What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme, the NDIS, is a new way for people with a disability between the ages of 7 and 65 to get the care and supports they need. You must be under 65 to access the NDIS If you are over 65 You may be able to access other supports. Find out about NDIS and Aged Care.
The NDIS is for people with a permanent and significant disability which impacts on their ability to take part in everyday activities.
If you are eligible, you will work out what reasonable and necessary supports you need to live your life and achieve your goals. You’ll then receive funding to pay for these supports.
Find more information on the NDIS website https://www.ndis.gov.au/
What supports can you receive through the NDIS?
The NDIS provides funding for a range of supports include:
- daily personal activities
- transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
- workplace help to allow a participant to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
- therapeutic supports including behaviour support
- help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment
- help to a participant by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
- home modification design and construction
- mobility equipment, and
- vehicle modifications.
Which supports will not be funded by the NDIS?
The NDIS cannot fund a support that is:
- the responsibility of another government system or community service
- not related to a person’s disability
- relates to day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant’s support needs, or
- is likely to cause harm to the participant or pose a risk to others.
Who is eligible for the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) decides who is eligible for the scheme as they provide the NDIS. Please visit the NDIS website for more information on NDIS eligibility. If you’re eligible, you will be referred to as ‘participant’ and can start using the scheme once it is available in their area, having consulted with an NDIS representative about your first plan and the first plan is then approved.