About the program

What is the NDCO?

The Australian Government’s National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program works strategically to assist people with disability access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs.

The NDCOs work with stakeholders in the Northern Territory to reduce systemic barriers, facilitate smooth transitions, build links and coordinate services between the education, training and employment sectors.

How can the NDCO help?

The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program seeks to address barriers to participation in tertiary education and employment by improving the coordination and collaboration among service providers and building their capability to support people with disability.

The Program also seeks to increase the knowledge and awareness of people with disability about their post-school options and supports to enable them to participate in education and subsequent employment to the same extent as people without disabilities.
NDCOs undertake a range of activities which may include:

  • Establishing or supporting local networks to strengthen linkages between schools, tertiary education institutions, and employment services in order to improve coordination across the sectors and facilitate smooth transitions;
  • Working collaboratively with education professionals, employers and the community to identify and address systemic barriers/gaps;
  • Working with local stakeholders to implement changes to policy and institutional practices to enhance inclusive practices and increase accessibility for people with disabilities; and
  • Raising awareness and educating local stakeholders, including people with disability, about their responsibilities and rights, education and employment options, and services and support available.

Who do the NDCOs work with?

National Disability Coordination Officer's (NDCOs) work at the strategic level with a range of stakeholders to assist working age people with disability to be better supported to successfully transition to and participate fully in tertiary education and subsequent employment.

NDCOs have developed effective relationships with stakeholders who operate across the school to work continuum in order to identify local barriers and to develop collaborative responses to local needs.
The key stakeholders NDCOs work with include:

  • schools, including government, catholic and independent;
  • tertiary education institutions, including universities, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes, community colleges, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), Group Training Organisations (GTOs) and alternative education program providers;
  • employment agencies, including Disability Employment Service (DES) providers, Job Services Australia (JSA) providers, the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC), employer groups and peak bodies;
  • disability services and community agencies that support people with disability;
  • and mainstream government programs which operate in the education, training and employment sectors, particularly those focused on transitions; and
  • stakeholders that provide relevant services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.