Resource Library

Disability Support Toolkit

The Disability Support Toolkit has resources for front line workers supporting people with disability who have been impacted by violence and abuse. The Toolkit is a result of the Disability Pathways Project, which aimed to improve responses for people with disability who have been impacted by sexual assault, domestic and family violence.

Australian Disability Intermediaries Sector Report

This inaugural flagship report for the Intermediaries Sector exposes challenges within the operating and policy environment and features the results from the inaugural Intermediary Sector Survey which 461 intermediary service providers responded to. The administrative burden of NDIS systems and processes frustrate providers, with 61% of respondents strongly disagreeing or disagreeing that systems and process in the NDIS are working well, however, despite this, the sector is responding and meeting Participant demand.

Supported Independent Living Report

The committee was very critical of how complicated and confusing the whole process was – and just how little had changed over the last few years. The report makes 45 sensible and  practical recommendations – including making things simpler, easier and faster. And giving people more support so they can genuinely explore alternatives. Importantly, the committee also recommended more funding for advocacy so that people have support to make choices for themselves about where they live, who they live with and how they want to live their lives.

Human rights at the heart of response

While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens all members of society, persons with disabilities are disproportionately impacted due to attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers that are reproduced in the COVID-19 response. This guidance note sets out key actions Governments and stakeholders can take to support people with disabilities during the pandemic. 

Awesome support work starts with support worker training

There has never been a bigger need for engaging, easy to understand training for frontline workers that delivers practical, up to date, essential information and alignswith both the NDIS and the Quality and Safeguarding Framework This free online training suite uses best-practice online training methods and software and is anchored in the voices of people with disability

Home Coming: Framing housing policy for the future

Home is the foundation upon which society functions and yet Australia still does not have a mandated minimum standard of universal design for dwellings.  The course shows how housing fits into a broad policy context ; digs deep into the statistics to determine ‘need’; and assesses the current compliance context. Home Coming? provides a knowledge and evidence base to understand how housing contributes to economic, social and human rights outcomes in Australia and how a lack of mandated standards are affecting Australia’s productivity and prosperity.  

The disability workforce and COVID-19: initial experiences of the outbreak

This report shares the initial experiences of the disability workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 2,300 disability workers were surveyed and their responses show how COVID-19 has massively increased the risks of working in disability services.  United Workers Union National Director, Demi Pnevmatikos said, “The key findings including lack of PPE, concerns around safety protocols and risks, and workload issues must spur action to assist this vital workforce during the coronavirus crisis.”

New Price Guide: COVID-19 Line Items

he NDIA have just released an update to the Price Guide to cover all the COVI-19 adjustments that will be in place until 30 September with a review in June. The adjustments include COVID-19 Low Cost AT to support Capacity Building support delivery, 2 new assistive technology rental line items to meet immediate (ie. 30 day) needs for people leaving hospital, Items for SIL providers in case of a COVID-19 diagnosis, COVID-19 loading, and changes to Support Coordination.

10 steps to excellent NDIS therapy reports: VALID’s guide to NDIS therapist reports for allied health professionals

This 20-page good practice guide and associated Easy Read videos, will help allied health professionals develop excellent reports that provide the evidence the NDIS needs to get the best outcomes. NDIS participants, families, Local Area Coordinators, and Support Coordinators will also find this guide valuable when they are commissioning therapy reports. It will assist in determining whether a report is of a high standard.

Advokit: New advocacy hub for COVID-19

AdvoKit is a pop-up website that gives you all the advocacy information you need in one place. All resources offer plain language summaries of the key information so you can get the information you need quickly and easily.

S and the Coronavirus – what’s changed and what still needs changing? An interview with NDIA CEO

Every Australian Counts has been flooded with questions from people with disability and their families trying to get the info and support they need to make it through this difficult period. So they put your questions straight to NDIA CEO Martin Hoffman. He was asked why the NDIA increased prices by 10 per cent – but not increased plans by the same amount? Why had the cancellation policy been changed? How much support is it reasonable to expect families to provide – particularly at the moment? And what on earth is happening with iPads?

Statement of Concern – COVID-19: Human rights, disability and ethical decision-making

This Statement of Concern is made by internationally recognised independent experts in the area of human rights, bioethics and disability who have come together to emphasise key human rights principles and standards that need to underpin ethical decision-making in the context of disability and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting employees with disability through new ways of working

For many organisations the COVID-19 pandemic has seen significant changes in how, when, and where their employees work. The sudden shift to remote or flexible work arrangements and the need for physical distancing to protect colleagues and customers is presenting opportunities and challenges, especially for those with disability.  This resource provides practical tips to ensure that all employees can participate equitably in this new world or work. 

Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability

The Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus guides the Australian health sector response. This management and operational plan focuses on people with disability.

Care facilities directions (No 2)

This direction replaces the Care facilities direction, previously the Aged Care facilities direction, which restricted entry to all aged care facilities. It continues restrictions to care facilities, including alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, disability residential care and homelessness residential facilities. They came into force at midnight on 13 April 2020.