Supports for people living with a Disability

What is a Disability?

In NSW, many data collections adopt a definition based on the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. This classification uses 'disability' as an umbrella term for the following:

  • Impairments - problems in body function or structure
  • Activity limitations - difficulties in executing activities
  • Participation restrictions - problems an individual may experience in involvement in life situations.

The NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 refers to long-term physical, psychiatric, intellectual or sensory impairments that, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder the person's full and effective participation in the community on an equal basis to others. 

To be deemed a disability the impairment or condition must impact daily activities, communication and/or mobility and has lasted or is likely to last 6 months or more.

NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)
The NDIS is an National Disability Insurance Scheme which aims to support people with a disability plan their own care needs.

To participate in the NDIS, a person must be under 65 years of age and have a permanent impairment or condition that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay.

If you are a person with disability or helping a person with a disability  to join the NDIS, you/they will need to meet the access requirements. These include: availability of the Scheme where they live; their age; their residency status; their disability and in some cases their early intervention requirements.

To access the NDIS, please contact 1800 800 110 and ask for an 'Access Request Form'.

Once eligibility has been established and the person's needs are assessed, they will need help in developing an individual plan. T

he plan can include: Support coordination to access services; supports to improve daily living experiences; transitions during times of change, therapeutic/behavioural supports,  aids etc. The plan & any budget requirements will need to be submitted to the NDIS for approval.


The NDIS has released a number of Auslan interpretations of key information videos about the scheme. Videos available in Auslan include "About the NDIS", "Getting Ready for the NDIS", "Developing your first NDIS plan" and "Self managing your plan", as well as many more. To view the video go to and search for 'NDIS'.

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) aims to provide children aged 0-6 years with a developmental delay or disability a wide range of supports that can be offered in a range of everyday environments such as at home, childcare, playgroup, sporting or community activities.

In South Western Sydney the NDIS and EACH (A non government organisation) have a partnership agreement to ensure families have access to the ECEI. For more information contact 1300 003 224

Admission To Discharge Together Project

The Admission 2Discharge Together Project has been developed using co-design involving people with a disability, Carers, health and disability staff. The project aims to improve the hospital journey for people with a disability who may be non-verbal or display behaviours of concern in the hospital setting.

The project included the development of the Admission2Discharge Together Folder. The information included in the person's folder helps clinical staff to understand the person's specific needs. It will also make it easier for them to do their job. There are a number of sections in the folder that among many things can include a photo of the person, contact information, quick relevant information relevant to the decision makers in the person's life etc.

Disability staff, Carers and the clients themselves can now access the A2D Together website and learn more about the project and read tips and download resources for developing their own folder/s.

South Western Sydney Local Health District - Disability and Carers Strategy 2017-2022

The SWSLHD Disability and Carers Strategy was launched on the 22 September 2017 as part of the 11th annual Consumer and Community Participation Conference.

The five year Strategy captures the Health District’s commitment to improving access to services and facilities, and outlines the actions to better meet the needs of patients, community and staff with a disability as well as carers and staff members who are also carers.

Planning for the Future- People with Disabilities - Department of Social Services document assists families to navigate the options available.

 Useful Organisations and websites on Disability related information

Autism Advisory & Support Service

An NDIS provider located in Liverpool that provides a range of services that support children with autism and their families and Carers
Australian Hearing Hearing specialist centres which provide government-funded hearing care for eligible people, including children from birth to age 26, pensioners and most veterans.
Commonwealth Carelink & Respite Centre  Provides information and access to respite options for Carers. Contact 1800 052 222

Intellectual Disability Rights Service

Provides legal advice, advocacy and support for people with intellectual disability.                       

First Peoples Disability Network Australia Advocates for the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in Australia and internationally.

Department of Social Services 

Information about government support payments for  people with disabilities & their carers

Amputees NSW   

Information on programs and supports for people who have undergone a limb amputation.

People with Disability Australia

PWDA is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation.

Free E-Learning modules for carers on improving the mental health & wellbeing of people with intellectual disability.

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association Promotes, protects & secures the rights of people from CALD backgrounds with disabilities, their families and carers in NSW.

Information on Disability & Education Awareness Services        

IDEAS supports people with disability and people with age related disability, their families, carers and other supporters to self-advocate, enabling them to make informed decisions about matters of importance to them.

Brain Injury Australia Brain Injury Australia is the peak advocacy organisation representing State & Territory member organisations that support people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) their families and carers.
National Multilingual Disability Hub Hotline and website in 15 languages for anyone requiring information about disabilities Directory of supported accommodation available for people with disabilities

Siblings Australia

Siblings Australia provides information, resources, support groups and education that supports siblings of younger and older individuals living with a disability.

NSW Health

Information on newly acquired brain injury or spinal cord injuries and the NDIS


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