Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Strategy

Strategy refresh

The NDIS is refreshing the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) Strategy (the strategy) in 2022.

The CALD strategy refresh will be a three phased approach which will finish in October 2022.

  1. A Discover stage where we will identify the focus of future co-design workshops through extensive community engagement and focus groups with CALD participants and stakeholders.
  2. In the Develop stage, we will co-design workshops with CALD participants and stakeholder to explore, test and build areas of CALD strategy and possible actions. The workshops will focus on what we have heard in the previous stage and what we can do about it. 
  3. In the Deliver and Evaluate stage, the NDIA will share a draft copy of the CALD strategy 2022-26 with key stakeholders who attended the workshops for final feedback. Final feedback will be used to refine the strategy and action plan before official launch in October 2022.

For more information on the CALD strategy refresh including ways to contribute, please email [email protected]

CALD strategy refresh information in languages

2021 progress update 

In July 2021, the NDIA released a progress update on the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Strategy. The update details progress against the priorities identified in the Strategy and actions to further drive the implementation of the Strategy over the next 18 months. 

The NDIA will commence engagement in late 2021 with culturally and linguistically diverse stakeholders, including participants, families, carers and the sector to develop a refreshed Strategy. This will be completed in 2022. 

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Strategy 2018-22

The Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Strategy 2018 (the Strategy) is the NDIA’s public statement of commitment to working alongside people with disability from CALD backgrounds to achieve access to, and outcomes from, their NDIS Plan on an equal basis with the broader population.

The Strategy sets priority areas for action focussed on building connections and positive relationships with CALD communities, broadening choice and control, and increasing cultural competency within the NDIA and its Partners.

The Strategy has been developed through internal and external consultation, including with the NDIA’s Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Stakeholder Advisory Group.

The NDIA recognises that people with disability from a CALD background can face additional challenges in terms of inclusion in their communities, and this extends to their ability to access the NDIS and supports.

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