Your guide to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
About the National Disabilities Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing disability support and care to people in Australia and is delivered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The NDIS recognises that everyone is different and works to provide people with disability more choice and flexibility in the way support services are provided to them. In addition, the NDIS supports people by building skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
The NDIS aims to help people with disability to:
Access main stream services and supports – services from people like doctors or teachers through the health and education system;
Access community services and supports – activities and services available to everyone in a community, such as sports clubs, community groups, libraries or charities;
Maintain informal support arrangements – help people get from their family and friends;
Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports – supports that are related to a person’s disability and are required for them to live an ordinary life and achieve their goals.
The NDIA began the National Disability Insurance Scheme in several trial sites in 2013 and initiated formal roll out across Australia in 2016. The NDIS is being introduced in stages to ensure its ongoing success and sustainability – to find out more information about availability in your area click here to go to our NDIS FAQ’s and find more information under “When is the NDIS available in my area?".
It is important to note that the NDIS support and funding will replace current disability service funding.
At United Disability, we understand that at times new systems and change can be difficult or problematic to navigate. This website contains relevant information to help you understand the new scheme and how it might affect your current situation and support your future goals.