What is NDIS?
NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme which was rolled out across Australia in 2013. It aims to assist people with disabilities to access support they need in their everyday life, to participate in community or to pursue their goals and enjoy life. It is designed to provide supports that over time would improve someone’s independence and their skills.
NDIS can provide people with disabilities with important connections or information to services in their community such as doctors, existing support groups, schools and sports clubs, libraries and more.
By 2020 NDIS should be rolled out nationwide and it is anticipated that approximately 460,000 people aged between 7 and 65 with significant or permanent disability in Australia would benefit from the NDIS funding.
The main focus of NDIS is to provide people with disabilities with individual packages of support funded by all Australians.
Key outcomes for the NDIS clients, are increased independence in community and society, greater participation in education and employment.
Prior to NDIS rollout people with disabilities had very little say in what services they would like to receive, by whom and where. NDIS gives back control to people. They are able to make their own decisions on what services and supports will enable them to achieve their goals.
Am I Eligible?
Are you a person with permanent or significant disability aged between 7 and 65? Do you live in Australia and are Australian permanent visa holder or an Australian Citizen? Do you use special equipment due to your disability or do you use special supports to reduce your future needs?
If you answered yes to each or most of the questions, you may be eligible for the NDIS funding.
Check your eligibility here
If your eligible, please contact NDIS on 1800 800 110 to request an access.
Once you have received “an access decision’’ letter, the next thing is for you to create your NDIS Plan.
What is NDIS Plan
NDIS Plan is a written agreement that has been put together in consultation with the person eligible for funding. It takes into consideration the person’s current life situation and how they are going, their future goals and what support do they need.
During the planning meeting, a person with disability will be asked for his/hers personal details, they will be asked about their current supports and how they manage their everyday activities, about equipment, accommodation and help they need to take care of themselves and/or their home. The person will also be asked what their future goals are. During the meeting they will be briefed about ways to manage their plan and support needed to use their NDIS plan.
Once the NDIS plan has been finalised, it's important to understand the budgets, who can help the person to start using the plan and plan management. The planning meeting will help to determine the services and support you receive for at least 12 months.
Most people funded by NDIS will have a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to help them understand how to use their plan. LAC-s help participants with Myportal and connect them with relevant funded supports. They will regularly check participants’ progress and monitor how the plan is going.
LAC-s come from organisations in your local community who help NDIA to deliver NDIS. If there are no LAC partners available in your area, or you need more help with coordinating your supports and services, NDIA may fund a Support Coordinator in you NDIS plan.
Support Coordinator will help a person with disability with their plan to achieve their goals and to live their life more independently, to enhance their skills, participate in community and employment.
You can self-manage your NDIS funding which means you are in charge of how your funding would be spent and which service providers to use. You also need to keep track of your spending and prepare your financial report.
Many people however decide to engage a Plan Manager who will help them to manage the funding including helping to choose right providers, track their spending, pay providers and take care of their financial reporting.
Plan Manager is funded in NDIS Plan, so using their services does not occur any additional cost.
They must be NDIS registered provider.