For the12% of Australians living with severe mental illness severe and persistent mental illness the NDIS is a wonderful scheme that will bring them a whole new level of care. However there are around 88% of Australians who find themselves disabled by their mental illness who won’t know what that feels like.

The Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) is committed to advocating for a holistic approach to mental wellness for all South Australians. This means having access to appropriate mental health treatment, community based rehabilitation and disability support so that recovery is meaningful to each individual. We have released a discussion about this, you can read it here.

Most recently our advocacy work included submitting a discussion paper on the NDIS Code of Conduct which you can read here.

We have also compiled an issues log on behalf of our members which covers their areas of concern. You can read that here.

You can also read our pricing submissions to Community Mental Health Australia here and to the Productivity Commission here.

And here is Community Mental Health Australia’s position statement on NDIS and the pricing of care for mental health service providers.

Are you eligible?

There is some confusion in the community about who is eligible and who is not. The NDIS have produced a checklist for you to see whether you are. You can access it here.

They also have a fact sheet which you can access here.

The NDIS is not going to be in full swing straight away and will be rolled out across the state from July 1 2017. Find out where and when it will be rolled out here.

And if you just want to attend information sessions to find out more click here.

What are people saying about the NDIS?

Their is a Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee currently looking at how mental health services will work with the NDIS. You can read submissions to it here.

We also made a submission and you can read it here.

Rebekha Sharkey of the Nick Xenophon team asked Minister Hunt how the 2017/18 Federal Budget injection of $80m would fill the gap in the NDIS. You can read his answer here.

The Productivity Commission are also looking at the costs of the NDIS and you can make a submission to it right here.

We have also collated articles about mental health and the NDIS for you.

SA NDIS Operational Plan


NILS NDIS Independent Evaluation Intermediate Report Sept 2016


What is the media saying?

There have been quite a few articles in the media about the NDIS and mental health. Below are the ones we think you may find interesting.

NDIS funding changes lead to mental health case worker job cuts in northern Tasmania

Probono Australia – Costly WA NDIS Model Could Leave People with Disability Worse off Warns Labor

Federal Government faces $10bn surge in NDIS cost

Fears some people with mental illness will fall through NDIS cracks

Mental Health carers urge against rolling support funding into NDIS

Beyond Blue concerned some with mental illness could be worse off under NDIS and here is Dr Patrick McGorry’s interview on Radio National breakfast.

Cuts to the $22bn NDIS behemoth would cost more in the long run

NDIS enacted emergency funding plan

Concern over speed of NDIS rollout in Indigenous communities

Government agency warns states about transferring all mental health care to NDIS

First anniversary: what lessons has the ACT learnt from the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

Sector calls for urgent action to secure NDIS

The five deceptively simple questions to ask when seeking to build NDIS readiness

The NDIS has also republished a warning from the Sydney Morning Herald about operators.

Warning: Watch out for dodgy operators in NDIS


The New Paradigm is the Australian Journal for Psychosocial Rehabilitation. In their summer edition they have a series of articles looking at various ways NDIS is changing the psychosocial workforce.

Other News

unnamed (2)Community Mental Health Australia will be holding two day conference focussing on the NDIS and mental health in November this year. The event will be held in Sydney.

Details of the event are yet to come through, however you can register your interest now here.

You can also read their position statement on the NDIS pricing structure and wages for workers here.