Know your consumer rights – ACCC release educational resources for consumers with disability

A range of resources have been developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in partnership with state/territory fair trading bodies to assist in educating participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and consumers with disability more generally, about their consumer rights.

The resources cater to different levels of comprehension and literacy and empower consumers with disability to understand and exercise their consumer rights.

These resources include:

2016 Disability Awareness Festival Business Breakfast

Get involved in the 2016 Disability Awareness Festival Business Breakfast, run by the City of Darwin.

Join business professionals from across the NT in exploring workplace culture, team building, recognising skills, focusing on ability and corporate citizenship.

Time: 7.15am - 9.00am

When: Wednesday 24 August 2016

Where: Hilton Darwin, Signature Room, 32 Mitchell Street

Cost: $30.00 per person

Register online at:

Helping parents become NDIS Ready

Australia’s leading parenting website - Raising Children Network - and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have partnered to produce free online videos and articles to help parents become NDIS Ready.

The free resources cover many common queries including: what is the NDIS, how parents can access it, how to go about choosing services, early intervention and transitioning from Better Start and Helping Children With Autism to the NDIS.

Bankruptcy training for our Financial Services team

We held a two-day bankruptcy training course this week for our Financial Services team, designed to help them stay on top of their game. The course was run by Mary Petrie, from the Insolvency Delivery Service and the Australian Financial Services Authority (AFSA).

The training course is run annually, to ensure our Financial Counsellors are aware of legislation changes and the latest trends. 

Somerville participates in Darwin 2016 Ladies Ambrose Golf Day

Somerville were invited to enter a team of four in the 7th Annual Ladies Ambrose Golf Day. The event, held on 8th July 2016, was organized by Business and Professional Women (BPW) Darwin at the Gardens Park Golf Links.

Anya Soares, Victoria Large, Vicki Borzi and Lisa Douglas were amongst the female golfers, who ranged from novices to professionals. Everyone was up for a bit of fun, resulting in a fantastic afternoon of networking, laughs and even a hole in one (or four or five)!

Feel Good Day

One of the ways we support the wellbeing of our employees is through our annual “Feel Good Day” which is all about healthy eating, exercise, games and competitions.

One of the activities staff participated in was a T'ai Chi Ch'uan session, where poses are joined together through slow, fluid movement. It is believed that T'ai Chi Ch'uan has many health benefits like improving balance and achieving greater longevity.

Somerville celebrates NAIDOC

Somerville family and financial counsellors participated in the NAIDOC celebration hosted at Gray Primary School.

The event was celebrated as an activity expo with student participation along with families and the wider Gray School community.

Somerville ran a NAIDOC-themed canvas painting activity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC celebrations allow all of us to come together and recognize the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make in our country and in the Territory.

Somerville staff attend specialist disability services training

15 of our core Disability Services Team recently attended a ‘Person-Centred’ training program, arranged by National Disability Services (NDS) NT.

Over two days they learned about ‘Person-Centred Approaches’ - sets of values, skills and practical tools for getting to know the people we support, discovering what they find important and understanding what they want out of life.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

Who doesn’t love a sausage sizzle? Fortunately, Northern Territorians do!

Somerville staff and volunteers recently held a fundraising barbeque at Bunnings in Darwin. There were charred snags with onion, wrapped inside a slice of bread with drippings of sauce… yum!

Lots of people called in for a soft drink and a sausage for the chance to quell the morning and afternoon hunger pangs in the knowledge they helped Somerville in the process.

Thank you to Bunnings for their support and, of course, a big thank you to our staff and volunteers. 

Congratulations Allison O’Connor!

Allison O’Connor (Somerville Financial Services and Special Projects Manager) recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. The course provides a framework that can be immediately applied to improve Board performance and decision making. Congratulations Allison on gaining formal qualifications as a Company Director!

Alison receiving her award from Minister Styles