The latest quarterly data for the National Disability Insurance Scheme released today shows that 93 per cent of participants now rate their experience as 'Very Good' or 'Good' – its highest level since the trial phase.

Some 91 per cent of parents and carers of children under school-age say the NDIS has helped their child better communicate their needs.

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson, today announced the commencement of the rollout of a new NDIS Complex Support Needs Pathway.

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, and South Australia Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink, today announced South Australia Government’s Child and Youth Services (CYS) has become the first public sector staff in Australia to form their own employee-led mutual to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for ECEI services throughout the state.

There are some important changes to our normal operating hours this Christmas holiday period. Many services will not be available on the public holidays and there will be reduced services at other times.

The NDIS participant and provider myplace portals will be unavailable this weekend between 09:00PM Australian Eastern Time (AET) on Friday 16th November 2018 and 09:00AM AET on Sunday 18th November 2018  in order to undertake technical maintenance.

Funding of $2.8 million will be provided to assist the Queensland disability sector prepare for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant funding under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2019-20.

The NDIA has announced a pilot which will use independent health professionals with experience in disability to undertake functional assessments, so that participants are able to access and use appropriate supports through the NDIS.

The NDIA has launched an Independent Assessment Pilot (IAP) to better understand the impact of disability for people seeking access to the NDIS.

The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments have today announced $7 million in funding to increase employment and recreational opportunities for people with disability.

The third round of Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building grants follows joint State and Commonwealth funding of nearly $9 million awarded to 65 projects across WA in 2017/18.

The NDIS participant and provider myplace portals will undergo maintenance between 08:00PM Australian Eastern Time (AET) on Saturday 3 November 2018 and 12:00PM AET on Sunday 4 November 2018. During this time the “View Plan” tiles will not be available to portal users.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has published its 2017-18 Annual Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Agency and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Federal Government established the National NDIS Fraud Taskforce in July to tackle potential fraud against the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Today we can announce that the taskforce has made a significant arrest.

A 34-year-old Victorian man has been charged for allegedly defrauding the NDIS of more than $400,000.

The Federal Government has announced a new national standard for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), improving diagnostic consistency across Australia.

Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, and Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, today welcomed the release of the national guideline, funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

NDIS participant, Martika Lahne is the  talk of the Lismore Country Women's Association (CWA). The 19-year-old  not only won first place for her fruit cake in the renowned North Coast Show,  she also scored second place for the same cake, beating a well-known local  champion who hadn't been defeated in years!

People with severe and persistent mental health issues will have improved access and support in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Federal Government has announced today.

The NDIS is rolling out to more areas in Victoria and Western Australia in October.

While the Collingwood Magpies just missed out on the AFL premiership, it was great to see their cheer-squad being inclusive. NDIS participant Linda Blaik was invited to the footy recently by cheer-squad president Joffa, to be part of the atmosphere at the MCG.

On 28 September 2018 The Australian published an article which included information about the profile of the National Disability Insurance Agency's (NDIA) expenditure. 

The NDIA is unable to reconcile the expense data provided in The Australian article.  In the interest of transparency, the NDIA is providing the details of its operating costs to ensure the correct facts are on the record.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) takes all matters relating to participants experiences with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) seriously.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone with today’s announcement welcoming its 200,000th Australian receiving support through the Scheme.

The Supported Independent Living (SIL) Pack and SIL Quoting Tool have been updated so providers can submit their quotes quickly, easily and accurately.

Territorians with a disability, their carers and providers now have a single, central and accessible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) office in Darwin.

The Australian Government established the NDIS Fraud Taskforce in July 2018 to tackle serious fraud against the NDIS.

During September some NDIS Participants may be contacted to participate in a survey about their NDIS experience during access, pre-planning, planning or plan review.
 

Enhancements to the myplace provider portal have now been deployed to improve the participant search function.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has now commenced roll out across 70 per cent of Victoria, with the Scheme starting in Southern Melbourne from today.

Today's Q and A answers your questions about Support Coordination.

We’ve released three participant booklets to support current and future NDIS participants, their families and carers throughout their NDIS journey.

The NDIA recently hosted a webinar to talk about self-management, the video and transcript of the event is now available.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will deliver a better experience to participants thanks to improvements that will commence to be rolled out from October.

This week's Q and A explains Basic, Standard, Specialised and Complex Assistive Technology and how you can pay for equipment in the different levels.

Life had always had its challenges for Sean Walker, but it wasn't until the age of 41 that the Raymond Terrace man was formally diagnosed with autism.

The new Autism Advisory Group (AAG) will provide a strong voice on behalf of people with autism who are participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

NDIS Website, Participant and Provider myplace portals and the Provider mobile application will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 8pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) Saturday 18 August 2018 to 6am (AEDT) Sunday 19 August 2018

The Commonwealth Government will provide more than $9.3 million in grant funding to help make remote communities more inclusive and supportive of people with disability.

183,965 Australians are now benefitting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), an increase of 13 per cent on the last quarter, according to the latest COAG NDIS Quarterly Report for 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2018.

From 13 August 2018 participants and providers will notice more positive changes to the NDIA myplace portal systems.

This week's Q&A on plan management covers the different ways to manage your plan including information on the role of Registered Plan Management Providers. 

Sitting down to dinner with Prime Minister Turnbull was one of the last things NDIS planner Rhonda Plummer thought she would be doing on a Sunday night.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is in a unique period of growth.

Join the Self-Management webinar today at 11am (AEST).

Read this week's Q&A to learn about self-managing your NDIS funds. 

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Dan Tehan today announced the establishment of a new NDIS Fraud Taskforce to tackle potential and alleged fraud against the NDIS.
 

Participants may be contacted to participate in a NDIA survey between July and September 2018.

The NDIA is a national organisation, and will continue to have local senior leadership in all states and territories, including the Northern Territory.
 

Improvements to make National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) online systems easier to use and more effective for participants and providers will go live on Monday 23 July.
 

The workforce delivering frontline National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services has increased by 10.5 per cent, creating new jobs and providing improved support to Australians with disability.

This week we answer questions about Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and other NDIS housing related supports. 

The NDIS participant and provider myplace portals and the NDIS website will be unavailable between 11:00 PM Australian Eastern Time (AET) on Saturday 14 July 2018 and 5:00 AM AET on Sunday 15 July 2018 for scheduled maintenance.
 

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is seeking suitable organisations to partner with to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and Local Area Coordination (LAC) services in Western Australia.

The new independent NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission works to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services.

In this week's Q and A we cover the role of nominees. Find out about the different types of nominees and how they can represent the interests of a participant. 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) celebrates its fifth birthday today as it continues to improve the lives of more than 160,000 Australians who are accessing the Scheme.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) reaches a new milestone as Western Australia becomes the final state to officially join the federally administered Scheme.

From 1 July 2018 people with disability in new regions and age groups in five states across Australia, will be eligible to access the NDIS, improving the lives of people with disability across Australia.

The NDIS participant and provider myplace portals will be unavailable for a period this weekend due to end of financial year maintenance.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission will start operating in NSW and SA on 1 July, in this week's Q and A we answer some questions about what the Commission is and how it affects provider registrations.

A range of new pricing arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will begin from 1 July to support the development of a sustainable and vibrant disability services market and lead to better outcomes for NDIS participants.

Australians with hearing impairment will receive improved support and faster access to the NDIS.

The Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan has announced an Autism Advisory Group has been established to provide advice and feedback to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

Meet 10 year old Rohan. In his own words Rohan tells us about his life, dreams and excitement of what’s possible with NDIS.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has made positive progress in resolving the periodic ICT issue that is impacting some staff and our Partners’ ability to access our business systems remotely.

Read this week's Q and A to find out about School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES). 

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has been experiencing periodic outages that are impacting some staff and our Partners’ ability to access our business systems remotely.

Victorians with disability will benefit from improved access to support and services announced today.

This Q and A covers some of the key things you need to know about self-managing your NDIS plan. 

Senator for Western Sydney and Minister for Defence Marise Payne today joined Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan in Penrith for the official opening of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission.

Children with developmental delay and disability across New South Wales (NSW) will have access to Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services.

Queenslanders with disability will benefit from improved access to support and services announced today.

This opinion piece first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times on Wednesday 30 May.

My colleagues and I are absolutely committed to building a world-leading NDIS that empowers people with disability to achieve their goals in inclusive communities and workplaces.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a complex and highly valued national reform.The scale, pace and nature of the changes it is driving are unprecedented in Australia.

New figures released today, show that more than one quarter of the 160,000 Australians now benefiting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are receiving support for the first time.

This week's Q and A answers questions about the planning process. 

