An overview of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) gives people with a disability greater choice and control over the support they receive.

It provides eligible people with funding based on their personal needs, goals and aspirations. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.

Launched by the Australian Federal Government in 2013, the NDIS is similar to Medicare in that the costs for disability care are shared amongst the community.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is responsible for rolling the scheme out across Australia and is supported by Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partners and Local Area Coordination (LAC) partners.

For more information, read about the NDIS rollout here.

About the NDIS

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the NDIS introduced?

Before the NDIS was introduced, it was clear that people with a disability needed a fairer system. An enquiry found that the support available for people with a disability varied a lot – and many people weren’t able to maximise the benefits. So, in July 2013, the Federal Government introduced the NDIS to make access to services more consistent and equitable.

What does the NDIS mean for people with a disability?

For eligible people, the NDIS provides greater freedom to choose services.

You get to choose the type of supports you receive, how you receive them, and which disability service providers you’ll work with. You’ll receive individual funding, and have control over how your funds are managed. 

As an approved NDIS provider, Integra is here to help make these positive changes happen as smoothly as possible. 

What is the NDIS Roll-out plan?


The NDIS rollout will be complete across Australia by 2020.

The NDIS was initially launched in July 2013 in four locations, followed by another three in mid-2014. It’s planned that by 2020, the NDIS rollout will be complete across Australia. Roll out of the full scheme in all states and territories (except Western Australia) will start progressively from July 2016. If the scheme hasn’t been launched in your area yet, it’s just a matter of time.

In the meantime, your current government-funded disability services will continue as usual. For more information about the roll out details visit the NDIS website.

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