Support provided through the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide Australians with ‘permanent and significant disability’ with the ‘reasonable and necessary support’ needed to participate in everyday life.

By July 2020, when the NDIS is fully operational, it will support an estimated:

  • 460,000 people aged under 65 (475,000 including those aged 65 and over), at an estimated cost of $22 billion a year (PC 2017)
  • 11% of Australians with disability and 64% of those with severe or profound disability (PC 2017).

See NDIS quarterly reports for the latest data.

At 30 June 2018

At 30 June 2018, about 172,000 people were active NDIS participants, at a cost of $7.7 billion.

Of active NDIS participants at 30 June 2018:

  • around half (47%) were aged 18 and under
  • more than 3 in 5 (62%) were male
  • 5.6% were Indigenous (excluding ‘not stated’)
  • the most common disability groups were autism (29%), intellectual (28%) and psychosocial (7.8%) (NDIA 2018).


NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) 2018. National Disability Insurance Scheme—COAG Disability Reform Council quarterly report (30 June 2018). Canberra: NDIA.

PC (Productivity Commission) 2017. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) costs, position paper. Canberra: PC.