We’re working for a just and inclusive community in which the rights of all people with a disability are respected and their diverse contributions celebrated.

Together with the BSL National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Services division, we work alongside people with disability, their families and carers to promote all forms of inclusion as well as social and economic participation.

We work together to influence each level of government and develop evidence-informed policies and practices.

This includes informing the successful implementation of the NDIS, which supports people with disability and their families in living a good life.

The NDIS represents a major shift in how society values and cares for people with disability, and our research and policy recommendations help get this shift right.

Find all recent publications on Disability (2000–present)

Visit the BSL library for our prior research on Disability (pre 2000)

Our policy positions for disability

• Realise the potential of the NDIS Partners in the Community program (Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Early Intervention) to drive community solutions to increase the social and economic inclusion of all people with a disability and their carers – including those not accessing NDIS funded supports.

• Continue to improve the NDIS participant experience through ensuring the planning process is personalised and tailored to participants’ aspirations, and leverages unfunded community supports to progress goals.

• Ensure the upcoming refresh of the National Disability Strategy is matched by a renewal of the National Disability Agreement to create clear and transparent accountabilities for all levels of government to drive measurable improvements in outcomes for people with disability across a wide range of metrics including education and employment.

Team presentation

Transforming research: embedding lived experiences in applied research (PDF, 317 KB)
Authors: Mutsumi Karasaki, Jasmine Ozge, Dave Peters and Malita Allan
Date: September 2019
Location: Anglicare Australia National Conference, ‘Our Stories: The Power to Change’, Perth

La Trobe University and Brotherhood of St Laurence 2019, Quarterly Digest of Published Decisions about the NDIS from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (PDF, 3 MB)

Selected publications

By Karen Soldatic, Dina Bowman, Maria Mupanemunda & Patrick McGee 2021

Almost one-third of JobSeeker Payment recipients are people assessed with 'partial capacity to work'.

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By Diane Brown 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic poses immediate risks for people with disability, their families and carers. It could also have lasting effects, and compound existing inequalities, unless we redouble efforts to build inclusive communities.

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By Maria Mupanemunda 2020

How can local governments create employment opportunities for people with disability?

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Selected projects

Exploring people’s experiences of providing and receiving disability care services via digital platforms

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Documenting the implementation of LAC in Victoria.

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How can public and private sector organisations use their purchasing power to create positive social impact?

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How easy is it for Australians with disability aged 18–64 years who are not receiving NDIS funding to find and use the services and support they need to participate in the community?

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The Critical Interim Support (CIS) program was devised to provide immediate case management services to vulnerable and socially isolated older people in Melbourne. Our evaluation examines how it can address a significant gap in the aged care system.

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Looking for services related to disability?

Our approach to working with people with disability focuses on building a sense of wellbeing and autonomy. We recognise the importance of family, friends, carers and community.

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