Supporting the NDIS roll out in Rural and Remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Posted on 17 March 2017

Drawing upon the existing strengths and features of rural and remote communities, along with engaging in the ‘proper way’ with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are key components of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Rural and Remote Strategy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy.

The strategies focus on enabling quality engagement, service delivery and leadership to ensure the successful delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in rural and remote communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

The strategies were developed drawing on the knowledge and experience of the NDIA trial sites and the expertise of the Rural, Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group and associated working groups.

Highlights of the Rural and Remote Strategy includes the NDIA committing to:

  • Identifying and drawing upon the strengths and unique characteristics of rural and remote communities to enable greater service delivery opportunities;
  • Supporting local planning that builds on community strengths and is informed through collaboration, engagement and co-design; and
  • Developing creative supports and services to increase opportunities for people with disability living in a rural or remote area.

Highlights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy include:

  • The adoption of an ‘I’ model phased approach of ‘introduction, initiation and invitation’ for establishing sustainable relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Principles for engaging in the ‘proper way’ with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • 10 key engagement priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a disability. 

Read the documents in Easy English, Rural and Remote and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.