We’re working for a just and inclusive community in which the rights of all people with a disability are respected and their diverse contributions celebrated.
Together with the BSL National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Services division, we work alongside people with disability, their families and carers to promote all forms of inclusion as well as social and economic participation.
We work together to influence each level of government and develop evidence-informed policies and practices.
This includes informing the successful implementation of the NDIS, which supports people with disability and their families in living a good life.
The NDIS represents a major shift in how society values and cares for people with disability, and our research and policy recommendations help get this shift right.
• Realise the potential of the NDIS Partners in the Community program – Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) – to drive community solutions to increase the social and economic inclusion of all people with a disability and their carers – including those not accessing NDIS-funded supports.
• Continue to improve the NDIS participant experience through ensuring the planning process is personalised and tailored to participants’ aspirations, and leverages unfunded community supports to progress goals.
• Ensure the refresh of the National Disability Strategy is matched by a renewal of the National Disability Agreement to create clear and transparent accountabilities for all levels of government to drive measurable improvements in outcomes for people with disability across a wide range of metrics including education and employment.
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