The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.
It will give about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
It is designed to give all Australians assurance that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.
The scheme supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
The NDIS began in the Hunter area on July 1, 2013.
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