The National Disability Insurance Scheme (the NDIS) is a new way of funding disability services and supports in Australia.
The NDIS reforms will see the disability sector:
By allocating funding for disability services and supports to people with disabilities themselves rather than to service provider organisations, and by introducing individualised funding packages, the NDIS aims to ensure that Australians with disability – and their families, where relevant – enjoy far greater choice and control over all
necessary services and supports.
The NDIS will provide ongoing financial support for the estimated 460,000 Australians with significant and permanent disability. This support includes, for example, funding for intensive early intervention therapy services and/or equipment, where there is good evidence such therapy and/or equipment will substantially improve or arrest a decline in functioning.
If eligible for the NDIS, you will receive funding on an annual basis to purchase the services, aids and equipment that you have been assessed as needing from the service provider/providers of your choice. In addition, you can choose either to self-manage your own funds, in which case they will be paid into a nominated bank account, or ask the NDIA – the agency established to administer the NDIS – to manage your funding for you.
As individual circumstances, condition or needs change, NDIS participants will be able to request a review to have their funding plan adjusted accordingly.
The NDIS provides ongoing funding for all ‘reasonable and necessary’ disability equipment, care and support services.
The National Disability Insurance Act, passed by the Commonwealth Parliament in 2012,
sets out guidelines to help decide what can be funded, but generally the supports and services provided to you, if eligible, need to assist you to:
They will provide support in areas including:
In thinking about and developing your own individualised NDIS plan, you therefore need to consider all your daily activities and the aids, equipment, training and/or support that would make your life easier, whether currently provided or not.
Eligibility for individual support packages depends on:
Age: you have to be aged between 0-65 years old
Location: Living within the current NDIS Rollout area
Criteria: People who have a permanent disability that significantly affects their communication, mobility, self-care or self-management to ensure hat they get the support that is reasonable and necessary to meet their needs.
The NDIS will work with people who have a permanent disability that significantly affects their communication, mobility, self-care or self-management to ensure that they get the support that is reasonable and necessary to meet their needs. This could include an individual plan and an individually funded package.
Individual support will also be given to people for whom there is good evidence that early intervention would substantially improve functioning for example, autism, acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy or sensory impairments), and those for whom early intervention will delay or lessen a decline in functioning (for example, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease).
Others will be able to use the scheme to get information about what supports they might be able to use in the community (for example community groups like sporting clubs) and from other government programs such as health, employment support and education.
A series of eligibility and planning assessments will be used to determine allocated funding.
There are two assessment processes: first, an eligibility assessment to determine whether a person is eligible for funding, and if so, a planning assessment to determine a person’s goals and aspirations and then design an individualised funding package to help achieve those goals.
NDIA staff – called Planners – carry out these assessments using formal systems and tools designed to ensure consistency, fairness and objectivity. If necessary, there is also scope for NDIA staff to also call on specialist advice.
The planners and participants work together to identify what current and future supports will be required to make progress on the participant’s goals, resulting in a ‘Statement of Participant Supports’ that sets out the supports to be provided or funded by the NDIS, based on what is considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ to enable a good life.
You will be able to choose the service provider that you would like.
If you are currently receiving care and support these arrangements will continue. The Agency, participating governments and service providers will discuss how best to transition your support into the new Scheme.
Once the launch commences, you will be able to contact your local NDIS office and they will meet to discuss your goals and aspirations to see if there is anything more needed to support you, or if there are things you would like to do differently.
1800 800 110
NDIS Nepean Blue Mountains Office address is 331 High St Penrith NSW 2750
Roll out dates link: http://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/nsw