The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, including psychosocial disabilities associated with a mental illness, their families and carers.

The NDIS provides disability support; it is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the disability support pension and carers allowance. The NDIS delivers a flexible, whole-of-life approach which aims to assist eligible people to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life by:

  1. providing information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, supports over a lifetime.

  2. raising community awareness and encouraging greater inclusion and access to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives

  3. supporting service providers to build capacity and be part of the scheme.


The NDIS is a significant change so it is being introduced across Australia in stages, it is being rolled-out in Gippsland starting in Inner Gippsland. There are a number of NDIS trials underway and staged roll-out commenced July 2016, with full roll-out by July 2019. Existing Commonwealth, state and territory government funded disability services will continue in areas where the NDIS has not yet been introduced. The government’s NDIS website has information on the NDIS trials currently being undertaken and updates on the roll-out.

Eligibility and Access

The NDIS supports eligible people under 65 who have a permanent and significant disability including psychosocial disabilities associated with a mental illness.  People living with a mental illness are likely to be eligible if their disability substantially reduces their ability to undertake one or more of the following activities:

  1. communication

  2. social interaction

  3. learning

  4. mobility

  5. self-care

  6. self-management

  7. social and economic participation.

The NDIS website includes an Access Checklist to help people determine if they are eligible for NDIS support. For more information on the NDIS visit their website which has further details on the current NDIS trials, national roll-out, eligibility and access information.

within Australia will be providing a range of services under the NDIS and to ensure participants retain their choice and control we have developed a Conflict of Interest - Service Delivery policy that can be found here.