26 January

Every Australian Counts campaign launch.

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Every Australian Counts launch email, 26 January 2011

Case studies:

9-11 March

NDIS Road Show, community information forums around NSW.

2-3 May

National Disability and Carer Congress.

Campaign held a competition to find “congress champions”, winners sent to the congress to live blog.

Interview with Ross, social media Congress Champion:

5 June

John Della-Bosca introduces The EAC Campaign Plan.

20 June

Launch of Visit Your MP action.

Calling on campaign supporters to visit their local Federal MPs and get them say “I Count”.

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2 August

DisabiliTEA 2011.

900+ community events held around the nation.


10 August

Federal Government announces that they share the vision for a National Disability Insurance Scheme and will begin laying the foundations for its introduction.

19 August

COAG meeting – NDIS high on the agenda, Premiers and Chief Ministers show their support for the scheme.

23 November

National Press Club Address: Peter Darch, Dr Rhonda Galbally, Dr Paul Brock AM


27 November – 3 December

Spread the Word Week – community engagement action.

2,500+ registrations, campaign supporters holding community stalls, door-knocking, letter-boxing, etc.

3 December: International Day for People with Disability

21 December

100,000 and counting – new video




26 January

Australia Day – Campaign Anniversary

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Every Australian Counts anniversary email, 26 January 2011

23 February

Launch of the ‘Make It Real’ sub-campaign.

Part one: Calling on supporters to share their personal story about why the NDIS in important to them.

Hundreds of video stories and text stories shared by supporters. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL639517D10E242C60

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19 March

Launch of the ‘Make It Real’ sub-campaign.

Part two: Calling on supporters to be Rally Builders, and help spread the word about the national NDIS rallies on 30 April.

30 April

National ‘Make It Real’ rallies.

Rally events in six capital cities around the country – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth – estimated between 15,000-20,000 attendees.

9 May

Federal Budget day.

The Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan announces $1 billion over four years to kick start the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Campaign win!

16 July

Launch of ‘Lock in the NDIS’ COAG action.

7,000+ supporters enter personal messages in a campaign message-book. Message-book delivered to the state and territory leaders at the COAG meeting.


27 July

Campaign win!

COAG update: Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the leaders of most States and Territories have reached an agreement on launching the NDIS.

Victorian Premier Ted Ballieu and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell committed money towards NDIS launch sites meaning that the scheme will kick off around the country, in the ACT, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

5 September

Launch of DisabiliTEA event registrations.

Masterchef’s Julia Taylor calls supporters to action and prepares her sister Katie’s favourite cake recipe.

26 October

DisabiliTEA 2012.

1,600+ community events held around the nation.


15 November

Launch of the ‘Clock is Ticking’ MP action – calling on supporters to email and phone their local Federal MPs, asking them to put the NDIS front and centre of the debate in Canberra, and make sure the Federal Government and states come to an agreement on implementing and funding the NDIS.


Supporters send 1,600 emails and make 550 phone calls to every Federal MP in Australia.

30 November

Campaign win!

Prime Minister Julia Gillard introduces the legislation to establish the NDIS into Parliament in what she described as one of her proudest moments in public life.


7 December

NSW locks in the NDIS.

NSW becomes the first state to introduce the National Disability Insurance Scheme in full after Prime Minister Julia Gillard and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced a funding agreement for the scheme.

21 December

Launch of ‘Your Voice Counts’ action – calling on supporter to make a submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry into the laws that will establish the NDIS (with submissions closing on January
25, 2013).



26 January

Every Australian Counts campaign second anniversary.

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Every Australian Counts second anniversary email, 25 January 2011

31 January

150,000 supporters and counting.


1 March

20th anniversary of Australia’s Disability Discrimination law.

21 March

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill passes both houses of Parliament and will soon become law.

The federal parliament unanimously demonstrated their commitment to the NDIS.


18 April

South Australian Government agrees to ensure full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme from 2018.


30 April

The time has come for the NDIS – Kurt Fearnley video launch.

Athlete Kurt Fearnley gave a riveting Australia Day address this year, where he called for urgent action on the NDIS.

2 May

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott make good on their promises to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme, through a 0.5% rise in the Medicare levy.


4 May

Premier Denis Napthine announces he has come to an agreement with the Federal Government to the full implementation of National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria.


9 May

Premier Campbell Newman signs an agreement with the Federal Government to lock in the NDIS in Queensland.


16 May

Federal Parliament passes legislation that will deliver secure, ongoing funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

AndPrime Minister Julia Gillard and leader of the Opposition Tony Abbot have restated their pledge to fully implement the scheme.

This legislation means that the NDIS will become a reality. It’s a moment in history we can all be proud of.

29 June

Launch of the Every Australian Counts election campaign – The Promise (our leaders cannot walk away from their promise to implement the NDIS in full).


5 August

Premier Colin Barnett reaches an agreement with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to bring the National Disability Insurance Scheme to Western Australia.

All states and territories now signed up to the NDIS.

6 August

Launch of the EAC Election Champions – calling on supporters to make sure every candidate in every party supports the NDIS. Our political leaders cannot walk away from their promise.


12 August

Launch of Every Australian Counts Day event registrations (previously known as DisabiliTEA).

Event to be held on 6 September, the day prior to Federal Election polling day.


6 September

National Every Australian Counts Day events held across the nation.

7 September

Federal Election 2013 polling day.

8 September

New government elected – Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government victorious in the election.