State agencies

State agencies

We bring together groups across Australia who are connected to people with intellectual disability and who are committed to the shared vision of inclusion in all aspects of Australian life.

Inclusion Australia (NCID)’s strength comes from our different state members who use their combined experience and expertise to promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disability to all levels of the community through advocacy across local, state and national governments as well as international agencies, such as the United Nations.

Click on the logo of one of our state agencies to learn more about what they do in their area and how you can get involved.

Council for Intellectual Disability (CID)

New South Wales

NSW CID website

Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) is a disability rights organisation led by people with intellectual disability. It has worked for more than 60 years to make sure all people with intellectual disability are valued in the community.

People with disability are at the front and centre of everything CID does – they are decision-makers, staff members, Board members and spokespeople. CID works to build a community that protects rights, includes everyone and supports people well. It focuses on issues that people with disability say are important, such as the NDIS, health, jobs, education, transport and safety.

CID promotes human rights. It helps people with disability to be heard, speak up on the big issues and campaign for change. CID advises organisations on how to be more inclusive so that our society is equal and accessible.

CID believes people with disability should have the same opportunities as everyone else. Through CID, people with disability, their families and supporters can learn and build skills, and actively participate in the community.

Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID)


VALID website

VALID has been leading the way advocating for people with disability in Victoria since 1989. In this time VALID has helped people with disability and their families to be more confident and in control, and to improve the services that support them. VALID has fought to make our communities, laws and regulations fairer and has developed training tools, information and resources for people with disability and their families across Victoria.

VALID has extensive experience managing projects and working with state and federal government including programs that support empowerment, choice and control such as the Keys to Success and Parents as Planning Partners.

VALID has also lead supported decision-making in Victoria, starting peer action groups across the state and supporting people with intellectual disability to self-advocate and become leaders. VALID is currently supporting 27 peer action groups across Victoria, which Mainstream and Me will draw on to support project activities.

VALID manages a group of programs that link training, individual and systemic advocacy, peer support and community development and provide protection, safeguards and capacity building for people with intellectual disability and their communities.

VALID has set up a community development team to help build sustainable changes in mainstream services to make them more inclusive of people with disability. Their work includes hosting the Victorian Inclusive Community Development Network – for people with disabilities and disability professionals interested in inclusion.

Parent to Parent (P2P)


P2P website

P2P has been delivering leadership training, peer-to-peer community building, and PATH planning, a person-centred planning and goal-setting tool, for twenty years across Queensland.

Building upon their significant membership-based knowledge, P2P has developed a range of job and training opportunities for people with intellectual disability in mainstream environments. Train the trainer models and other methods that encourage collaboration and co-design, are used in the building of partnerships and relationships across disability support and mainstream communities.

The self-advocacy group, Loud & Clear has been supported to grow and thrive with P2P as a major supporter. Loud & Clear have been recognised at the state and national level due to the group’s creative and dynamic approach to campaigning and raising awareness of key issues that are important to people with intellectual disability.

P2P was the lead organisation for a Community and Participant Readiness grant for Toowoomba and surrounding areas in 2016 and 2017 for the NDIS.

P2P has supported families who have been accessing Your Life Your Choice across Queensland for many years and are now working with them as well as new families and members, to transition across to the NDIS, offering Independent Plan Management and Support Coordination as a registered NDIS Provider.

Speak Out Association of Tasmania


SpeakOut Advocacy website

Speak Out Association of Tasmania, also known as Speak Out Advocacy is a state-wide, independent, non-government organisation that aims to develop a respectful and inclusive community by promoting and defending the rights of people with disability.

We provide individual advocacy and support people with disability to: speak up and be heard, get information, work with the NDIS, know and claim their rights, make decisions, make a complaint; and be represented when needed. These services are free and confidential.

Speak Out is also a membership organisation for people with intellectual disability. Self-Advocacy groups and Peer Support groups meet each month across the state. The annual Speak Out Self Advocacy Conference, is the longest running conference for people with disability in Australia.

South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability (SACID)

South Australia

South Australian Council of Intellectual Disability

Working towards achieving a South Australian community in which people with intellectual disability are involved and accepted as equal participating members.

SACID is an incorporated organisation with an elected board of directors and office bearers. They have been working since the early 1950’s, when children with intellectual disability in South Australia were still excluded and weren’t able to attend school. The parent-led Mentally Retarded Children’s Society, the long-awaited special school was opened in 1954. There have been several iterations of SACID and in 1996, SACID replaced this organisation and has been operating since then, without any funding form either State or Commonwealth.

SACID’s board consists of very dedicated people with intellectual disability, parents, state government, service providers, support workers and community members. Our self-advocates are involved in self-advocacy training so that they can “speak up’ about things that matter to them.

SACID has been involved in many state and federal disability and carer reviews, the rights of people with intellectual disability and the closure of all Institutions being a particular interest of everyone at SACID.

SACID has hosted many forums/presentations/seminars/symposiums to do with the health, well-being, the quality of care and the safeguarding of people who sometimes cannot speak for themselves.

Developmental Disability Western Australia (DDWA)

Western Australia

Developmental Disability WA was established in 1985 and is a trusted source of independent information, advocacy, education and support for people with intellectual and other developmental disability, their families and the people who support them.

DDWA offers free membership to individuals and family members and others who have an interest in advancing the rights and needs of people with disability.

DDWA works in three main ways:


To support people with developmental disabilities and their families to have a strong voice and seek change where needed.

To influence government and other decision makers to make positive and lasting change.


To build the expectations and capacity of people with developmental disability and their families.

To inform people and families about their rights, choices and options to equitable services and supports.


To support people with developmental disabilities and their families to live their everyday lives.

To partner with others to develop more connected and inclusive communities.