What does The Growing Space do?

  • Self Management Training for participants and nominees
  • 3 Day intense training for Support Coordinators
  • Planning for a good life at home, work, education and play
  • Fee based Advocacy support around tough issues including NDIS and education
  • NDIS PowerMeUp - like a masters in NDIS in one jam packed  days of powerful workshop online for participants and families
  • Our famous "Can I Buy It?" 1.5 hour online webinar for Self and Plan Managed NDIS participants and nominees.
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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.

Join our website now to access all our resources, videos, and downloads - our most recent additions are below, but to see a taste of our more than 300 resources, check out https://www.thegrowingspace.com.au/library/

Protected: The Growing Space Video Service Agreement
Below is our online Service Agreement. Or you can download and sign a paper version at Easy English Service Agreement (with[...]
NDIS Therapy Reports – August 2022
NDIS Therapy Reports - August 2022 - 5 minute video. Closed captioned. Transcript link below. We've all seen those awful[...]
Support Coordinator Pet Peeves (for other supports providers)
If you are an NDIS provider, here are some things you should know. 1. You should (almost) NEVER send a[...]
How do I find support workers!! There’s a drought out there!
Support workers can be “found” anywhere. But once they start, they usually need a good brief, some support and structure[...]
Making a complaint
My provider did something bad. You can make a complaint about your NDIS services if they are not doing a[...]
Sam Translates: NDIS Act Changes
It’s taken me a while to digest the changes to the NDIS Act, but I think I’ve narrowed down the[...]

About Sam

Sam has worked in the disability sector as advocate, parliamentary advisor, family educator, board member and consultant for twenty years (yes, she's *that* old!). Her experience crosses sensory, autism, 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, and is a member of the NDIA Independent Advisory Council.

Sam Paior wearing a blue suit jacket and pale blue scarf, and pink and orange glasses, with short bobbed blonde hair, smiling.

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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