There are many different support services that we all use in our everyday lives. These are the supports available to everyone in each state or territory, or across Australia, whether or not you have a disability. We call these ‘mainstream supports’. Mainstream supports are available to everyone, whether or not you have a disability.
Sometimes they’re essential supports like health care. Or they’re supports that help us get the most out of life, like working, studying or going out with friends and family. If you have a disability, these mainstream supports can help you become as independent as possible and participate in your community.
You can get mainstream supports through ‘mainstream services’. These include things like:
- mental health
- early childhood
- family support and child protection
- primary and secondary schools
- higher education and vocational education and training
- housing and community infrastructure