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Empowering Excellence: NDIS series

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: Up to 6 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge
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Organiser: AASW National

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This course provides an overview of the NDIS, together with targeted information for social workers on how to practice under the scheme as private practitioners and support coordinators.

Given the nationwide roll-out of the NDIS, it is important that social workers (and other allied health professionals) develop an understanding of the legislative and service frameworks underpinning the model, and the implications for client-directed planning and choice of service. Whilst the NDIS will bring new professional opportunities to social workers seeking to work in private practice, its introduction will also require adaption to a new ‘insurance lens’ and an evolving service landscape.

“Social workers bring comprehensive, client-focussed assessment skills, underpinned by a psychosocial perspective - making them ideal professionals and leaders under the NDIS. The current challenge for the sector is to understand and integrate this new ‘insurance model’ of care into its practice, in order to support optimal and empowering outcomes for people with a disability and their families, now and into the future”. Brooke Kooymans.

This series comprises 1.5 hours of pre-recorded CPD video content, together with recordings of three live webinars (all content now available to view on the SWOT platform).


Module 1: Understanding the NDIS

  • What is the NDIS?
  • The Act, rules, operational guidelines and principles
  • The scope of the scheme
  • The insurance framework and reasonable and necessary criteria
  • Goal directed and outcome driven parameters
  • The commercialisation of disability care and the changed landscape
  • Entering the scheme
  • Implications for practice

Module 2: Starting Work in the NDIS

  • Social work practice in the NDIS
  • Understanding roles and responsibilities
  • Engaging with NDIS participants
  • Understanding the participant plan
  • Understanding goals, clinical needs and how this translates to direct practice

Module 3: Becoming a registered provider

  • Understand what social workers can do in the NDIS
  • Understanding what social workers can register for
  • Deciding what to register for
  • How to register and become a NDIS provider
  • Understanding and navigating the technology
  • Meeting state based governance

Module 4: Understanding funded supports under the NDIS

  • What are funded supports?
  • Understanding the support purpose
  • Understanding the outcome domains and goal setting in the NDIS
  • Understanding the support categories
  • Understanding support items
  • Understanding registration groups.

Learning objectives

This theoretical and practice-based presentation will support social workers wishing to work under the NDIS. Participants will:

  • Develop knowledge of the legislative, operational and insurance frameworks underlying the development and implementation of the NDIS
  • Develop understanding of funded support categories under the NDIS, and how these relate to goals when developing an individual support plan
  • Learn the key requirements and steps in becoming an NDIS service provider
  • Learn the fundamental principles involved in developing an NDIS participation plan for an individual with a disability.

Presenter details

Brooke Kooymans is an industry leader with nearly 20 years’ experience working as a social worker in acquired disability, complex rehabilitation and catastrophic injury management. During this time, she has worked with Australia’s leading government and non-government agencies in both the public and private sectors.

She has completed post graduate qualifications, including a graduate certificate in rehabilitation case management and a Masters of Social Work, and is currently enrolled in her PhD at the University of Queensland.

As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Brooke has vast experience providing services under the NDIS, and is a sought-after provider of training and consultancy on NDIS support planning and transition. She is also an experienced presenter and professional supervisor.

Currently Brooke is the Director of Rehability Australia, which has been an NDIS provider since 2015, amd she is a member of the AASW Board of Directors.

Method of delivery

Pre-recorded content (1.5 hours): Available to view on the AASW’s online learning platform (SWOT).

Recording of live webinars (4.5 hours): All live webinars have now occurred as part of this course, and have been recorded to view as part of the series. These lived recorded webinars provide a rich and practice-informed addition to the pre-recorded content.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.

CPD for Credentials

This course can be claimed under Clinical and Disability for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

Find out more today about opportunities to have your specialised social work skills recognised.


  • AASW member price: $249
  • AASW student price: $125
  • Non-member price: $374

Registration details

Register for this course following the link to the right.

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing all access instructions.

For further information regarding the Empowering Excellence SWOT series, please contact us on

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers