Building Communities of Practice

This project will support local service systems to identify and collaboratively respond to the opportunities and challenges that emerge through the transition to the NDIS and National Aged Care reforms by investing in backbone infrastructure to support the development and operation of “regional transition networks” or “communities of practice”. The project will be implemented over four years.

The networks will provide a forum through which local service providers can access information, resources and support, share experiences and learning, build relationships and collaborate to respond to, and advocate for, local needs.

The establishment and operation of networks will be particularly valuable during the transition period as it will:

  • Allow service providers, consumers and carers to access an independent forum and extended practice network through which to work through transition opportunities and challenges and
  • Provide a constructive platform through which local service systems can engage in dialogue, through appropriate processes, with government about the evolving service system.

April 2016 update:

A Literature Review on the characteristics of effective Communities of Practice has been undertaken and a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework has been developed. NDS hosted a well attended forum in February to garner interest in cross sector collaboration in the North Eastern Metropolitan area (NEMA) of Melbourne, the site of the first NDIS Transition.

Invitations to auspice a Community of Practice in NEMA will be issued shortly. NDS is currently looking to establish a second Community of Practice in a regional area, probably also linked to an NDIS Transition area. It is anticipated that both of these Communities of Practice will be operational by August.

For more information, contact Sarah Fordyce from NDS


Status Project implementation has commenced
Funded by Year 1 – Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust
Year 2 – State Trustees Australia Foundation
Year 4 – State Trustees Australia Foundation
Key contact Sarah Fordyce, Policy Manager, NDS Victoria
Ph.03 8341 4303,