Useful Links

The following are links to relevant government departments or to organisations which provide useful information and/or services relating to the disability field.  Click on the links to access those websites.

1)  The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.  Log on to their website to sign up for updates.

2)  The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) is the Department which you have to be registered with in order to access a number of the Nadrasca Community services we have available.

3)  The Department of Social Services (DSS) is the Federal government department you have to be registered with in order to access our Supported Employment services.

4)  The Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are commercial businesses that provide real work opportunities for more than 20,000 people with a disability across Australia.  Nadrasca is a registered Australian Disability Enterprise.

5)  The Victorian Office of the Disability Services Commissioner (ODSC) was established to work with people with a disability and disability service providers to resolve complaints.  The Commissioner is independent of government, the DHS and disability service providers and provides a free, confidential and supportive complaints resolution process.

6)  Office of the Senior Practitioner within DHS:  The Disability Act 2006 created the position of the Senior Practitioner.  The Senior Practitioner is generally responsible for ensuring that the rights of people who are subject to restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment are protected, and that appropriate standards are complied with, in relation to restrictive interventions and compulsory treatment.

7)  VALID (the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc) is funded by the Victorian State Government to provide peak representation of adults with intellectual disability and to operate an advocacy support service for adults with intellectual disability, their families/carers and advocates.

8)  Community Visitors, Office of the Public Advocate (OPA):  The OPA is an independent statutory body established by the Victorian State Government.  OPA works to protect and promote the interests, rights and dignity of people with a disability.  Community Visitors play a vital role in “working towards a Victorian society that is just, celebrates diversity and in which the human rights, dignity and safety of people with a disability are promoted and protected”.

9)  Carers Victoria provides “care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged”.

10)  The National Disability Services (NDS) is the Australian peak body for non-governmental disability services.  Through the provision of information, representation and policy advice, NDS promotes and advances services which support people with all forms of disability to participate in all domains of life.

11)  Workability International (WI) is the world’s largest body representing providers of work and employment services to people with disabilities.