Disability services

Information about some of the National and local services that support people with a disability, their families and carers can be found below.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.

The NDIS will become available in the Northern Sydney district from July 2016.

The NSW NDIS website has a range of information and resources about how and when the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the NDIS, will happen in NSW. Please see the links below for more information:

Ability Links

Ability Links supports people with a disability, their families and carers to connect to mainstream services in their local community.

Phone a Linker on 02 8830 0768 or email Ability Links.


Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) is part of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

ADHC is responsible for providing services and support to older people, people with a disability their families and carers.


Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services. Call 1800 422 737.

Age services

Ku-ring-gai Council has plenty of activities, events and services to keep seniors in our community well looked after, active and fulfilled! Click here for more information on age services.

The My Aged Care website has been established by the Australian Government as a one stop shop to access the aged care system. My Aged Care can be contacted on 1800 200 422 between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays. 

Dementia services 

There are many types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body disease. Click here for more information on dementia services. National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500.

Children’s services


Lifestart supports children and young people living with disability or delay aged 0-24 years, their families and carers through:

  • early intervention
  • school age years support
  • specialised therapy
  • inclusion in the community
  • family information and support
  • helping communities and services to build capacity.

The nearest centre to Ku-ring-gai is the Pennant Hills Centre, 4 Ramsay Road, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120.

You can contact them on 02 9484 4895 or email Lifestart.


KYDS Youth Development Service provides free, easily accessed, one-to-one, group support and information programs for 12 – 18 year olds across Northern Sydney. They help young people deal with depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol issues, addictions, school problems, HSC / exam stress, family problems, relationship problems, communication break downs, anger management, body image concerns, self-esteem issues, bullying, grief, loss, loneliness, anti-social and risky behavior, self-harm and suicide.

Rear 265 Pacific Highway Lindfield NSW 2070

Phone 02 9416 0900 or email KYDS.


KU Children's Services is Australia's oldest not for profit provider of early childhood education and care.  They offer an inclusive environment for all children, including those with additional needs. They are a provider of the Australian Government's Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP).

Early Ed

EarlyEd is a family-centred early childhood intervention service for young children with disabilities or delays in their development. EarlyEd has been offering support and services to families across Northern and Western Sydney since 1979. EarlyEd teams have extensive experience and specialised training in early intervention practices to support children from  birth to primary school age.

For more information visit www.earlyed.com.au or call 9923 2727.


IDEAS provides information for people with disability, people with age related disability, their families, carers and other supporters to access and search for information that promotes independence.

Advocacy Services

If you would like to have someone with you when discussing the issue, you can select your own support person, or contact the following services for an advocate:

Complaints Resolution & Referral Service (CRRS)

The Complaints Resolution & Referral Service (CRRS) is an independent service that helps you sort out complaints about your service funded under the Commonwealth Disability Services Act.

You can contact them on 1800 880 052

National Disability Abuse & Neglect Hotline

The National Disability Abuse & Neglect Hotline is an Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.

The Hotline works with callers to find appropriate ways of dealing with these reports.

You can contact them on 1800 880 052

Side by Side Advocacy

Side By Side Advocacy promotes and upholds the rights, needs and interests of people with intellectual disability to enable full and meaningful participation in the community.

You can contact them on 02 9808 5500 or info@sidebysideadvocacy.org.au

Action for People with Disability

Action for People with Disability (ACTION) provides advocacy and support for people with disability and support for their families.

You can contact them on 02 9449 5355 or action-for-people@swiftdsl.com.au

NSW CID Council for Intellectual Disability, Sydney, Australia

The NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID) works with and for people with intellectual disability to speak up about the big issues and to change things for the better!

For more advocacy services, see www.adhc.nsw.gov.au and search 'Advocacy'