Understanding the NDIS might seem complex, but there’s no need to be intimidated! Allow us to assist you in unraveling its intricacies and discovering what it’s all about.

How it started?

There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. When it is fully rolled out, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide about 460,000 Australians aged under 65, who have permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.

The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.

The NDIS began in some trial sites around Australia in July 2013. From 1 July 2016, it was introduced over three years in stages around Australia to ensure its success and sustainability. For NSW, click the link below.

You will need to meet specific requirements to access the NDIS. Find out if you can access the NDIS by completing the Eligibility Checklist. ( URL: https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible )

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS allocates funding to qualifying individuals with disabilities, offering opportunities for increased time with family and friends, enhanced independence, acquisition of new skills, employment, volunteering within their community, and an overall improved quality of life.

Additionally, the NDIS facilitates connections for individuals with disabilities to various community services. This encompasses linking them to doctors, community groups, sports clubs, support groups, libraries, and schools. Furthermore, the NDIS provides valuable information about the support offered by each state and territory government.

Presently, the NDIS extends its support to over 500,000 Australians with disabilities, ensuring they gain access to essential services and necessary assistance. Notably, this includes aiding around 80,000 children with developmental delays, ensuring early support to maximize positive outcomes throughout their lives.

For more details, refer to the Participant Service Charter.

How it started?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide support and assistance to individuals with disabilities in Australia. Here’s a simplified overview of how the NDIS works:

Eligibility Assessment:
Individuals are assessed for eligibility based on specific disability criteria. Eligibility considers the impact of the disability on the person’s daily life and functioning.

Planning Meeting:
Once deemed eligible, individuals have a planning meeting with an NDIS representative. During this meeting, the person discusses their goals, needs, and preferences. Together, they create a personalized plan outlining the necessary supports and services.

Development of Support Plan:
The support plan is developed to address the individual’s unique requirements. It includes goals, budget allocation, and details about the types of support and services needed.

Funding Allocation:
The NDIS allocates funds based on the approved support plan. Funding can cover a range of services such as assistive technology, therapy, personal care, employment support, and more.

Choice and Control:
Individuals and their families are empowered to choose service providers and manage their allocated funds. This gives them greater control over the type and delivery of supports they receive.

Service Delivery:
Service providers, chosen by the individual, deliver the agreed-upon supports and services. These could include health professionals, therapists, community organizations, or employment services.

Regular Reviews:
The NDIS plan is reviewed regularly, often annually, to ensure that it continues to meet the individual’s evolving needs. Adjustments are made as necessary.

Access to Community Connections:
The NDIS aims to connect individuals with their communities. This can involve linking them to local services, social activities, educational opportunities, and other community resources.

Ongoing Support:
The NDIS provides ongoing support and assistance to individuals, making adjustments to their plans as needed. The goal is to promote independence, inclusion, and improved quality of life.

It’s important to note that the process may vary for each individual, and the NDIS is continually evolving to better meet the needs of participants. For detailed and up-to-date information, it’s recommended to contact the official NDIS website or speak with an NDIS representative.