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New initiatives to support NDIS participants and providers during COVID-19 pandemic  


The government has put initiative in place to support participants and providers as they adapt to COVID-19 challenges. For more information about the NDIS and COVID-19 click here.

What is the NDIS?


The NDIS is Australia's national disability insurance scheme. The NDIS was introduced across Australia from June 2016. The NDIS provides support for people with a disability, their families and carers. The Scheme provides people with a disability with individualised support packages. The components of these packages depend on the needs of the individual. Packages might include support for education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.


NDIS Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Strategy

View the NDIS CALD Strategy 2018 here (PDF 691KB).

The NDIS is refreshing its Cultural and Linguistic Diversity CALD Strategy in 2022.
Click here to view information about the NDIS CALD Strategy refresh in Arabic, Burmese, Chin Hakka, Chinese, Hindi, Karen, Khmer, Persian and Vietnamese.

For more information on the CALD strategy refresh including ways to contribute, please email [email protected]


The NDIS and mental illness


The NDIS provides support for people with a mental illness who have high levels of 'psychosocial disability'. The NDIS uses the term 'psychosocial disability' to refer to a disability resulting from a mental health issue. 

Further information about NDIS support for people with a mental illness is available from:

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Multilingual Resources about the NDIS


The following sites provide information about the NDIS in community languages.

  • Helpful words when accessing the NDIS. This brochure provides helpful words and terminology when accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Traditional, Chinese-Simplified, Dinka, Farsi, Filipino, Greek, Italian, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tamil and Urdu.
  • MiAccess. MiAccess is a website that brings together high-quality translated information about disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in over 50 languages. The site can be navigated in the following ten languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dari, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese.
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme and Participant Rights. Produced by Amparo Advocacy Inc., a Queensland based organisation. This brochure explains NDIS participant rights. The brochure is available in English, Arabic, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, French, Indonesian (Bahasa), Hazaragi (audio), Japanese, Korean (audio), Kirundi (audio), Korean, Russian and Vietnamese. 
  • NDIS Languages. Information about the NDIS in numerous languages. 
  • New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability NDIS information in Arabic, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, English and Vietnamese. 
  • Understanding Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) fact sheet. This fact sheet explains what Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) is, how the NDIS can help your child, what to expect and the contact details for more information. Available in Available in Arabic, Chin Hakha, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Farsi (Persian), Karen, Punjabi (PDF file), Tagalog (Filipino), Urdu, Vietnamese.

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Interpreting support for NDIS participants


TIS National has partnered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to provide interpreting services for NDIS participants from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. This service will support participants when connecting with registered service providers for funded supports in a participants plan.

Download an information sheet about the interpreting service for NDIS participants here (PDF 131.02KB)

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Information for health professionals


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Organisations, events and other resources


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