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Membership has its benefits

From advocacy to practical resources to help your organisation succeed, being an NDS member has numerous benefits. By becoming a member, you not only join a community of sector influencers, but you become a part of a collective mission to improve the lives of people with disability.

There are a few differences between the benefits available to Organisational Members and Associates. The key difference is that only Organisational Members can be elected to the NDS leadership positions and vote in organisational elections.

Here are four key ways in which becoming an NDS member can benefit your organisation.

1. Policy influence

NDS is a robust and independent advocate to governments on behalf of disability service providers.

      • Join the discussion

Joining NDS allows you to contribute to policy development, collaborate with peers and inform NDS’s work through a range of participative opportunities.

Additionally, NDS’s consultations and committees ensure that we remain responsive to the priorities and needs of our members, large and small, across Australia.

      • Access to decision-makers
      • Access to research

Through the NDS Centre for Applied Disability Research, NDS carries out and contributes to research that has a strong practical and policy focus.

      • NDS election and committees

NDS is governed by a board that includes representation from all states and territories. NDS Organisational Members have the right to nominate for NDS’s Board and for state committees.

Please note that Organisational Associates can be involved in NDS’s national and state/territory sub-committees and special interest groups but do not have the right to nominate for a position or vote in NDS’s Board and state committees elections.

2. Information

We help service providers navigate the complex challenges facing the disability sector with up-to-date and easy to understand information.

Navigate the complex challenges facing the disability sector with up-to-date and easy to understand information.

      • Email news updates

Get breaking news alerts sent directly to your email account so you’re always in the know about industry developments

      • Access to a dedicated member-only web portal

Through a password-protected area of the NDS website, members can access a library of resources, including news, submissions, case studies, research and presentations.

      • Access to expert opinions

Got a question? NDS employs a dedicated team of more than 120 staff, skilled in providing resources, advice and member representation on a broad range of disability-specific issues.

We can also draw on our diverse membership base to access a variety of experiences and insight from all areas of disability service provision.

      • A first-look at the annual State of the Sector report

Released at the annual members-only CEO Meeting each year, the State of the Sector report provides key trends, policy directions and issues in the disability sector.

      • Information and advice about the NDIS

NDS continues to be heavily involved in the design and implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Members have access to the intelligence gathered by NDS about the NDIS to support their planning.

A key resource is the NDIS Issues Register, which provides an up-to-date account of unresolved issues, detailing what is involved, what NDS is seeking and status updates on resolving each issue.

In addition, members receive a dedicated monthly NDIS e-newsletter, providing a snapshot of how the scheme is progressing and launch site specific information.

3. Networking and professional development

NDS provides members with opportunities to meet, exchange information and share their experience and expertise at national, state and local levels.

NDS events give members the opportunity to meet, exchange information and share their experience and expertise at national, state and local levels.

      • Discounted entry to NDS conferences and events

Receive discounted registration fees at many NDS regional, state and national conferences and events (where offered).

      • NDIS-specific forums

NDS facilitates a number of events centred on the NDIS, including the Essential NDIS Briefings, held across the country in each state and territory.

      • Tailored professional development opportunities

From product and resource information sessions to flexible learning and development programs, you can participate in a number of professional development opportunities hosted by NDS throughout the year, specifically designed for the disability sector.

Programs can also be customised to your organisation’s needs, such as being delivered in a variety of ways from online to in-house solutions.

      • CEO Meeting

Both organisational members and associates are invited to attend NDS’s annual member-only CEO Meeting, providing analysis of national policy directions and advice on key management issues.

4. (a). Business support products and services

NDS generates a number of practical resources, services and products to assist organisations to operate more effectively.

NDS generates a number of practical resources, services and products to assist organisations to operate more effectively. Here are some of our most popular.

      • Employee Engagement Survey (EES)

Is your team passionate, engaged, purposeful? The EES is an online survey that helps your organisation measure employee engagement and commitment.

      • Carecareers

The disability and community care sector’s number one job website, providing members access to a huge pool of active jobseekers and easy-to-use job board.

      • iplanit

A person-centred electronic planning and support system designed to make it easier for your organisation to do what is most important – support your clients.

      • NDSonlineWHS

Designed for the disability sector, NDSonlineWHS incorporates a powerful, yet easy to use WHS database which records all policies and procedures, and analyses hazards and incidents for suitable corrective actions.

      • NDIS Provider Toolkit

Developed to support organisations intending to become a registered service provider of the NDIS.

      • National and state-based projects 

In partnerships with government, NDS delivers a number of successful and innovative projects that contribute to sector development. For further information visit www.nds.org.au/resources

Please note that while NDS provides business support benefits to both Organisational Members and Organisational Associates, some of these are available to not-for-profit organisations only.

(b). Business support partners

NDS partners with a number of organisations to provide sector-specific supports and/or discounts on everyday business needs.

NDS partners with a number of organisations to provide sector-specific supports and/or discounts on everyday business needs.

Organistional members can access:

      • A dedicated legal helpline
      • Discounts on the Qantas Corporate Club and Virgin Australia Lounge memberships
      • Discounts of up to 25% off the catalogue price on many OfficeMax products.
      • Salary packaging discounts with AccessPay
      • Member rates on NDS Management Support Online and the NDS Quality Portal
      • Heavily discounted subscription to two leading disability research journals.

Please note: Membership benefits may change without notice and not all of the above benefits apply to organisational associated. Terms, conditions and/or limitations apply.

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