National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the statutory agency tasked to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS aims to provide community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.

The scheme aims to:

  • identify supports to help people with disability to live their life and to achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, education, employment, health and well-being; and
  • provide people with disability choice and control over how, when and where their reasonable and necessary supports are provided, and offers certainty of access to support over their lifetime.

Roll out of the scheme commenced in four trial sites in South Australia, Tasmania, Barwon (Vic) and the Hunter (NSW) in July 2013. There are now trial sites in all states and territories. Each trial site provides support participants in either a geographical area or an age cohort. The NDIA is using what they learn from the trial sites to help design the scheme.

It is planned that full transition to the NDIS will be achieved by July 2019. Plans for transition are documented in bilateral agreements between the States or Territories and the Federal Government, which can be viewed on the NDIS web site.

Implementation of the NDIS is impacting on the profession and on provision of speech pathology services for people with disability who have communication and swallowing difficulties. Impacts are around:

  • expanded access to funding e.g. for children with speech and language difficulties of unknown origin
  • defining what is reasonable
  • boundaries, overlap and continuity of care between disability and mainstream services and funding
  • workforce preparation, recruitment and retention
  • governance for service provision within a contestable provider environment.

Further information to support members to prepare for and work with the NDIS, include:

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