NDIS: from idea to policy

By Kirsten Deane

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Kirsten Deane has worked in the disability and advocacy sector many years including with Every Australian Counts, and was part of the major advocacy campaign that helped make the NDIS a reality. In this article she explains how community engagement and persistence can help turn an idea into national policy.

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‘Experienced and well respected political commentators and analysts have even gone so far as to suggest that the age of reform is over in Australia.

…But the National Disability Insurance Scheme is the reform that proves them wrong, and the Every Australian Counts is the campaign that proves ordinary people can still use their voice to create big changes.

First published in Voice, April 2018.

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