The National Disability Insurance Scheme or theNDIS is the largest disability reform in Australia. It is considered today as the very first Australian National System for people with physical limitations and impairments. It was legislated in the year 2013 by the Federal Government, and became fully operational in the year 2020. This plan is meant for individuals between 7 and 65 years,living with permanent or significant disability.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency, which has the responsibility of implementing the NDIS throughout Australia.
  • You will have to be aged between 7 and 65 years
  • You will have to be a resident of Australia with permanently Australian residency
  • You should generally need support from an individual because of a permanent and significant disability.

The NDIS covers a wide range of reasonable as well as necessary disability supports, services and equipment. These can be therapies, various behaviour support services, assistance with travel and transport, support in the home, for education and living arrangements, vehicle modifications, mobility equipment, communication assistive technology, different community participation activities, assistance with daily personal care, and funding for attending training and events, and support in gaining and maintaining employment.

Supports that the NDIS covers must assist with:

  • Achieving the objectives of your life 
  • Increasing and maintaining autonomous living
  • Developing the necessary skills for performing chores of everyday life, etc.
  • Facilitating participation in your respective community
  • Gaining employment and working to maintain your profession.
  • Activities that are not related to your disability
  • A duplicate of another support within your personal support and care plan
  • The normal day to day living expense (e.g. rent, groceries)
  • Things that are likely to cause harm to you or pose risks for others
  • Related to replacement of income.
  • Gym or club membership and other personal training. 
  • Medications