News / Updates / Events

August 2017

2017 NDIS Survey of Disability Support Providers

Thousands of providers and tens of thousands of their disability support workers have been invited to take part in the 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. It is a sector wide opportunity to inform the evaluation about the impacts of the NDIS, workforce issues and how the sector is responding.

The Department of Social Services has sent out a letter this month, to the disability support providers invited to take part in the survey about the importance of this data collection. The Department is encouraging the uptake of the survey by the whole sector, including organisations, workers and the self-employed.


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. 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

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, businesses and self-employed providers click on the link: Information about the NDIS Survey of Disability Support Providers

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:

January 2017

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 publically 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

June 2016

NDIS Survey 2016

We would like to hear from people with disability, and their families and carers about their experiences of disability supports and the impact that they are having on people’s lives.   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. 

The NDIS Survey and the NDIS Survey for Families and Carers will be carried out in the coming months. Opt-out letters have been sent to potential survey participants advising them of the upcoming survey.

Registration packs will be sent out to the people who have opted to take part in the survey.

The registration pack includes information about the survey and the ways that the survey can be completed. The survey will be available in hardcopy, online and 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.

Read more about the NDIS Survey

Easy English information about the NDIS Survey

February 2015

Evaluation Framework

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has released the Framework for the Evaluation of the Trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council approved the framework for the evaluation in December 2013.

Read more about the framework at NDIS Evaluation Framework.

Read the full text of the Evaluation Framework.

January 2015

Invitation to register and take part in the NDIS Survey:  The second round of registration to take part in the NDIS Survey and NDIS Survey for Families and Carers has started.  NDIS participants who have received a letter of invitation and registration form can register by returning the form, completing an on-line registration or by telephone.

We are asking people to register for the survey so that they can choose how they would like to complete the survey and tell us how we can help to make participating in the survey possible. 

Click on the links above to find out more about the survey.

December 2014

Mail out of the NDIS Survey and NDIS Survey for Families and Carers started at the beginning of December 2014.  Questionnaires have been sent out to people with disability and families and carers.

September 2014

The first round of registration to take part in the NDIS Survey commenced in September.
Survey participants were invited to register and choose between paper, online or telephone interview versions of the survey.  The questionnaire is available in Standard and Easy English versions.

Disability Support Providers Survey

Have you received a survey?  We need you to tell us how you see the sector changing..

The evaluation of the trial of the NDIS includes several surveys of the disability sector. We are surveying a sample of disability support organisations and their workers, along with a sample of self-employed providers both inside and outside of the current NDIS trial locations.

We are interested in understanding how disability services may be changing throughout Australia. You can take part even if your organisation does not have NDIS clients.

We encourage all providers and their workers (if applicable) to participate. The surveys will inform us about changes that are happening in your sector, and will help to shape the future of the NDIS. Participation is voluntary and your information remains confidential.

You can download:

Questions about the surveys can be directed to our toll-free helpline on 1800 559 104 or via email to ndisevaluation@flinders.edu.au

Evaluating the National Disability Insurance Scheme Trial in the NT

The evaluation will investigate the impacts of this developing scheme for delivering support to people with disability and their families and carers. It will also investigate the provision of specialist disability support from the point of view of employers and their workforces and examine the role of key stakeholders and organisations, including the NDIA.

The delivery of the NDIS in rural and remote communities such as those in the Barkly Region is likely to differ from its metropolitan counterparts. The NT evaluation will aim to provide findings about specific issues regarding the operation of the scheme in rural and remote communities with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages, living with disability in a range of communities.

Read more about the NT Evaluation in the Barkly region .

Presentations

Learnings from the independent evaluation of the NDIS Trial

Professor Kostas Mavromaras gave a presentation at the Financial Sustainability for the NDIS Conference, Sydney, 30-31 May 2017.

Download the presentation by clicking on this link: Presentation to Financial Sustainability for the NDIS Conference

Evaluating the impact of the NDIS

Professor Kostas Mavromaras gave a presentation at the 8th Annual National Disability Summit, Melbourne, 8-9 May 2017.

The NDIS evaluation: Longitudinal survey of people with disabilities and their family members and carers

Professor Kostas Mavromaras and Dr Stéphane Mahuteau gave a presentation at the DSS Longitudinal Data Conference 2016, Canberra, 27 October 2016.

Download the presentation by clicking on this link: Presentation to DSS Longitudinal Data Conference

Quarterly Disability Forum

Dr Angela Crettenden gave a presentation at the Quarterly Disability Forum, Canberra, 10 December.

Download the presentation by clicking on this link: Presentation to Quarterly Disability Forum

The NDIS Evaluation One Year On

Professor Kostas Mavromaras gave a presentation on the NDIS Evaluation at “The NDIS One Year On” National Conference Deakin University, Geelong, 11-12 August 2014.

Download the NDIS Evaluation presentation by clicking on this link:The NDIS Evaluation One Year On