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Stephen Hardy

Cotton Tree, QLD

AFDO NDIS Champion Stephen Hardy

Steve lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and is married with 3 children.

Steve has a dual-sensory disability of hearing and sight loss and he has an extensive employment background in Queensland local government finance and administration and holds tertiary qualifications in Business Management.

Steve has also developed strong networks across Australia in the disability arena, including Chairing National Deafblind teleconferences and has executive leadership decision-making and problem-solving skills in an environment of advocacy and corporate engagement.

As an NDIS Champion, Steve is excited to have the opportunity to broaden his knowledge across the diverse disability spectrum. He has a passion to share his experiences and knowledge with others to assist them to achieve their goals and aspirations to lead an ordinary life.

About the NDIS Champions program

Would your business, organisation or community group benefit from a free information session on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), delivered by a person with disability in your local area?

Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? Do you want to understand what it will mean for people with disability?

The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) has recently employed and trained 30 people with disabilities from all over Australia to become NDIS Champions - to deliver reliable, fact-checked information about the NDIS in their local communities.

NDIS Champions presentations have answers to the most frequently asked questions, including:

  • What is the NDIS?
  • Who can access it?
  • Why do we need it?
  • How does it work?
  • What do I need to do?
  • NDIS Plans
  • And more

If your business, organisation, or community group would benefit from a free information session on the NDIS, you can fill out an Expression of interest form (online or PDF), or contact your local Champion directly using the contact details on the Champions' page.

Note: NDIS Champions presentations were free during late 2016, but the project funding for this has ended. The Champions we trained are now working independently as presenters, and are charging modest fees to cover their time, expenses and expertise. Contact your local NDIS Champion to find out more. 

Contact details

If you would like Stephen to make a presentation about the NDIS to your organisation, business or group, you can email him at or call him on (07) 5479 1583.

Download Stephen's NDIS Champions flyer (PDF, 1 page, 160kb)