Supporting diverse communities

Where a person lives, their culture and ethnicity, their relationships and the interplay of other social and health issues can impact their access to the NDIS.

Throughout 2016-17 the Agency has progressively worked to ensure the Scheme is accessible and supports better outcomes for people with a diverse range of abilities and from a spectrum of population groups.

In March 2017 the Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, released the NDIA’s Rural and Remote Strategy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy.

Throughout 2016 and 2017 the Agency has further progressed the development of specific strategies for other population groups with disability including:

  • culturally and linguistically diverse () populations;
  • the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual () community; and
  • people who are ‘hard to reach’ due to their social, health and welfare circumstances.

The and Strategies are due to be released during 2017-18. In March 2017, the NDIA partnered with People with Disability Australia to participate in the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

Average Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment with NDIA Partners in the Community as at 30 June 2017 was 5.8 per cent.13

13. As self-reported by NDIA Partners in the Community Back to footnote