What is the NDIS?

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 The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is funded by the Commonwealth Government and looked after by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

If you have a disability, you, your family and carers have control over how, when and where your funding is spent. The NDIA will work with you, to make sure you have support in place to meet your goals.

Am I eligible for the NDIS?

To be eligible for the NDIS, you will:

  • have a permanent and significant disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities.
  • be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme.
  • be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category Visa.

For more information on eligibility check the NDIS website.

NDIS Planning Process Information

How do I access the NDIS in my local area?

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) is the local partner in the community in the delivery of the NDIS across North East Melbourne .

You can contact the BSL NDIS team:

NDIS Information

Fact Sheets and Publications

Easy English 

Belgium Neighbourhood House NDIS drop-in sessions

The Brotherhood Darebin Local Area Coordination team will be available on alternate Mondays at Belgium Neighbourhood House to answer questions about the NDIS and connect community members to local services.

To find out more, visit

NDIS information sessions.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is looking to provide NDIS information sessions to enhance the NDIS experience for people with disability, their families and carers. These sessions will be held in either Fitzroy or Preston.

We want to know what topics the community is interested in learning more about, relating to the NDIS. These could include employment, housing, engaging with providers – or any other topic of interest.

To let us know your topic preference as well as the day and time which would suit you best to attend, contact Local Area Coordinator, Nicky, at nicky.gower@bsl.org.au or call or text 0490 126 801.

NDIS Advocacy

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

From 1 July 2019, The Quality and Safeguards Commission will be responsible for looking after quality and safety of services provided under the NDIS.

Making a complaint or lodging an appeal

Disability Services Commissioner

NDIS Advocacy Agencies and Appeals

NDIS Plan Reviews

Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID)

NDIS and decision making 

NDIS News

' Let's talk about work' Webinar delivers information and insights about how NDIS participants can include employment supports in their plans.

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations developed ‘Disability Loop’ to be the ‘go to’ place for NDIS news, information, resources and events.