National Disability Insurance Agency

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.

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