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An Overview

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the insurance that gives us all peace of mind. Disability could affect anyone - having the right support makes a big difference.

Important Things To Know

  • The NDIS plan will keep changing as the government builds the scheme.
  • From January 2016, the NDIS will be made available to eligible children and young people under 18 years of age living in areas of Townsville and Charters Towers. All eligible people residing on Palm Island aged under 65 years of age will also begin to be covered by the NDIS.
  • The NDIS will progressively roll out to the remaining eligible participants across a three-year period from 1 July 2016, with full implementation in 2019.


The NDIS brings all state and territory disability systems into one national scheme with:

a. One piece of legislation

b. One set of access requirements

c. One set of eligibility criteria

d. One IT system. It’s designed for individual choice and control.

It focuses on helping people be part of their community and find work where possible.

An Insurance Approach

  • The current budget will increase from approx. $7 billion to approx. $22 billion nationally.
  • Queensland’s budget will go from $1.1 billion to approx. $4 billion.
  • Funded participants in Queensland will go from approx. 26,600 to approx. 97,000 people.
  • The NDIS will start in Queensland in July 2016. On 25 September 2015 Cootharinga North Queensland was honoured that Premier Palaszczuk chose our offices in Townsville to announce the launch site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland for children with a disability, 17 years of age and under. The launch site will cover the local government areas of Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island and is due to commence in April, 2016.

The New World

The NDIS will evolve in 3 tiers:

Tier One - Community Awareness

The NDIS is for every Australian. It provides insurance if someone acquires a significant disability.

Social participation, minimising the impact of disability insurance.

Target = Australian population 22.5 million

Tier Two - Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)

Anyone who has a disability, or affected by one, can approach the NDIS for information and referral services. This is separate from individual funding.

Information, Linkages and Capacity building (ILC) aims to build community inclusion by:

  • Helping people with disabilities access good information.
  • Raising awareness of what’s already in their local communities.
  • Connecting with local communities and other existing supports.Helping people learn how to do things for themselves.

Target = all people with disabilities (4 million) and their primary carers (800,000)

Tier Three - Individual Funded Support

New Funded Support Flow Chart

This tier is for people with ongoing support needs who are eligible for a funding package.

People receiving funding support from the NDIS Target = people aged 0 to the age pension age with sufficient needs for disability support and early intervention

  • People with intellectual, physical, sensory, or psychiatric disabilities who have significantly reduced functioning (330,000)
  • Early intervention group (80,000)
  • Others optimally supported (unknown, but modest)
  • Funded support for some carers

Total = around 410, 000

SOURCE: Productivity Commission Report Volume 1, Pages 15 & 158.

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