National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also called the NDIS) is the new way of providing disability support.

The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.

The NDIS will help people with disability achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and improved wellbeing.

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

The NDIS also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

By 2019, the NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability.

Can I access the NDIS?

To become an NDIS participant a person must:

Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;

Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;

Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and

Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.

The NDIS is being introduced progressively around Australia from 1 July 2016.

Can I still receive support if I do not meet the access requirements for the NDIS?

A person does not have to be an NDIS participant to receive support from the NDIS.

The NDIS will connect people with disability, their families and carers, including people who are not NDIS participants, to disability and mainstream supports in their community.

To find out more about information, links and referrals to community and mainstream support services visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.

Quality and Safeguards Commission

(Commenced in NSW 1 July 2018) – www.ndis.commission.gov.au

When the NDIS was launched, governments agreed that a nationally consistent approach to quality and safeguards would be a critical component of the scheme.  The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework was developed to achieve this.  It is an independent agency for participants, providers and workers.

A couple of the functions of the commission include:

  • Responds to concerns, complaints and reportable incidents, including abuse and neglect of NDIS participants;
  • Register and regulate providers