The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Disability Reform Council held its first formal meeting for the year in June 2019. One of the long-standing issues addressed included the interaction of the NDIS and the health system.  

From 1 October 2019, the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments have agreed that the NDIS will fund a range of disability-related health supports where they are part of the participant’s daily life and result directly from the participant’s disability. Further information about what will (and will not) be funded by NDIS can be found in the factsheet here.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and State and Territory health departments will work together to implement the collaboration of funded disability-related health supports by the NDIS and health systems. Until 1 October 2019, health care systems in your state or territory will continue to provide health supports needed. If health supports are already included in an NDIS plan, the NDIS will continue to pay for these.

As these changes in funding responsibilities are recent and significant, developments will be closely monitored, with the NDIS toolkit updated to accurately reflect changes and ensure relevant and appropriate information is being provided.