Transition of Commonwealth programs to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support to Australians with a permanent and significant disability.

The NDIS will eventually replace a range of Commonwealth funded disability programs. NDIS participants will be able to access equivalent services through the NDIS when it is available in their area.

The NDIS is being introduced gradually over a number of years.

People will gain access to the scheme at different times, depending on where they live and how old they are. This staggered approach is designed to provide a smooth transition for people with disability and their families, carers and service providers.

Visit the NDIS website to find out if the NDIS is available in your location.

Not everyone with disability will be eligible for the NDIS. If existing clients of Commonwealth disability programs are not eligible for the NDIS, they will be provided with continuity of support services. This will help them achieve similar outcomes to the outcomes they were aiming to achieve before the introduction of the NDIS, even if the arrangements for that support change over time.

Disability programs and services are all different, and the way that governments ensure continuity of support will need to be tailored to each program or service. In the short term, the Commonwealth is providing continuity of support through people’s existing programs. Clients and providers will be notified once long-term arrangements for providing continuity of support have been finalised.

Funding for the following programs will gradually transition into the NDIS as it rolls out around Australia.

Department of Social Services programs

Department of Health programs

For more information visit the NDIS website or call 1800 800 110.

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