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.

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News & Events

16.9.16 WDV is looking for an experienced Gender Equity Program Manager to oversee the third phase of WDV's Gender and Disability Workforce Development Program. The position is for 6 months (may be extended subject to funding) and further information, including Position Description, can be found on our Employment page. Note: closing date for applications is Monday 3rd October at 9am.

8.9.2016 The closing date for applications for the Enabling Women program in Melbourne's Inner East has been extended to Friday 16th September.

The closing date for applications for the Enabling Women program in Melbourne's Western Region is Monday 26th September.

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 $40 for Individuals and $100 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 is partnering with councils in Melbourne to deliver the latest two Enabling Women programs in Doncaster and in Footscray, both in October/November.

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