SSI was funded in 2015 by the Department of Family and Community Services to develop and implement the FutureAbility project across NSW.

FutureAbility Phase 1 assisted ethno-specific and multicultural organisations and community groups to work with and access the new disability service system.

A range of strategies and initiatives were implemented in order to empower and support ethno-specific and multicultural organisations to build their capacity to enter or transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

A number of community education sessions on the NDIS and disability were also delivered to 13 language groups across Sydney and Wollongong.

A full overview of the achievements and successes of Phase 1 are presented in the final project report, below.

pdfFutureAbility Report2.67 MB

The success of Phase 1 of the FutureAbility project has led to the refunding of the project until June 2018.

Phase 2 of FutureAbility will focus on engagement activities to inform CALD communities across NSW about the NDIS, and help increase their participation in the scheme.

Another focus of Phase 2 will be working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the Local Area Coordinators (LAC) auspiced by a number of organisations across NSW to improve access to the NDIS by CALD communities.

Priorities of FutureAbility Phase II

  • Implementing state-wide community consultation, engagement, education and marketing process to increase understanding of the NDIS in CALD communities
  • Adopting personalised engagement strategies to suit diverse communities that include workshops, information sessions and other education programs to deliver information about the NDIS and reduce stigma about disability and mental health illnesses
  • Work with the NDIA and LAC providers in NSW to improve access strategies for CALD people to the NDIS and establish appropriate CALD information and promotional strategies for the NDIS
  • Implement strategies identified from the findings of the FutureAbility Project Report 2016.


FutureAbility DataCube

The FutureAbility DataCube was commissioned by SSI in 2015 to review and analyse the extent and prevalence of disability among CALD communities in NSW; and to facilitate their equitable and active participation in the current national roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Explore the FutureAbility DataCube

To find out more about FutureAbility, use the contact details below.

Georgia Zogalis
FutureAbility: Multicultural communities getting NDIS-ready
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