The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia’s first national Scheme for people with disability.
It moves away from the previous system of providing block funding to agencies and community organisations, to direct funding for individuals.
There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. When it is fully rolled out, the NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians aged under 65, who have permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services.
For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.
The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.