What is NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the support they need. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. The NDIS also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community. By 2019, the NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability.

What are the requirements to access the NDIS?

To become an NDIS participant a person must:
  • have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities
  • be less than 65 years old when they first enter the NDIS
  • be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
  • live in Australia where the NDIS is available.

Can I still receive support if I do not meet the access requirements for the NDIS?

A person does not have to be an NDIS participant to receive support from the NDIS. The NDIS will connect people with disability, their families and carers, including people who are not NDIS participants, to disability and mainstream supports in their community.

Why is the NDIS set up as an insurance scheme?

The NDIS is social insurance, not welfare. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach to helping and investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

What is NDIA?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent Commonwealth government agency responsible for delivering the NDIS.

The NDIA:

  • Helps empower and inform people with disability to be confident
  • Provides information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, funded supports to people over a lifetime
  • Provides service providers with clarity and transparency so they can grow their business and respond to need
  • Raises community awareness and encourages greater inclusion and access for people with disability to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives.