The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability which affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. Using an individualised approach where funding is provided to eligible individuals, NDIS staff will support people with a disability and their families to identify and choose supports that will assist in achieving a quality life.

The NDIS has now moved from the trial site phase to beginning full roll out across Australia. Click here for more information on the rollout.

We suggest you watch these short videos to find out more.



Link to NDIS and Me support groups page

Down Syndrome Victoria, through our NDIS&ME support groups, is providing information to assist with the transition to the NDIS.
Click on our NDIS&ME page to find out when upcoming information sessions are scheduled.  There are sessions scheduled for Melbourne and regional Victoria throughout the year.

Five tips to get ready for the NDIS

Assess your situation:

Write down your current needs, the current support you receive, anything else you require or would make life easier. 
Gather all the information you can about your disability including medical assessments and reports. If you don't have access to any records, don't worry, your NDIS caseworker can help you arrange them.

Think ahead:

What do you want your future look like? Think about the perfect scenario, what you hope to achieve and any ideas on what you might need to get there.

Day in the life:

Diarise a typical day or week in your life. Ensure you include any barriers you face, any support you receive etc.


Where possible, try to connect with other people and families in a similar situation as you. Compare notes and seek various perspectives. This will help you better understand what others are doing, any things you may not have considered, or types of support you could also be entitled to.


Become familiar with the language associated with the NDIS. Understand what the various components are and what certain terms mean. Keep up to date with information on our website. Start looking at providers in your area so you are familiar with who they are and their principals.

NDIS roll out dates and regions for Victoria

Central Highlands phasing plan


Loddon phasing plan