News from Every Australian Counts

EAC are becoming independent

The time has come for Every Australian Counts to become independent and will be separating from our current parent organisation AFDO in the coming months. We have established a steering committee of disability leaders to oversee this work . We are looking for people with lived experience and allies with expertise in campaigning and fundraising to join our new board in the future. So please contact us if you or anyone you know might be interested.

Come to our NDIS feedback forum

Our codesign lead Nick Avery continues to represent us in advocating for better planning on the National Disability Insurance Agency Reform for Outcomes codesign work. Both Nick and I have regular meetings with senior agency staff and are always keen to feedback your experiences on the ground. We will be hosting regular forums to hear directly from you and answer your questions about the NDIS. We will be hosting these online through zoom months and our 1st one will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 12 PM until 1 PM Eastern Time.

Welcome to the team

Nicole Smith


I’m Nicole, a freelance writer, power wheelchair user and coffee lover living in Naarm/Melbourne.  I have a blog where I interview people using kindness, determination, and empathy to make a difference in the world. I have been published through HireUp, SBS Voices, Writers Victoria, and the Australian Education Union. 

My work background is in administration, marketing, and communications, particularly in the disability sector, using my lived experience to advocate for the rights of others. I have facilitated writing workshops through Writers Victoria and hosted panels as part of the Emerging Writers Festival.

I currently work with Guardian Living Australia, a provider of Specialist Disability Accommodation. I come to Every Australian Counts (EAC) to assist with communications, including campaigns, social media, emails, event planning, meeting admin and website updates. I have admired the work of EAC, particularly its ‘power of the people’ approach since its launch in 2011. I want to contribute more to this community.

In my spare time, I enjoy interviewing, improvisation theatre, podcasts, musicals, brunches with friends, reading, movies, AFL, markets, cultural exhibitions and art galleries.

I have Cerebral Palsy and have self-managed my NDIS package since my first plan in March 2017. With my funding, I employ a group of ten support workers to assist me with personal care and domestic duties. In March I bought my first home and have recently had the blinds, lights and doors automated. I am currently waiting on the NDIS to approve funding for my complex bathroom modifications.

Through my lived experience of navigating the NDIS (including undergoing an audit), as well as my professional experience engaging with people with disability, support workers, families and service providers, my advocacy streak has strengthened. I am strong-willed and am heavily impacted by injustice. I am eager to do my part to ensure the NDIS delivers on its promise to people with disability. I will be working one day a week to support the work of Every Australian Counts. You can contact me by email

Latest news and opinion

News 2 November 2023

Big Changes Revealed by the NDIS Review – But any Changes Must Be Codesigned

BREAKING NEWS! BIG CHANGES REVEALED in this exclusive interview with NDIS Review co-chairs Bruce and Lisa. Read on to find out more.

Read more Read more
News 9 October 2023

What does the Royal Commission say about the NDIS?

On Friday 29th September the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was presented to Parliament. Over 12 volumes, there are 222 recommendations of ways to promote an inclusive society that supports the independence and rights of people with disability. We want to thank everyone who contributed to the Royal Commission over the last 4 and a half years.

Read more Read more
Opinion 31 August 2023

My Take On “Redesigning the NDIS”

This week, Australia’s national representative body of independent disability advocacy organisations, Disability Advocacy Network Australia, released a report calling for “urgent and radical reform of the NDIS”.

Read more Read more

Subscribe to updates

We take your privacy seriously. Read more on our collection statement.