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What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme, also known as the NDIS, is run by the National Disability Insurance Agency, also known as the NDIA.
The NDIS provides financial support to people with disability under the age of 65 to access services in the community and there are eligibility criteria.
Why was the NDIS introduced?
Under the previous model, getting support for people with disability was a luck of the draw.
It depended on how, when and where you acquired your disability as well as where you lived. Some received the right amount funding, some didn’t. Overall, it wasn’t a very equitable system.
After consultation with various stakeholders, the Australian Government developed the NDIS to provide more choice and control, with the roll out beginning in July 2013.
What will the NDIS fund?
The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports and services that relate to a person's disability to help them achieve their goals. Some examples include:
- Regular personal care support
- Accessing therapy services
- Learning new skills
- Becoming more independent
- Improving health and wellbeing
- Becoming more actively involved in the community
- Gaining work experience and employment
Check out our NDIS FAQs, which answers some of the most common questions we receive about the NDIS.