In late 2015, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG)  agreed to a revised set of ‘Principles to Determine the Responsibilities of the NDIS and other Service Systems’. The Principles will be used to determine the service funding and delivery responsibilities of the NDIS vis-à-vis other service systems.

Six general principles and sets of applied principles have been developed to assist governments to understand their funding responsibilities.

The key to understanding the Government approach here is found in General Principle 2 and Schedule 1 of the Rules – Supports for Participants which says that the NDIS will fund personalised supports related to a person’s disability support needs, unless those supports are part of another service system’s universal service obligation (for example in regard to health, education, housing, or safety) or covered by reasonable adjustment (under anti-discrimination law).

The revised COAG ‘Principles to Determine the Responsibilities of the NDIS and other Service Systems’ now lists more detailed examples of what types of supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS, rather than provided through another services system.

The considerations detailed in Schedule 1 do not impose any obligations on another service system to fund or provide particular supports.

Specific considerations have been identified in the areas of:

  • Health (excluding mental health):

See Part 7.4-7.5 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational Guidelines.

  • Mental health:

See Part 7.6-7.7 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational Guidelines.

  • Early childhood development:

See Part 7.8-7.10 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational Guidelines.

  • Child protection and family support:

See Part 7.11-7.12 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational Guidelines.

  • School education:

See Part 7.13-7.14 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational Guidelines.

  • Higher education and Vocational Education and Training:

See Part 7.15-7.16 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational Guidelines.

  • Employment:

See Part 7.17-7.18 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational Guidelines.

  • Housing and Community Infrastructure:

See Part 7.19-7.20 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational GuidelinesInfo

  • Transport:

See Part 7.21-7.22 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational Guidelines.

  • Justice:

See Part 7.23-7.25 Rules – Supports for Participants and Operational GuidelinesInfo

  • Aged Care:

See the COAG ‘Principles to Determine the Responsibilities of the NDIS and other Service Systems’ and the Age Access Criteria


Last Modified: June 28, 2016