On Friday 25 May, Prime Minister, The Hon Malcom Turnbull MP, announced a landmark agreement between the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments. The arrangement ensures the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW - the first state to officially sign up to the full scheme.

The NDIS Participant and Provider myplace portals will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the 26 May to 6am on 27 May.
 

This special Q and A covers what you need to know about the WA NDIS transfer.

With lived experience and undisputable knowledge on disability Tam Poingdestre and Kylie Dowles are well placed when it comes to better educating businesses about how to be more inclusive and accessible.

The theme for this week's Q and A is implementing your plan. Once you have a NDIS plan, what next? Read the Q and A for tips.

The NDIA has been progressing work on the recommendations of the Productivity Commission's Review of NDIS Costs. Among those recommendations, the Productivity Commission identified that the NDIA Lists used to assess eligibility for entry to the Scheme should be monitored to ensure they are working as intended.

People with disability in the Northern Territory will receive better and more support with the roll out of additional services.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) fully respects the person’s right to seek a review of a decision made by the NDIA under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act 2013.

We are committed to provide regular updates on improvements to the participant and provider pathways.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released its strategy to ensure people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can access the world leading National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Following on from last week's Q and A, we answer some more of your questions about accessing the NDIS.

For 45 years, Robyn Iredale has cared for her middle child, Marty. Now, with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), she is able to hire the right people to support her son to transition from home to his own place.
 

Ethical Coordination of Supports Director, Tanya Darwin, talks about what she does as a Coordinator of Supports and how the support can help high needs NDIS participants. She also talks about opening her own business in the unchartered disability sector environment.

As the transition to the NDIS in South Australia nears completion, the NDIA would like to provide an update on the progress for transition of State and Commonwealth disability clients to the NDIS.

On 24 April 2018 the NDIA held a National NDIS Provider webinar.

More than 2,160 people tuned in to participate in the webinar and submit questions to the panel.

The NDIA has recently published an update to the “Access to the NDIS” Operational Guideline to include new information regarding Western Australian Defined Programs.
 

This week's Q and A draws together questions we have received around access to the NDIS.

Greg 'Birdman' Bird loves to take part in Back To Back Theatre's annual weekend performance workshops, aptly named CAMP (Come And Make Performance).

The return CAMP participant said he is always looking for opportunities to perform in community theatre projects but finds it difficult to participate with his disability because he needs support to help him act.

"I get incredible support from Back To Back. They get it. Everything is accessible and there's no issues getting around. I feel completely at home there," he said.

How does SIL funding work in a group home if not every one has 24 hour support funded? Can I pay for therapy upfront and then ask to be reimbursed? What happens if my child turns 7 while waiting for an ECEI meeting? Find these answers and more in this week's Q and A.

The Federal Government will provide $56 million in grant funding to projects that help make Australia more inclusive for people with disability.

The projects have been funded through the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program.

Just back from the 2018 Special Olympic Games in Adelaide, NDIS participant Jaimi Dann has blitzed the 10 pin bowling field, bringing two more Gold medals home to Brisbane.
 

Providers in NSW and SA need to be aware of changes to registration processes under the new NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) from 1 July 2018.

Jontee Brown is the embodiment of the National Wheelchair Basketball League – the sacrifices made to play the game, the thrown-in-the-deep-end improvement demanded on them, and the way the game hooks them in so they can’t get enough. It might all come at a huge cost physically but Jontee says it’s all worth it.
 

We have been engaging with providers and peak bodies to understand the best way of implementing the recommendations from the Independent Pricing Review released in March 2018.

Through consultation and ongoing engagement with  participants and the sector, we have received feedback on the need for  improved information on Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), the SDA Provider and Investor Brief is now available and provides information on a number of areas. 

The operating hours of the NDIS contact centre phone line are changing from Monday 30 April 2018.

This week's themed Q and A is about Local Area Coordinator, what they do, how they differ from an NDIA planner, who they are and more.

Join the National Provider Forum webinar today 12.30pm (AEST).

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has engaged Serco Citizen Services Pty Ltd (Serco) as its service delivery partner for contact centre services in a two year contract. Serco will be operating the NDIA contact centre services out of locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

Are you blind?  Do you have low vision? Do you have a print disability like dyslexia, or have a  condition preventing you from holding a book, like Parkinson's, then make sure  you watch or take part in free Vision Australia Public Library's free 101  Online Webinar this morning.

With School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) included in Daniel's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan, he has learnt new work-related skills while contributing to, and participating in, his community.

This week's Q and A is all about common words used by the NDIS.

What is the NDIA’s Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach? Can in-home supports be funded for my child? Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

The transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is stimulating a competitive market of services catering to Australia's diverse disability community.

In response to feedback from participant and provider groups, and the Productivity Commission Report on NDIS Costs, the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) commissioned McKinsey & Company to undertake an Independent Pricing Review (IPR) in June 2017.

South Australians aged 18 to 64 years living in the Adelaide Hills, Western Adelaide and Eastern Adelaide regions and Victorians living in the Bayside Peninsula joined more than 140,000 Australians already participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on 1 April 2018.

Will NDIS cover personal care/waxing at a salon? We're moving interstate, what happens to our son's plan? Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

The NDIS website and Participant and Provider myplace portals will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 10pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on the 31 March to 7am on 1 April 2018.

In March and April there are changes to payment runs for NDIS participants and providers.

There will also be office and National Contact Centre closures.

Do you have multiple disabilities and multiple specialists, do you need to know who fills out your access request form? Do I need a disability worker to sign up or can I self refer? We have the answers for you in this week's Q and A.

With 82 per cent hearing loss, Bronte Cincotta has some helpful hints about ways to communicate better with people with hearing loss. She also talks about how NDIS supports have helped her.

It’s World Down Syndrome Day and Shona Byrne and her mum, Penny, are encouraging people with Down syndrome to share their stories, like Shona, about what they bring to the community.

How can you change your plan to self-managed? What is myplace? What happens when you turn 65? Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

The NDIS website and Participant and Provider myplace portals will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) Saturday 17 March 2018 to 8am AEDT Sunday 18 March 2018.

We are committed to provide regular updates on improvements to the participant and provider pathways.

As she prepared for her turn as Queen’s Commonwealth Games relay baton bearer, Lynne Foreman contemplated the Geelong city block she was about to conquer and took a moment to ponder just how far she has actually come.
 

Will servicing and maintenance of my Assistive Technology be covered? How long before the end of my plan should I hear from the NDIA? What if my condition isn't in the list? Read the answers to this week's Q and A.

The relationship between start-ups like AbilityMate, Makerspace, Enabler and HireUp and the disability community may be in the honeymoon phase, but a long union seems assured. They all seem to have one thing in common – a shared love of making a difference.

Accessing the myplace portal, how does NDIS categorise a participant's primary disability and diversity in NDIS hiring. Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

The Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Independent Pricing Review (IPR) Report undertaken by McKinsey & Company, giving in principle support to all of the Report's 25 recommendations.

Victorians living in the Hume Moreland region will join more than 140,000 Australians already participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 March 2018.

Chief Executive Officer of the NDIA, Robert De Luca's opening statement to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee.

Sonia Hume wants you to know that people with intellectual disability can make caring and capable parents. She knows, because she's one of them.

This is the message Sonia is sharing as part of her job with Mainstream and Me, a national project that has received more than $1 million through a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is pleased to release a more detailed Report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Pathways Review.

We sent NDIS staff member Meg along to the Australian Deaf Games in Albury to talk to athletes competing at the games. Meg is a native Auslan speaker and a great netballer too!

Why is the NDIS supporting Mardi Gras? Why is the word 'insurance' in the name of the Scheme? Will NDIS pay for the difference for my son to attend 1:1 swimming instead of a group class? Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) acknowledges there are some issues impacting provider payments and we are proactively assisting affected organisations to resolve these issues.

More than 140,000 Australians are now benefitting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as the life changing reform continues to roll out across the country.

The latest NDIS Quarterly Report for the period 1 October to 31 December, shows that the Scheme continues to grow, with 142,266 people with disability now receiving supports under the NDIS.

NDIS Participant and Provider myplace portals will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) Friday 23 February 2018 to 8am AEDT Saturday 24 February 2018.

A grin from ear to ear is what Coffs Harbour parents, Lyn and Glen Legge, noticed when daughter Tiana came home from her very first Girl Guide sleepover.

The 10-year-old had never experienced any independent social activities without her parents but now under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), they said it's no longer the case, it's all changed and "it's just so good and refreshing".

To Benjamin, birthdays are "Hooray Days", and as one of Toowoomba's first National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, he will love celebrating Carers Queensland's one-year anniversary as an NDIS Partner in the Community today.

