The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide Australians who have a disability with reasonable and necessary support in their everyday life.
It was officially launched in 2016 after a successful three year trial period. NDIS has been introduced to centralise disability support and replace most state based funding.
The scheme is being rolled out in stages across Australia and is expected to support 460,000 people with disability by 2019.
Who runs it?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent Commonwealth government agency coordinating the insurance scheme.
It is the central body that will provide information and referrals, linking participants to services and activities in order to deliver the best individualised plans in the scheme.
Taking a lifetime approach, the agency will continue to provide the NDIS for people with disability, their family and carers to improve overall outcomes.
The NDIS funds supports that are are necessary for you to achieve your goals.
The scheme recognises that needs and goals are different for everyone but the overall aim is to:
Help you develop greater independence.
Assist you to get more involved in the community.
Support you in getting a job
Find ways to improve your overall wellbeing.
Services and support
In your NDIS plan, you are able to receive core, day-to-day living support for a range of activities so you can start or continue your participation in the community.
You may also be entitled to capital supports which will give you access to resources or equipment such as wheelchairs, assistive technology and home or car modifications.
There will also be an option for capacity building supports that will help you develop life skills, educational opportunities or helping find employment.
Accessing the NDIS
NDIS is progressively being introduced around Australia.
To determine if you are eligible, you will need to live in an area where it is available, be under the age of 65 and have a disability that affects your ability to perform everyday activities.
If you have a lifelong condition recognised under NDIS or a child under 6 with developmental delay that can be reduced by early intervention, an NDIS plan can be designed just for you.
How to apply
After confirming your eligibility status, contact the NDIA (1800 800 110) to have an Access request form sent to you.
Complete the Access form ensuring you include your personal details and other supporting medical documents to help the NDIA successfully process your application.
If you have a serious condition or impairment such as blindness or cerebral palsy then you do not need to provide supporting information.
Once all information has been received, you will be contacted by the Agency.