The Disability Support Organisation Capacity Building project is now underway.

The NDIA has funded a number of grassroots community organisations to act as Disability Support Organisations. Each DSO will work with people with disability and their families and carers to make the most opportunities presented by the NDIS and engage effectively with the scheme.

Each DSO will facilitate and support up to 20 local peer support or mutual support groups.  The support groups will provide information, resources and build community networks between participants and with others.  The type and structure of the local support groups will be determined by DSOs in consultation with the NDIA.  Local support groups will respond to local needs, conditions and circumstances. The goals of the local support groups will be to build the capacity of people with disability and their families to:

  • Exercise choice and control
  • Effectively engage with the NDIS
  • Effectively engage with mainstream programs, services and activities
  • Increase opportunities for independence, self-management and community inclusion

The organisations selected for this first stage of the DSO capacity building project are listed below.   The NDIA looks forward to working with them on this exciting project.

  • Aboriginal Disability Network NSW
  • Down Syndrome Association of NSW
  • First People’s Disability Network (Australia)
  • New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability
  • People with Disability Australia Incorporated
  • Physical Disability Council of NSW
  • Queenslanders with Disability Network Ltd
  • Families 4 Families Incorporated
  • Speak Out Association of Tasmania
  • Amaze (Autism Victoria)
  • Association for Children with a Disability
  • Carers Victoria
  • Down Syndrome Association of Victoria
  • VALID Inc
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Developmental Disability WA
  • Down Syndrome WA
  • People with Disabilities (WA) Inc

The NDIA will provide contact details for each of the organisations shortly for people with disability and/or their families and carers interested in participating in local groups.

If you would like more information about this project please email

Published Date: 

11 December 2014