In 2018, seven members of our vibrant diverse Every Australian Counts community put themselves forward to become our Champions and hit the campaign trail demanding our politicians Fund and Fix the NDIS.

What it means to be a Champion

Just like you, the Champions are passionate about having an NDIS that works for all of us. They represent our community when speaking to politicians and to the media, and make sure all our voices are heard loud and clear across Australia and through the halls of parliament.

The Every Australian Counts Champions are always ready for action and their main goal is to get everyone fighting for an NDIS that works for everyone who needs it.

Their activities include:

  • Meeting members of parliament and community leaders
  • Speaking on behalf of the campaign to the media
  • Telling their personal stories to the media to boost attention for the campaign
  • Delivering the message that the NDIS works for everyone who needs it

Meet the Champions

  • Lynne

    Lynne is a married mum with three children. She describes herself as a ‘doer’ and is  well known for her community work. Recently Lynne was selected to be part of the Commonwealth Games baton relay. Lynne has been a proud Every Australian Counts campaigner since 2011.

  • Linda and Peter Tully wearing bright red Every Australian Counts teeshirts

    Peter and Linda

    Peter and Linda Tully are active in their local community, and passionate about making a difference. They want to do this by sharing their personal experience of living with disability with parents, teachers, and service providers and making sure people get what they need from the NDIS. They

  • Ben

    Ben is a talented athlete who has won many medals and trophies for sprinting. Ben is a proud advocate for the NDIS and is determined to make a difference for people living with disability. He wants to make sure young people with disability are included at school and have the chance to get a good job. Like other teenagers, Ben also loves music.

  • Carleeta

    When she is not working as a braille teacher or travelling to different places to meet with other deafblind people, Carleeta spends her time trying to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability in the community. Carleeta is a strong advocate for the NDIS, but is keen to see it become flexible enough to meet everyone’s needs.

  • Chris

    Chris is a keen sailor and holds several national and international titles. He works in the disability sector as an IT support officer, and is passionate about highlighting the experiences of people living with disability in rural and regional towns. Chris is enthusiastic about seeing an NDIS that lets everyone reach their full potential.

  • Terri

    Terri is a mental health educator and advocate who is passionate about making sure that people with mental health conditions get the supports they need. As an NDIS participant, Terri believes that decisions that affect people’s lives should never be made without them.

Latest news and opinion

News 26 February 2021

NDIA announce compulsory assessment contractors three days after closing submissions

More breaking news from the NDIS this morning…

This time about the new compulsory assessments.

The NDIA have just announced the organisations who have been contracted to carry out the assessments when they start later in the year.

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News 25 February 2021

Last minute backflip from NDIS on Support Coordination

Breaking news out of the NDIS this morning …

And it is not good. Not good at all.

Buried in an announcement about the end of some of the changes made to the NDIS as a result of the COVID19 is the news that participants will NO longer be able to buy or top up Support Coordination out of their core budget.

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Opinion 25 February 2021

“My NDIS ‘Independent Assessment’ was a nightmare”

“As an autistic person this petrifies me. The NDIS assessors don’t want to hear outside the boxes of ‘yes’ or ‘no’. I can only imagine how bad this will be for people who can’t articulate their needs well. We need to fight and make ourselves heard.”

Aaron Carpenter volunteered to take part in the pilot of the new “independent assessments” being introduced to the NDIS later this year. His experience was a “nightmare”. He wants everyone to know what went wrong – and why we can’t let this go ahead.

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