National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (also called the NDIS) is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability, and their families and carers.
NDIS will provide Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with support they need.
People with disability will get greater flexibility and choice of supports and services to meet their individual needs.
The NDIS is a move from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to a system where people with disability have direct control over the funding they receive.
The NDIS helps people with disability to:
access mainstream services and supports – like the health system and education systems
access community services and supports – like sports clubs, community groups and charities
maintain informal supports – like the help people get from their family and friends. This is support people don’t pay for and is generally part of most people’s lives
get reasonable and necessary funded supports – related to their disability and needed for them to live an ordinary life
The NDIS provides certainty that people with disability will receive the support they need. Disability could affect anyone at any time and the NDIS provides peace of mind.