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National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is the NDIS? 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is how the Australian Government provides support to people with a permanent disability, and who are under the age of 65 with support to maximise their daily living potential. It is jointly governed and funded by the Australian, State and Territory governments1. The NDIS represents significant reform to disability services in Australia and is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities2. The scheme takes a lifetime approach, investing in people early to improve their outcomes later in life. The NDIS was initially introduced with a launch on 1 July 2013. Roll out of the NDIS began in July 2016 and has been progressively rolled out on a State by State basis2. The roll-out completed in 20203

The NDIS is managed and overseen by an independent organisation called the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

For more information, visit the NDIS website


(1) https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1617/Quick_Guides/NDIS
(2) https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/operational-guidelines/overview-ndis-operational-guideline/overview-ndis-operational-guideline-about-ndis
(3) https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4889-delivering-ndis-roll-out-complete-across-australia-christmas-and-cocos-islands-join-world-leading-scheme

Who is eligible for the NDIS?

The word ‘disability’ can mean many different things. To access services through the NDIS, an individual will have to meet some requirements:

  • be between 8 and 65 years old

  • live in Australia and have Australian residency

  • usually need support due to a permanent and significant disability

  • use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability

  • need some supports now to reduce your future needs

People who meet these requirements are called ‘participants’. 

For more information about these requirements click here 

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