What is Every Australian Counts?

Every Australian Counts is the grassroots campaign that fought for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and won. EAC is made up of hundreds of thousands of people with disability, families, carers, and those who work to support them who have come together to fight for a fair go for people with disability in Australia.

The campaign was officially launched in 2011. Just two years later in July 2013 the National Disability Insurance Scheme started in a small number of locations. It is now rolling out all across Australia. By 2020, more than 460,000 people with disability will get the support they need to live the life they choose.

Every Australian Counts didn’t end with the introduction of the NDIS. The campaign continues to fight to make sure the NDIS delivers on its promise to people with disability.

And we still need your help to keep up the fight. Join us by signing up to our latest action, or for campaign updates.

Who is behind the campaign?

The Community

Hundreds of thousands of Australians made up of people with disability, families, carers, people who work in the disability sector, friends and supporters.

The National Disability & Carer Alliance

The National Disability and Carer Alliance formed in 2009. It was made up of:

The Alliance has since expanded to include Mental Health Australia – the peak body for people with mental illness. The Alliance was and remains the organisation behind Every Australian Counts .

Our spokespeople

In 2018, seven spokespeople became our Every Australian Counts Champions. Lynne Foreman, Peter and Linda Tully, Ben Paior-Smith, Carleeta Manser, Chris Riordan, and Terri Warner are people with disability from all over Australia, who represent our community to whoever they meet – members of parliament, community leaders or the media.

The journey so far

Where we started

For years people with disability struggled with little or no support. We had to rely on family, friends, or charity, or go without. It was hard to get a good education or find a job or just be included. And for a long time it looked like things would never change.

The big idea that changed everything

In 2008 people started talking about an idea that would change everything: the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The idea was simple – create a national system with enough funding to provide tailored, individual support. No more missing out, no more waiting lists, no more “one size fits all”.

What we did

We all knew the NDIS was the way to go, but we had to convince Australia. So in 2011 Every Australian Counts was born. In just two short years we amassed hundreds of thousands of supporters from our community and beyond. Together we showed Australia why we needed the NDIS.

Where we are now

The NDIS opened its doors in 2013 with trials in a few areas. In 2016 the rest of the country started rolling in. But we didn’t stop – because we didn’t think the job was finished yet. We kept building our community and kept pushing to make sure the NDIS delivered on its promise to people with disability.

What’s next?

The NDIS is making a big difference to lots of lives. People are finally getting the support they need. But the NDIS isn’t working well for everyone – that needs to change. We also need to make sure funding for the NDIS is secure – now and into the future.

We still need your help to make sure the NDIS is the best it can be. You can sign up for updates or take action now and join the fight.

Latest news and opinion

News 20 January 2020

Singing to the same old tune: NDIS Tune Review report released

Today the Federal Government released the findings of the Tune Review into the NDIS. First the good news – the recommendations are all things we have have been banging on about for ages. But the bad news – no government response yet.

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News 20 January 2020

Media release: Same old tune – now for some action: Disability group calls for action on NDIS review

Grassroots disability advocacy group Every Australian Counts is calling on the Federal Government to release their response to the recent review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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Opinion 20 December 2019

A big AAT win for Jake – and all NDIS participants with complex needs

Advocates from VALID have shared the story of an important win at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for Jake, a young man with complex support needs. Here’s what the AAT agreed to.

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