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Funding body: Australian Government, Department of Social Services

Commenced: 2013


The National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), of Flinders University, is leading a consortium that has been commissioned to evaluate the trial of the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT. NDIS was trialled in the first four states on July 1, 2013, with the ACT (and also the Northern Territory) to follow in 2014. The NILS-led team will monitor and evaluate the experience of participants, their families and carers, service providers and their workforces in these sites over the next three years. The consortium includes the Social Research Centre and I-View (survey companies based in Melbourne), the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit of Flinders University, the Indigenous research and consultation advisers and individual disability and evaluation experts, including from La Trobe University and the Universities of Sydney, Nottingham (UK), Baltimore and Michigan (US).

Evaluation objective

• Evaluate the impacts of NDIS on people with disability, their families and carers, and the disability sector and workforce
• Evaluate the impact of NDIS on selected mainstream services
• Evaluate the impact of NDIS on the wider community
• Evaluate high-level processes, focusing on elements of NDIS

Our Approach

• Develop a stakeholder engagement strategy and continue a stakeholders engagement process throughout the evaluation
• Design, pilot and implement a Survey of People with Disability, Families and Carers
• Design, pilot and implement a Specialist Provider Employer and Workforce Survey
• Design, pilot and implement a Mainstream Provider Employer Survey
• Conduct in-depth qualitative research with people with disability, their families and carers, and various stakeholders.
• Integrate research and findings; estimate impacts.


Link to the evaluation website