NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIS is a joint Federal and State/Territory Governments program that funds a package of support that is individually planned for a person with a disability.

During the planning process, the National Disability Insurance Agency works with the person with a disability to identify the person’s needs, goals and life aspirations.

The funding package then enables the person to get the support they need to achieve their goals. For example these goals could be in the areas of work, education, and social participation.

The person with a disability can choose to manage the funding themselves or with the help of local Agency workers, family or friends.

Deaf Australia has worked actively to ensure that the needs of Deaf people are included in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

We attended many meetings about the NDIS, many of them organised by Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) to discuss the NDIS and our ideas for it and our response to proposals about it.

We also did the following:

NDIA strategic plan 2013-2016

We provided feedback on the National Disability Insurance Agency Draft Strategic Plan 2013 – 2016, in January 2013.


Disability Rights Now report

We attended a workshop and provided input into the early drafts of what became the Disability Rights Now: Civil Society Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, August 2012.

Download a copy of the document from the AFDO website


NDIS community awareness workshops

From April to June 2013 Deaf Australia held 18 workshops about the National Disability Insurance Scheme for members of the Deaf community. These workshops explained what the NDIS is and how it is expected to operate. Workshops were held in capital cities and regional areas throughout Australia.

We also held five workshops in April 2013 to gather feedback from the community on the draft rules for the NDIS.


Deaf Sector Forum & Policy Advice paper to Australian Government

In partnership with National Disability Services, Deaf Australia hosted a forum on 3 February 2012 for representatives of key organisations in the Deaf sector, to raise awareness of the NDIS and encourage service providers to begin preparing for the NDIS.

From this forum we developed a policy advice paper which we sent to the Australian Government in June 2012. This paper included a number of recommendations, in particular the need for capacity development in the Deaf sector.

Download a copy of the document (PDF 109KB)

Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

Deaf Australia sent a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill, January 2013.

Download a copy of the document (PDF 34KB)

Productivity Commission Inquiry

Deaf Australia sent a submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into disability care and support, August 2010.

Download a copy of the document (PDF 490KB)

We also sent a second submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry in response to the Commission’s draft report, April 2011.

Download a copy of the document (PDF 289KB)