The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia’s first national Scheme for people with disability. It moves away from the previous system of providing block funding to agencies and community organisations, to direct funding for individuals.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent government organisation that runs the NDIS. The NDIA makes decisions about whether someone is eligible to become an NDIS participant and, if so, how much funding they will receive. This is based on legislation called the NDIS Act 2013, which sets out what supports and services are considered reasonable and necessary for the NDIS to fund.
There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. When fully rolled out, the NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians aged under 65, who have permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.
The NDIS provides reasonable and necessary funding to people with a permanent and significant disability to access the supports and services they need to live and enjoy their life.
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.