16 snapshots from the National Disability Insurance Scheme campaign trail

By Ryan Young, 24 June 2016 , Comments

After years of campaigning, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will finally start to fully roll out across New South Wales next week

People with disability, families, carers, advocates and service providers like Northcott have spent years drumming up support for the NDIS so the start of a full roll out marks a major milestone.

In NSW an extra 64,000 are expected to benefit from the NDIS, funding for much needed support will double from $3.4 billion to $6.8 billion in 2019 and almost 29,000 new jobs are expected to be created as more people deliver more support services.

To get you geed up for full roll out next Friday, here are some motivational memories from Northcott’s time on the NDIS campaign trail. 

Pictured below, to the far right, is much loved former Northcott staff member and NDIS advocate Wendy Hall. She joined our Campbelltown customers and colleagues at a meeting to gather support for an NDIS.

People with disability and Northcott staff smiling happily and showing their support for an NDIS

The signs said it all at this huge NDIS rally Northcott staff and customers went along to in 2012. “The disability system is in crisis…We need the NDIS now. Make it Real.”

Northcott staff wearing blue shirts, smiling and holding signs that say "Make it Real"

Northcott staff and customers wearing blue shirts, smiling and holding signs that say "Make it Real"

Northcott staff and federal member for Parramatta Julie Owens wearing blue shirts, smiling and holding signs that say "Make it Real" and promote an NDIS

Northcott’s Far North Coast team got in on the DisabiliTEA action in 2012.

Northcott's Ballina team campaign for an NDIS

And so did Northcott’s Parramatta support workers.

Northcott's Parramatta Support Workers enjoy a cuppa as part of DisabiliTEA

Sev and Shaz use Northcott’s Life Skills service in Parramatta and at every opportunity, they’ve been keen to let people know they count.

Wheelchair user Sev holding a sign that says "I count"

Wheelchair user Shaz holding a sign that says "Count Me In"

In the end, it was politicians who held the power to decide whether or not to make an NDIS law. That’s why Northcott welcomed the chance to highlight the need for an NDIS with them at every opportunity. This is former NSW Disability Services Minister Andrew Constance with two Northcott Transition to Work service customers.

Former NSW Disability Services Minister Andrew Constance holding a sign that says "I Count". Northcott's Transition to Work customers are beside him

Federal Member for Parramatta Julie Owens, Northcott CEO Kerry Stubbs, former Federal Minister for Disability Jenny Macklin with Northcott customers Ben, Gretta and Shirley during one of their many visits to Northcott’s Parramatta office.

Federal Member for Parramatta Julie Owens, Northcott CEO Kerry Stubbs, former Federal Minister for Disability Jenny Macklin with Northcott customers Ben, Gretta and Shirley

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker showed his support for an NDIS with Northcott’s Mid North Coast staff.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker shows his support for the NDIS with Northcott Mid North Coast staff

Federal Member for Macarthur Russell Matheson and former State Member For Campbelltown Bryan Doyle supported the introduction of an NDIS with members of our Macarthur team in Campbelltown.

Federal member for Macarthur Russell Matheson with members of our Macarthur team in Campbelltown

Long time Northcott customer Ellen Howe drummed up support for the NDIS with State Member for Liverpool Paul Lynch and Federal Member for Fowler Chris Hayes.

Ellen Howe drumming up support with Liverpool MP Paul Lynch and Werriwa MP Chris Hayes

Former high profile Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly joined our Queanbeyan staff and customers for a cuppa as part of DisabiliTEA.

Queanbeyan Northcott staff and customers with Dr Mike Kelly campaigning for an NDIS

NSW Senator and now Defence Minister Marise Payne supported Northcott’s push for an NDIS in Penrith.

Defence Minister and NSW Senator Marise Payne supporting Northcott's NDIS campaign in Penrith

Lastly, who could forget this powerful video which has been watched more than 14,000 times!

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