What is the NDIS?

There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next five years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.

The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.

NDIS - What does it mean?

  • National: The NDIS is being introduced progressively across all states and territories.
  • Disability: The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.
  • Insurance: The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.
  • Scheme: The NDIS is not a welfare system. The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.

NDIS key words

  • Permanent and significant disability: A permanent disability means your disability is likely to be lifelong. A significant disability has a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities.
  • Supports and services: Assistance or products that help a person in their daily life and help them participate in the community and reach their goals.
  • Early intervention: Providing support to a person, either a child or an adult, as early as possible to reduce the impacts of disability or developmental delay and to build their skills and independence.

Find out more about the NDIS

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants

Culturally appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NDIS booklets are available to download or order:

The booklets will help communities understand and apply for the NDIS, and features artwork from local Northern Territory artist Carol Beasley, from the Barkly Region – one of the first NDIS trial sites.

These booklets will be tailored for communities right around Australia, with translations available in local indigenous languages and with the art of different local indigenous artists featured. 

For more information on how to use these products appropriately, feedback and suggestions for translations, please contact community.engagement@ndis.gov.au

If you wish to order hard copies of the booklets, please call 1800 800 110. 

This page current as of
11 November 2020