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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was established in 2016 by the Australian Government to provide support services to people with disability, their families, carers and the disability sector in Australia. The NDIS was established under the NDIS Act 2013 along with the passing of the NDIS legislation in March 2013.

NDIS – What does it mean?

N - National

The NDIS is being introduced progressively across all states and territories.

D - Disability

The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.

I - Insurance

The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.

S - Scheme

The NDIS is not a welfare system. The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time. The NDIS provides funding to eligible people with disability to gain more time with family and friends, greater independence, access to new skills, jobs, or volunteering in their community, and an improved quality of life.

The NDIS also connects anyone with disability to services in their community.This includes connections to doctors, community groups, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as providing information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.The NDIS now supports over 500,000 Australians with disability to access the services and supports they need.This includes supporting approximately 80,000 children with developmental delay, ensuring they receive supports early so that they achieve the best outcomes throughout their lives.