Resource Library

Reasonable and Necessary Special series: Living with COVID

Reasonable and Necessary is usually a podcast series about making Sense of the NDIS , where each podcast episode aims to simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants to work their way through the system. This is a special series that focusses on how people with disability can live safely with COVID-19.

Bushfire recovery project

Communities and individuals are better able to recover from natural disasters, such as bushfires, if the local community is strong, connected and well-supported. This project is engaging community organisations and individuals in those areas of Victoria affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-2031

The Strategy) is a national framework that all governments in Australia have signed up to. It sets out a plan for continuing to improve the lives of people with disability in Australia over the next ten years.  The Strategy supports Australia’s commitment under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Strategy’s vision is for an inclusive Australian society that ensures people with disability can fulfil their potential as equal members of the community.

The Third Review of Transport Standards

Part 34 of the Transport Standards requires the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, in consultation with the Attorney-General to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Transport Standards. The final report contains 24 findings and 9 recommendations that will be considered by the Australian Government in its response to the review which is proposed to be released in early 2022.

Improving Support Coordination for NDIS Participants

The paper outlines the outcomes from reviewing the current support coordination model in the context of both the consultation process, and broader strategic design of the Scheme. It clearly outlines the role of a support coordinator and the next steps for improving support coordination for participants.

Walking to bus stops

Walking is the main way people get to bus stops, with 94% of users in Melbourne walking all or part of the way. This report – Getting to the Bus Stop (2021) – provides a comprehensive analysis of the safety and amenity of access to bus stops in Victoria.


The outbreak of COVID-19 increased the need for alternative service delivery design, as in person services are often limited by public health measures. TelePBS is the delivery of positive behaviour support via telepractice. Telepractice is the delivery of services at a distance. Services can be delivered by face to face videoconferencing, audio videoconferencing, chat box … Continued

Supporting effective communication

This e-learning module demonstrates – from the perspective of NDIS participants – what effective communication looks like, and how it supports choice and control. With effective communication, workers can support and enable people to express themselves, to be heard and be safe. The module is made up of three topics that provides information, scenarios, tips, and practical actions that can be taken to reduce risks associated with the communication support needs of people with disability.

NDIS Quarterly Reports

The latest report includes an update about NDIA consultation projects, including: Reviewing the Early Childhood Approach; Interventions for Children on the Autism Spectrum; Supporting NDIS Participants to Pursue their Home and Living Goals: and Empowering NDIS participants’ Decisions (page 21).

Agents of our own Destiny: Activism and the road to the Disability Royal Commission

This research report is about the disability rights movement and the history of disability activism and advocacy in Australia. It highlights how hard people with disability, advocates and activists have fought for the same rights as others, and to gain the protections offered by equality, inclusion and justice. It also reminds us of how important the outcomes of the Royal Commission will be for hundreds of thousands of Australians with disability.

Disability in Australia: Shadows, struggles and successes

This research report provides historic insights into the experiences of people with disability in Australia. It looks at different cultural and social factors that have impacted the lives of people with disability over time.  It explains how, for hundreds of years, society viewed people with disability as different and told them they didn’t fit in. This influenced the way the community and government treated people with disability regarding access and needs. The 21st century has marked a more inclusive approach towards people with disability in Australia, but attitudes such as racism, stigma and exclusion are still common experiences that people with disability struggle against

A fairer, equal and more inclusive Victoria

VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Review of the Disability Act 2006 (Vic). It is important that the new Act is robust and comprehensive in promoting and protecting the rights of all Victorians with disability. This submission focuses on mechanisms that promote inclusion (the State Disability Plan, disability action plans and the Victorian Disability Advisory Council), and safeguards and rights protections (including Community Visitors, residential rights and limits to restrictive practices).

The I Can’t Stand Podcast

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live with a disability? The I Can’t Stand Podcast is for everyone who has a question or just wondered about disability. No questions are off-limits any question you have is allowed. Every week Peta will answer any question you have, based on her experiences as a single, 30- something woman who has Cerebral Palsy. Have a question?

Police responses to people with disability

This report finds some police responses to people with disability are inadequate and can be ‘damaging’ to their well-being. Many people with disability who end up in a life-long cycle of disadvantage and incarceration come into contact with police due to their disadvantaged circumstances and their inability to access effective social services. The evidence presented in the report indicates justice systems across Australia in many cases enable, rather than prevent, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.