Ability Links

What is Ability Links?

Ability Links is a FREE, State Government funded service to support people living with a disability, their families and carers to live the life they want, as valued members of their community.

Who can access Ability Links in NSW ?

People with disability aged 0-64 years, carers and families of people with disability and  Individuals, clubs, groups and businesses for support on accessibility and inclusion.

Who benefits from Ability Links?

Ability Links workers, known as ‘linkers’, team up with people with disability, their families and carers to help define their goals and aspirations. Together they develop a plan to achieve those goals, with guidance and support to identify and access appropriate services, organisations, and activities within the community.

Some of the issues which Ability Links can help address include social isolation, education and training, and information and advice on how to access community support, such as local sporting groups, and other recreational and local opportunities.

Ability Links is an initiative of the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services, Aging, Disability and Home Care.

Where is the service located?

St Vincent de Paul Society delivers Ability Links in the Hunter Region

  • Newcastle
  • Maitland
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Port Stephens
  • Dungog
  • Cessnock
  • Singleton
  • Muswellbrook
  • Scone
  • Gosford
  • Wyong

St Vincent de Paul Society is working in partnership with Settlement Services International to deliver Ability Links in the Sydney metro area and southern regions.

  • Sydney City
  • The Inner West
  • Eastern Sydney
  • South Western Sydney
  • The Southern Highlands
  • The Sutherland Shire

Who benefits from Ability Links?

Ability Links works within local communities to assist people with disability, their families and carers to be valued and active members of their community.  Ability Links coordinators, known as ‘linkers’, work with people with disability, their families and carers to plan for their future, and help people become more confident, supporting them to achieve their goals and access support and services in their community. Linkers also work alongside communities and mainstream services, supporting them to become more welcoming and inclusive.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, volunteer opportunities do exist within Ability Links.

How can I find out more about Ability Links?

Visit the Ability Links NSW website.


Contact Ability Links Hunter Region:

Phone: (02) 4905 0700 (Hunter area) or (02) 43260400 (Central Coast area) 
Email: ability.links@vinnies.org.au
Post: PO Box 64, Islington, NSW 2296

Contact Ability Links Metro South Region:

St Vincent de Paul Society Society Linkers
Phone: (02) 8622 0456
Email: ability.links@vinnies.org.au
Post: PO Box 180, Kings Cross NSW 1340

Settlement Services International Linkers
Phone: 02 8799 6700
Email: abilitylinks@ssi.org.au

Ability Links is delivered across NSW by a number of organisations. To find your local Linker in other regions, visit the ADHC website:

Little Builders

Schools from across the Eastern Suburbs, New South Wales came together to celebrate Social Inclusion Week 2016. Paddington Public School partnered with Ability Links to coordinate the day with the aim to promote the benefits of Lego Clubs in schools. Lego Clubs provide an opportunity for students experiencing social isolation, or who find it difficult to communicate with other students, to be included in play and social activities with other children. A Lego Club can help children to improve their verbal and non-verbal communication, sharing and turn-taking, as well as their collaborative problem-solving skills. The following video outlines the aims of a Lego Club, how they work as well as their benefits.