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33 Thesiger Court

National Disability Services (NDS)

NDS is the national industry association for disability services, representing approximately 1,000 non-government organisations. Collectively, our members operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability. NDS's members range in size from small support groups to large multi-service organisations, and are located in every State and Territory across Australia.

Purpose NDS's purpose is to equip and enable its members to provide quality services and life opportunities for Australians with disability. This is achieved by influencing governments at all levels and providing members with information and advice, networking opportunities and business support.

Structure NDS has a National Secretariat in Canberra and offices in every state and territory. The National Secretariat allows for co-ordination of the respective state and territory bodies at a federal level, while the latter focus on state issues surrounding disability. The organisation as a whole is governed by a national Board which includes the elected Chair from each state/territory, as well as representatives elected directly by members.

Origins Recently being renamed from ACROD, NDS traces it roots back for more than 65 years. In 1945, the Australian Advisory Council for the Physically Handicapped was formed in response to the need for national co-ordination of the respective state and territory bodies. By the beginning of the 1960's, it was recognised that disability service providers had many common interests, regardless of what particular group they served. As a result, the Australian Council for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled was established in 1963. This more inclusive body allowed the voluntary sector to address the government with a united voice when lobbying on disability issues. The Australian Council for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled subsequently shortened its title to ACROD, before being recently rebirthed as National Disability Services (NDS) in 2007. The move to NDS was made to better reflect the nature of the organisation today, as it represents and provides services to a broad spectrum of non-government

Phone: 02 6283 3200


  • Allied health care
  • Community access/Social participation
  • In-home personal care
  • Residential care home
  • Respite and support
  • Skills development
  • Social development

  • Complex support
  • High support
  • Low support

  • Disability Support Worker
  • Manager/Supervisor
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Team Leader
  • Volunteer