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The NDIS Explained


You’ve probably heard of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, commonly known as the NDIS. This scheme was rolled out in 2016 in order to offer individualised support packages to eligible people with disabilities. In 2019 the NDIS will come into full effect, with around 460,000 Australians expected to receive personalised support. 1

If you’re interested in what the NDIS can offer you, a friend or a family member or if you’d like to become an approved NDIS provider yourself, continue reading on.

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The NDIS provides support to people with disabilities as well as their families and carers. Funded jointly by federal and by participating state and territory governments, the NDIS has a number of roles and purposes including helping people with disabilities to access community services and maintain support in their personal lives. 2

What is the NDIS replacing?

The NDIS will replace the existing scheme: the National Disability Agreement (NDA). Prior to the introduction of the NDIS, the federal government had the responsibility for providing employment services for people with disabilities and funding states and territories to meet the NDA’s requirements. In 2011, the Productivity Commission recommended a national scheme to replace the NDA and provide care for all Australians. Two years later the NDIS launched in a trial phase. 3

Who can access the NDIS?

In order to access the NDIS, a person must meet certain requirements including living in an area where the NDIS is available, meeting the residency requirements, meeting the disability requirements and being under 65 years old when the request is made. 4

You can find out more about NDIS eligibility by contacting the NDIA directly on 1800 800 110. For more information visit http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FACT-SHEET-Eligibility-requirements-for-the-NDIS.pdf.

How to become an approved NDIS provider

If you’re looking to become an approved NDIS provider, we encourage you to attend a workshop in October delivered by ASSBI and Shine Lawyers. All attendees will be given guidance on planning their NDIS supports and the written agreements for delivery. Our speakers will look at participant’s rights and offer invaluable advice. For more information visit http://www.cvent.com/events/assbi-shine-lawyers-ndis-workshops/event-summary-e0f0c0165eb74b80bfedde18d47310c2.aspx.

Contact Us

Shine Lawyers are experts in disability compensation claims. For more information about the NDIS and how Shine Lawyers can help you, check out our dedicated page for NDIS support.

  1. https://www.aph.gov.au/AboutParliament/ParliamentaryDepartments/ParliamentaryLibrary/pubs/rp/rp1617/QuickGuides/DisabilityInsuranceScheme
  2. https://www.aph.gov.au/AboutParliament/ParliamentaryDepartments/ParliamentaryLibrary/pubs/rp/rp1617/QuickGuides/DisabilityInsuranceScheme
  3. https://www.aph.gov.au/AboutParliament/ParliamentaryDepartments/ParliamentaryLibrary/pubs/rp/rp1617/QuickGuides/DisabilityInsuranceScheme
  4. https://www.aph.gov.au/AboutParliament/ParliamentaryDepartments/ParliamentaryLibrary/pubs/rp/rp1617/QuickGuides/DisabilityInsuranceScheme

Written by Shine Lawyers on October 2, 2018. Last modified: October 11, 2018.

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