National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.

What does the scheme do?

The NDIS works with you to identify the supports you need to achieve goals in many aspects of your life. This may include independence, involvement in your community, education, employment and health and wellbeing.

It provides greater choice and control over your how and when you receive your supports and ensures you receive the support you need over your lifetime.

It also focuses on early intervention where getting early support can reduce the impact of disability for you or your child.

Can I access the NDIS?

You need to meet the following requirements:

  • have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
  • be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme
  • be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.
  • live in a trial site location (during the trial).

Use My Access Checker to find out if you can access the NDIS and register your interest.

Where is the NDIS available?

The NDIS is being trialled in the following locations across Australia. The scheme will be rolled out nationally from 2016:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Barkly region, Northern Territory
  • Barwon region, Victoria
  • Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas,  New South Wales
  • Perth Hills area, Western Australia
  • South Australia (for children aged 0–13)
  • Tasmania (for people age 15–24)

NDIS Evaluation

A comprehensive evaluation of the NDIS trial is being conducted by the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) at Flinders University of South Australia.

The evaluation will explore the impact of the NDIS on people with disability, and their families and carers; on the disability sector and workforce; and on selected mainstream providers and services.  

In December 2013, the Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council approved the framework for the evaluation.  The Evaluation Framework outlines the scope, design and high level methodology for the NDIS evaluation, and key evaluation challenges.  It is now publicly available on the Australian Government Department of Social Services website.  Please see below:

The Evaluation Framework recommends three evaluation reports.  These are listed in Section 4.4 and Appendix C of the framework.

It has been necessary to adjust the timeframe for the delivery of these reports.  The new reporting timeframes are:

  • Draft Initial Report by July 2015
  • Draft Intermediate Report by March 2016, and
  • Draft Final Report by November 2016.

The Evaluation Framework was current as at December 2013.  Some information contained in the framework may now be out of date. 

For up to date information about the progress of the NDIS trial, please refer to the NDIS website

Up to date information about the progress of the NDIS evaluation is available on the National Institute of Labour Studies' NDIS evaluation website.


A range of materials have been developed to help increase your understanding of the NDIS and what you need to do to access the scheme.

For more information visit the NDIS website.

These materials have been advertised in NDIS trial sites.

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