The growing network of Partners in the Community (Partners) continues to be critical to the delivery of the NDIS. Partners are suitably experienced and qualified organisations chosen for their strong local knowledge and understanding of people with disability or developmental delay.
The Agency works with these Partners at a local level throughout Australia to deliver Early Childhood Early Intervention () and Local Area Coordination ( ) services.
Partners in the Community deliveringservices are experienced in providing early childhood intervention services. supports children aged 0–6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families and carers.
Partners in the Community deliveringservices assist people with disability aged seven and above to understand and access the NDIS, develop and refine their plans and link them to community and mainstream services. They also work within the local community to ensure inclusiveness for people with disability.
In 2016-17, the Agency funded 21 Partners in the Community to deliverand services via $116 million of grants and contracts.
The Agency established a National Partner Network to assist with the sharing of knowledge and experience between the Agency and Partners.
Partners are also focussed on reaching their cultural diversity and disability employment target of 15 per cent of employees having a disability. Many Partners have already exceeded this goal.