Media Releases

Delivering the NDIS: $20 million expansion of the National Community Connector program

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert today announced the expansion of the National Community Connector program (NCCP), after committing to a $20 million expansion in November last year.

Changes to the NDIS Independent Advisory Council

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert, today announced the new and returning members of the Independent Advisory Council from 1 July 2020.

Delivering the NDIS: roll-out complete across Australia as Christmas and Cocos Islands join world-leading scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now available to all eligible Australians, no matter where they live. Today marks the completion of the staged national geographical roll-out of the NDIS with Christmas Island and Cocos Island joining the world-leading Scheme.

Delivering the NDIS: Digital Partnership Program begins developer onboarding phase

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert today announced the next phase of the Digital Partnership Program to improve the digital experience for NDIS participants and providers.

National Disability Research Partnership paves the way for further improvements to disability policy

The Morrison Government has today announced the launch of the National Disability Research Partnership, led by the Melbourne Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Delivering the NDIS plan: more choice and flexibility for SDA

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced more flexibility and increased choice for participants to live with their families, friends and partners. Changes to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) rules mean couples will be able to share a bedroom where they choose to do so, and children will be able to share a room with their parent or siblings.

Update on NDIS coronavirus response

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert, today announced the first stages of a post-coronavirus NDIS, following a review of temporary measures to support participants and disability providers during the pandemic.

New banning powers strengthen protections for NDIS participants

The Morrison Government will expand the powers of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner to ban unsuitable providers and workers from working with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, regardless of whether they are active in the sector or not.

Delivering the NDIS: Annual price review leads to simpler, more flexible scheme

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, said the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is making improvements to NDIS pricing that better meets the needs of NDIS participants, their families, carers and providers across the NDIS market while maintaining the financial sustainability of the Scheme.

Independent review into matters related to the death of Ann Marie Smith

The death of NDIS participant, Ann Marie Smith, in South Australia is absolutely shocking and the circumstances that led to her death must never be allowed to happen again. As is appropriate, the circumstances of Ms Smith’s death are being investigated by the independent bodies established to do just that. These independent bodies include the South Australia Police, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) and the South Australian Coroner.

Morrison Government continues rollout of the NDIS in face of Coronavirus

The Morrison Government has continued to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), despite the emergence of the coronavirus, with new data released today showing around 27,500 people with disability joining the NDIS in the first quarter of 2020.

Further initiatives to support NDIS participants and providers during the coronavirus pandemic

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced further initiatives to support NDIS participants and disability providers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

$400 million for frontline NDIS services in NSW

The Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced $400 million in grants to deliver frontline Local Area Coordination Services for the NDIS in New South Wales.

Boosting health and disability worker numbers during the coronavirus

The Government is making further changes to student visa work conditions to help boost frontline health efforts to tackle coronavirus.

Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during Coronavirus

The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

Supporting Australians most at risk in the wake of coronavirus

The Morrison Government has committed more than $154 million in additional support for Australians living with disability, experiencing domestic and family violence and families doing it tough amid the coronavirus outbreak.

NDIS participants to receive priority home delivery from leading supermarkets

A new service to be launched tomorrow will see NDIS participants receive priority home delivery during the coronavirus pandemic from some of the country’s biggest supermarkets.

Immediate response plan to focus on people with disability during Coronavirus

Minister for Health Greg Hunt, Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston, and Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert have announced the establishment of an advisory group to guide development and implementation of a response plan focusing on the unique health needs of people with disability during the coronavirus pandemic.

New measures to support NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19

Following discussions of the COAG Disability Reform Council, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced new measures to ensure essential support is in place for NDIS participants, workers and providers through the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meeting of the COAG Disability Reform Council

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council (the Council) met by telepresence today. The meeting discussed a national response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly its potential impact on people with disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).