Learn about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

CLA Research and Publications

Useful links

Learn about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

There are a lot of changes going on in the disability sector since the announcement of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

You may want to familiarize yourself with the scheme by visiting the NDIS official website

What is NDIS support coordination?
You can ask your NDIS planner for some support coordination to help you begin putting your individual plan into action. Support coordination will support you by:

  • helping you understand and connect to support services
  • empowering you to use your choice and control to reach your goals
  • helping you to understand your skills, as well as things you might need to learn to get the most out of your supports now and into the future.

The NDIA will put this in your plan if they think you need it. Or you can ask if you think you need extra help.

There are three levels of NDIS support coordination:

Level 1Support connection:
This helps build your ability to find and connect to your supports and then learn to manage them yourself.

Level 2Support coordination:
On top of support connection, this level helps build your ability to:

  • overcome any barriers
  • change your supports as your needs change
  • manage any challenges in your life yourself using your supports.

Level 3Specialist support coordination:
This level also helps you when things are really complex, such as when there is mental illness, some behavioural challenges, risk, crisis and a number of government systems. The support coordinator has to be a professional like a social worker.

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CLA Research and Publications

Here is the list of publications and research articles  CLA has published over the years. All publications are in pdf format.


  1. All of Us Booklet (All of Us book cover and All of Us content): Stories sourced from interviews with constituents and community members (2007).
  2. I need to sort my head out (contentRecommendation and acknowledgement): Mental Health & Well-Being in the lives of people with a learning difficulty: Report of the Dual Diagnosis Project (2002).
  3. Journeys of Exclusion: This report explores the relationship between statutory child protection and experiences of exclusion in the lives of children and young people who have an intellectual disability. The focus being on the impacts on family and community relationships when children journey through and finally exit the care and protection of the state (2007).
  4. “Normal is Everyone”: Working with people with a Learning Difficulty: Second Edition. This manual shares knowledge and practice experience. The manual is in two parts: part A – ‘I might have a learning difficulty and I am not ever going to accept anyone calling me dumb – Definitions’. part B – ‘I have a learning difficulty and I’m no different from you. I can be hurt and I can be happy – Dimensions of Practice’ (2001).
  5. Which way is justice : A Practice Manual for supporting people with an intellectual disability in the criminal justice system (2008).
  6. Talking About Bullying: People with a learning difficulty creatively address the issue of bullying in our community. This book identifies some significant impacts of bullying through the discussion of personal experiences and outlines one group’s quest to create awareness and develop strategies to stop bullying (2005).
  7. The Story of the 4US Savings Group – This booklet celebrates the 4US Savings Group and its achievements (2007).

Research Articles:

  1. Social work with marginalized people who have a mild or boarderline intellectual disability: Practicing Gentleness and Encouraging Hope (2013).
  2. John’s life story – a constituent of CLA shares his story of managing alcohol addiction (2013)
  3. Innovative Living Arrangement case studies on Queensland State Government website – Morrie & Metallica 
  4. Talking about bullying – Paul shares his experience of being bullied and how he handled the situation.

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Useful links

Here are some websites that are connected with Community Living Association Inc

Community Crew Resource Hub

Community Crew Resource Hub

This site provides information on supporting people with a disability and their families to explore the options of niche volunteer roles or creating a micro business as an alternative way of meaningfully engaging in community.

Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative


The Nundah Co-op provides meaningful employment for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.

Home Share Project


The idea of homeshare is to create an opportunity for the householder to offer affordable accommodation to a homesharer in exchange for some agreed support of company.