Preparing for a planning meeting for a 3 year old. Hourly cap for service fees. Changing a meeting date for a participant in a group home. We have the answers for you in this week's Q and A.

Scott’s NDIS supports have helped him:

  • Get prepared to live independently and secure employment
  • Start using public transport, iron his own clothes and prepare meals
  • Engage in his local community and sporting clubs

Scott’s next goal is to move out of his parents’ home and into share housing with his mates. Read how Scott has used his NDIS funding.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is committed to improving the experience people and organisations have with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Can a family member be my support worker? Clarification to advice around Medicare gaps and private health insurance. This week's Q and A is here.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan announced on Friday $47 million in Early Childhood and Early Intervention (ECEI) services from the Turnbull Government would be provided through the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) across the state from March 2018.

While Geelong netball star Tina Birch won Gold and Silver medals at the Deaf Games in Albury-Wodonga, her passion is building an inclusive community at her local sporting clubs.

While most NDIS participants will have their housing needs met through options delivered by the jurisdiction in which they live, historically SDA was, and still is, in short supply. In response to a Disability Reform Council request we have commenced consultations with stakeholders to provide further information and consider ways to encourage and build the market.

Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has lots to celebrate this year - the iconic parade is turning 40, same sex marriage laws passed recently and Cher is joining the party! For the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Northcott, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), the Mardi Gras is also a time to recognise that people with disability aren't all heterosexual and, like everyone, have a right to sexual expression and inclusion.

Do I have to sign a service agreement? Do I have to show my plan to my provider? Find out the answers in this week's Q and A.

We encourage participants to be aware of potential scams with people claiming to be from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) attempting to collect personal details via telephone, email or social media.

Where can I buy Assistive Technology items? Do I need to get a quote prior to purchasing AT? Find the answers in this week's Q&A.

South Australians with disability will benefit from an investment of more than $72 million to deliver front line services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Where can I find who my LAC is?, How can I get information from the NDIS in Braille?, Find the answers in this week's Q&A.

As the NDIS rolls out to even more new locations we are receiving a very high number of requests from people to access the scheme. To meet this need, the NDIA is working hard to make sure our responses are timely and efficient.

In the latest of our series of updates about improvements to the Participant and provider pathways we talk about where the pilot is taking place, changes to the privacy setting in the myplace portal, information about the upcoming National Provider Forums, testing of a provider feedback tool and the Assistive Technology market.

Radio National interview with Vicki Rundle, Deputy CEO, Government, Communications, People and Stakeholder Engagement Group; National Disability Insurance Agency

In July 2017, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released the 2017-18 Price Guide for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funded supports.

As has been the case in previous years, service values in participant plans have now been adjusted automatically in the system to match the new prices.

What are stated supports? What's happening in WA? Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

NDIS Participant and Provider myplace portal will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 7pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDST) Friday 12/01/2018 to 5pm EDST Saturday 13/01/2018.

Geelong teenager, Sammy McCombe has Albinism. With it comes vision loss but thanks to a range of technologies she can now purchase with her self-managed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds, her entire world has opened and it may lead to a stellar modelling career.

To work successfully in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) environment, the Victorian State-wide Equipment Program (known as SWEP) started restructuring its business model early. It implemented various strategies, which it said helped it to stay abreast of the new reform and to remain viable and competitive.

How do I get an access request form?, Do you have to be under 65 to access the NDIS?, We have your answers in this weeks Q&A

From 1 January 2018 people with disability in new regions and age groups in three states across Australia will be eligible to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), improving the lives of people with disability across Australia.

The Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) wishes to advise stakeholders that today it received the Final Report of the Independent Pricing Review undertaken by McKinsey & Company. 

Every year, Queensland's Woodford Folk Festival strives to remove barriers to inclusion to make the event a place where everyone can escape from reality and immerse themselves in the "Woodfordia" culture and community.

Thanks to everyone that contributed to our Q and A, we answered your first questions in February and have continued to do so every week since. This week we explain 'in-kind' support, talk about the gap in private health insurance for Allied Health Srvices and point you in the right direction for ECEI. Q and A will return on Monday 8 January.

The NDIA has released an Assistive Technology (AT) Market Insight which provides details on the supply and demand for AT as part of the NDIS for the financial year 2016-17.

Earlier in December, the NDIA launched a pilot survey in South Australia designed to measure provider's satisfaction with the NDIA and confidence in the NDIS.

Bridie Kean credits her part in the Suncoast Spinners' "reverse inclusion" program as one of her greatest contributions to a sport she loves deeply.

Can I get NDIS funding if I have a TAC payout? I can't find myself on the WA map! We have your answers in this week's Q and A.

Guide Dogs Victoria are working to roll-out the installation of beacon technology in a variety of important public spaces, which leads to significantly greater inclusion and access for people with vision impairment.

Welcome Western Australia to the NDIS! Today the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments announced that WA will join the nationally delivered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The report in The Australian published on 11 December regarding the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staffing profile is wrong - the NDIA senior executive service (SES) is not made up with more contractors than Australian Public Service (APS) staff.

Will you lose your Disability Support Pension (spoiler alert - no), how do I make a complaint about a provider? This week's Q and A has some great questions!

NDIS Participant and Provider myplace portals and the NDIS website ndis.gov.au will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 8pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDST) Saturday 9 December 2017 to 10am EDST Sunday 10 December 2017.

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service created a fantastic video featuring young people talking about the best things about having a disability, we just had to share it.

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) signifies unprecedented reform of how people with disability are supported in Australia.

This is the first in a series of regular updates to ensure you are aware of any improvements and information about the pathway work and how it relates to you.

We teamed up with Paralympian and advocate Karni Liddell and she explains why this day is so important, not just for her, but for all of Australia and the world.

New survey results from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) show the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is supporting Australians with disability to participate in the community, increase their independence and exercise greater choice and control.

The figures come as Australia marks International Day of People with Disability, (3 December) a day to celebrate the many contributions people with disability make to our community.

We are making a change to the myplace participant portal from Saturday 2 December. This will mean you or your nominee will have the option to share parts of your plan with providers who have an active service booking with you.

The NDIA and Companion Cards, when is something Supported Independent Living or when is it Assistance with Daily Life? This week's Q and A is live now.

NDIS Participant and Provider myplace portals will experience reduced performance from 11pm (AEDT) Friday 1 December to 4am (AEDT) Monday 4 December 2017

We are aware of some instances where self-managing participants or nominees are experiencing difficulty lodging payment requests on the NDIS myplace portal.

The issue is currently being investigated as a priority and we are working to resolve this as soon as possible. This notice will be updated as soon as the issue is resolved.

Our weekly Q and A is now live! We know people have lots of questions about the NDIS and we try our best to answer in detail as many questions as we can.

Some questions which are highly technical nature can take longer to answer and we won't be able to respond in the week and others answers may be in areas where there is still policy to be agreed between the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments

In 2018 the NDIS will be hosting NDIS Provider Forums across Australia. The forums are an opportunity for providers to hear the latest from the NDIA and key stakeholders in the sector and include opportunities for questions and answers

When she was a young girl, Louise Pearson’s brother encouraged her to do all she could not to stand out from the crowd. “I had to be like everyone else’s little sister.”

What is a participant's statement of goals and aspirations? What kind of things can be purchased with the Assistive Technologies budget? Read this weeks Q and A for these answers and more.

NDIS Participant and Provider myplace portals and the NDIS website ndis.gov.au will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 8pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDST) Saturday 18/11/2017 to 8am EDST Sunday 19/11/2017.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now benefitting almost 120,000 Australians as the life-changing reform continues to roll out across the country.

We are pleased to announce the initial pilot of the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant pathway will commence in mid-December in two NDIS regions in Victoria.

A recording of an industry briefing webinar is now available for those interested in the current round of the Partners in the Community grants.

As year 12 students around the country celebrate the completion of their high school studies we want to share a story about Oni who was supported by the School Leaver Employment Support, or SLES.

Can I have the same planner next year? Is the scheme for life or can I leave? Read this week's Q and A for these answers and more.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) was acknowledged for its commitment to disability employment at an awards ceremony in Canberra this week.

The biggest shift at Pinarc has been cultural, starting with language. Staff across the organisation no longer treat or refer to those they help as clients. “Purposefully we use the word ‘customer’ to keep reminding people that these are people who are in control of their money, and are making their own choices.” Read about the top to bottom change this provider introduced to accommodate the arrival of the NDIS.

NDIS Participant and Provider myplace portals will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 8pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDST) Friday 3/11/2017 to 12pm EDST Saturday 4/11/2017.

