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The Australian Indigenous Health Infonet

Offers an indigenous disability web resource - for people working, studying, or interested in disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Health promotion resources -

Programs and projects -

Italklibrary provides an easy to use library of video stories to help understand disability in Australia. The library offers a number of stories in indigenous languages.

First Peoples Disability Networkis a national peak organisation that aims  to be a strong voice of and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and their families.


NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care offer a number of resources and support links for Aboriginal people with disability.

Shoulder to shoulder is a booklet containing information about disability services, respite services and Aboriginal organisations that can support you if you have a child with disability. You’ll also read about how other Aboriginal families have been able to cope with caring for a child with disability.

Aboriginal Disability Network NSWbrings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability to- tell their stories, give each other support, create a voice for positive change, speak for themselves.

The Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service[IDAS] is funded to service Indigenous persons with a disability in Western Sydney and Regional centres in areas of high need in NSW, in consultation with Family and Community Service and Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care.  IDAS can assist indigenous people with most types of disabilities, their families and carers when the person they are looking after needs help, especially if they have been unfairly treated or are confused about a big decision.

South Australia

Disability support for Aboriginal people in South Australia


People with Disability in Queensland Government

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland(A&TSIDNQ) is a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, and their supporters, who gather together to yarn and share personal stories, cultural and spiritual beliefs and understandings, and to inform its members about, support, inspire and encourage community participation, contribution and access.


South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporationassists and supports those who are elderly/disabled and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent.

Western Australia

Department of Health in Western Australia Telephone: (08) 9222 4222  Freecall: 1800 6676 822

For Carers:

Carers Australia has a national library of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers.

Carers ACT Indigenous Carer Program

Provides supports and services to Indigenous Carers in our community. The Indigenous Carer Program is coordinated by an Indigenous case manager who works with the families to improve quality of services and supports to Indigenous carers.  Assistance on request includes: counselling, information and advice, service referrals, case management, social support in general and through our Yarning Trips and education and training. Contact Carers ACT on (02) 6296 9900 or email

Carers Northern Territory

Carers Northern Territory is the Northern Territory state body for Carers Australia. Through Carers Northern Territory, you can access Carers Respite service. They work to identify all Carers working in remote areas so that they may be provided with support and assistance. Respite programs are regularly run in these communities; Nguiu /Bathurst Island, Jabiru/Kakadu, Milikapiti/Melville Island, Beswick/Katherine, Wadeye Port Keats, Nganmarrianga, Palumpa and Belyuen Mandorah. The Troopy Program is a mobile respite service that also acts as an advocacy group for awareness and rights.   Carers Northern Territory can be telephoned on (08) 8944 4888 or on the national toll-free hotline 1800 242 636. Email Web:

National Program for - Getting work and study ready

Access our popular Get Ready for Study and Work student workbook and Parent Guide.  These resources are based on ten top tips for young people with disability. They contain information, contacts and activities to help students make a successful transition from school into tertiary study, work or post school programs.