Resource Library

NDIS Self-advocacy Learning Hub for people experiencing mental health issues

The Learning Hub contains resources to help people with experiences of mental health issues advocate for what they want under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is free to use for all NDIS workers, mental health service workers, people supporting NDIS participants, people who are considering applying for the NDIS, and NDIS participants themselves.

NDIA chair Kurt Fearnley on ‘fundamental’ reform of the disability scheme

The federal government is trying to contain the exploding cost of the landmark National Disability Insurance Scheme – especially difficult given the fears of vulnerable people who rely on it.  In this podcast, former Paralympian Kurt Fearnley, chair of the National Disability Insurance Authority, which implements the scheme, discusses its issues and the road ahead.

Human Rights Interviews

Lisa, who lives with an acquired brain injury, is passionate about protecting the human rights of people with disability.  In this series of interviews, Lisa seeks to explore how various organisations that provide services to people with disability view human rights, and what they are doing to promote the human rights of people with disability.

What inclusion means: Perspectives of people with disability

This week is National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week – 2-8 May 2023.  Learn a little bit about Tourette Syndrome from the unique perspective of lived experience with  Jason McCurry. This is part of DARU’s ‘What does inclusion mean to me’ series. You can get more information and resources from Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia Inc. … Continued

NDIS mental health toolkit

The toolkit is designed for people with lived experience of the mental health system who use or are eligible for the NDIS’ under the psychosocial disability stream.  It has information and worksheets to help you know your rights, speak up for yourself and be the strongest advocate for what you want under the Scheme. It is free to use for all NDIS workers, mental health service workers, people supporting NDIS participants, people who are considering applying for the NDIS, and NDIS participants themselves.  

Towards best-practice access to services for culturally and linguistically diverse people with a disability

The report investigates how to improve services, supports and programs for people with disability from culturally diverse backgrounds.  The study concludes that ‘good’ practice for services involves three key elements, including the involvement of people with disability from culturally diverse backgrounds at all stages of developing, implementing and managing services.  The report makes three recommendations for changes at a system, organisational and individual level.

Diverse Learners Hub

The Hub is an online resource that provides information, tools and guidance on diverse learning, including:
– understanding autism and how schools support autistic students
– understanding the different types of learning difficulties
– how learning difficulties can affect a child’s and young person’s learning
– evidence-based resources, tools, and guidance on learning diversity
– professional learning and teaching resources for school staff.

Speak My Language (Disability)

This resource involves hundreds of people from culturally diverse communities talking about living well with a disability in 24 languages.  The power of storytelling is harnessed through podcast and radio to share the personal experiences, skills and talents of people living with a disability.  Many stories focus on the power of advocacy, peer support and education about legal rights.  You’ll also find Interviews with guest speakers who share information about inclusive places, activities and opportunities that all Australians can enjoy.

Social Security (Tables for the Assessment of Work-related Impairment for Disability Support Pension) Determination 2023

The Determination 2023 sets out the rules decision-makers must use when assessing a person’s work-related impairment for the Disability Support Pension (DSP) under the Social Security Act 1991. A number of changes were made to the DSP assessment that apply to claims for the DSP made on or after 1 April 2023. The number of tables have been reduced from 22 to 15.  The new tables adopt a functional-based assessment of a person’s ability to work, instead of the previous diagnosis-based assessment. This instrument replaces the 2011 Determination.

Capability and Culture of the NDIA Interim Report

The committee is particularly moved by evidence that participants feel distressed, frustrated, and unheard when planners do not understand their lived experience of disability. Planners are a key interface between participants and the NDIS. If planners do not understand a participant’s disability and how it impacts their daily life, this is likely to have a negative effect on a participant’s plan and their experience of the NDIS.

Review of procurement and contracting

The Independent Review of Services Australia and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Procurement and Contracting examined the procurement processes leading to the award of contracts to Synergy 360 and associated entities.  The review focused on internal agency practices and processes and the conduct of Services Australia and NDIA officials in undertaking the relevant procurements. the Independent Review produced an Independent Reviewer’s Report as well as a Taskforce Report to the Independent Reviewer.

Toolkit: Inclusion is Everyone’s Business

This toolkit provides practical tips and resources that are easy to use.  They are designed to build the knowledge and confidence of teams working within any service or program for children so that children with disabilities and developmental delay can experience inclusive and meaningful participation in their areas of interest.  You’ll also find real-life stories of genuine inclusion experienced by children and their families as part of the toolkit.  

State of Incarceration: Insights into Imprisonment in Victoria (

This report lays bare the failures of Victoria’s criminal justice system in a comprehensive assessment that reveals “jailing is failing”.  It is increasingly clear that in Victoria, the growth in the adult imprisonment rate has not been driven by severity of offending or crime, but rather by systemic failings, and policy and legislative choices, that have resulted in people being funnelled unnecessarily into imprisonment.  In particular, this includes those denied bail and awaiting sentencing and those denied parole.

We Can All Be Leaders Podcast

The podcast series talks about the importance of young people’s involvement, advocating as young people with disabilities and being in feminist spaces where disability is not always at the forefront. Listen and get transcripts online or find it on your preferred podcast app including, Spotify, PodBean and more!

Outcomes associated with ‘inclusive’, ‘segregated’ and ‘integrated’ settings for people with disability

The research report looks at what should be done to make a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be safe and independent. It considered several questions about inclusion and it found that inclusion is more than just being in the community physically.  Inclusion is when people with disability feel welcome and know they belong, are safe and can speak up and have their say.