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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is how the Australian Government funds the costs that come from having disability, and is designed to help people with disabilities and their families. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is responsible for the Scheme.

Who is it for?

The NDIS supports all Australians under 65 years old, who have a permanent and significant disability. These include intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities. Supports are given to help people with disability live to their full potential.

What does it do to support families with disabilities?

The NDIS pays for disability supports and services to help people participate in the community and reach their goals. Participants do not have to pay co-contribution fees, and the NDIS isn’t income or assets tested. This is so all people with disabilities and their families can get the support they need.

The NDIS also offers information and connections to services in your local
community, and information about what support is available.

What does the NDIS fund?

The NDIS funds ‘reasonable and necessary supports’ to eligible people, based on their individual needs. These may include supports that enable education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements, and health and wellbeing.

Examples of this include:

  • help for personal care (for example, getting in and out of bed, showering, managing money, and household activities)
  • aids and equipment (for example, wheelchairs and hearing aids)
  • different kinds of therapies (for example, social, speech and physiotherapy)
  • transport to help people be independent and stay socially connected.

More information about what you can ask for as ‘reasonable and necessary
supports’ can be found on the NDIS website .

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