Minister for Higher Education and Skills Sharon Bird recently announced twenty National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) organisations, whose officers will be funded to work in 31 regions across Australia.
The University of Newcastle is again the successful host of the NDCO Program for 2013-2016 in our region.
This Australia-wide government funded program promotes the transition of students and people with disability aged 15 to 64 into training, education and subsequent employment.
NDCOs are a central point of contact for local organisations, employers, schools, universities and training providers. They help ensure local groups work effectively together to provide the best service possible for people with disability.
The local boundaries have changed, with NDCO Newcastle-Hunter now known as NDCO Hunter-Central Coast from 1 July, in recognition of that region’s inclusion in Service Region 6.
In addition to the extension of the Hunter-Central Coast program, the University of Newcastle has also won the contract to host the Program in the new Service Region 7 – North Coast. The new NDCO will be based at Port Macquarie.
“I’m really pleased that the University of Newcastle can continue as host of the NDCO Program, and expand our service north and south,” says Hunter-Central Coast NDCO Kay Dean. “In collaboration with local stakeholders we certainly have many things we want to see through.”