National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a once in a generation reform that will improve the lives of people with disability in Australia. People with disability have the right to decide their own best interests, and to have choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive.

Background

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was established by the Commonwealth Government on July 1 2013 and is  changing the landscape of disability care in Australia. The Government’s NDIS will progressively move disability care from a block funding model to one that empowers people with disability to choose their own care services through a market-based system.

The NDIS is designed to work alongside health, education and other public services. The National Disability Insurance Agency clearly delineates health from disability however there is an interface where healthcare stops and disability supports commence or continue. NDIS participants will enter and exit healthcare services throughout their lifespan.

The introduction of the NDIS will see disability services provided using an increasingly open and competitive market model giving consumers more choice and flexibility in deciding on their goals and choosing their  service providers.

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