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Every Australian Counts Community Forums

Rural, regional and metropolitan participants across the country have their say

To put people with disability back at the centre of the NDIS we want to hear from as many of you with lived experiences with the NDIS as possible.

We have partnered with Every Australian Counts (EAC) to host online discussions with people with disabilities and families living in rural, regional and urban areas.

The forums are hosted by Dr George Taleporos and Carl Thompson.

EAC is a community of hundreds of thousands of people with disability, their families and carers and those who support them, all working together to fight for a fair go for Australians with disability.

We know that problems can often be magnified outside urban areas. We want to ensure rural and regional folk have the opportunity to have their voice heard in the NDIS Review.

We want to hear both problems and solutions! And we know that people with disabilities and their families are the people who know what works best for them.

We asked people to talk about their concerns, ideas and solutions on:

  • What home and living supports you/your family member needs
  • What you/your family member needs to feel safe and secure in the home, in community and elsewhere
  • What information you think the NDIS needs to know to make decisions about your plan and funding 
  • How can the planning and review process work better
  • What does support look like and how do you find it
  • What support you need to be in control of your life and make your own decisions

The first six EAC forums heard the stories, concerns and ideas from participants, their families and carers from right across the country. From Western Australia, Queensland, NSW and Victoria and regional and remote towns including Natimuk, Tully, and Traralgon.

Hearing the views and ideas of people with lived experience of disability ensures the Review is guided by participant and community feedback. Your experiences and ideas will help us understand what is really important as we continue our work to make sure the NDIS work better for you and your family.

The NDIS Review will publish more opportunities to have your say in the coming months. Go to the NDIS Review website and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date.