NDIS reforms

The Australian Government is committed to making improvements to the NDIS for all participants, their families, and carers.

In December 2023 the Prime Minister and state and territory governments agreed to an initial response to the Independent Review of the NDIS (NDIS review). This included introducing legislation changes in the first half of 2024.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Getting the NDIS Back on Track No 1) Bill 2024 is based on the recommendations of the NDIS Review. The Bill represents the first tranche of several upcoming amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, to improve the participant experience. 

The Bill provides governments, and the disability community, with a framework to start improving the scheme for NDIS participants. Reforms in the Bill include:

  • taking a whole of person approach to participant support needs
  • improving service quality and safeguards
  • reforming participant pathways onto the NDIS and working towards a unified system of support for people with disability.

Many improvements will not take effect until a suite of changes are made to NDIS Rules and the legislative instruments that outline the detailed operation of the Scheme, which are made with the states and territories.

NDIS legislation webinars

The Department of Social Services, together with Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM, presented 3 webinars to almost 2,500 people who registered to learn about proposed changes to the NDIA Act.

You can watch a recorded session of the NDIS Legislation webinar.

Design of the detail in Rules and legislative instruments

Following the successful passage of legislation, Rules and legislative instruments will be developed with the disability community, continuing to put people with disability at the heart of NDIS reforms.

The changes will take time to develop and will be implemented in stages, using a phased and considered approach.

More information about the co-design approach, including specific opportunities to engage, will be publicised in the coming weeks.

To contact us

Email: enquiries@dss.gov.au
Phone: 1300 653 227
Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm (AEDT).

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech impairment, you can use the National Relay Service to contact the department. 
Website: accesshub.gov.au/nrs-helpdesk 
Phone: 1800 555 660
Subscribe for our updates about coming engagement opportunities at dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers
For more information about the NDIS Review, visit ndisreview.gov.au

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