The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a federal government scheme that represents a new way of delivering assistance to Australians in need of disability support.
Unlike anything else before it, the NDIS when it is fully rolled out will provide funding to approximately 460,000 Australians aged under 65 with permanent and significant disability for services and supports.
Given the wide scope of the NDIS, for many of the around 4.3 million Australians living with a disability and in need of disability support the NDIS will represent the first time they receive the support they need. The NDIS is implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
How can you benefit under the NDIS?
As a new model being rolled out nationally to provide funding and support to people with permanent and significant disabilities across Australia, the NDIS aims to supports people with a disability to live an ordinary life, with an approach that supports them throughout their life.
The NDIS provides a range of supports. These include:
• Support to increase involvement in local communities
• Support to facilitate greater independence
• Support to enhance wellbeing; and
• Support in gaining employment and skills
• Managing your NDIS funds and coordinating your services with a Support Coordinator
If you are assessed as being eligible for NDIS assistance, you will receive funding on an annual basis to acquire the aids, services, support and equipment that you are deemed to need as a result of an assessment by the NDIA. At this point, you can choose to self-manage your own funds, in which case you make claims to NDIS personally, you can select a Plan Manager to manage your funds for you or the NDIA is able to manage your funding for you.