How the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities

Posted on 17 March 2016 by Yooralla

This week is Cultural Diversity Week, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate our diverse, multicultural community.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) currently supports just over 2000 participants from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.


In the recent 10th quarterly report released by the NDIS the data showed that five percent of participants with approved plans are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and four percent are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.


Currently these percentages are below expected levels, and it’s likely these rates will grow as the full roll out of the NDIS commences from 1 July this year.


The NDIS is designed to support people to achieve individual goals, by funding the disability related supports they need to do the things they want to do.


While this includes things like personal care, transport and access to community activities, for some people, their goals may also include activities around their cultural and community inclusion and participation. People may be eligible to receive support to:

  • practice their cultural or religious beliefs or traditions, by for example having a support worker assisting them to attend their local church
  • participate in cultural community groups, to strengthen their social connections, by having funded transport to and from the group’s location and/or
  • identify and employ support workers based on individual cultural needs.

The NDIS has developed translated resources, explaining the scheme, in six languages which are available to download or as an audio file on the NDIS website.


Yooralla is working to ensure people with disability from diverse backgrounds have access to the information they need to understand the NDIS.


Yooralla has delivered numerous information sessions in partnership with Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities (ADEC) over the past year, to support people from diverse cultural backgrounds including Greek, Italian, Korean, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese to understand what the scheme means for them and their families.


At Yooralla’s upcoming Information Hubs in Preston and Greensborough there will be information sessions from Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities (ADEC) about the NDIS.


These information sessions will be an opportunity to learn about how ADEC can assist individuals living with a disability and their carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Information sessions

Preston Information Hub

Dates: Thursday 7 April 10.00am-11.30am and Thursday 14 April 1.00pm-2.30pm

Location: 180 High Street, Preston VIC 3072

Book online for a Preston ADEC information session via Eventbrite.

Greensborough Information Hub

Dates: Wednesday 27 April 10.00am-11.30am and Thursday 5 May 1.00pm-2.30pm

Location: Greensborough Plaza, 25 Main Street Greensborough (next to JB Hi-Fi)

Book online for a Greensborough ADEC information session via Eventbrite.


Learn more about Yooralla’s Information Hubs.


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