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

Help us make claiming carer payments faster and smoother

Help us make claiming carer payments faster and smoother

Are you able to donate just ten minutes to help us make claiming carer payments faster and smoother and assist other Australian carers like you?
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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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Carer Gateway launched to help carers

On 14 December 2015, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Alan Tudge announced the commencement of a new service to assist carers.
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