Key messages

  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme provides choice, control and a whole-of-life approach to support people with disabilities to live independently.
  • Currently being trialled in the Barwon area, the NDIS will be rolled out progressively throughout Victoria over three years from July 2016.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new national approach to providing support to people with a disability, their families and carers. It will provide choice and control and a whole-of-life approach to support people with a disability to live more independently and work towards achieving their goals.

The NDIS will change the way disability services and some health services are funded and delivered in Australia. It will affect people who are currently receiving disability services as well as some people who access Home and Community Care Services (under the age of 65 years) and Mental Health Community Support Services.

The NDIS is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), an independent statutory authority. The Scheme is currently being trialled in the Barwon Area in Victoria and six other sites across Australia, and will be rolled out progressively in Victoria over three years from 1 July 2016.

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting Victorians with a disability, their families and carers to access the NDIS and is working with the Commonwealth Government to support the full roll out of the scheme across Victoria.