National Disability Insurance Scheme: NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new, national approach to provide you with support if you have a disability or condition that is likely to be permanent, or a development delay that affects your ability to participate in everyday activities.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is rolling out the NDIS in the Northern Territory (NT). It began with the Barkly region in July 2014.

In January 2017 the rollout started in the East Arnhem region, as well as for Darwin supported accommodation services.

In July 2017 the rollout continued in the Darwin remote and Katherine regions, as well as for Alice Springs supported accommodation services.

In July 2018 the final stage of the rollout will start for the Darwin urban, Central Australia and Alice Springs regions.

For more information about the NT rollout go to the NDIS in the NT page on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.

Eligibility for the NDIS

To see if you meet the requirements to join the NDIS go to the NDIS Access Checklist on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.

The NDIS website also has information on residency, disability and early intervention criteria.

NDIS supports

The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that help you achieve your goals and aspirations, increase your independence and participate in the social and economic life of your community.

The NDIA will speak with you about what is reasonable and necessary, based on legislation, rules and guidelines.

Supports must:

  • be related to your disability
  • not include day-to-day living costs that are not related to your disability support needs
  • represent value for money
  • be likely to be effective and beneficial to you
  • take into account informal supports given to you by families, carers, networks and the community.

Funded supports can include:

  • daily personal activities
  • transport to allow you to participate in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  • workplace help to allow you to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
  • therapeutic supports, including behaviour support
  • help with household tasks to help you maintain your home environment
  • help from skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
  • home modification design and construction
  • mobility equipment
  • vehicle modifications.

Support will not be funded if any of the following:

  • it is not related to your disability
  • it is the same as other supports already funded by a different mechanism through the NDIS
  • it relates to day-to-day living costs that are not related to your support needs
  • it is likely to cause harm to you or pose a risk to others.

For more information about reasonable and necessary supports go to the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.

Service providers

During the transition to the NDIS, the NT Government is responsible for ensuring service providers wishing to be registered to provide NDIS supports in the NT meet quality and safeguarding requirements.

This agreement is in place until 1 July 2019.

The NT Quality and Safeguarding framework allows providers to be assessed to achieve NDIS registration. It also ensures participants receive safe and quality services.

Get the NT Quality and Safeguarding framework.

The NT provider assessment process will facilitate the NDIS registration of:

  • existing providers who wish to continue to provide current support types
  • existing providers who wish to expand their services into new support types
  • new providers who wish to provide disability support.

Reporting incidents

From 1 January 2018 all NDIS registered providers, including those who continue to support Office of Disability funded clients, must follow the critical incident reporting guidelines.

These guidelines explain what registered providers must do to manage and prevent critical incidents. It also includes information on reporting time frames and guidance on how to categorise incidents.

When an incident happens, providers must submit a report by filling in the critical incident report.

Get the:

Reports should be emailed it to

For more information email or call (08) 8999 2508.

Further information

The NT Government, with the support of the Australian Government, is undertaking a range of development activities to support service providers registering with the NDIA and to prepare for full scheme registration in 2019.

For more information about the NT NDIS registration process and provider development activities email the Office of Disability:

For more information about registering to provide services with the NDIA go to the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.


National Disability Insurance Agency
GPO Box 700
Canberra ACT 2601

Freecall: 1800 800 110

Other relevant contacts are on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.

Office of Disability
Department of Health
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811

Phone: (08) 8999 2809

Last updated: 22 December 2017


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