19th March 2020 COVID-19 Update

CODA has put together and Easy English Information Sheet about COVID-19 for our clients and the broader community.
If you would like this information presented in another way please don't hesitate to contact the office on (03) 5231 1573 and we will endevour to help you.

New Newsletter

16th July 2018

CODA published a new news letter in July 2018.  Find it on the Newsletter pages.

Participation in a research project - choice control and the NDIS

12th August 2016

Melbourne University is currently undertaking a research project about Choice, control and the NDIS.  Because the NDIS will change the way people access disability services in Australia they are talking with people living with disabilities in the Barwon region about their experiences of the NDIS.  

They are hoping to identify what it's like getting support and services with the NDIS, how different is it from the way you accessed support and services before?  What is better and what is harder with the NDIS?  What other forms of support and information would be helpful.  

More information on this project can be obtained by emailing Sue Olney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by downloading this information flier.

Community views sough on services for autism spectrum disorder

8th February 2016

The Victorian Parliament's Family and Community Development Committee has invited community input to its inquiry into services for people with autism spectrum disorder.

The Committee is tasked with examining and reporting on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in Victoria, the availability and adequacy of services provided, the adequacy of services to be provided under the NDIS, the evidence of the social and economic cost of failing to provide adequate services and the projected demand for services in Victoria.

To have your say or to find out more please go to the committee's website here.

Side by Side - a guide to appointing supportive attorneys

The Office of the Public Advocate has a guide which helps to fulfill their aim to protect and promote the rights and interests of people with disability.  This guide has been produced by OPA to assist people to make supportive attorney appointments.  It contains step-by-step instructions and the supportive attorney appointment form.  A supportive attorney can access or provide information to organisations (such as hospitals, banks and utility providers), communicate with organisations, communicate decisions and give effect to decisions.  The Office of the Public Advocate website has more information on their website here including a downloadable copy of the guide that is available here

CODA also has a limited number of copies of the Side by Side guide to appointing supportive attorneys available at the office on Hesse Street.  Clients and families are more than welcome to pick up a copy if they are interested in more information.

Kokoda Experience - lessons for resilience

6th October 2015

Image: Trish Stephens (Chair of CODA Board), Bernadette O'Connor (Executive Director, Management Governance Australia), Jacqui Suares (CEO, CODA)

Business leader and former Colac resident Bernadette O'Connor shared her experiences of completing the Kokoda trail earlier this year when she presented as a guest speaker at Colac Otway Disability Accommodation's (CODA) recent Annual General Meeting. To find out all about her talk and more about Ms O'Connor, please download the press release here. Or, visit


New social enterprise for local disability services provider CODA

16th June 2015

CODA is opening a new business to assist people with disabilities to develop communication, volunteering and work related skills. The retail shop will sell apparel, accessories and decorative items made by people with disabilities. Quality second-hand clothing and goods donated by the local Colac community will also be available. Proceeds from the venture will be utilised to increase community opportunities including CODA’s longer term goal of increasing independence through innovative housing options for people with disabilities.
CODA’s CEO, Jacqui Suares states “It’s important to focus on the capacity building elements of a person’s NDIS funding and CODA strives to provide meaningful opportunities for skill development and community participation. Developing communication and customer service skills in a supportive environment is an important step in increasing independence in a range of activities as well as increasing the likelihood of attaining valued employment.”
Shop 7 will be staffed volunteers and will be open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4:30pm.

For more informatio or to talk to someone from CODA"s new Social Enterprise please contact Monica Provan using the contact form or details here.


Taking Housing out of the too hard basket - from

April 2015

The demand for adequate, accessible, affordable housing is at crisis point. Wait lists are long. Thousands of young people with disability live in aged care homes. Yet the issue remains in the too-hard basket.

If the NDIS is to live up to its promise we need a clear strategy for housing now – so that no one misses out when the NDIS rolls out around Australia.

We know that the NDIA has been working on a paper that addresses options for solving this problem but it has never been released.

If this issue is going to be resolved we need to be part of the discussion with the Agency and federal and state governments.

Every Australian Counts is calling on the Agency to release the paper now, so people with disability, their families and carers can be part of finding the solution.

Please visit to email the CEO of the NDIA now.

It’s time to take housing for people with disability out of the too hard basket.

John Della Bosca
Every Australian Counts


Geelong Advertiser - A Glow from the soul

An article from 7th July 2014 written by Danny Lannen of the Geelong Advertiser about the experience of our CEO and her family and the NDIS.  The full article can be found here


ABC Ballarat - The NDIS, one year on: A Colac mother and disability worker reflects on a year of change

This is an article about our CEO Jacqui Suares, her family and the struggles and rewards of the NDIS.  It can be found here




National Disability Insurance Scheme Victorian Bulletin July 2013

This bulletin on Disability Care Australia from the office of Disability Services and Reform, Mary Woolridge contains updates on the launch, the independent advisory council, and features our CEO Jacqui Suares.  It can be downloaded here