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Timothy Sackett

Bardwell Park, NSW  

AFDO NDIS Champion Timothy Sackett

Tim Sackett is a 28 year old young man and is living with an intellectual disability. He resides at Bardwell Park in Sydney with his family. He is Phillipino, was born in Sydney and grew up in both The Phillipines and Sydney. He has an older brother and sister. Tim finished year 12 at High School and then completed a Certificate II in Marine Transportation at NSW Tafe. 

Tim is engaged to his fiancée Natalie who has Down syndrome. They met at the Date Able’s Ball in Sydney in October 2014 and it was love at first sight. They are preparing for a life together independently. Tim and Natalie were the focus for the recent ‘ABC, 7:30 Report’ featuring as a success story of the Date Able’s Ball. They were also guest speakers on ‘SBS Insight’ discussing disabilities, relationships and private issues. Their story was also featured in The Women’s Weekly magazine.  

Tim’s passion in life is fishing which led to his dream job working on Fishing Charters. He then set up and ran his own land based Fishing Charter for people with Disabilities. Tim competes in State Level fishing competitions and tournaments against able bodied people and has achieved many accomplishments. He holds the current Australian record for 12.35 Kg European Carp, caught on 1Kg line class and this fish also holds the current Land Based Game Fishing Australian record.

Tim has recently been selected as an NDIS Champion and has completed his training in Melbourne. Tim is looking forward to promoting and giving talks about the NDIS as well as answering any queries that people may have.

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 Tim to make a presentation about the NDIS to your organisation, business or group, you can email him to make arrangements at

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

As mentioned above, Tim has appeared in the media in the past. See more below:

ABC 7:30 Report

Australian Women's Weekly