About the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way for people to get disability support.

The five initial NDIS trial sites, which are covered by this evaluation, will include the whole eligible population of the Australian Capital Territory, eligible children in South Australia up to 14 years, eligible 15-24 year olds in Tasmania, and the eligible populations of the Barwon area of Victoria and the Hunter region of New South Wales. The NDIS will be trialled in the Australian Capital Territory in July 2014, and commenced in July 2013 in the other four initial trial sites.

In July 2014, the NDIS will also be trialled in the new trial sites of the Barkly region of the Northern Territory and the Perth Hills area of Western Australia. From July 2016, all ACT residents will be covered by the NDIS and the scheme will be progressively rolled out in Queensland, with all eligible Queensland residents covered by July 2019.  Transition to the full scheme will occur from July 2016 to July 2019 in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

The scheme operates through the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). By the time that the NDIS is fully established by 2019-20, all Australians with a disability that is, or is likely to be, permanent and that affects their functioning will be able to access lifetime care and support and exercise choice and control over those supports..

The NDIS also focuses on early intervention and provides information and referral.

Evaluating the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Australian Government has commissioned an independent evaluation of the NDIS trial in South Australia, the Hunter region in New South Wales, Tasmania, Barwon area in Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Barkly region in the Northern Territory.

The National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University of South Australia leads a consortium of researchers, academics, disability and cultural experts charged with carrying out the evaluation between 2013 and 2016.

The consortium also includes The Social Research Centre and i-View (both based in Melbourne), the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit at Flinders University, experts in carrying out multicultural and indigenous research, experts in disability research and/or disability support services from the five trial states (‘State Experts’), and international experts from the UK and the USA.

The evaluation provides opportunities for people with disability (and their families and carers) to share their experience as participants in the NDIS.

The findings will be used to inform the future national rollout of the NDIS, so the evaluation has been designed to:

  1. Evaluate the impact of the NDIS on people with disability, and their families and carers, and the disability sector and workforce.

  2. Evaluate the impact of the NDIS on selected mainstream providers and services, especially in health, mental health and education.

  3. Consider which processes used in the trial of the NDIS contributed to or impeded positive outcomes.

What’s happening?

  1. Stakeholder Engagement will continue throughout the evaluation.  

  2. Large-scale surveys with people with disability, and their families and carers; disability service providers and employees.

  3. In-depth interviews and focus groups with people with disability, and their families and carers and some workers.

The evaluation team invites people in each trial site to take part by responding to invitations to complete our surveys or join in personal interviews and/or focus groups. You will receive these invitations in the post or by email or by flyers. Surveys can be completed online, by telephone interview or face to face.

How can I find out more?

If you have a question not answered by the information on this website please email us at this address: ndisevaluation@flinders.edu.au.

To find out if you are eligible to access support from the NDIS during the trial period, please visit their website or call 1800 800 110.