Historic first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme

The right support for the long–term

Matt relies on a wheelchair to move around. His house needs minor modifications to make it wheelchair accessible, but he has been unable to get funding for these modifications. As a result, whenever Matt needs to leave the house he needs a carer to come and help him.

Under an NDIS, he would work with a Local Area Coordinator to develop an individual plan for his care and support, which could include modifications to his home.

Matt would no longer need to use personal care and support to get out of the house, reducing his costs and allowing him to be more independent.

The most fundamental social policy reform since Medicare

An NDIS will fundamentally change the way disability care and support is provided. It will provide peace of mind for people with significant and permanent disability and those who care for them.

The Government will provide $1 billion over four years for the first stage of an NDIS in launch locations for 10,000 Australians from 1 July 2013, increasing to 20,000 participants from 1 July 2014. The funding will include:

  • $342.5 million for individualised support for people with disability;
  • $240.3 million over four years to build and operate an NDIS information technology system;
  • $213.4 million over four years to properly evaluate and assess people's needs and those of their carers. This will also include funding for Local Area Coordinators who will assist individuals in designing and managing a funded support package to meet their specific needs;
  • $122.6 million over four years to increase the capacity of the disability services sector to deliver NDIS services and supports; and
  • $53 million over four years for the NDIS Launch Transition Agency.