National Disability Insurance Scheme

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a national approach to providing individualised support and services for people with a disability, their families and carers to achieve their goals and aspirations. The NDIS will roll out progressively over three years in Victoria from July 2016.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was created in response to community-driven discussions about the need for major changes to how services are funded and delivered to people with a disability in Australia. 

Based on insurance principles, the NDIS will provide people with a disability (including psychosocial disability) the support and services they need to participate in and contribute to the community. The scheme will be run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

The Victorian Government has signed bilateral agreements with the Commonwealth on how the NDIS and transfer of HACC services to the Commonwealth will roll out in Victoria. For information on the transfer of HACC services, visit

The roll out of the NDIS in Victoria

The NDIS will be rolled out progressively in Victoria over a three year period from July 2016 and will affect people currently receiving disability support, some people who are receiving Home and Community Care Services (under the age of 65) and Mental Health Community Support Services (MHCSS). By July 2019, it is estimated that 105,000 Victorians will have transferred to the scheme.  

The roll out in Victoria has been carefully planned to give Victorians with disability their families and carers the time, information and resources to move from the current state based system to the NDIS. 

In making the decision to have an area-based transition many factors have been considered including:

  • the number and the needs of people with a disability (people currently using Victorian disability services) living in the area 
  • the readiness and availability of disability providers to support clients to transition to the NDIS 
  • the experience to date from Barwon and other NDIS trial sites.

More information about the NDIS and how it works can be found at the NDIS website, including:

  • the sequence of Victoria’s area-based transition
  • information about eligibility and the NDIS Access Checklist 
  • an interactive map that shows when the NDIS is rolling out in each area
  • a video about the NDIS

National Disability Insurance Agency

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the NDIS. The NDIA has headquarters in Geelong. As the NDIS rolls out, the NDIA will progressively open offices across Victoria.

More information about the NDIA can be found at 

Victoria's Barwon trial

In Victoria the NDIS was trialled in the Barwon area in the department’s West Division. As of March 2015 4,021 people with a disability transitioned to the scheme in the Barwon trial area.

The Barwon trial was a great environment for the department to gain a comprehensive understanding of the scheme. While not all aspects of the trial will be incorporated into the full-scheme rollout, what we have learned will inform our future transition planning.

Following the introduction of the NDIS in Barwon, all people eligible for the scheme have received individualised support and services and there is no longer a wait list for those who live in the area.

Jayne's story 

Watch Jayne's story to find out more about how the NDIS is making a difference to the lives of people with a disability, their families and carers. 


The Bilateral agreements 

There are two Bilateral Agreements between the Commonwealth and Victoria. 

The Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and Victoria – Transition to a National Disability Insurance Scheme outlines the agreement around the roll out of the NDIS across Victoria over the three transition years including the participant phasing schedule. 

The Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and Victoria - Transitioning Responsibilities for Aged Care and Disability Services outlines the agreed split in responsibilities for the Commonwealth taking responsibility for people 65 years and over, and Victoria taking responsibility for people under 65. When the NDIS is rolled out in each area, it is expected that some of these people will become participants in the NDIS.

More information about the agreements is available in the the Bilateral agreement and phasing schedule fact sheet

Information for people with a disability and providers

The department will support people with a disability, their families and carers, and service providers understand what the NDIS means for them and transfer to the scheme. 

The following fact sheets will be updated as more information about the roll out becomes available. 

Fact sheet for people with a disability, their families and carers 

This fact sheet available below provides information on the NDIS and the roll out of the scheme in Victoria. It is for people with disability, their families and carers who either:

  • currently receive supports that will be provided under the NDIS (such as disability services, HACC or MHCSS)
  • are waiting for disability supports through either the Disability Support Register, Early Childhood Intervention Services waitlists or Mental Health Community Support Needs Register, or
  • are looking for more information about their access to supports under the NDIS.

Fact sheet for Victorian Community Service Organisations 

This fact sheet available below is for Community Service Organisations receiving funding from the Victorian Government to support or deliver services to people with a disability.

NDIS information pack for participants and providers

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has also developed an NDIS information pack for participants and providers, which can be found at

Information for Home and Community Care clients and service providers

Fact sheets for HACC clients and service providers on the transfer of Home and Community Care Services to the Commonwealth can be found at

Access to specialist disability services in Victoria for people 65 years and over (50 years and over for Indigenous people)

Download fact sheets relating to older people who require access to specialist disability services in Victoria:

Quality and Safeguards

Quality and Safeguards Working Arrangements between the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Australian Government, and the Victorian Government for Transition have been agreed.

These working arrangements set out the agreed roles and responsibilities of the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments and the NDIA in maintaining quality disability supports and strong safeguards for participants in Victoria during the transition to the NDIS.

More information

For more information visit the Victorian Government’s website at


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