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NDS National Communities of Practice (CoP) have replaced National Committees. NDS is encouraging all members to enjoy the benefits of collaboration and networking with other members from around the country who have shared interests.

Membership of the National CoPs is open to all members who have an interest in that area. Each CoP is chaired by a subject matter expert in the area, and will be supported by NDS staff with relevant expertise.

The National CoPs have three main roles:

  • Exploration of key issues to support policy development
  • Member engagement and establishing connections
  • Support and development of that sector area of interest

The National CoPs complement the role of State and Territory CoPs, which fulfill their roles of maintaining local community connections, exploring key local issues, and for support and development of the sector locally.

Where a National CoP exists, the information from State and Territory CoPs will feed in and inform discussion in each National CoP.

Communities of Practice are a good example of how NDS members can be more powerful when we work together. There's no doubt the combined voice of over 1200 members, representing every aspect of disability support, is critical to creating positive change for the sector.

How to join a National Community of Practice

All NDS members are welcome to subscribe to and attend communities of practice. To indicate your preferences, simply follow the steps on your member subscription preferences page. Once you are subscribed, you will receive CoPs meeting invites and information from your CoP lead straight to your inbox.

Please note: Invitations to register for each CoP meeting will be sent to subscribers via email before the meeting date. If the next meeting is less than two weeks away and you haven’t yet received the invitation to register, please get in touch with the CoP lead directly to ensure you don't miss out.

Children, Young People and their Families

Scope

The National Children, Young People and their Families Community of Practice seeks to promote the interests and wellbeing of children and young people with disability and their families through the exchange of information, discussion of good practice, and the provision of policy advice that informs effective and quality service delivery.

Lead

Karen Stace
State Manager NSW

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Housing and Support

Scope

The National Housing and Support Community of Practice seeks to promote policy and practice across Australia that improves the accommodation support and housing options for people with disability through the exchange of information, discussion of good practice, and the provision of policy advice that informs effective and quality service delivery.

Lead

Mick Fallon
Northern Territory Manager

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NDIS Intermediaries

The National NDIS Intermediaries Community of Practice seeks to provide policy advice on issues associated with the operations of Local Area Coordinators, Support Coordinators and Plan Managers, as well as promote the exchange of information and discussion of good practice.

Lead

Reneé Malby
State Manager, Tasmania

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Disability Employment Services

Scope

The National DES Community of Practice is a peer-led forum for providers of Disability Employment Services. The meetings provide an opportunity for DES providers to share best practice, provide feedback on issues, and discuss policies and reporting requirements affecting DES providers and their employees.

Lead

Kerrie Langford
Head of Employment

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Quality and Safeguarding

Scope

The National Quality and Safeguarding Community of Practice is a peer-led forum that covers all areas of providing quality safe services for people with a disability. Meetings will bring people together and provide opportunities to support and learn from one another.

Lead

Sarah Nicoll
Head of Quality and Safeguards

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Remote and Very Remote

Scope

The National Remote and Very Remote Community of Practice will provide an opportunity to share, listen and experience work in remote areas, consider opportunities and challenges when accessing and delivering NDIS funded support, and formulate advocacy positions to ensure services in remote areas are sustainable, effective and culturally appropriate.

Lead

Mick Fallon
Northern Territory Manager

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Employment Supports (Social Enterprise)

Scope

The National Employment Supports Community of Practice is a peer-led forum for providers of employment supports across Australia. The forum will feature updates and discussions on national policy developments and issues and provide an opportunity for service providers to share good practice, discuss the latest policies and reporting requirements, and raise issues impacting supported employees.

Lead

Kerrie Langford
Head of Employment

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Workforce

Scope

The National Workforce Community of Practice supports NDS member organisations to keep abreast of disability workforce developments and opportunities. It provides a forum for members to share challenges, ideas and solutions.

Lead

Dianne Hardy
Head of Workforce (Acting)

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State and Territory Communities of Practice

Several of the NDS state and territory offices also run Communities of Practice, which are open to all staff of NDS members. These provide an opportunity for NDS members to engage on a particular area of interest within a particular state or territory.

State and Territory CoPs enable local community connections, the exploration of key local issues, and are focussed on the support and development of the sector locally.

Where a National CoP exists, the State and Territory CoPs will feed into and inform discussion in each National CoP by providing localised perspective and knowledge. Similarly, the National CoPs provide national perspectives and information which can be used as input into the State and Territory CoPs.

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