Disability support services for young adults

Find organisations raising awareness, protecting rights and building a community that affords the same opportunities to everyone. 

Ability Links

Ability Links is a disability service provider that helps people with disabilities navigate the NDIS, get the right funding and get a plan working for you.

They have a free program that connects people with disability aged 9-64, their families and carers. The program is designed to help people plan for their future by building on their strengths and skills to lead the life they want as valued members of the community.

IDEAS (Information on Disability Education and Awareness Services)

IDEAS hosts four main services to help people with disability and their carers make informed decisions. 

You can:

1. Search their free directory of disability services and support. 

2. Buy and sell with eBility, the online marketplace for all disability equipment, accessible vehicles and more. 

3. Subscribe to IDEAS eNews and keep up to date with the latest disability sector news, watch videos or listen to podcasts. 

4. Search their online hub for disability resources by category, stories, news and more.

Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS)

The Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) is a free disability advocacy service and a community legal centre. They work alongside people with disability to promote and protect their rights.

IDRS can provide support for a person with cognitive impairment at a police station or at court and provide help with legal problems. No NDIS package needed to use their services. 


Northcott provides experienced and personalised services to people with disability. 

For young adults this includes supported living and community networking, respite, skills training and therapy. You can find your local Northcott to get started. 

Disability Advocacy Finder

The online Disability Advocacy Finder will help you find disability support services near you - just type in your postcode.  ​​

Counselling and advocacy

If you have experienced or witnessed someone being hurt, treated badly or taken advantage of, the Department of Social Services can provide support. ​​

A counsellor can support you to talk about your feelings and emotions in a safe space. An advocate can help you tell your story, protect your rights and access other supports.

Many people say that counselling and advocacy has helped them. You can take your time to think about getting support. 

Support is free, independent and confidential if you would like to speak to a counsellor or advocate near you. 

The Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) can provide you with contact details for advocacy organisations around Australia. There are  online tools available you can use to search.

Last updated Wednesday 12th June 2024