What is the NDIS responsible for?

The NDIS provides funding to eligible people based on their individual needs.

Every NDIS participant has an individual plan that lists their goals and the funding they have received. NDIS participants use their funding to purchase supports and services that will help them achieve their goals.

Everyone has different goals but they could include things like getting and keeping a job, making friends or participating in a local community activity. NDIS participants control the support they receive, when they receive it, and who provides it.

What types of supports are funded?

The types of supports that the NDIS may fund for participants include:

  • daily personal activities
  • transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  • workplace help to allow a participant to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
  • therapeutic supports including behaviour support
  • help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment
  • help to a participant by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
  • home modification design and construction
  • mobility equipment, and
  • vehicle modifications.

Find more information on types of funded supports

There are some kinds of supports that will not be funded or provided by the NDIS

The NDIS Act and the rules made under the NDIS Act also tell us which supports will not be funded by the NDIS.

The NDIS cannot fund a support that is:

  • the responsibility of another government system or community service
  • not related to a person’s disability
  • relates to day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant's support needs, or
  • is likely to cause harm to the participant or pose a risk to others.

Find more information on types of funded supports.

What choice and control do I have over my funded supports?

You have choice and the control over how you use funded supports in your plan. That includes choice of how the supports are given and which service providers you use.

In some cases the NDIA or others will manage the funding for supports. For example, where there is an unreasonable risk to a participant.

Other community and government services

People who are not eligible for the NDIS can still get help to access community and other government services.

The NDIS can provide information and helps connect all people with disability, their families and carers to community and other government services.

For many people, this will be all the support they need.

This page current as of
11 December 2018