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Coronavirus (COVID-19), NDIS and Disability Support

This collection of resources explores the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on disability support and the NDIS in Australia.

Coronavirus Statistics


Confirmed Cases: 5,797, Deaths: 40, Total Recoveries: 1,080

Confirmed cases by State

ACT: 96 / NSW: 2,637 / NT: 28 / QLD: 921 / SA: 411 / TAS: 86 / VIC: 1,158 / WA: 460


Confirmed Cases: 1,337,749, Deaths: 74,169, Total Recoveries: 275,883

Updated 07/04/2020

The smiley face system looking out for people with a disability

03/04/2020 - Community Vision, a not-for-profit community-based organisation in Western Australia, has come up with a unique way to make sure their clients are okay during the outbreak of COVID-19. 

Based on an initiative created in the United Kingdom, they have introduced ‘I’m OK cards.’ One side of the card is green with a happy face, while the other side is red with a sad face.

Staying connected with each other during COVID-19

01/04/2020 - During the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing measures have been introduced to try and combat the virus. However, it is still important to stay connected to the people around us. For people with a disability, this can be extra challenging during this time.

COVID-19 is interrupting life as we know it and doesn't just affect day-to-day life, it has the potential to impact the mental health of the whole community.

Royal Commission raises concerns about COVID-19 support

30/03/2020 - The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) has released a statement saying it's “deeply concerned” about the impact of COVID-19 on people with a disability.

Helping someone with intellectual disability during COVID-19

27/03/2020 - Information about COVID-19 is continually changing as new information becomes available. It is important everyone understands the information so that they can prepare and protect themselves and others. 

For a person with an intellectual disability this could be more challenging. They may be at risk due to not being able to access clear information, low health literacy, or needing to rely on carers.

Message from the CEO: An important update about COVID-19

25/03/2020 - "As a community we're in uncharted waters as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

I wanted to provide you with an update as to what DPS is doing as a company in these uncertain times. Our number one priority is to keep consumers and our team members safe. We are also doing everything we can to support our clients during this time..."

How to help keep yourself healthy and safe during COVID-19

25/03/2020 - Making changes to our daily lives in terms of personal hygiene and social behaviours can help slow the spread of the virus which will help limit the impact on other people, businesses, and healthcare services such as hospitals and doctor's clinics.

Explaining coronavirus and COVID-19

24/03/2020 -  A coronavirus is a large family of viruses which can cause sickness in animals or humans.The coronavirus currently spreading around the world is  known as COVID-19.

New measures to support participants and providers during COVID-19

23/03/2020 - New measures have been announced to ensure support is in place for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and providers through the COVID-19 outbreak.

Disability Royal Commission suspended due to COVID-19

17/3/2020 - The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has, until further notice, suspended all public hearings, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Coronavirus may impact services delivered to people with disability

13/3/2020 - The potential impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on those with a disability has led peak body People With Disability Australia (PWDA) calling for people with a disability to be included in the management of the outbreak.