What is NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) an independent statutory agency.
It is estimated it will provide funding for support and service for over 5 million eligible Australians with permanent and significant disability within the next five years.
The NDIS is designed to empower people with disabilities to participate in the community and reach their individual goals. NDIS participants decide the support they receive, when they receive it and who provides it.
Who is eligible for NDIS Funding?
- Must have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to participate in everyday activities
- be less than 65 years old when they first enter the NDIS
- be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa, or a protected special category visa and,
- live in Australia where the NDIS is available
If you believe you may be eligible for the NDIS, then;
- Check out the NDIS Access checklist
- Call 1800 800 110 to ask for an access request form, or send an online inquiry
- People with hearing or speech loss can phone TTY on 1800 555 677, or Speak and Listen on 1800 555 727.
If you’re successful in becoming an NDIS participant, a representative will contact you, your carer or a family member by phone or letter, to arrange a time to have a chat about your circumstances.
The planning process covers all areas of your life, so it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to think this through.Together you’ll discuss your life, the supports you have and those which you need, and your goals.
Each NDIS participant will develop an individual plan which lists the goals they want to achieve, and the different supports which will be paid for by the NDIS, in order to help them achieve their goals.
Start using the plan
You will get your approved plan sent through email or mail. Depending on how you chose to manage your funding, you can either: manage the funding yourself, nominate someone to manage your funding for you, or use a registered plan manager.
A support coordinator will contact you if they are funded in your plan.If not, a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) can assist you to find providers. You will need to choose a provider to deliver the funded support in your plan.