Resource Library

Map Your future

Map Your Future is designed for disabled young people who are aged 12 to 25, but anyone can complete this program.  It is free and online and will help you plan what you want to do in the future. It has information and activities to help you set goals and get the right support to achieve your goals. This program has a lot of information about the NDIS but you can do this program even if you do not get support through the NDIS. 

Family Voices

This podcast series features casual conversations with families of children with disability and/or developmental delay and the professionals they work alongside. The aim is to support and build families’ knowledge, skills and confidence when navigating the early childhood intervention (ECI) landscape. It is also an opportunity for parents to share their individual stories of everyday life in family with a child diagnosed with a disability and/or developmental delay.

Participant outcomes report

This data report measures the progress of participants since joining the Scheme up to June 2020.  It offers a unique view into how the NDIS is benefiting participants as well as helping identify areas that may need additional focus. There are four different versions of the outcomes framework questionnaires, corresponding to four participant age groups.  Where relevant, the baseline and the longitudinal reports have analysed the impact of COVID-19 on outcome indicators.

Accessible Parking Permits

A new Accessible Parking Permit scheme has been introduced across Victoria. The new scheme launched on 22 March, and is designed to create fairer outcomes and free up accessible parking bays for the people who need them the most. 

Dr Ben Gauntlett, Senate Estimates statement

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett told Senate estimates it was important to remember that the independent assessment policy change had not yet been put into legislation. While he said he welcomed increased consistency, equity and efficacy in the delivery of scheme, he had concerns the proposed process for independent assessments undermined its effectiveness and would not have the intended effect for individuals with complex support needs.

Nature and extent of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability in Australia’ report

From the information gathered in this report it is clear that people with disability remain at much greater risk of experiencing physical violence than people without disability. In the last year women with disability were more than twice as likely to report sexual violence as women without disability. A quarter of young people with disability reported violence in the last year compared to 11% of those in older age groups. And people with cognitive and psychological impairments reported higher rates of all types of violence compared to people with other types of impairments.

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System: Final Report

This report finds that Victoria’s mental health system operates in crisis mode, has “catastrophically failed to live up to expectations” and must be rebuilt. Demand has now overtaken the capacity of the system. Among the final report’s 65 recommendations, outlined in a mammoth five-volume report, are the phasing out of seclusion and restraints treatments over the next decade, and making compulsory treatments an option of last resort.

Joint Statement: This is not the NDIS we fought for

This is the disability sector’s statement on the Australian Government’s planned reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). – People with disability, their families and the organisations that represent them are all worried about changes the Australian Government wants to make to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We want the scheme to be consistent and fair. But we also want to make sure that people with disability get the support they need. There are too many unanswered questions and concerns for this proposal to continue in its current form. We therefore request…

Decision Time: Activating the rights of adults with cognitive disability

The report focuses on matters relevant to people with cognitive disabilities, including mental health and neurological disabilities, which may affect their ability to make decisions without support. The 25 recommendations support reform to improve laws and practices and reduce the impact these laws have on people with cognitive disabilities. Such reforms will enable Australia to meet its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

NDIS access, eligibility and independent assessments

This Issues Paper is specifically prompted by concerns that the NDIA’s proposed model of mandatory independent assessments will reinforce the growing inequalities in the Scheme. Instead of improving access and reducing out-of-pocket expenses, independent assessments will present another hurdle for people with disability. This hurdle will be higher and harder for people who experience multiple and intersecting forms of disadvantage, and will add another layer of stress, complexity and anguish for people with disability seeking support.

Response to Consultation on Proposed NDIS Reforms: Access and Independent Assessments

The signatory organisations urge the National Disability Insurance Agency to commit to halting the currently proposed reforms and rebuilding them with an end-to-end process directly involving people with disability, in line with Australia’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability and the objects and principles of the NDIS Act itself.

Decision Time: Activating the rights of adults with cognitive disability

This landmark report calls for reforms that will ensure full human rights for the four million Australians with disability, including prisoners. It aims to ensure Australia fully meets its United Nations obligations for people with disability within five years By setting out what all Australian governments need to do to ensure people with disability receive their legal entitlements.

Final Report: Care, Dignity and Respect,

The Final Report calls for fundamental reform of the aged care system. Royal Commissioners Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO make 148 wide-ranging recommendations in their Report, which comprises 5 volumes. The report finds that the extent of substandard care in Australia’s aged care system reflects both poor quality on the part of some … Continued

Government Response

The Government supports, or supports-in-principle, 26 of the recommendations made in the Committee’s report. Given the ongoing reforms to the planning process being progressed by the NDIA, the Government notes the Committee’s remaining 16 recommendations and provides information on the key initiatives underway and planned to address them.

My Allied Health space

This free website is set up to provide information, tools and training resources to ensure that people with significant disabilities can confidently choose the allied health services needed to improve their skills and independence over time. It also offers a range of resources for allied health professionals working in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).