Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a nationwide insurance program for severely disabled Australians. Launched in July 2013, NDIS provides these individuals with guaranteed lifetime support, financing all of the essential services they require (including housing) as determined by a needs-based assessment. The program will be uniform across the country, which means clients with similar levels and types of disabilities receive consistent access regardless of where they live or which agency they receive services from.
This program was proposed as a solution to challenges similar to what Canada’s developmental disability sector is now facing: inconsistent and ineffective support systems from state to state, citizens with disabilities living in unacceptable conditions, increasing frequency of families and individuals in crisis, and the realization that disability can affect anyone, therefore everyone should be protected.
Stay tuned for more information on other country disability support systems!