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Mainstream and Community Supports

Mainstream supports are services outside of the NDIS, that cover a certain need for assistance or service, and are funded by the government to prevent high out of pocket expenses. People with or without a disability can access these services. 

Key examples: 

The Australian Government's Services Australia delivers a range of payments and services supporting people in need, including people with disabilities

disability support pension and range of allowances are available, including:

  • carer payments

  • rent assistance

  • telephone allowance

  • utilities allowance

  • mobility allowance

  • education supplements

  • pharmaceutical allowance

Health Care Card provides cheaper pharmaceuticals as well as other savings, like bulk billing for doctors' appointments

You may be eligible for a health care card if you are below age pension age and receive a Centrelink payment including:

Centrelink explains who is eligible for a health care card and the specific benefits that come with it.

Public Health System including Medicare

Mainstream School Education

Vocational education and training

Community Housing and Community Infrastructure 

Local Councils

Public Transport 

Family & Child Protection

Justice System 

Aged care

Community supports are the supports you can get from community services or community organisations. Many community organisations offer a range of supports for children, teenagers, families and older people. People with or without a disability can access these services. 

Examples of Trusted Community Supports 


Salvation Army

St Vincent De Paul

The Men's Shed

Neighborhood Centres

Local Sports Clubs

Progress Associations 

Lion's Clubs 

Rotary Clubs 

Retired Serviceman's Leagues (RSL)

Boys/Girls Brigades and Scouts


Mission Australia

Meals on Wheels 



Police Citizen's Youth Clubs (PCYC) 

Disability specific mainstream services are the supports you can get from the QLD government, that are only available to people with a disability, or Pension/Health Care Card - Some services have specific eligibility criteria


Support for children and young people

Help and support services for children and young people with disability, from early childhood to leaving school

Support for adults

Information for adults with disability including financial support and advice on mental health and wellbeing

Support for families, carers and friends

Find support for families, carers and friends of people with disability, including information on respite care and counselling services

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