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Training Funding

NDS Learn & Develop has partnered with Apprenticeship Support Australia as a funding consultant. ASA is available to assess eligibility for federal and state employer based incentives. 

School-based Traineeships in Disability Support Work

This project aims to support the recruitment and work of young people to meet the expectations of people with disability, and to increase the number of disability service organisations offering school-based...

E-Learning Development Collaboration

NDS is inviting service providers to participate in the collaborative development of some new sector specific e-Learning modules.

Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR)

Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR)

A research centre established to improve the wellbeing of Australians with disability by gathering insights, building understanding and sharing knowledge.

What are the key benefits?
  • Access sector-level analysis that informs national policy settings and ensure services are designed and delivered on the basis of what works in practice
  • Receive regular updates on the latest disability research and evaluation findings from Australia and internationally
  • Through the ‘Clearing House’ access repository of links to a wide range of disability research and evaluation resources.

Who is this resource for?

Anyone can access the Centre for Applied Disability Research through www.cadr.org.au.

Visit the CADR website

Further Information:

National Disability Services has as one of its key priorities research and analysis that promotes good policy and service progress. With the assistance of the NSW Government, NDS established the Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) in late 2013 to deliver on this strategic priority.

The disability research agenda lacks critical mass, is not well coordinated, and is disconnected from a sustainable funding base. These immediate challenges can be met with purposeful collaboration if the many questions that need to be answered are to support progress on a once in a generation disability policy reform. A sustainable and mature research base requires focus, depth, quality and coherence.

One of the key findings of the 2014 audit of disability research in Australia (the Audit) was ‘that there is no critical mass of research on topics of priority to the National Disability Strategy, the National Disability Research and Development Agenda and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)’.

CADR’s research program has been informed by the Audit and by our understanding of NDS member research interests and capacity. There is an urgent need for more applied and translational research. People living with disability, their families and carers, and the service providers they choose need to know ‘what works, for whom, under what circumstances, at what cost’ if the ‘right services are to be available at the right place and time, for the right price’. The success of service system is tightly coupled to an effective knowledge translation system.

Contact information
For more information contact Gordon Duff, General Manager - Sector Development and Research, 02 9256 3117,

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