LAC is a model known around the world for supporting people with disability to access funded and unfunded support and increase their inclusion and participation within their communities.

We are conducting a developmental evaluation for the Local Area Coordination (LAC) service under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The LAC service in north-eastern Melbourne, managed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, was the first to operate in Victoria, commencing in 2016.

The evaluation aims to document the implementation of LAC and generate learning to support program decision making. The research method is participatory to ensure that the voice of staff and participants in the NDIS are heard and help to shape the conclusions. The approach will produce a rich appraisal of the LAC from multiple perspectives that will be used to influence policy, service models and practice. 

The research team will consider areas including

  • conditions for good implementation in a changing policy and practice landscape
  • development of a workforce with appropriate skills and local knowledge 
  • collaboration with communities and mainstream services 
  • capacity building to support people with disability to pursue their goals and increase their independence, choice and control
  • involvement of people with disability in decision-making structures. 

Contact: Amanda Pagan apagan(at)bsl.org.au 

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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