What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is Australia’s first National Scheme for people with disability. It provides funding directly to individuals.
There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next five years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.
The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.
Who is eligible for the NDIS?
The NDIS provides funding support if you:
- Are an Australian
- Are aged under 65 years
- Have a diagnosed disability or a developmental delay for children under the age of 7
- Have a permanent disability
- The disability significantly impacts on your daily life
- May require help from a person or equipment to do everyday things.
Benefits of the NDIS
The NDIS can help because it can provide funding so you can receive supports and services to:
- Enable you to undertake your daily activities
- Allow you to access individualised support
- Assist you to participate more fully in your community
- Give you more choice and control over the supports you receive
- Give you more choice and control over who your receive your supports from