Elected: Fiona Phillips, Labor

About this seat

Gilmore is an electorate encompassing parts of the NSW South Coast, including south Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Kiama. It has traditionally been a Liberal seat, but swung to Labor in 2019 when MP Fiona Phillips was elected. She may benefit from her incumbency this election, but it is still a very marginal seat and a Liberal victory is possible.

Did you know that in the Gilmore electorate there are:

3,477 people that are NDIS participants. 

2,775 people have jobs that have been directly created as a result – Disability Support Workers, Physiotherapists, taxi drivers and so on.

 1387 people have jobs that have been indirectly created as a result – for example, the cafes where Disability Support Workers have lunch, the petrol stations where the taxi drivers fill up and the physio equipment suppliers.

The NDIS also invests $388,659,060 into the local area, and that is just the conservative amount measured, it could really be anywhere up to $959,652,000. 

That’s a lot of reasons to #DefendOurNDIS in Gilmore!

Election '22 candidates

Fiona Phillips
Andrew Constance
Carmel McCallum

Talking points/messaging

  • Support is being cut for many people with disability across Australia. Every day we hear a new story from someone who has had their NDIS funding slashed, without any explanation. This leaves them without the support they need to live their best lives.
  • This isn’t just about funding: it’s also about respecting and listening to people with disabilities.
  • People with disability, our families, and the people who support us are still struggling through the pandemic, and now we’re being forced to fight the system that was designed to make our lives easier.
  • The Federal Government now says the cost of the NDIS is blowing out – but they won’t release the basis of these claims.
  • Research conducted in 2021 found for every $1 spent on the NDIS, local communities benefited $2.25. That’s money straight into the pockets of local support workers, manufacturers and small businesses.
  • Australians with disability who rely on the scheme to visit family and friends, get support to work, or simply shower, eat and get into bed at the end of a long day – we cannot afford to live without the NDIS they fought so hard for.
Banner with National Day of Action, Tuesday April 28th with Defend Our NDIS shield

Day of Action - local events in this seat

Our National Day of Action on Thursday, April 28 is a time when everyone – whether you’re an individual or an organisation – is welcome to host your own events and activities (or join in on someone else’s) all across the country. Because together we are powerful!

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Defend Our NDIS Big Night In

Catch up with people from all over the country online, to hear about what everyone got up to after our efforts on the National Day of Action. And help us all keep up the energy and come up with ideas to keep the pressure on our pollies this election.

Date: 28 April | Time: 7 pm - 9 pm (AEST)

Location: Online

Organisation/host: Every Australian Counts, Teamwork Works

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Defend Early Childhood Intervention Through NDIS

Online meeting with the Team to reflect on the importance of NDIS for young children and families.

Date: 28th April | Time: 2.00


Organisation/host: EarlyEd

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Family Advocacy

Family Advocacy’s Social Media Blitz

Can you help us make some noise this Thursday, 28 April?

As part of the Defend Our NDIS National Day of Action, Family Advocacy are having a social media blitz. Share our posts, retweet our tweets, tag NDIS Minister Reynolds and call your local Federal member.

Our NDIS is at a crossroads. It’s not the NDIS we fought so hard for, or the NDIS Australians deserve. A federal election is just around the corner. Let’s show our political leaders just how important it is that we Defend Our NDIS.

Follow us on Facebook at familyadvocacynsw or Twitter @FamAdvocacyNSW

Date: 28 April | Time: All day


Organisation/host: Family Advocacy

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roundsquared meeting with local MP’s

roundsquared’s ‘Lets Talk, Speak Out’ Advocacy group will be hosting Dr Holland MP Member for Bega & Fiona Phillips MP Member for Gilmour to discuss:
Housing: The impact of homelessness and lack of housing within the disability community – what is being done to change this? How are all tiers of government working together to address this?
Every Australian Counts – if you are re-elected for Gilmour – how are NDIS members going to be supported – what does that look like?
Employment – what are local, state & federal governments doing to support people with a disability to gain access to open employment and appropriate training opportunities.

Date: Thursday 28th April | Time: 9.30 AEST

Location: AU

Organisation/host: roundsquared

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Defend the NDIS: A Sort Your Support online forum

Sort Your Support is hosting a forum with people with disability and their supporters to discuss how the NDIS can be fixed. The NDIS should be something to be proud of, a rights based funding system to enable people with disability to live an ordinary life. The NDIS in its current form is not what was promised. Funding has been cut from plans, wait times are getting longer, and people are needing to fight NDIS lawyers to get the support they need. Something has to change.

Date: April 28 | Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM AEST

Location: Online (Zoom)

Organisation/host: Sort Your Support

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Illawarra/Shoalhaven: Save Our NDIS Rally

People with disability and everyone in their circles of support coming together to tell their stories, meet with Federal election candidates and members of State and local government to lobby for support to defend our NDIS.

The event location is subject to change due to rain. Please check back here for updates.

Date: 28 April | Time: 10:30 am - 11:15 am (AEST)

Location: The Arts Precinct, Burelli Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

Organisation/host: Illawarra Disability Alliance

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