What's the difference between an LAC and a planner? How do I upload documents in the portal? Find the answers in this week's Q and A

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has been advised of a data breach involving a third party contractor engaged to provide expense management services, impacting four Australian Government departments, including the NDIA.

The NDIS is now available to more Australians with disability, with existing Queensland clients in Rockhampton and all eligible Victorians in Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne able to enter the NDIS from 1 November.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has published its 2016-17 Annual Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Agency and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the first year of full Scheme rollout.

“The best thing about the NDIS for me is the difference that it allows me to make in the life of a child and their family.”

Following consultation and feedback from participants and providers price limits for short term accommodation have been increased.

The NDIA has updated  the short term accommodation pricing in the 2017/2018 Price Guide for NDIS service providers.

What's the time limit on the planning process? Will the NDIS fund a support worker's airfares if I go on holiday? Read this week's Q and A.

The NDIS is a new way of providing disability supports, and an important part of being an NDIS participant is having choice and control over the funding allocated to you in your plan to achieve your goals.

The NDIA is now accepting applications for ILC Jurisdictional Based Grants in NSW, SA and the ACT. Just over $80 million of funding is available over 2018-19 and 2019-20 for this round and organisations can apply for grants of up to two years.

Good morning Chair and Senators. Thank you for your welcome.

I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet today and pay my respect to their elders past and present.

It is an honour and privilege to appear before you as CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Interested in working with us? How do we involve people with disability in the selection panels? Can a participant be a provider too? Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

NDIS Participant and Provider myplace and NDIS website will be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance from 8pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDST) Saturday 21/10/2017 to 8am EDST Sunday 22/10/2017.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) welcomes the Productivity Commission's final report into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) costs.

We have released details of a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ‘pathway’ designed to significantly improve the experience people and organisations have with the ground-breaking Scheme.

Following consultation and feedback with participants and providers price limits for short term accommodation will be increased from 30 October 2017.

What happens if my needs change after my planning meeting? Will someone contact me when my plan is due to expire? Where can carers go for support? Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

We are testing a new way to collect feedback from participants to help the NDIA improve our services and develop quality plans that lead to a better life.

The NDIA is currently seeking organisations to deliver Local Area Coordination Services and/or Early Childhood Early Intervention Services in areas of Queensland, Northern Territory and Victoria that are scheduled to transition to the NDIS from July 2018 and for ECEI Services already transitioned into the Scheme in New South Wales.

Can we claim respite care for our child? Can our 17 year old son get support in his NDIS plan with finding a job? I'm getting close to running out of funds - how long do unscheduled plan reviews take?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) now has a permanent home in Townsville, with the doors of its new office on Stanley Street officially open.

Emma Albert's son was five days old when she held him for the first time.

How do I find a support coordinator, My child's assistive technology has broken. How do I get it fixed, Can I purchase apps using my NDIS funding, Does the money for plan management come out of your child's allocated funding, or is it added to the funding, When I get the NDIS will I lose my Centrelink Mobility Allowance

Most people are using NDIS funds in the right way, but everyone needs to know their responsibilities and do the right thing to protect themselves and the NDIS.

From 1 October people in new regions and age groups in three states across Australia will be eligible to access the NDIS.

Everyone’s NDIS plan is unique to them.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has an Independent Pricing Review (IPR) currently underway that will make recommendations about future pricing options for NDIS services, including Short Term Accommodation.

Did you know that you can request a copy of your NDIS plan  printed in a variety of accessible formats?

Making sure your funds are used for what you want; will NDIS fund an integration aide in an independent school; tips for a planning meeting for a child - read about all these and more in this week's Q and A.

Adam's job at McDonald's is much more than a paycheck. Find out more about Adam and what he loves about his job in this short video.

This week we answer questions about Assistive Technology (AT), how to manage multiple plans in the same family, advice on Medicare and health fund rebates and counselling support for families and carers.

After Sheree had a stroke that left her partly paralysed, her life changed in every way.

Do I need a new diagnosis? Can I get funding to start a business? Is general anxiety disorder and depression covered? There's some great info in this week's Q and A.

Plan reviews help you to measure your progress against your personal goals, explore new goals and identify any changes in your life.

Marly was born at the same time as the elephant Mali at Melbourne Zoo. Marly's grandfather penned a song called “Two Marlys” to celebrate their joint birthdays. It’s one of Marly’s favourite songs and she is always asking her dad to sing it. It shows just how important music is to this family.

Is there a chance there will be a gap between one plan and the next? I'm self-managed, so I need to pay my invoices upfront? Find the answers in the weekly Q and A.

Applications are now being accepted for ILC National Readiness Grants (Round 2), up to $30.08 million of funding is available over 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Graeme Dargie’s first experience with the NDIS was as the parent of a son with disability. Intrigued by the focus on choice and control for participants, he made enquiries about how he could get involved.

We shared the story of Tasmanian Dad John Coyle a few months ago. We’re sharing his story again in the lead up to Father’s Day to celebrate John and other Dads raising children with disabilities.

An Independent Pricing Review of NDIS supports is currently being undertaken by McKinsey & Company on behalf of the NDIA. The Review team will be conducting a series of open provider forums throughout September 2017 and we invite providers to attend.

Can the NDIS help you go to a concert? Find out in this week's Q and A.

The Sector Development Fund is building capacity of providers and supporting market development and readiness for NDIS participants in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Local Area Coordinators (LACs) are local organisations who have partnered with the NDIA to deliver the NDIS.

Every person living with a disability has different needs, and the NDIS is here to support you to achieve your goals. 

There's been discussions in the community around organisations using NDIS branding. We are proud of our community roots and it's important that the community can show their support of the NDIS. 

Blind Football Australia want people who are blind or vision impaired to know they can get involved in football, have fun, make friends and build their skills. And maybe even one day represent their country!

What is the NDIS process for a child diagnosed as ASD? What is reviewable and what is not? Is there an allowance to pay for rego and servicing of a modified vehicle? Find out the answers in this week's Q and A.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone with 100,000 Australians with disability now having choice and control over life-changing support delivered through the Scheme.

The NDIS Quarterly Report covering the first year of national rollout is now available.

Almost 100,000 Australians are now benefiting from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Between July and September the National Disability Insurance Agency will be surveying around 6,000 participants and their families and carers to see how they are progressing in different areas of their lives.

Debbie is a planner at the NDIA, as well as a participant with the NDIS. Her role is to help people develop their NDIS plans.

Once you have an approved plan, it is time to put it into action.

Will I be in the NDIS for life? What happens if my plan runs out of money? This week's Q and A is here to answer your questions.

We have made some minor changes to the 2017/18 Price Guides.

Finalists have been announced for the 2017 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.

Read more to find out who the finalists are and when the winner will be announced.

The new NDIS Independent Advisory Council met last week for the first time since new members were appointed on 1 July.

For the past 8 months, Ella has been a part of the NDIS school to work transition, a project to help high school students with disability receive the support they need to prepare for work and community life.

In this short video, Ella and her Mum Leanne talk about skill building through the project and Ella’s school to work transition experience.

In June and July 2016 advance payments were made to a number of self-managed participants to support them during the transition to the new NDIS portal. These payments were made to ensure participants continued to receive supports.

These participants received an advance payment to help them pay for their supports. The NDIA now needs to acquit these advance payments. If you are affected by this you will be contacted by phone, mail and NDIS myplace portal to explain how the offsetting process will work.

What's an LAC? What do I do with my old equipment? Do I need a separate bank account? These answers and more in this week's Q and A.

Jacob Irvine's documentary entry in the Focus on Ability film festival stars Andrea who, unlike the many of us who define ourselves by what we can't do, has only ever been concerned with what she can.

Read the story of Brigitte Krstanoski and her son Tony.

Tony has intellectual and physical disabilities and he has been receiving National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding since November.

Brigitte is so happy that her son “is finally able to have the life he deserves”.

When a crash in coal prices hit Australia’s mining industry, it also affected Sebastian Sadgrove.

The 28-year-old supported worker went from being employed three to four days a week, to just working two mornings a week. 

With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Sebastian has become a participant and he’s been able put his spare time to good use and live the life he chooses.

Nina is a planner at the NDIA. Her role is to help people develop their NDIS plans. In this short video, you can learn a bit more about Nina and the planning process.

Where do I send my doctor's report? Can I buy weighted blankets? What is core funding meant for? The weekly Q and A has the answers for you.

The NDIS myplace participant and provider portals will be unavailable between 8pm Friday 28 July 2017 AEST and 12:00 midnight (AEST) Sunday 30 July 2017 due to scheduled maintenance.

Plan reviews are an important part of the NDIS. A plan review is an opportunity to check in on your progress and set new goals.

Did you know a range of key information on the NDIS is available in a number of languages other than English?

