News Tag: Incubator

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MinterEllison is working on advice on the benefits question

The amazing team at the law firm, MinterEllison has been supporting the platform for some time with pro bono legal advice.  They have been incredibly generous and supportive.  We cannot speak highly enough of their valuable support.  Recently, they have started work to provide us  with expert advice on the benefit question we mentioned recently.

Australians with disabilities on a government pension, benefits or healthcare card might worry that income in one month might impact on their entitlements into the future.  What might be concerning is the inherent changeability in income from a monetised hobby/craft, for gig-based micro-businesses and small businesses.  It can be  hard to predict future income – especially early in an endeavour’s journey.  Our hope is to smooth out some of the peaks and troughs of income over time.

The prospect of benefitting from independent and expert legal advice from a firm with a standing like MinterEllison is incredibly reassuring.

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We’ve hit 1,000 followers!

We are excited to report the platform now has 1,000 followers. Thank you everyone who rallied to help us reach this important milestone.  The platform is building toward making a disruptive change to disability employment in Australia.

Part of this is recognising, celebrating and supporting the fact Australians with disability can establish money-generating endeavours. Doing so not only has the potential to provide financial independence, it will deliver increased social engagement, dignity and mental health.

We are still plugging away at fund raising, but we do so elated by the community support we have received.  SO THANK YOU EVERYONE.

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Changing how you think about generating income

For most of us, having to retire from ‘regular work’ means that we will need to change how we think about generating income.  This is also true for people with longterm disabilities who have not been able to engage and remain employed in the Australia workforce.

In the case of ‘regular work’, most of us strive to secure a job that will pay the bills, be rewarding and is respectful/safe. Reality is that many of us will not be able to secure enough income from one source to cover all of our needs.  Instead, we need to be prepared to compile a suite of income sources to get us what we need. Hopefully, all of them should address the respect, dignity and enjoyment criteria.

Our goal is to build and grow a resource library that will assist members to identify and pursue for themselves useful and realistic for their disabilities and capacity.  With the blog and mentoring, we hope to support members to maximise the money they earn from their endeavours.

‘Passion economy’ is the new buzzword that’s shaping the future of work – ThePrint (Utkarsh Amitabh | February 2022)

We have previously posted an item with the admonishment not to pursue your passion as a career.  That notwithstanding, we agree with this item, a really good step being taken by some people who lost their jobs to the pandemic is to set up an endeavour that aligns with your passion.  For Australians with disability, we strongly suggest that your money-generating endeavour is something that you enjoy doing and something that you’re curious about. is here to support you to pursue that passion.  

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Preparing for the Mable event on 31/05/2022

We are currently discussing logistics for Mable’s small business networking event on the afternoon of 31 May.  Because of the challenging realities of his progressive MS, Gary will be participating remotely via video link and his participation will be in the form of an interview.

We have produced a single ppt slide for use on the day (thanks @Joe-Anne Kek-Pamenter!) and we have been exploring discussion topics with Mable.

We are really looking forward to Tuesday.  Thank you @Mable for organising and hosting this small business event.

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Participating in a small business event hosted by Mable

On 31 May, the CEO of the platform, Dr Gary Allen will be participating via video link in a small business event being hosted by Mable.  It will be a terrific opportunity to reflect upon disability entrepreneurship, the platform and operating a successful company while living with a disability.

Our Patron, Dinesh Palipana OAM, will open the conversation.  The team is thrilled to be connected to the event from 4-6 pm on 31 May.  We strongly believe that disability entrepreneurship could be a powerful solution to several apparently intractable problems in Australia and beyond.

Do you know someone who wants to establish a monetised hobby/craft, a gig-based micro-business, or a small business?  Encourage them to complete the short form below or to email us at [email protected] or phone us on 0436 480 769 with any questions.   In addition to our paid services (which could be billed to an NDIS plan), we offer free Bronze membership to Australians with a disability, their carers or others with an established connection to disability in Australia.  Bronze members can access many of the resources and services on

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We are excited to be included in a scheduled meeting

We are excited to be included in a scheduled meeting | Members of the team leading the platform and the team guiding the Griffith Inclusive Futures: Reimagining Disability will be meeting with Wayne Gerard, Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur.  The hope is that Gary will be included in the future meetings of the GIF team.

We are excited to be meeting with Wayne and enthusiastic about being involved in the development and growth of the Griffith Inclusive Futures: Reimagining Disability.

We passionately believe in the transformative potential that entrepreneurship could have upon the lives of individuals, their families, their communities and even the Australian economy.  We are obviously biased, but we believe we are at the start of something very exciting.

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RESTORE Social Enterprise Inc – May 2022 Newsletter

We support the work of RESTORE and what they are working to achieve.  The platform is delighted to be collaborating with them and will be exchanging our members depending upon their needs and the stage in their journey.