What is the NDIS?
Who we are
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) launched in July 2013, following years of discussion about the need for a major reform of disability services in Australia. See the Our history page for more information about how the NDIS came about.
The NDIS is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is the insurance that gives us all peace of mind. Disability could affect anyone - having the right support makes a big difference.
What we do
We understand that everyone’s needs, preferences and aspirations are different. That’s why we provide to eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.
- We provide information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, supports over a lifetime.
- We raise community awareness and encourage greater inclusion and access to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives.
- We support service providers to build capacity and be part of the scheme.
- Over time, we will find new and better ways of providing support, by building on what works well and learning from the lived experience of people with disability.
What help can I get? has more information about these services and support options.
Note: NDIS provides disability support. Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the disability support pension and carers allowance.
Where and when is the National Disability Insurance Scheme available?
We are introducing the scheme in stages, because it’s a big change and we want to get it right and make it sustainable.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme trial has commenced in:
- Tasmania for youth aged 15-24
- Nepean Blue Mountains area of New South Wales for children and young people aged under 18 on 1 July 2015
- South Australia for children aged 13 and under on 1 July 2014
- the Barwon area of Victoria for people up to age 65 and
- the Hunter area in NSW for people up to age 65
- the Australian Capital Territory for people up to age 65
- the Barkly region of the Northern Territory for people up to age 65
- the Perth Hills area of Western Australia for people up to age 65.
Roll out of the full scheme will commence progressively from July 2016.
You will need to meet certain requirements to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Read more about access requirements.