Public access to data

Data access is critical to the success of the NDIS. 

Public data access allows people with disabilities, and their families/carers to benefit more from the Scheme through improving outcomes. Wide access to data will drive participant results and create a financially healthy NDIS.

In the process of encouraging innovation and driving an open disability market, the privacy of participants is of paramount importance to the NDIA. The NDIA has applied de-idenitification methods so the only data being released is non-personal data that does not identify individuals. This ensures the dignity of NDIS participants is respected.

Public data access also enables the NDIA to better exercise its functions under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act). Some of these functions include the NDIA’s requirement to:

  • deliver the NDIS
  • manage, and to advise and report on, the financial sustainability of the NDIS
  • develop and enhance the disability sector, including by facilitating innovation, research and contemporary best practice in the sector
  • build community awareness of disabilities and the social contributors to disabilities
  • collect, analyse and exchange data about disabilities and the supports (including early intervention supports) for people with disability
  • undertake research relating to disabilities, the supports (including early intervention supports) for people with disability and the social contributors to disabilities.

Data access has the potential to drive relevant policy development and enable programs to be properly assessed. Data access can also contribute to economic growth and promote innovation. The NDIS is designed to improve social and employment results for people with disabilities and their families. Public access to certain data the NDIA holds is an important step in attaining this goal.

NDIS data access allows people with disabilities to benefit more from the scheme, as accessing data facilitates the ability for the market to invent new things and increase value, which helps build a NDIS that benefits participants now and in the future. 

Open and free access to certain data is an important guiding principle. Market data will be available and is open source. However, generating certain data for commercial purposes, beyond released data, is not considered.

The NDIA will be providing more data for public access in stages as the Scheme grows and will be provided in various formats. 

Public Data Sharing Policy

This document explains:

  • the type of data being shared
  • what data is not covered
  • the principles underpinning NDIS data
  • why data sharing is important.

Public Data Sharing Policy (PDF 1.39MB)

Public Data Sharing Policy (DOCX 7456KB)

Request for NDIS Tailored Data Release (DOCX 300KB)

Data release plan

This table explains the proposed schedule for data sharing.

Data availability release plan (PDF 130KB)

Data availability release plan (DOCX 85KB)

Data disclaimer

The data provided in the Public Data Sharing platform (NDIS Public Data), including any numerical data, interactive visualisations, synthesised reports, data cubes and metadata, are provided solely for the purpose of enabling public insight into the operation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and enabling people with a disability to become informed consumers. The purpose of providing NDIS Public Data is to improve participant outcomes and increase market innovation. NDIS Public Data should not be regarded as representative of any forecasts of the NDIS’ actual performance. Users must exercise their own skill and care with respect to the use of the NDIS Public Data and that users should carefully evaluate the completeness and relevance of the data on the website for their purposes. The NDIS Public Data may have been modified or otherwise altered in order to protect the privacy of the participants in accordance with requirements under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth). Please refer to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Privacy Policy for more information.

The National Disability Insurance Agency does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from, or connected to, the use or representation of any data accessed from this website or its subsequent use or representation on any third party website. NDIS Public Data seeks to inform of potential gaps in the disability market but the data alone does not substitute for comprehensive market research.

This page current as of
1 October 2019