CPActive members with attendees and panel members at the NDIS review

CPActive amplifies the voices of lived experience at the NDIS

It’s been a big few weeks for the disability sector – and our disability advocacy community, CPActive, was right at the centre of it!

Just before Christmas, a dozen of our CPActive champions were invited to attend the NDIS Review town hall in Sydney to hear directly from the architects of the NDIS about the milestone review and what it means for our sector.

Importantly, it was also an opportunity for the disability community to come together and speak up about their concerns and feedback.

The event was led by a panel including Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM, Lisa Paul AO, Kirsten Dean, Douglas Herd and Stephen King, with activist and friend of CPA, Elly Desmarchelier, hosting the session.

CPActive Champion Aaryan Shah joined NDIS Minister Bill Shorten and activist (and event host) Elly Desmarchelier on stage for a discussion about lived experience and the future of the NDIS.

The panel and speakers on stage at the NDIS review

“I’m just really taken away by the amount of passion for everyone on the panel and everyone in this room – fighting for so much change and getting the most out of the scheme and the best it can be. I think there’s some really exciting things to come,” said Aaryan.

 It was a great experience to join so many passionate disability advocates and allies, both in person and online, with more than 700 people in attendance. In the words of CPActive Champion Tamsin Colley;

“The NDIS is a complex system at best but this review, while it seems complicated, will hopefully make it easier to navigate and ensure the fairness and accessibility of not just the NDIS but the wider support networks available for people with disabilities.”

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