National Disability Insurance Agency
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS is a once-in-a-generation economic and social reform agreed to by all governments. It will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a disability, their families and carers.
The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
Reasonable and necessary supports are funded in a number of areas, including: education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing, with a central component of the Scheme being that participants have choice and control over how to use the funded supports in their plan.
These supports help participants to:
- Pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations
- Increase their independence
- Increase social and economic participation, and
- Develop their capacity to actively take part in the community
As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.Web Address: http://www.ndis.gov.au/