NDIA will no longer provide staff assisted services from the Woden Service Centre as of Monday 24 July 2017. 

People are able to contact the NDIA in the ACT.

The National Disability Insurance Agency has launched a new Corporate Plan to guide its work over the next five years.

Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ) have tweaked their business model to make the most of the opportunities that the NDIS will bring.

Watch the short video where they share their five tips for organisations preparing to deliver services to NDIS participants.

Some of the questions we have answered this week include:

  • What is the difference between NDIA and NDIS?
  • I’m considering self-managing my sons’ NDIS plan. What are the advantages of this?
  • Does the NDIS fund registered nurses?

Construction has commenced on the new National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) headquarters in Geelong.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, who today turned the ‘first sod’ on the site, said the signing of an Agreement for Lease on the new building reflected the Australian Government’s commitment to the Geelong region.

“The construction of this state-of-the-art, fully-accessible NDIA national office on Malop Street will create hundreds of local jobs and $120 million worth of investment,” Minister Porter said.

The Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency is pleased to announce that Mr Rob De Luca has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the NDIA. Mr De Luca will commence his three year appointment on 28 August 2017.

Dylan Alcott is a Paralympian turned DJ who is passionate about changing the community's perceptions of disability.

“It’s been a goal of mine since I was a little kid to change the perceptions of people with disabilities, and the best way to do that is through the mainstream media.”

This week's Q and A is here! Find out the questions raised this week.

It’s nice to be reminded of the joy cricket can bring. It makes David Baird’s eyes light up and his voice raise in anticipation of what the next three weeks may bring.

David will be travelling to England to represent Australia against England wearing the Australian ID (intellectual disability) cap No.1.

Read about David and some of his team mates.

Does the NDIA send texts, how long until my planning meeting? Find the answers in this week's Q and A.

This is a story about Ben Hunter, but really it’s just as much about his Mum, Carolyn.

Ben is 21, has Down syndrome and is non-verbal. He’s also the front man of Ben & Co, which began as an enterprise in baking but quickly became a community.

Meet John, a father of two children with disabilities. Watch the video on how his journey with the NDIS is giving him time to himself. It has also enabled his children Bridget and Riley to become more independent.

The Participant and Provider portals will be unavailable from:

  • Wednesday 5 July, 8.00pm to Thursday 6 July, 3.00am
  • Friday 7 July, 8.00pm to Saturday 8 July, 8.00am and
  • Saturday 8 July, 8.00pm to Sunday 9 July, 6.00pm

The 2017-2018 Price Guide for NDIS service providers is now available and takes affect 1 July 2017.

There’s a buzz of anticipation around the rollout of the NDIS with a predicted increase of up to 6000 new jobs across the state over the next few years.

How will Specialist Disability Accommodation be delivered? Will the funding run out before it gets to you (spoiler alert, no it won't)? Your question this week answered!

From tomorrow people in new areas across Australia will be eligible to access the NDIS in a number of new regions and age groups across five states and territories.

The Board overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will draw on an expanded Independent Advisory Council (IAC) from July this year, ensuring broader representation for people with disability during this critical period for the NDIS.

Read the Media Release.

ABC's Norman Hermant interviewed NDIA CEO David Bowen for 30 minutes on Facebook Live answering your questions about the NDIS.
 

Professor Anne Kavanagh had spent years studying how society can impact a person’s health, why factors like employment, housing, socio-economic status, gender and race all play a role in determining who among us is well and who is sick.

Then, in her late 40s, came a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Read Anne's story.

Jobs in Brisbane, the difference between plan managed and self-managed and options if you don't agree with an internal review of a decision - this week's Q and A is here.

Amy English said it was a bitter-sweet moment when son, Alexander, who has Autism, no longer needed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support because he had achieved all his milestones and was now ready for school.

Rachael Laing and Kurt Banks’ five-year-old son, Joseph, uses eye-gaze technology to communicate – a piece of assistive technology they say they would never have been able to afford without the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

People across Australia are getting NDIS ready in anticipation of 1 July when people in new areas across the country will be eligible to access the NDIS in a number of new regions and age groups across five states and territories.

You asked, we answered - read this week's Q and A here.

Bianca’s face lights up when she dances. Thanks to Deakin University’s ALLPLay Dance program and the NDIS ILC National Readiness Grants, she has found a dance school that caters for her and her friends.

NDIA CEO David Bowen responds to the Productivity Commission Position Paper on NDIS Costs.

Click through to read the response.

Watch the video of Max, an NDIS participant who joined the School Leavers Support Program (SLES) and is now working for the Department of Agriculture.

Max is flourishing in his job and is now much more independent and confident.

We update our website frequently with NDIS events.

Find out how you can stay up to date with upcoming events in your area.

NDIA CEO David Bowen writes to NDIS registered Providers outlining the outcome of the FY2017-18 pricing review and the decision to undertake an Independent Pricing Review.

Our weekly Q & A answers your questions. Read this weeks Q & A #qanda

Early intervention is a key focus area within the National Disability Insurance Scheme with the aim of giving your child the best possible chance at life from the very beginning.

The first few years of a child's life lay the foundation for their future development, so accessing the right support is extremely important.

Find out how the NDIS can help.

The Board and Executive Management team of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) wish to provide information to the Scheme’s existing and potential participants, their families, carers and providers regarding major work that is underway to deliver a significantly upgraded quality of participant and provider experience in a way that remains consistent with maintaining the Scheme’s financial sustainability.

We recently had the opportunity to meet James from Wild Rumpus Community Services.

James is an NDIS service provider who is extremely passionate about developing young peoples skills so they can live more indepent lives.

We answer your questions in our weekly Q and A, this week's answers are available now.

Contrary to reports in today's Daily Telegraph, the NDIS does not support or fund participants accessing Energy Healing, Equine Assisted psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Counselling.

These are not evidenced based therapeutic interventions.


The NDIS will be rolled out in Gladstone in January next year.

General Manager of Magenta Community Services, Jonny Iuso said "It will have a major impact on all aspects of the economy but also the lives of people with disabilities and their families".
 

They have established the Gladstone NDIS Readiness Group and are running a meeting on June 29 for interested community members, from 5.30-7.30pm at the Queens Hotel.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is assistance with and/or supervising tasks of daily life to develop the skills of individuals to live as autonomously as possible.

From 1 July 2017 there will be a new way of processing SIL quotes for first plans and plan reviews. 

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is aware of a potential scam involving people claiming to be from NDIA attempting to collect personal details via telephone.

The NDIS myplace participant and provider portals and the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au will not be available between 11.00pm Eastern Standard Times (EST) Saturday 27 May and 6.00am EST Sunday 28 May due to a myGov infrastructure update.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

On 26 May 2017, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced an agreement to bring forward the NDIS start in the next three Queensland regions to roll out, with Queensland Government disability clients in Ipswich, Bundaberg and Rockhampton gaining early access to the NDIS.

Find out the questions that have been answered in this weeks Q and A! #qanda

We chat to NDIS Participant Kyle and his sister Alison Stone.
 
Alison helped her brother, Kyle, move to the NDIS, and as a result he has gone from living in an intensive residential support unit for four years, to living in an ordinary suburban home.
 

Read the story of Scott Price, an NDIS Participant and performer with Back to Back Theatre.

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services has announced a new way to help those with autism access the services they need.

Find out access requirements and when you can apply for the NDIS.

The first of 22 National Disability Insurance Scheme expos being run by the state government was held in Gawler on Friday.

More than 100 people attended to hear from a range of speakers about how the NDIS works, and job opportunities in the sector.

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, has announced just over $14 million dollars in grants for organisations around the country to help make sure people with disability are connected to their community.

Read this week's Q&A! #qanda.

There are a range new terms and phrases that will be important for you to know as you work with the NDIS.

Read the NDIS Glossary which is now available in Easy English to learn about important terms and key phases.

NDIA CEO David Bowen appeared on 2GB this week to talk about the NDIS.

Listen to the 20 minute segment where he fields questions from show host Chris Smith and callers on a range of topics.

Find out the best time to get through to our contact centre.

Have you just become an NDIS participant?

Find out your next steps with these four tips.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers, grandmothers, aunties, friends and carers out there!

Today we meet Ipswich mum Shelley, who shares how she got ready for planning conversation for her two sons, Rohan and Bryn.

This weeks Q&A is up! Read the answers to the questions you asked this week. #qanda

As a parent of a child with a disability, Adelaide mother Haidee Lease says processing a new reality can be difficult – even when it’s a love unlike any other.

Australia may need to double its disability support service workforce to 150,000 people by 2020 for new demand created by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Todays Mother's Day story is about Emma Price, a busy mother to eight year old Charlotte and five year old Oliver.

