The governance model for the National Disability Insurance Scheme is outlined in the NDIS Act 2013. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a nationally based scheme with funding and governance shared amongst all governments. All Australian governments will continue to be involved in decisions relating to the scheme’s policy, funding and governance.
The key governance arrangements are:
- The scheme is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency which has been established under Commonwealth legislation, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act) and is governed by a Board.
- The Standing Council on Disability Reform (the Standing Council), a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Ministerial Council made up of Treasurers and Ministers responsible for disability from the Commonwealth and each State and Territory is the decision-maker on the National Disability Insurance Scheme policy issues.
- The National Disability Insurance Agency 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.
- The Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency is responsible for the performance of these functions and strategic direction of the National Disability Insurance Agency. The Board manages its costs and liabilities from year to year including through the development of a reserve and investment of funds.
- The National Disability Insurance Agency Board is advised by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Independent Advisory Council.
- 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 National Disability Insurance Agency.