Evaluation of the Trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), at Flinders University, is leading a consortium that is evaluating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial. This independent evaluation has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS).

The NILS-led team is monitoring and evaluating the experience of participants, and their families and carers, service providers and their workforces in the trial sites of the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania.

The Evaluation Team are deeply grateful to all participants of the NDIS Evaluation for generously giving their time and for sharing their personal experiences. 

News and Updates

July 2017

2017 NDIS Survey of Disability Support Providers

Invitations are being sent out this month to disability support providers and their employees; and self-employed providers to take part in this national survey. This is a major data collection from disability support organisations and workers on the roll-out of the NDIS and what is happening in the sector.  This is a sector wide opportunity to inform the evaluation about the impacts of the NDIS, workforce issues and how the sector is responding.

Disability support workers of participating outlets are invited to do the survey online. To read more on this survey, click on the link: Information about the employee survey
 
For organisations and self-employed providers click on the following links:
NDIS Survey Information Sheet for organisations
NDIS Survey Information for self-employed providers

NDIS Survey and NDIS Survey for Families and Carers

Follow up survey (Wave 2)

The second wave of the NDIS Survey of people with disability, and NDIS Survey for Families and Carers is underway.  Hardcopy questionnaires and email invitations for the online survey are being sent out and telephone interviews have started. Roy Morgan Research is undertaking the NDIS Survey on behalf of NILS.

You can find out more about the NDIS Survey and taking part in the survey by clicking on the following links:

About the NDIS Survey
About taking part in the NDIS Survey
Easy English – About taking part in the NDIS Survey 

June 2017

NDIS Survey and NDIS Survey for Families and Carers
Follow up survey (Wave 2)

We are contacting survey participants to let them know about the second survey. Roy Morgan Research is undertaking the NDIS Survey on behalf of NILS. Hardcopy questionnaires and email invitations for the online survey are being sent out and telephone interviews are starting this week.

You can find out more about the NDIS Survey by clicking the link below:

NDIS Survey

Older People Study

As part of the NDIS Evaluation we want to find out if the NDIS is making a difference to older people with disability. The main aim of the Older People Study is to understand what supports NDIS participants are getting compared to older people with disability who are not part of the NDIS.

We would like to speak with a small number of:

  • people with disability aged 59 years and older who have joined the NDIS in New South Wales and Victoria
  • people with disability aged 64 – 70 years who are not in the NDIS and are living in South Australia and Victoria
  • disability and aged care providers working with older people with disability


The interviews will last for about 60 minutes. They will be conducted at a time and place that are convenient to you.

If you are interested in taking part in the Older People Study please call us on 1800 265 648 or email us at ndisevaluation@flinders.edu.au

Please click on the links below for more information about the study.

For NDIS participants:


For non-NDIS participants:


For provider organisations:

December 2016

NDIS Evaluation – Reports

The Initial Report and Intermediate Report have been publicly released and can be accessed at the following links:

November 2016

NDIS Survey 2016

The NDIS Survey and the NDIS Survey for Families and Carers is now underway.  Registration packs are currently being sent out to potential participants.

The registration pack includes information about the survey and the ways that the survey can be completed. The survey is available in hardcopy booklet, online or can be done by telephone interview. Parts of the survey are also available in Easy English and these can be completed in hard copy form, online or by telephone too.

Both NDIS participants and people with disability who are not yet part of the NDIS; and their families and carers have been invited to take part in this important survey.

We are asking people in the NDIS about their experiences of disability supports and the impact that the NDIS is having on their lives. We also want to know about the experiences of people who are not in the NDIS now but may be in the future. This will help us build a picture about the introduction of the NDIS to make sure that it is implemented across Australia in the best way possible. Hearing what the people who are most affected have to say will help to guide the future development of the NDIS. Roy Morgan Research is undertaking the survey. 

You can find out more about the NDIS Survey from the following links.  Information is in Standard English and in Easy English.

Information about the NDIS survey in standard English

Easy English information about the NDIS Survey

For the latest about the evaluation of the NDIS trial visit news and updates

For information about the NDIS:
visit the NDIS website

For information about the Department of Social Services (DSS):
visit the DSS website

To access the NDIS Evaluation Framework
visit: DSS - The NDIS Evaluation Framework

Links to NDIS Evaluation reports

NDIS Evaluation Initial Report

NDIS Evaluation Intermediate Report