Companion Card NSW – a worthwhile resource to check out

Creating greater inclusion for people with disability who require assistance accessing the community. What are the key benefits?

  • Companion Card holders receive a free ticket for their companion at venues throughout Australia
  • Promoting the rights of people with disability through community inclusion
  • The Companion Card belongs to the person with disability so they can choose who come to support and assist them while they’re out

Who is the resource for?

  • People with disability who require support each time they access the community.

Companion Card is a not-for-profit program, funded by the NSW Government and managed by National Disability Services.  Please visit the Companion Card NSW Website

Tulgeen accomplishes a very successful Third Party Verification Audit

March 27-29th  2017 Tulgeen underwent our third party verification audit against the National Disability and Practice Standards.  We are proud to say that we have been acknowledged for meeting the ‘intent’ of the Standards, and in some areas for exceeding the ‘intent’.  In particular our inclusion activities, our ‘rights based’ focus, and the Tulgeen teams ‘humanistic culture’ that support clients to lead happy and fulfilling lives.  It was also noted that our recent restructure, updating of systems and policies, Board governance and effective management has provided Tulgeen a solid base as we fully transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Tulgeen looks for opportunities to improve the quality of our services, and what we can offer.  We look forward to continuing working with current clients, their advocates and carers, and with new NDIS participants to achieve and set new benchmarks  ‘enabling a good life’

Congratulations Tulgeen, a great achievement by a great team


BSWAT Payment Scheme

If you, or your family member works in an Australian Disability Enterprise please go to the following link for information.  This link will provide information on eligibility about a one off lump sum payment for supported employees whose pay was worked out using the BSWAT tool while working for an ADE between 1 January 2oo4 and 28 May 2014.   You will need to complete the details required.

For Tulgeen clients in TDS supported accommodation forms have already been completed and submitted on your behalf.  We have been informed by the Department of Social Services that you are only required to name the organisation, please use ‘Tulgeen Group’.   Please direct all inquiries on the phone numbers provided on this link if you require further assistance.

Congratulations to an inspired Tulgeen Artist

Tulgeen is very excited to hear that Emily Brown one of our Art in Garage artists has been awarded the People’s Choice Award at the International Women’s Day exhibition held recently at the Spiral Gallery.  Congratulations Emily we are very proud of you.  Tulgeen would like to thank the significant contribution made by our Art Mentors who work with artists through our program to support participants to develop and achieve their artistic goals.

Tulgeen would also like to thank most sincerely the ongoing support of the Spiral Gallery and Ian Dawson from the Regional Gallery for our AiG program.  We are looking forward to extending the possibilities of our AiG program over the next 2 years and look forward our continued collaboration.



Great work Emily!

Emily and our other renowned artists are testament to this wonderful program, if you are interested in knowing more about it please ring our Supports Coordinator,

Kate Smith on 64990641

Ships Ahoy!

This week Tulgeen clients and supporting staff were offered a fantastic opportunity to join the crew on the Young Endeavour currently berthed in the port of Eden. A  three hour voyage of hands on participation and memory making moments!  Tulgeen would like to thank the Young Endeavour Foundation, the crew of the ship and our own wonderful staff enabling such a wonderful opportunity for community inclusion.   Click on the link for more of this story.


Transport Initiative by State Government needs your input

Dear All,

This is an initiative from the State Government Local Member Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure called Point 2 Point transport. Point 2 Point will be trialed in the Bega Valley as a local initiative and if successful will be rolled out across New South Wales. Point 2 Point initiative aims to increase transport options for people with disability, Aged and infirm by bringing together local community resources to overcome lack in public transport.

The Stage Government will support local community to develop Point 2 Point solutions for people e.g. we may be able to provide increased bus trips between towns and in or around the bigger towns so we need to get current information where people need to travel to and from their homes in their local town or between them so that with the State Government with support from local Government and the community we can develop local solutions.

We urge everyone to complete the survey attached or via this link:

We want your families and friends or anyone you know with a disability to please compete and forward around to everyone they know. Please forward this email to community services that you are working with.




Tulgeen and Yumaro Collaboration

Tulgeen Disability Services and Yumaro are pleased to announce the joint collaboration of our respective organisations to develop and grow opportunities across the Eurobodalla-Shoalhaven region and the Bega Valley Shire.  There are many similarities that connect our organisations including our individual missions to support people with disability to have and maintain full and abundant lives.

Yumaro offers meaningful employment across their ADE’s in Moruya and the Shoalhaven, and more recently growing and developing their community participation and in home support services.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed between our agencies with the aim to foster and develop our relationship to facilitate collaboration on projects and to foster trust and open dialogue in this now competitive NDIS market place.  Both agencies expect to maximize efficiencies including direct referrals, business opportunities with possible joint ventures, purchase power, research and development of systems and processes, training for staff and supported employees, and continued growth and development of in home supports, respite and community inclusion.

Tulgeen looks to the future with great anticipation, working with and alongside all agencies in a collaborative manner that benefits NDIS participants, their families and our local communities.


Yumaro CEO Mark Brantingham and TDS CEO Jen Russell formalise our agreement


TDS proudly advancing through the NDIS implementation

CEO Update:

Tulgeen is swiftly advancing through the implementation of the NDIS with approximately 80% of clients now having an active NDIS plan.  Tulgeen continues to work collaboratively with clients both current and new,  their Advocates and other agencies to ensure a seamless transition.   We have worked with all to overcome challenges, and we remain very optimistic that clients will benefit over time to this new model of greater choice and control.

We would like to thank clients/advocates and other agencies for their cooperation and understanding as we learn from each other every day.  Our Support Coordination Team have done a wonderful job and will continue to do so.  They can be contacted on 64990 641, ask for Kate Smith.

Our Service Support Team has also been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that our financial and other governance systems and processes meet all the regulatory requirements.  Tulgeen is also about to have our Third Party Verification audit done at the end of this month, so its been busy!

The new structure previously announced, is now in place and we continue to transition this over the next 2-3 months.

We are currently recruiting to positions.  An announcement shortly on the appointment of our new Media/Marketing role will be made, and we continue to work towards finding the right person for the Enterprise Managers role.  If the latter is of interest, please look at our website further.

Tulgeen acknowledges the team effort it has taken to get us to this point, and we appreciate the commitment and effort of our colleagues.


Coordination of Supports

Tulgeen welcomes members of the community to contact us on 64990641 to discuss your wishes and preferred options as part of your NDIS plan implementation. Our Support Coordinators, Kate and Karen can connect you with what the Bega Valley Shire community and other local services have to offer.  Let our vision ‘enabling a good life’ support you to achieve your life goals.   If you would like an obligation free conversation or meeting please call 64990641 and ask for Kate or Karen.