National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. At full scheme, the NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

The NDIS does not differentiate between types of disability. People with disability will be able to access assistance under the scheme to meet their needs if their disability is permanent and significantly affects their communication, mobility, self-care or self-management. The supports provided may vary as they will be tailored to each person’s individual needs.


Once the NDIS is in place, Australians with significant and permanent disability will be able to access necessary supports based on their functional needs, rather than on a specific diagnosis. The scheme recognises that disability can be for a lifetime, and takes a lifelong approach to providing care and

support. This means an individual’s plan looks not only at their immediate needs, but also across the course of their life.

Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the Disability Support Pension or Carers Allowance. 

Read more about the NDIS here.