Media Releases

People born in a non-English speaking country have similar rates of disability as other Australians but are about half as likely to receive formal assistance.

Settlement Services International (SSI) has drawn on its expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to address the need for culturally competent entry points to the disability service system to help marginalised groups gain access.


The national Multilingual Disability Hub is a multilingual hotline and website providing relevant and easily accessible information on disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 14 languages: Arabic, Assyrian, Bangla, Cantonese, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Mandarin, Nepali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

“Providing access to information is key to enabling people from CALD backgrounds to become active players in the disability space,” said Karen Bevan, SSI General Manager Service Delivery – Community.

“Whether it’s the friendly bilingual staff operating the hotline or the informative website, the Multilingual Disability Hub continues to help bridge this gap for many people with disability," she said.

People wanting to access information in their language have the choice of calling the hotline, which is operated by trained bilingual staff, or visiting the website, which contains “in-language” information about disability and the NDIS.

For more information on the Multilingual Disability Hub please head to www.multilingualdisabilityhub.info

The Multilingual Disability Hub is funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program.

Success stories

Bassam Maaliki, a 14-year-old student wins Youth Community Medal at NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner

Bassam Maaliki, Youth Community Award Winner with The Hon. Ray Williams MP and Jada Mathyssen-Whyman goalkeeper for Western Sydney Wanderers.Bassam Maaliki, a 14-year-old student at Homebush Bay High School and founder of the social change campaign #uBelong, was announced winner of the Youth Medal at the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner on 21 March 2018.

Read more ...