About National Disability Services
National Disability Services (NDS) is Australia's peak body for non-government disability service organisations, representing more than 1100 non-government service providers. Collectively, NDS members operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability.
NDS traces its roots back to 1945, when the Australian Advisory Council for the Physically Handicapped was formed in response to the need for national co-ordination of the respective state and territory bodies. By the beginning of the 1960s, it was recognised that disability service providers had many common interests, regardless of what particular group they served. As a result, the Australian Council for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled was established in 1963. This more inclusive body allowed the voluntary sector to address the government with a united voice when lobbying on disability issues.
Board and structure
NDS has a head office in Canberra and offices in every state and territory. Our current Chief Executive is Ken Baker AM.
NDS is governed by a national board which includes the elected chair from each state and territory, as well as representatives elected directly by members. The current board President is Joan McKenna-Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the Autism Association of Western Australia (Inc).
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NDS is the only organisation that represents the full spectrum of disability service providers across Australia. Members range in size from small support groups to large multi-service organisations.
NDS provides members with a strong voice, enabling the sector to collectively initiate change, influence outcomes and deliver the funding needed to ensure the best possible quality of life for people with disability.
Our membership program is made up of four categories, offering different benefits to suit the needs of organisations operating in the disability sector.
Not sure which category best suits you? Find out using our 3 step membership eligibility form