Disability and Carers

Through the provision of targeted supports and services for people with disability and carers, the Department of Social Services (DSS) works to improve their independence and participation in community and economic life.

DSS, in partnership with all Australian Governments, implements the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, providing the overarching policy framework for all Australian disability policy.

DSS also helps to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme and support Australians’ mental health.

Further supports are provided through a range of payments, programs and services, and grants and funding for organisations.

More information is available under publications and articles, standards and quality assurance, and related agencies and sites.

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Disability and Carers Features

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The NDIS Evaluation Disability Support Workforce survey is now open

Disability support providers and their workers are invited to participate in the independent evaluation of the NDIS conducted by Flinders University.
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The 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Survey

The 2016 Progress Report Stakeholder Survey

We want to hear your thoughts about disability policy in Australia!
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Dylan Alcott announced as Patron for International Day of People with Disability

Dylan Alcott OAM is one of Australia’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians.
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Disability Employment Services Reform 2018 - Industry Information Paper

DSS has released an Industry Information Paper to inform interested parties about future arrangements for the Disability Employment Services (DES) program.
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BSWAT Payment Scheme

For information or queries about the BSWAT Payment Scheme, visit the BSWAT Payment Scheme page (www.dss.gov.au/bswat) or call the BSWAT Payment Scheme hotline on 1800 799 515.
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