Today we meet Mim Haigh, mum to teenage son Will. Mim explains what its's like to be a mother and an NDIS participant and reflects on how her own mother has supported her.

In the lead up to Mother's Day we share a story about NDIS Participant Linda and her children and grandchildren.

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolling out across Queensland, coordinators and businesses alike are eager to build on the business opportunity the plan presents.

Read these steps to help you get NDIS Ready!

The NDIS Quarterly Report is now available.

Find out how more than 78,000 Australians have benefited from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with $6.3 billion in funding committed.

This week's Q and A is here! Find out which questions were answered this week. #ndisqanda

Read the story of Stu from Bendigo who is anticipating the rollout of the NDIS in Loddon.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across Campaspe Shire this week.

It is expected to improve the lives of hundreds more people with a disability in the shire, as well as generate hundreds more jobs and millions into the local economy.

Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice said it was an important day for the local community.

This Father’s Day will be different for Maitland dad Timothy Christian. That’s because the development of his son, 11-year old Connor, has improved since he started receiving support from the NDIS in November 2016.

“Connor is a happier boy, he is learning emotions and how to communicate, with this he is building a relationship with me which is stronger than ever,” said Timothy.

Today is a significant day for the NDIS, as the Scheme continues to roll out across Australia.

Today, people in the Loddon area of Victoria will be eligible to access the NDIS.

The Darwin, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy offices will be closed on Monday 1 May due to the Northern Territory May Day public holiday.

The Contact Centre 1800 800 110 will remain open and is available 8am to 11pm, Monday to Friday.

This week's Q&A is here! Find out which questions were answered this week. #ndisqanda

Twenty-two grants totalling close to $3 million have been awarded to organisations by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to make the ACT more accessible and inclusive of people with disability.

This week's Q&A is here! Find out which questions were answered this week. #ndisqanda

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Murray Bridge and Townsville offices are closed today, 20 April 2017. More information, including when they will reopen, will be provided soon.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has carefully considered the Federal Court decision handed down on 28 March 2017 in relation to the case of Mr Liam McGarrigle.

Because this is effectively a test case with implications for the long-term financial sustainability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the NDIA has decided to appeal the Federal Court decision to the Full Court and has lodged an appeal today.

In 2016, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched a project to provide support to consumers with disability, and to empower them with tools and information to make informed purchasing decisions. Under the Australian Consumer Law, every consumer has rights when buying products or services, whether this is in-store, online, at home or even over the telephone.

In April there are changes to payments runs for NDIS participants and providers and offices will be closed due to national public holidays.

This week's Q&A is here! Find out which questions were answered this week. #ndisqanda

The NDIA is currently seeking organisations to deliver Local Area Coordination Services and/or Early Childhood Early Intervention Services in areas of Queensland, South Australia and Victoria that are scheduled to transition to the NDIS prior to July 2018.

“A woman with a congenital hip disorder, bone-on-bone arthritis, a displaced knee and an entirely unrelated case of Lupus walks into a bar” isn’t exactly a traditional opening line for a joke. Yet comedy and disability can be powerful allies, as Laura Campbell knows well.

This weeks Q&A is here! Find out which questions were answered this week. #ndisqanda.

Four local service providers will share in $85 million of funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in Victoria to support the rollout of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 2017.

Continue reading the full media release.

Feros Care has been announced as the successful Local Area Coordination (LAC) partner in Barossa, Light and Lower North and Northern Adelaide to support the rollout of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 2017.

The $23.3 million investment will see Feros Care provide services focussing on participant capacity building, including plan development, implementation and review.

This weeks Q&A is up! Find out which questions were answered this week. #ndisqanda.

In Victoria's Wimmera, Bev Young is trying to keep tabs on her footballing sons; Clinton played for Hawthorn in their 2008 grand final and five of her six boys are still playing. There was a time not so long ago when she wouldn’t have been able to count 24-year-old Lachie among them, but she can now.

Two local service providers will share in $17.6 million of funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in the ACT to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Providers may be reviewed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in relation to supports funded for a NDIS participant. Providers are required to supply any information requested by the NDIA in relation to the provision of supports within a reasonable time frame. This activity is provided for under the Agency Terms of Business that are a requirement for all registered providers.

The official 2017 World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) campaign video has a powerful question for communities worldwide - and a fantastic video too - what does “special needs” mean anyway?

The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, will today launch the NDIA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy and Rural and Remote Strategy in Cairns.

These Strategies outline how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be delivered to all eligible Australians regardless of where they live and in a culturally respectful manner.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released the Rural and Remote Strategy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy.

These strategies focus on the existing strengths and features of rural and remote communities, along with engaging in the ‘proper way’ with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Read this weeks Q & A#ndisqanda.

More than 1000 new jobs could be created across Ipswich and an additional $240 million injected in to the region's economy with the roll out of the NDIS.

Read the article from the Whitsunday Times.

The Chairman of the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Dr Helen Nugent AO, has announced the reappointment of the NDIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Bowen, for a period of up to six months from 9 May 2017.

Our weekly Q&A is up! Find out the questions answered this week #ndisqanda.

With an eye to International Women's Day, Robyn Lambird's message for all women is simple: pursue your dreams. People are going to tell you that you should do something else, that you should be more realistic. But there comes a time when you've just got to do what you're passionate about.

Meet Oni; one of the more than 60,000 participants now receiving support under the NDIS. Oni is a Year 11 student who is already working part-time so that he can enter the workforce as soon as he finishes school.

NDIS participant Mathew Jones has been featured in the Ballarat Courier, read the full article.

We’re continuing to take on board your frequently asked questions across social media. Read on to find out the questions answered in this week’s #ndisqanda.

Today is Rare Disease Day. We have featured Frank, a participant of the scheme.

His mum talks about Frank's rare disease, Mowat Wilson Syndrome and how the Scheme has helped Frank and his family.

If you are after a handy inclusive communication tool, look no further.

The Disability Diversity Council have created a guide: Ten tips for more inclusive communication. It covers a range of topics including tips for accessible communication.

Join the NDIS Webinar about developing and starting your first plan today, Tuesday 28 February from 2.00pm – 3.00pm AEDT.

We are excited to announce that we will be posting Weekly Q&A updates . Read on to find out the questions answered in this weeks Q&A.

Read about NDIS paricipant Kirby Littley and her feature article in The Australian.

Improvement of disability activities in Gunnedah was on the agenda at last week’s community consultation, part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll out in the region.

Five local service providers will share in $75 million of funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in Queensland to support the rollout of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 2017.

"Advertising should be bold and reflect the world in which we live. With one in five of us living with disability, it’s a natural part of the human experience and, like other forms of diversity, it should be represented, not excluded." Cátia Malaquias has taken on the challenge and has made great inroads to having children and adults with disability represented in mainstream advertising campaigns.

$13 million will be made available to organisations across the country as part of a new grant round designed to make the community more inclusive and support people with disability.

Up to $3 million will be made available to organisations as part of a new grant round designed to make the community more inclusive and support people with disability in the ACT.

 

The first grant funding round for both ILC Jurisdictional Grants in the ACT and the ILC National Readiness Grant programs are now open. Applications must be submitted by 2.00pm AEDT on 8 March, 2017.

Two of our awesome planners helping to deliver the NDIS across Australia.

Join our webinar on developing and starting your first plan. If you have questions about getting ready for your planning conversation or want to hear about how you may best implement your plan, this is the webinar for you!

The Gosford NDIA office is closed Tuesday 7 February due to mechanical issues, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The office will be open as normal on Wednesday 8 February.

The Commonwealth and West Australian governments have announced an agreement for a nationally consistent but state-run National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia.

He’s played for Australia in indoor cricket and a decade of basketball for Victoria too, and while he took wickets steadily throughout the week – including two in the final – his highlight was simply catching up with mates from other states who he hadn’t seen in ages.

LAURA Scurr has been in the same wheelchair for 22 years. The Toowoomba businesswoman is one of the first people in the region to have their National Disability Insurance Scheme plan approved, which means a new chair.

Up to 1300 new jobs are expected to be created in the Northern Territory by 2020 as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The figures are revealed in the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Northern Territory Market Position Statement (MPS), which has been released today, and estimates a total workforce of between 2,150 and 2,700 at full scheme in 2020.

Thursday 26 January 2017 (Australia Day) is a National public holiday. Due to the public holiday there will be no NDIS payment run on this day (for self-managed participants or providers).

To ensure that you receive payments early, we recommend that you submit your outstanding Payment Requests between now and Tuesday 24 January 2017.

For Payment Requests submitted on 26 January 2017, payments will not be received in your bank account until Monday 30 January 2017.

