NDCO Principles of Practice
The following principles of practice inform the Program and are integral to meeting the objectives and outcomes of the Program. Providers must ensure the NDCOs they employ adhere to these principles, which include:
- Collaborative approach – NDCOs must work collaboratively with other stakeholders as partners to identify local needs and gaps, develop localised responses and achieve goals. This can be achieved through the development of communities of practice at the local, state and national levels to share best practice and capture learnings on mutually shared goals.
- Focus on systemic barriers– NDCOs must work strategically across sectors to challenge existing systemic barriers (rather than barriers impacting on individuals) to Tertiary Education and employment so that a broader cross-section of people with disability are able to lead dignified and productive lives.
- Sustainable aspirations– when building relationships to establish or support networks, NDCOs must work through a continuum, gradually working to empower and foster self-determination so that these networks and activities become self–sustaining. The desired approach to working with networks/partnerships in order is raising awareness, building relationships, establishing and facilitating networks, becoming self sustainable and withdrawing from frontline involvement.
- Evidence based activities- NDCO work must be grounded in evidence and adopt a localised approach driven by the needs of the region.
- Strengths based approach- NDCOs must use a strengths based approach to build capacity across the relevant sectors and the region.
- Non duplication of existing programs – NDCOs must ensure that they do not duplicate or replace the work of other Australian Government or State/Territory funded providers of services for people with disability.