THE GROWING SPACE is a social enterprise

For Families and People with Disability we offer leading Independent NDIS Support Coordination and Specialist Support Coordination and workshops across South Australia.
For Organisations across Australia, we offer Specialist Disability Consultancy, NDIS related Training, Engagement and Marketing Consultancy for Providers and Government.

What does The Growing Space do?

  • Pre-planning and NDIS Support Coordination for NDIS plans for children & adults
  • NDIS Specialist Support Coordination during crisis situations
  • Self Management Training for participants and nominees
  • “NDIS Nuts & Bolts" presentations for groups and businesses
  • Training for Support Coordinators
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    NDIS Problem Solver - help for the tough NDIS Stuff
  • Planning for a good life at home, work, education and play
  • Advocacy support around tough issues including NDIS and education
  • NDIS Deep Dive - like a masters in NDIS in three days of intense workshop
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    Information for Education choices (pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary) and child care options and supports

The Growing Space team are committed to Good Lives for people with disability and those who support them. We work toward inclusion, respect and honouring the human rights of all people, regardless of ability, race, gender, religion, sexuality, or age.

About Sam

Sam has worked in the disability sector as advocate, parliamentary advisor, family educator, board member and consultant for seventeen years. Her experience crosses sensory, autism spectrum, physical as well as intellectual disabilities. She parents two young people who between them have extra disability, education and health needs, and is a strong believer in building inclusive communities for all. She is known as one of Australia's foremost experts on the NDIS.

Sam Paior wearing a blue suit jacket and pale blue scarf, and pink and orange glasses, with short bobbed blonde hair, smiling.
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An info night led by Sam was invaluable in helping me get into various networks and linked me to a free and friendly dental service.

Cheryl Mum to Matthew

Sam is an Australian leader on self management under the NDIS. Her knowledge of our national scheme is immense and she shares this generously so that individual funding is used to promote a good life for people with disabilities. Sam is a clear thinker and gets straight to the point in any situation with her positive communication style. I have had the privilege of working with Sam and believe she has a unique combination of practical knowledge and leadership which produces demonstrated and outstanding results.

Sylvana Mahmic CEO Plumtree


Sam has helped me learn to be a better Mother to a child living with disability. She is across the politics, the safety, the activism, the resourcing, the fund raising, the community. She listens, she learns, she shares, she networks and so she knows how the make the best of a system that isn’t easy to navigate.

Tania Mum to a young lad with autism

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Phone :  1300 4769 77 (GROW SP)

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