The National Disability Insurance Scheme was established under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act)

The national scheme has funding and governance shared among all governments. All Australian governments are involved in decisions relating to the scheme’s policy, funding and governance.

  • The Commonwealth Minister is responsible for administering the NDIS Act, and exercises statutory powers with the agreement of states and territories, including a power to make the NDIS Rules and direct the NDIA. 
  • The Standing Council on Disability Reform is the National Federation Reform Council (formerly the Council of Australian Governments (COAG)).
  • The Council’s Disability Reform Ministers’ meeting is the decision-maker on NDIS policy issues. It’s made up of Ministers responsible for disability from the Commonwealth, states and territories.
  • The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) administers the scheme. It is governed by a Board.
  • The NDIA Board is advised by the Independent Advisory Council .
  • The NDIA holds all funds contributed by the Commonwealth, states and territories in a single pool, manages scheme funds, administers access to the scheme and approves the payment of individualised support packages.
This page current as of
1 April 2022