The National Disability Scheme (NDIS) is a jointly funded programme which largely replaces and enhances existing disability support services provided by the Commonwealth and the States. Eligible participants will have a disability support plan developed for them by a new national agency, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which is intended to meet their current and future support needs.
Packages under the NDIS arrangements are based on a concept of what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ for an individual client. Participant’s needs are assessed and tailored service packages developed and funded for them. The scheme is demand driven.
The scheme began in 2013 and is expected to roll out across the whole of Australia by 2019.
To participate, you need to meet both the age and residence requirements. You also need to meet the disability requirements as per the NDIS criteria.

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