What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.
The NDIS will provide Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
Reasonable and necessary supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing.
Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.
How will I access the NDIS?
To become an NDIS participant you will need to meet the age, residency and disability or early intervention access requirements these are:
- Have a permanent impairment that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay;
- Be aged less than 65 when you first apply to enter the NDIS;
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa.
For some people already receiving supports from State and Territory Disability programs, evidence of your disability may not be needed. This is because some State and Territory programs have the same eligibility criteria as the NDIS.
Who is the NDIA?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent Commonwealth government agency responsible for implementing the NDIS. The NDIA helps empower and inform people with disability to be confident consumers. It provides information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, funded supports to people over a lifetime and raises community awareness and encourages greater inclusion and access for people with disability to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives.
What are reasonable and necessary supports?
A participant’s reasonable and necessary supports take into account any informal supports already available to the individual (informal arrangements that are part of family life or natural connections with friends and community services) as well as other formal supports, such as health and education.
Reasonable and necessary supports are funded by the NDIS in a range of areas, which may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing. These supports will help participants to:
- pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations
- increase their independence
- increase social and economic participation, and
- develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.
What happens if I or my family member is over 65 yearrs old?
If you are aged 65 or over you are not eligible to participate in the NDIS. The new Federal Government “Living Longer, Living Better” program of aged care will provide additional care and support for living at home, additional help from carers and self-directed funding. For more information go to www.myagedcare.gov.au
(All information provided by NDIS)