The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), established under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth) (The NDIS Act), is a scheme that provides support to people with a disability.
Eligible participants receive funding that allows them to access appropriate services and supports to assist with their disability and to enable them to participate in social and economic life.
The agency responsible for implementing the scheme is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), an independent Commonwealth Government agency. The NDIA works in partnership with State governments and local service providers to deliver the NDIS around Australia.
As the NDIS is an insurance scheme, assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and there is no impact on the receipt of social security payments such as the Disability Support Pension.
The NDIS commenced in a number of trial sites in July 2013, before a progressive roll-out began on 1 July 2016. It is envisaged that all sites across Australia will have access to the NDIS by 2020. In some states, the roll-out will take place by region, so there may be instances where the NDIS is available in parts of the particular state but not others.
The NDIS is currently available in South Australia.
The NDIS Act is supplemented by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Rules (The NDIS Rules) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Operational Guidelines (The NDIS Guidelines).
For more information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), visit the NDIS website.
For information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguards Commission see the Law Handbook page -NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.