"From the bottom of my heart to the end of my last breath, I’m thankful to NDIS for my son to be walking, talking and making possible all that he can do in the future." - Devi, mother of NDIS participant Ram, on how the NDIS has helped her son.

Spreading the word about the NDIS across the Loddon Area in Victoria.

Improvements have been made to the Factsheets and Publications page, if you’re looking for readily available scheme information, it’s the place to start.

For West Australian Bronwyn, last year was “horrendous” after the sudden death of her partner Neil from lymphoma and a subsequent move to the Maylands home they had chosen together.

Bronwyn, who has degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s Disease, is looking forward to a better 2017 thanks to the love and support of her family and friends, and the assistance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

To help build awareness and understanding of the NDIS in the Australian Deaf Community we have recently developed NDIS communications materials as Auslan videos, which are now available on the NDIS website.

This Christmas will be very different for the Hughes household, with five-year-old Caitie able to speak clearly for the first time, sing and — perhaps most importantly — tell her parents what she wants from Santa.

Today is a significant day for the NDIS, as the Scheme continues to roll out across Australia.

There are some important changes to our normal operating hours this Christmas holiday period. Many services will not be available on the public holidays and there will be reduced services at other times. The information here outlines how you can contact us over the Christmas holidays.

The Board overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be expanded from 1 January 2017 to ensure it has the disability service, financial management, corporate governance and insurance-based expertise needed to guide the $22 billion scheme through its critical three year expansion to 2019-20.

Four new regions across the country and two new age groups in South Australia and Tasmania will enter the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 January.

When former teacher Carolyn Hunter was faced with the question of how her son Ben could earn his own money and gain independence, it took a bit of thinking and experimentation to figure it out.

But what emerged was an incredible social enterprise business idea.

High school students with disability are receiving the support they need to prepare for work and community life as part of an Australian-first project.

Take a survey about the development of the ALLPlay program that will create a culture of inclusion in sport for all children

Our monthly email newsletter is a great way to learn more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

You may have a few questions about developing your first plan.

We understand that every person living with a disability has different needs, and we’re here to help you develop a plan that you have choice and control over.

The NDIS is the new way of supporting people with psychosocial disability. NDIS participant Kylie knows first-hand the nuances of psychosocial disability and shares with us how her life and the life of her family has improved since she joined the NDIS.

As the NDIS is introduced around Australia, you may have a few questions about how to access the NDIS; this video will help you answer some of the more common ones.

As Christmas is fast approaching we would like to inform you of our plans to manage payment requests during the Christmas and New Year period.

From Early Childhood partners in Charters Towers, Queensland, to Local Area Coordinators (LACs) in Greensborough, Victoria, our partnerships help provide local knowledge and experience in delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated every year on 3 December.

Do you need more information on how to start your NDIS plan? We have developed some useful fact sheets that will help you to navigate your NDIS journey.

We are proud to announce that the NDIS has now completed all requirements to become a Disability Confident Recruiter.

Some participants who have scheduled plan reviews due during the months of September 2016 to February 2017 have had their plans extended.

"Dignified Access" occurs when all participants, providers, other visitors and employees have a safe and equitable access and a dignified user experience at all NDIA centres. Dignified Access considerations applies to people with both visible and invisible disabilities and barriers.

We have worked with consumers and carers to develop a new fact sheet that talks about how the NDIS works with people with psychosocial disability to have a positive impact on their lives.

When NDIS participant Aran Miller was born 22 years ago and diagnosed with Down Syndrome, his sole sibling – sister Narelle, who is almost 20 years his senior – vowed that he would never be given a label.

More than $3 billion has so far been committed to help people living with a disability under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a new report reveals.

NDIA Strategic Advisor, Peter de Natris, was recently interviewed by ABC's Babytalk program about how parents of children aged 0-6 can work with the NDIS to support their children and help them achieve their goals.

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Market Approach statement seeks to support growth in the sector by outlining how the Agency will work with industry and the wider community to facilitate major growth in the size, number and range of disability support providers and the services they offer.p>

The Provider Portal Step by Step guide has been updated to assist Providers to manage their services within myplace.

A plan review and extension update is now avaiable on our website.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has published its 2015-16 Annual Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Agency and Scheme.

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s Maryanne Diamond, General Manager Media, Communications and Engagement Division, has been announced as one of four finalists in the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year Awards.

Today, the NDIS continues its expansion across Queensland to include people with disability living in Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays. This is a significant day for people with disability, their families and carers in these communities.

To mark the Melbourne Cup carnival award-winning Australian writer Peter Hanlon has caught up with Geelong NDIS participant Brett Denham and his mother Michele about his work in the stables and passion for the Geelong Cats football team.

More Queenslanders will soon have access to the life-changing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it rolls out to people in the local government areas of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday from tomorrow.

As more people prepare to enter the NDIS you may have some questions about planning – find out more about developing your first plan with new resources now available.

NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme, but for around 460,000 Australians with disability, it’s going to stand for much more.

Over the weekend there has been a software update which has affected PRODA. This willl therefore impact on potential new providers who are trying to register.

The NDIA has released a Request for Tender for "Independent Benchmarking Survey Management Services", as part of the implementation of the Service Provider Benchmarking function. Find out more about Benchmarking and the Request For Tender.

The focus of National Carer’s week is recognising and celebrating the contribution unpaid carers make to our community.

The Agency wishes to advise that issues preventing Providers from being able to log into the NDIS Provider Portal myplace over the past 24 hours have now been rectified.

The NDIS Contact Centre, 1800 800 110 is now operating 8am to 11pm local times, Monday to Friday.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin recently published an opinion article in the Sydney Morning Herald on why the NDIS is important and how it is changing lives.

We have developed a set of communication boards to ensure NDIS staff can communicate effectively with people with complex communication needs.

Based on feedback we have received over the past few months, we are pleased to advise that the NDIS Contact Centre, 1800 800 110 is now operating 8am to 11pm local times, Monday to Friday.

A major study has been launched to develop Australia’s first national diagnostic guideline for autism led by The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC).

Sarah Johnson, Scheme Actuary from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has been recognised for her vital role in the formation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), being named the 2016 Actuary of the Year.

Due to extreme weather warnings in South Australia all community engagement sessions are cancelled today, 29 September 2016.

NDIS participant 32 year-old Robert Croft will exhibit his works in ArtGusto’s “Beat the Drum” exhibition, from 23 September to 1 October at Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Geelong.

Mother-of-two Wahibe Omran was this week handed her first NDIS plan in a celebratory morning tea in Canberra.

The three-year trial phase of Australia’s world-leading National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been successfully completed on time and on budget, a new report reveals.

The ACT economy will be boosted by $160 million a year and 1000 new jobs thanks to the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Did you know research suggests developmental delay occurs in up to 10% of kids under eight?

Bruce Bonyhady speech to Leadership Victoria

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is developing a new benchmarking function that will help existing and aspiring National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers compare their operations with other providers in the market.

We’re continuing to see payments flowing through the myplace portal as Payment Requests are submitted successfully.

To mark the start of the Paralympics award-winning Australian writer Peter Hanlon has caught up with local Geelong athletes Richard Colman, Sam McIntosh and Jemima Moore about their pathway to Rio 2016.

I am grateful they have allowed me time today to write to you, my NDIS family; the thousands of Australians with disability, their families, friends and carers.

Auslan interpretations of some of our recent videos are now available.

Share your experience and insights on Assistive Technology systems currently being used in the disability sector.

The National Disability Insurance Agency has extended the Closing Date for applications for NDIS Partners in the Community Program until Thursday 22 September 2016 at 2.00pm AEST.

Take a look behind the scenes of the filming of Auslan interpretations of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) information and the My NDIS pathway booklet.

Latest updates on the NDIS myplace portal for providers.

Payment Request success continues to grow – since 1 July 2016, the Agency has successfully processed over $65 million worth of Payment Requests.

Todays webinar will provide further information on the Partners in the Community Program.

Thank you for your continued efforts using the myplace portal, and for providing us with ongoing feedback about how things are working for you.

Over the past weekend, we continued to undertake work on the myplace portal to reflect the feedback you have provided us in relation to the Payment Request process.

Update on NDIS portal for self-managed participants.

The National Disability Insurance Agency welcomes the review of the implementation of the NDIS myplace portal - announced by the Hon. Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services and the Hon. Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services.

Staff from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) were at this year’s Garma Festival to talk to people about the NDIS, disability and inclusion.

To ensure all Australians with disability have the opportunity to learn more about the NDIS, the My NDIS Pathway booklet is now available in ten languages other than English.

On 5 August 2016, the Agency communicated to Providers with further updates regarding the myplace portal payment process.

