Disability Advocacy and the National Disability Insurance Scheme


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was welcomed in 2013.  Its purpose was to realise a human rights based disability support system that would offer people with disability choice and control around the reasonable and necessary supports they need in order to live an ordinary life.

Instead of a streamlined scheme focused on individual need, what we have ended up with is some complicated operational guidelines and legalistic procedures that make the system very difficult to understand and navigate, particularly for people with complex support needs.

The onus falls on people with disability to put their support needs into NDIS language, but much is lost in translation. So who can assist when misunderstandings arise and who can step in when things go wrong?

This information sheet shows where the role of Disability Advocate intersects along the NDIS journey and how this role differs from those of Local Area Coordinator and Support Coordinator.

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DARU acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country and pays respects to Elders past and present.

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