NDIS Psychosocial Community Connectors Program
Mental Health Australia is pleased to be working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to implement a component of the National Community Connector Program (NCCP).
This outreach program is operating until 30 June 2021, and focuses on connecting people with psychosocial disability with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The program has a particular focus on supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Services are provided across seven priority areas where participation in the NDIS is lower than expected: Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sydney, Blacktown, Stirling, Wanneroo and Darwin.
This project is a result of significant advocacy by Mental Health Australia and other disability sector advocates, for increased resourcing to support people with additional barriers to participate in the NDIS.
Mental Health Australia has undertaken a selective commissioning process to fund experienced organisations to deliver Community Connector services for people with psychosocial disability who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Services will be delivered by organisations with strong local understanding, psychosocial service expertise and connections with homelessness services.
In total, 12 FTE Community Connector staff will operate across the seven identified Local Government Areas, as outlined below.
|Local Government Area||Community Connector provider(s)|
|Brisbane (Qld)||Communify Qld|
|Toowoomba (Qld)||Mind Australia|
|Sydney (NSW)||Independent Community Living Australia|
One Door Mental Health
|Blacktown (NSW)||One Door Mental Health|
|Stirling (WA)||360 Health + Community|
|Wanneroo (WA)||360 Health + Community|
This program was funded for 12 months until 30 June 2021. Unfortunately, new referrals are not being accepted from 1 April 2021, and people are instead encouraged to contact their NDIA Local Area Coordinator/Partner in the Community.
For further information, please contact NCCP@mhaustralia.org
If you would like to provide any feedback or make a complaint regarding psychosocial Community Connector services, please click here for our Complaints Policy.