Working towards co-design

We have been working with a small advisory group of representatives from the disability sector and Independent Advisory Council (Council) to provide advice about how to start co-design and develop an agreement or compact with the broader disability sector. 

The agreement or compact will be focused on building and strengthening the mutual relationship between the NDIA, Council and disability sector.

It will explain how we want to work together including an agreed definition of co-design and how it will be applied to potential Scheme improvements.

We also want to create a steering committee with representatives from the Council and disability sector to work in partnership and provide ongoing advice to the NDIA on how to begin implementing co-design and improving other engagement processes.

Developing the agreement

We want to work with disability representative and carer organisations, Council and the Department of Social Services to develop an agreement or compact.

The Council have encouraged us to focus on building and strengthening the mutual relationship by:

  • developing an agreement or compact with disability sector on how we want to work together,
  • agreeing on a definition of co-design and how it will be applied to potential Scheme improvements, and
  • developing an engagement roadmap which outlines the forward plan and how we plan to engage.

We are planning to have the first of a series of workshops with 27 disability representative and carer organisations and Council members in September 2021. 

In the coming months attendees at the workshops will ask the people they represent what they think is important to include in the agreement. 

There may be more priorities outlined by the attendees of the first workshop for us to consider when building and strengthening the relationship with the disability community.

More workshops will be planned based on discussions at the first session in September.

We hope to have an agreement in place by the end of 2021.

Workshop attendees

A combination of 27 selected disability representative and carer organisations, as well as the 13 members of the Council, will come together to represent the interests of people with disability during the development of the agreement or compact.

The Council will be included in the workshops because:

  • Council has statutory role to advise the NDIA Board as outlined in the NDIS Act.
  • Appointed members have held roles within disability organisations and are highly respected voices within the disability sector.
  • Council's formal advice to the Board has previously had a positive impact on Agency policies, demonstrating its ability to influence effective outcomes for participants.

The 27 disability representative and carer organisations have been selected to participate for a number of reasons including:

  • Experience representing people with disability at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the United Nations.
  • Significant involvement in the formation of the NDIS and National Disability Strategy and contribution to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.
  • Extensive knowledge on specific policies that affect people with a disability and expertise in accessible consultation and person-centred engagement.
  • Strong established connections to large networks of people with a disability across Australia.

Disability representative and carer organisations

The list below demonstrates the diversity of peak bodies to be included in the co-design workshop group membership. 

  • Autism Alliance (Autism South Australia representative)
  • A4 Autism Asperger’s Advocacy Australia
  • Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN AUNZ)
  • Blind Citizens Australia
  • Brain Injury Australia
  • Carers Australia
  • Children & Young People with Disabilities Australia (CYDA)
  • Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA)
  • Deaf Australia
  • Deafblind Australia
  • Deafness Forum Australia
  • Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)
  • Down Syndrome Australia
  • Every Australian Counts
  • First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)
  • Inclusion Australia
  • JFA Purple Orange
  • National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum
  • Mental Health Australia
  • National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
  • People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
  • Physical Disability Australia
  • ReImagine Australia
  • Self-Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)
  • Women with Disabilities Australia
  • Young People in Nursing Homes Alliance

More information

See our working towards co-design frequently asked questions for more information.

This page current as of
7 September 2021
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