NDIS - Principles to Determine the Responsibilities of the NDIS and Other Service Systems

Friday, 27 November 2015


All governments have agreed that our vision is for an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens. To achieve this vision, all Australian governments, non-government organisations, business and the wider community have a role to play. The interactions of the NDIS with other service systems will reinforce the obligations of other service delivery systems to improve the lives of people with disability, in line with the National Disability Strategy.

Governments agree that the principles outlined in this document will be used to determine the funding and delivery responsibilities of the NDIS in achieving this vision. The NDIS launch sites provide governments with an opportunity to review interactions between the NDIS and other service systems and consider any lessons arising out of launch.

These applied principles, and arrangements needed to operationalise them, have been reviewed through the process set out in Part 8 of the Intergovernmental Agreement for the NDIS Launch.  Based on this review and on the lessons from trial, the Disability Reform Council may provide advice to COAG on amendments to the Applied Principles and ‘tables of supports’. The Agency Board may also report to the Disability Reform Council and COAG on the operation and effectiveness of the interface with other service systems.

  1. People with disability have the same right of access to services as all Australians, consistent with the goals of the National Disability Strategy which aims to maximise the potential and participation of people with disability.
  2. The NDIS will fund personalised supports related to people’s disability support needs, unless those supports are part of another service system’s universal service obligation (for example, meeting the health, education, housing, or safety needs of all Australians) or covered by reasonable adjustment (as required under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act or similar legislation in jurisdictions).
  3. Clear funding and delivery responsibilities should provide for the transparency and integrity of government appropriations consistent with their agreed policy goals.
  4. There should be a nationally consistent approach to the supports funded by the NDIS and the basis on which the NDIS engages with other systems, noting that because there will be variation in non-NDIS supports funded within jurisdictions there will need to be flexibility and innovation in the way the NDIS funds and/or delivers these activities.
  5. In determining the approach to the supports funded by the NDIS and other service systems governments will have regard to efficiency, the existing statutory responsibilities and policy objectives of other service systems and operational implications.
  6. The interactions of people with disability with the NDIS and other service systems should be as seamless as possible, where integrated planning and coordinated supports, referrals and transitions are promoted, supported by a no wrong door approach.