Getting Ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

A “Getting Ready Together” Gathering to prepare Aboriginal people with disability, their families and carers for the introduction of the NDIS is being held between 24-26 May at the Coachhouse Marina Resort in Batemans Bay.

The Gathering will feature key presenters from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and Ageing Disability and Home Care Service (ADHC). There will also be practical workshops on support planning, self managing funds, path planning and NDIS terms and languages.

Up to 150 Aboriginal people with disability, their families, carers, community members and service providers are expected to attend the Gathering, which is a partnership between Family & Community Services NSW (FACS) and a dedicated local Aboriginal Steering Committee (made up of local Aboriginal community members and workers from Southern NSW).

“As the Chairperson of the local Aboriginal Steering Committee and a person with a disability, I am excited about this gathering, which will give myself and other Aboriginal people with disability, our carers and families an opportunity to get practical and useful information about the NDIS and how the changes will affect us” Said Athol Callaghan.

Gathering organisers will help with transport, accommodation and other special needs. The Gathering is FREE for Aboriginal people with disability, their families, carers and community members.

For more information or to book into this event, you can contact Stephanie Rooney at the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation on 02 4228 1585.

About the NDIS

The NDIS is a new way for people with disability to get the care and supports they need to live a better life. The NDIS recognises that everyone is different and gives people with disability choice and flexibility.

Southern NSW districts will enter into the NDIS from 1 July 2016.

More information about the NDIS is available on the website. There is also a dedicated Aboriginal People section for Aboriginal people with disability, their carers and families on this website.

Media Contact: Stephanie Rooney, Ph 02 4228 1585,

What: Getting Ready Together Aboriginal Gathering (National Disability Insurance Scheme)

When: 24 to 26 May at Coachhouse Marina Resort Batemans Bay