Disability Support

Disability Support

Support Services

Ballarat Regional Industries (BRI) provides a range of support services to promote social and community participation whilst encouraging individual growth and skills development.

Support for Individuals

Our participants are happier and less socially isolated as they are supported to become independent contributors to our community. That support comes in the guise of education and training, collaborative placement opportunities and initiatives such as transitioning through life stages programs.

Underscoring all of these activities are qualified BRI Case Workers who help participants overcome issues and concerns that may impact their health and wellbeing. Our Case Workers also advocate on behalf of participants to ensure they are linked with all the support and help they need to live a more independent and enriched life.

Support for families and carers

We believe passionately in ensuring all our participants have opportunity to exercise choice and control over their lives. Families and carers have an important role to play in making this happen. For example, they may need to represent the interests of the person they care for. Or they may need to provide certain types of emotional or practical support to help an individual realise their life goals.

But sometimes, it is the carers themselves who need support. BRI is able to provide information and referral to ensure family members, guardians and carers can access all the help and support they need.

Support coordination

BRI has always been committed to providing education, training and meaningful employment choices for people with disabilities.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide the framework for ensuring our participants have every opportunity to exercise control over their lives.

Support Coordination is an important aspect of the NDIS. BRI's Disability Services Team has invested in ensuring BRI is equipped with the right skills and knowledge to provide excellent Support Coordination for our participants and their families as we transition to the NDIS environment.

The NDIS defines Support Coordination as being: "Assistance to strengthen participants' ability to coordinate and implement supports and participate more fully in the community".

In practical terms, this can include help to link participants to the right services, programs and support to develop resilience in participants, parent/carer training and coordinating a range of informal, community and government-funded supports.