A commitment to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in a way that demonstrates respect and support.

The National Disability Insurance Agency is partnering with organisations in the community across Australia to deliver the NDIS.

David Bowen, CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), has paid tribute to inaugural NDIS Independent Advisory Council member, Ms Lois Gatley.

We are now four weeks into to full scheme transition. Based on your feedback, we are putting in place arrangements to make it easier for you to adjust to the new system

On 1 July 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moved from trial to full scheme transition - a move that included the introduction of a new ICT system to support the NDIS to be implemented nationally over the next three years.

Investment in disability support in Tasmania is expected to more than double in the next three years with the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is aware that some providers and participants are experiencing issues with the new NDIS portals.

The next NDIS webinar will be on 7 July 2016 at 1.00pm (AEST) and will focus on how you can get ready for the NDIS.

Today, the NDIS will start to be rolled out across Australia.

In just two days, the NDIS will start to be rolled out across Australia.

The NDIA has partnered with the Raising Children Network website to create online articles and a videos series to help parents get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Market Position Statement (MPS) for South Australia to inform current and prospective providers, and market stakeholders of the opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in South Australia in the coming years.

Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency M-Enabling Summit – Washington, D.C. 14 June 2016

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS) will move from trial to a national scheme roll out from 1 July 2016. To support the national roll out of the NDIS a new Participant Portal, called ‘myplace’ will be introduced from 1 July.

Each year the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participant and provider portals are closed prior to 1 July for end of financial year processing.

The NDIS May eNewsletter was sent to over 35,000 people last week.

On Tuesday 14 June at 1pm AEST the NDIA is hosting a webinar on the roll out of the NDIS in Queensland.

On Tuesday 7 June the NDIA is hosting a webinar on NDIS provider registration.

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‘Every Child with a Disability Every Chance’

David Bowen, CEO National Disability Insurance Agency
Letter to the editor of the Geelong Advertiser
11 May 2016

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Market Position Statement (MPS) for Queensland to inform current and prospective providers, and market stakeholders of the opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in Queensland in the coming years.

Close to 25,000 Australians with disability are now receiving the supports they need to live more independent lives, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

With all states and territories now committed to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is calling on communities, businesses and people right across Australia to get #ndisready.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) welcomes the Willing To Work National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability report from Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan.   

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial in the Perth Hills has been extended until 30 June 2017 and will expand into additional parts of Western Australia.

The National Disability Insurance Agency offices and the NDIS Call Centre will be closed on Monday 25 April 2016 for the ANZAC Day national public holiday. Normal operating hours will recommence on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is pleased to present the Victorian Market Position Statement (MPS), the second of a series being developed to inform market stakeholders and help current and prospective providers of supports and services prepare for the opportunities that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in coming years.

This is a significant year for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as we begin to roll out the NDIS across Australia from 1 July 2016.

The NDIS is on time and on budget and client satisfaction is above 90 per cent.

CEDA: Melbourne
15 April 2016

The NDIS will transform access to affordable, stable and accessible housing by giving people with disability real choice and control around where they live and who they live with - a basic human right for all.

The NDIS Housing Innovation Showcase took place at Olympic Park in Sydney on Wednesday 6 April.

At 11am AEST on Tuesday 5 April we will be hosting a webinar on Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI).

Following national consultation on the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Pricing and Payments framework, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released the SDA Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments. The paper is designed to provide advice to the market and to give stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the NDIA’s approach.

The NDIA will partner with the following three organisations to deliver the Local Area Coordination (LAC) services in Victoria in 2016-2017

On Wednesday 16 March, the Commonwealth and Queensland governments agreed to roll out the NDIS in Queensland.

Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency
CEDA: Adelaide
10 March 2016

The NDIS remains on budget and suggestions to the contrary are simply incorrect.

Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency
Aussie Deaf Kids Conference
Melbourne
6 March 2016

For the first time, a nationally-consistent approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability will exist with the release today of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach.

The NDIA is holding its first remote disability service provider forum in Adelaide on 22 March 2016.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is providing assistance to more than 22,000 Australians with disability according to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) latest quarterly report.

The NDIA will use current New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania prices as an initial base for NDIS Queensland prices.

Want to know about how the NDIS will roll out in TAS and SA?

There are some important changes to our normal operating hours for the Australia Day national public holiday.

The Independent Advisory Council (IAC) has released the Independent Advisory Council End of Year Update 2015: Supporting an Ordinary Life for People with Disability, available for download in several formats.

The Australian Government has recently launched a new service to support Australia’s 2.7 million carers in their caring roles.

There are some important changes to our normal operating hours this Christmas holiday period. Many services will not be available on the public holidays and there will be reduced services at other times. Please find more information below of how you can contact us over the Christmas holidays.

On 11 December, the Bilateral Agreement for the roll out of the NDIS in South Australia was signed.

Today the NDIA released the results of a pilot study of the NDIS's new Outcomes Framework.

Extension of the Request for Tender for Independent Investigator Services

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Trial Sites across the country are participating in events to mark International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). This includes:

On 3 December 2015, the Commonwealth and the Tasmanian governments agreed to roll out the NDIS in Tasmania.

Read about how the NDIS is bringing choice and control to the life of 19-year old Kirby in this month's eNewsletter. Also featured this month: The NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy, The Joint Standing Committee’s second report, North Queensland prepares for the NDIS and Simone’s Digital Dreams to come true.

At its meeting on 13th November 2015, the Disability Reform Council (the Council) endorsed a pricing framework, “The Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework” (the Framework) to guide the approach to the implementation of specialist disability accommodation supports in the NDIS. View the Framework (DOCX 60KB).

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is seeking a range of innovative ideas on possible housing pilots that will provide specialist disability accommodation for participants for whom such provision by NDIA is both reasonable and necessary.

Commonwealth, state and territory disability ministers have released a report which summarises the outcomes of public consultations on quality and safeguarding in the NDIS in early 2015.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability. It is the biggest social reform in Australia since the introduction of Medicare. But reform takes time.

Today NDIA released our latest quarterly report on the NDIS. The report shows that delivery of the NDIS continues to be on time and on budget.

The National Disability Insurance Agency welcomes the Joint Standing Committee's second report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

After much anticipation, the National Disability Insurance Agency have begun the development of their ICT strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), being led by Marie Johnson, Head of Technology Authority, NDIA.

In this month’s eNewsletter we follow NDIS participant Matthew’s journey to getting his licence, wrap up the NDIS New World Conference and provide more information on October’s Mental Health webinar.

Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency
NDIS New World Conference – Brisbane
27 October 2015

Here is the NDIS New World Conference 2015 live streaming schedule for Day 1, Tuesday 27 October.

Here is the NDIS New World Conference 2015 live streaming schedule for Day 3, Thursday 29 October.

Here is the NDIS New World Conference 2015 live streaming schedule for Day 2, Wednesday 28 October.

The NDIA's Assistive Technology strategy has been released. Technology is increasingly enabling people with disability to perform tasks they could not otherwise do, to perform tasks more easily, and to perform them more safely and securely. It is allowing many people with disability to reach their potential at home, in their community and in the workplace.

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA’s) 2014-15 Annual Report tabled today shows the NDIS is continuing to deliver better support for people with disability, their families and carers. It describes what we have done and how we have managed our resources to build and operate the NDIS. It demonstrates that participants are experiencing increased opportunities to live ordinary lives and fulfil their goals and aspirations.

In our Living My Plan video, five NDIS participants talk about how their NDIS plans have changed their lives. Catch up with the participants as they explain how the last year has gone and where they want to take their plans next.

In July 2014, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) opened its doors in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory.

To mark Mental Health Week, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will host a webinar on psychosocial disability and the NDIS.

Today the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced NDIS early transition sites in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island.

The NDIA is aware of an email circulating that appears to be from the NDIS and refers to ‘Shelbys Plan’. This email is a scam. Do not open it. It is currently being investigated.

On 16 September 2015, the bilateral agreements for the roll out of the NDIS in New South Wales and Victoria were signed by governments.

The Australian Government has commissioned an independent review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act), as required under Section 208 of the NDIS Act.

Disability Reform is All About the Power of "And"
Sixth International Carers Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden
5 September 2015

This weeks Q&A is here! Find out which questions were answered this week. #ndisqanda.

MORE than 1000 new jobs in the care sector will soon be created on the Fraser Coast.

The upcoming openings are a direct result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Whether the NDIS is rolling out in your region tomorrow, in six months or in a year, you need to start getting ready now.

Pre-planning is vital to ensure you know exactly what you want and need before you have a program tailored to suit you.

View five tips to get ready for the NDIS.