ATLAS and the NDIS

As we learn more about the NDIS, and the impact it may have on ATLAS service delivery, we will continue to update you with information.

ATLAS recognises that independence, choice, control and freedom to live the way we choose are fundamental rights that belong to everyone.

We also strongly believe, that every individual has strengths, capacities, resources and challenges that are unique to them, and that one-size-fits-all approach to accessing community life does not work.

ATLAS approach to providing recreation sport and leisure support is designed to support successful inclusion and participation into community life.

We have been providing support, driven by individual participant’s choice and control, since our inception.

The NDIS is a new way that individuals will be able to identify the supports, services and activities that are importantto them, and are considered "reasonable and necessary" and seek to have these needs met.

ATLAS model of service is customised so that  individuals are supported in a way that is unique to them to support reaching their goals and aspirations.


The WA NDIS will start rolling out across WA from 1st July 2017, and is scheduled for the MIDWEST rollout in 2018/19.

The State and Commonwealth governments have signed a bilateral agreement that will see the NDIS come to WA under a nationally-consistent, locally-administered model. 


Information about key features of the WA NDIS are available on the Disability Services Commission website, along with a full rollout map and schedule.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to empower people with disability to work towards achievements, to identify the disability related support they need and to choose where they would like to buy their supports.

The NDIS is a national no fault insurance scheme designed to change the way that disability services are delivered in Australia. It aims to do this by:

  • recognising that disability related support is an entitlement
  • acknowledging the right of all people to an ‘ordinary life’
  • matching funding to the support needed and placing control over the funding with the person and their support network
  • ensuring that providers discuss the service they will deliver with the person who will receive it through negotiation of individual service agreements
  • supporting a social model of disability support where the community sector contributes to support as they do for all community members, and
  • facilitating choice of provider in an open market.

People who are eligible work with the NDIS through a planning process, where they can identify their needs and goals, then develop a plan that identifies the disability related support they require.

From support to access recreation, sport and leisure in your community, to assistance to access study or a dream job, the NDIS is all about empowering you to live a full and independent life.

Eligibility for the NDIS depends on where you live and the nature of your disability. 

The NDIS is being rolled out across Australia from July 2016 until 2019.

The Commonwealth Government (through an agency called the National Disability Insurance Agency will manage how and when the NDIS will be available.

What is reasonable and necessary?

The NDIS will provide funding for ‘reasonable and necessary’ support, services and equipment. The supports and services provided should assist a person to:

  • do things independently
  • participate in the community
  • access educational opportunities
  • get a job and earn a wage
  • achieve goals
  • develop skills for daily living.

NDIA staff make decisions about what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ based on the rules within the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act).

To be considered reasonable and necessary, a support must:

  • be related to the participant’s disability
  • not include day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant’s disability support needs
  • represent value for money
  • be likely to be effective and beneficial to the participant, and
  • take into account informal supports given to participants by families, carers, networks, and the community.

Websites for more information:

for more information  on the NDIS -

to check your eligibility -

 for more information check out this link