What is the DPO/FO NDIS Provider Working Group?
The DPO/FO NDIS Provider Working Group is a group of NDIS service providers who believe:
1) The emerging NDIS marketplace will be more diverse and end-user focused if people with a disability and their families play a role in designing, managing and delivering NDIS services
2) That the experiences and insights of people with a disability and their families can lead to innovative, person-centred and disability-rights thinking in NDIS services
These providers have come together in a national Working Group to :
1) Learn from each other, discuss common challenge
2) Raise the awareness of the exciting innovations and support options coming from DPO/FO NDIS provider movement
The Working Group is new, but is now moving to develop a more formal structure and develop key priorities together as a group
NDIA are being supportive of the groups own initiative and have appointed a delegate
Who can become members of the Working Group?
Any NDIS provider can become a member of the Working Group, as long as they meet the NDIA definition of a DPO/FO organisation:
Disabled Peoples Organisations and Family Organisations (DPO/FOs) with paid staff and a Board, who meet both of the eligibility criteria outlined below:
Actively evidence and demonstrate their commitment to the Social Model of Disability, which seeks to remove barriers for people with disability to access mainstream services and live an ordinary life; and
Are run by and for people with disability and/or their families which is supported by evidence of a minimum of 50% of people with a disability and/or their families making up the organisation’s board or staff (or both*).
Disabled Peoples Organisations and Family Organisations (DPO/FOs) with no paid staff, that meet both of the criteria outlined below:
Actively demonstrate their commitment to the Social Model of Disability, which seeks to remove barriers for people with disability to access mainstream services and live an ordinary life; and
Are run by and for people with disability and/or their families, which is supported by a minimum membership of 50% of people with a disability and/or their families making up the organisation’s volunteers.
The social model of disability proposes that what makes someone disabled is not their medical condition, but the attitudes and structures of society.
* The Working Group is looking to prioritise members who are both – but we are feeling our way, and are keen to hear from “either/or” organisations
1) Are you interested in joining the Working Group and working together to learn from each other and be a stronger voice in the sector?
2) Are you are PDO/FO organisation? (either a “both” organisation, or a “and/or” organisation – see NDIA definition)?
3) Please drop an email to the two convenors:
Terry Mader, My Supports (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA & SA) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Lowe, QSSS (QLD) - email@example.com
4) A National telephone hook up is being arranged with founding members and we would very much like your views and opinions
Hope to hear from you!