015 WDV is looking for a Co-Facilitator to assist in running the Enabling Women Leadership Program in Warrnambool in June/July this year. You can download the job advertisement and position description.

25.3.2015 A Special General Meeting will be held on Thursday 16 April to vote on proposed amendments to the WDV Rules. Members have been sent their notices by email and post. You can read the Summary of Changes and the current Rules marked up with the proposed changes.

24.3.2015 Members are invited to provide feedback on our draft NDIS fact sheets, at meetings in Geelong on 26 March or Melbourne on 31 March.

17.3.2015 Another position is available as a Co-Facilitator for the Enabling Women program, this time in Gippsland (the Shepparton position was advertised recently). The job advertisement can be found here.

4.3.2015 WDV invites Expressions of Interest to develop a Leadership Program for young women with disabilities.

3.3.2015 WDV is looking for a Co-Facilitator to assist in running the Enabling Women Leadership Program in Shepparton in June/July this year. The job advertisement can be found here and the position description here.

20.2.2015 WDV has made a submission to the Victorian Ombudsman's consultation on the scope of an inquiry into disability abuse reporting. You can read the submission here.

28.11.2014 Statement: Why we need an inquiry into violence against people with a disability

24.1.2014 Media release: Systemic issues the cause of recent failings in the disability sector.

08.11.2014 Jody Barney wins second annual Brenda Gabe Leadership Award.

17.09.2014 WDV is holding an Election Forum on September 30th to ensure that our members are informed about the three major parties policies that relate to women with disabilitites. You can also view our WDV State Election Statement 2014.

31.07.2014 Women with Disabilities Victoria have made a submission to the Australian Senate's Inquiry into Domestic Violence.

25.08.2014 Women with Disabilities Victoria joined Victoria’s leading family violence organisations to put family violence at the top of the 2014 state election agenda. The No More Deathscampaign was launched on Monday, August 25.

Get Involved

Becoming a member Did you know that membership is FREE for women with disabilities? (and for allies, only $50 for Individuals and $140 for Organisations). Join now! More information about membership can be found here.

Enabling Women is a 5-day leadership program just for women with disabilities. Women with Disabilities Victoria partners with councils and local organisations in Melbourne and regional Victoria to deliver the programs. Enalbing Women Programs running for the remainder of 2017 include programs in Wodonga and surrounds, the Central Highlands, and Enabling Young Women (15-25 years of age) in Gippsland.

For further information please see our Enabling Women page.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which Women with Disabilities Victoria is located - the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation