The Commonwealth government has provided seed funding to establish a new National Disability Research Partnership (NDRP) which brings together experts in disability policy and research to deliver a world-class disability research and policy hub. 


This is the start of an exciting journey, which we hope will build greater shared purpose. 

NDRP is based on four key principles:

High quality, collaborative research

  • Become a world-leading driver of disability research that builds an evidence-base

  • Advance disability research in Australia by delivering on the national disability research agenda 

  • Draw on expertise across Australia through collaborative research teams

  • Collaborative approach to finessing research questions 

People with disability at centre

  • Research that addresses the priorities of people with disability and their families as outlined in the national disability research agenda

  • Research ‘by’ and ‘with’ people with disability and their families

  • Genuine, paid for, co-design


Valuing all forms of knowledge 

  • Valuing knowledge creation from many different sources

  • Knowledge that is accessible to the community: including journal articles, podcasts, videos and easy read summaries

  • Australian policy will be informed by research and evidence 

Building research capability

  • Build a vibrant, connected and thriving disability research ecosystem

  • Create career pathways and targeted support for researchers with disability 

  • Building capacity of the disability sector to create and use knowledge

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