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
- Disability Employment Assistance
- Work Based Personal Assistance
- Helping Children with Autism
- Better Start for Children with Disability
- Mental Health Respite: Carer Support
- Mobility Allowance
- National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service
- Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability
- Personal Helpers and Mentors
- Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability
- Remote Hearing and Vision Services for Children
- Young Carers Respite and Information Service
- Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program
Department of Health programs
- Continence Aids Payment Scheme
- Support for Day to Day Living in the Community
- Hearing Services Program
- Partners in Recovery
For more information visit the NDIS website or call 1800 800 110.