The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with significant disabilities, providing reasonable and necessary targeted support and services such as aids, equipment, and personal attendant care. It’s a long-term commitment for people who may need lifelong support, and enables a better life for those who are eligible and their families and carers.
 
Download our information sheet What is the NDIS?
 
The NDIS is a significant shift from the old approach where organisations received block funding and determined what programs and services will be provided, to the new approach where people have individual plans and payments based on their specific situation. There is no impact on the Disability Support Pension and it is not means-tested.
 
The introduction of the NDIS is strongly positive. It can provide you with more choice and control, making it possible for you to have the things that support you in having an inclusive life.  These could assist you with activities such as household tasks, personal care, sustaining informal supports, and recreation amongst other things. Find out if it’s for you by clicking here.
 
It’s a single national system, so once rollout is complete you will be able to access existing services regardless of where you live. If you move to another place in Australia your NDIS plan will move with you.
 
So far, the NDIS has been trialled in several locations across Australia. It is rolling out across Queensland from 2016 through to 2019. Details of the rollout are available here. Read about people who are already participating in the NDIS here.
 
The NDIS is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), an independent statutory agency of the Commonwealth Government. It has lots of information about how the NDIS works on their website.
 
Funding for the NDIS comes from pooling state, territory and commonwealth programs, as well as an increase to the Medicare levy from 2014. It is a strong investment in our country’s future, supporting and enabling your participation in our society and our economy.
 
 

We can help

If you would like to talk to our team about the NDIS please call us on the MS InfoLine 1800 177 591 or email ndis@msqld.org.au
 
For a handy list of reference sheets on aspects of the NDIS, as well as some useful NDIS websites, click here.