The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new national program that provides Australians with disability with the services and supports they need to enjoy a full life and achieve their goals. The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. These goals would not be possible without a highly capable, professional, and engaged disability workforce.

The NDIS program is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA or The Agency). The NDIA has a number of resources available to give you an idea of the supports that are funded by the NDIS (this includes a video on the meaning of ‘reasonable’ and necessary).

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is an independent body working with providers to improve the quality and safety of NDIS services and supports, investigate and resolve problems, and strengthen the skills and knowledge of both providers and participants. To improve your knowledge of the way the NDIS works, it’s important to understand the following definitions:

  • People with disability are assessed for eligibility to become NDIS Participants
  • NDIS Providers are individuals or organisations that deliver a service or support to Participants

Regardless of structure, all Disability Practitioners need access to information about the NDIS in general, as well as specific information about the requirements and responsibilities hen providing services and supports to Participants.