Public data sharing

Data sharing is critical to the success of the NDIS. 

Public data sharing and open data allows people with disabilities, and their families and carers to benefit more from the Scheme. Transparency of this data will drive continuous improvement in participant outcomes and support a financially sustainable NDIS.

The privacy of participants is of paramount importance. The NDIA has applied de-identification methods so the only data being released is non-personal and does not identify individuals. 

Public data sharing also enables the NDIA to better exercise its functions under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act). Some of these functions include the NDIA’s requirement to:

  • deliver the NDIS
  • manage, and to advise and report on, the financial sustainability of the NDIS
  • develop and enhance the disability sector, including by facilitating innovation, research and contemporary best practice in the sector
  • build community awareness of disabilities and the social contributors to disabilities
  • collect, analyse and exchange data about disabilities and the supports (including early intervention supports) for people with disability
  • undertake research relating to disabilities, the supports (including early intervention supports) for people with disability and the social contributors to disabilities.

Data sharing has the potential to drive relevant policy development and enable programs to be properly assessed. It can also contribute to economic growth and promote innovation, which supports the NDIS in improving social and employment results for people with disabilities, and their families. 

With access to data about the Scheme, the market can adapt and adjust, as well as innovate, to benefit participants now and in the future. 

Open and free access to certain data is an important guiding principle. Market data will be available and is open source. However, generating certain data for commercial purposes, beyond released data, is not considered.

The NDIA will be providing more data for public access in stages as the Scheme grows and will be provided in various formats. 

Public Data Sharing Policy

This document explains:

  • the type of data being shared
  • what data is not covered
  • the principles underpinning NDIS data
  • why data sharing is important
  • how to gain access to NDIS data.

Public Data Sharing Policy (PDF 1.39MB)

Public Data Sharing Policy (DOCX 7456KB)

Public Data Sharing Policy – Summary (PDF 605KB)

Submit a request for NDIS data

If you would like to request tailored NDIS data for a specific purpose you can submit a NDIS tailored data request. Tailored data release applies to researchers, academics and government agencies/departments. 

Please refer to the NDIS Public Data Sharing Policy to find out more about how the decision is made around releasing data;

  • Appendix A on page 29 for data available for release
  • Chapter 3 on page 23 for information on how data is released
  • Figure 1 on page 18 for how risk is assessed in releasing NDIS data. 

Please download the tailored data release form, respond to all required questions, sign the undertaking and send to

Request for NDIS Tailored Data Release (DOCX 300KB)

Data release plan

This table explains the proposed schedule for data sharing.

Data availability release plan (PDF 130KB)

Data availability release plan (DOCX 87KB)

Data disclaimer

The data provided in the Public Data Sharing platform (NDIS Public Data), including any numerical data, interactive visualisations, synthesised reports, data cubes and metadata, are provided solely for the purpose of enabling public insight into the operation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and enabling people with a disability to become informed consumers. The purpose of providing NDIS Public Data is to improve participant outcomes and increase market innovation. NDIS Public Data should not be regarded as representative of any forecasts of the NDIS’ actual performance. Users must exercise their own skill and care with respect to the use of the NDIS Public Data and that users should carefully evaluate the completeness and relevance of the data on the website for their purposes. The NDIS Public Data may have been modified or otherwise altered in order to protect the privacy of the participants in accordance with requirements under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth). Please refer to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Privacy Policy for more information .

The National Disability Insurance Agency does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from, or connected to, the use or representation of any data accessed from this website or its subsequent use or representation on any third party website. NDIS Public Data seeks to inform of potential gaps in the disability market but the data alone does not substitute for comprehensive market research.

This page current as of
11 December 2019