Connecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples with the NDIS
It is widely recognised that historically, there has been a
disconnect between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
and the Disability Service System. Synapse recognised that
engagement must be done in a different way to connect Aboriginal
and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples with the services which all
Australians with a disability are entitled.
Synapse was contracted by the State and Federal Government under
a Bilateral Agreement to provide an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait
Islander NDIS Participant Readiness Initiatives (PRI) program.
Synapse worked in partnership with Aboriginal and/or Torres
Strait Islander communities, local organisations, groups and
services to establish relationships and build a level of trust and
familiarity with the community. The method of delivery was
determined by the local organisations and in many cases included
NDIS information workshops, yarning circles and agency
The program was designed to:
- Educate individuals about disability and that they may have a
disability that affects their functioning in everyday life.
- Inform people that there are services available via the NDIS
and that these services are available to anyone who is
- Inform people that they will not be negatively impacted after
engaging with the NDIS.
- Provide support to navigate the NDIS Access Request
Synapse developed a Yarn Up Cards
resource which was designed to start conversations about the NDIS
and provide examples of some of the types of supports and services
The program reached over 10,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait
Islander people in urban, rural and remote communities and was an
important step in providing culturally relevant information about
disability support and the NDIS.