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Research Agenda

The NDRP research agenda is being developed to guide the allocation of research funding by the NDRP over a ten-year time period.

It will provide the foundation for the NDRP to deliver on its vision to facilitate a collaborative and inclusive disability research program that builds evidence for successful policy and practice.

What is the NDRP research agenda?

Once complete, the NDRP research agenda will outline the priority topics and themes that are important to the disability community. These topics and themes will guide how the NDRP research funding is spent. 

The research agenda is designed to:

  • Put into action the NDRP Principles

  • Advance Australia's capacity to meet its obligations as a signatory to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCPRD)

  • Complement major policies such as the Australian Disability Strategy and other research agendas

  • Encourage research focused on disability policy and practice 

  • Be flexible to respond to emerging priorities while also keeping the long-term, big picture priorities 

Preliminary research agenda

What we have now is a preliminary research agenda that draws on findings from a three-phase agenda setting research project, and maps them to Australia’s Disability Strategy outcome areas and policy priorities to reach a preliminary list of themes and topics.


The preliminary research agenda will be made available for further consultation in the coming months​.

Agenda setting research project

We commissioned the University of Sydney, together with a large group of researchers and community organisations to look at research gaps and ask the disability community about research priorities.


The agenda setting research involved three phases: 

  1. Mapping recent Australian research related to people with disability 

  2. Consult with people with disability and a range of other stakeholders to identify key issues 

  3. Synthesise and refine findings from the first two phases.

Click the links below to read the reports (includes easy read summary) on each of these phases:

NDRP Research Agenda and Framework

We are now working on a research agenda and framework which will guide the allocation of NDRP funding. In early 2023 we will invite feedback through an online survey and a series of workshops with the disability community.

Sign up here to be notified when consultation opens.