What is the NDIS?

What is the NDIS? A quick overview of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and what it means for you.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is called the NDIS. The NDIS is a new way for people with a disability under the age of 65 to get the care and supports they need.

The NDIS is for people with a permanent and significant disability which impacts on their ability to take part in everyday activities. Find out more about NDIS eligibility.

Supports can be across many areas including employment, early intervention, accommodation, independence, being involved in the community, and more.

The NDIS is being progressively rolled out across Australia under the management of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – the agency responsible for delivering the scheme. The rollout is due to be completed by 2020.

Find more information on the NDIS website.

Why was the NDIS introduced?

Before the NDIS was introduced, disability services in Australia had been a lottery.

People were receiving different levels of support depending on how, when and where their disability was acquired and where they have lived – and not everyone was getting a fair go.

After an enquiry was held, the Federal Government agreed that people with a disability deserved a fairer system, and more control over the services they receive. So in July 2013, the NDIS was introduced.

What does the NDIS mean for people with a disability?

With the NDIS, you will work out what reasonable and necessary supports you need to live your life and achieve your goals. You’ll then receive funding to pay for these supports.

The NDIS means greater choice and control over the disability services you receive. You will get to help choose what type of supports you need, when and where you receive these supports, and which disability service providers you work with.

Also, if you are not happy with the disability service provider you are using, you can change to make sure you are getting the support you need.