What is NDIS?
The purpose of The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is to provide support and funding to people with a disability. This initiative was launched by the Australian Government in 2013 to identify necessary support levels for individuals and to provide support services that positively impact their lives.
The NDIS was formed due to the findings from a report by the Australian Government’s Productivity Comission. The report stated that disability services were very underfunded and inefficient. The commission recommended a new system to better assist people with disabilities. The roll out of the program was staggered across Australia and the different states. WA disability service providers for example raised concerns back in 2016 about possible delays, however many providers have since been able to become NDIS WA registered providers and the scheme has gradually rolled out in most areas across Australia.
The overarching goal of NDIS is to provide personalised funding for tailored disability services in order to provide better choice and flexibility benefiting the lives of people who are severely impacted by their disability.
NDIS assists individuals to achieve greater independence and provides an opportunity to be more involved with the community. It can also assist with employment and the overall wellbeing of people with a disability.
According to NDIS, they have pledged to provide $22 billion in funding every year in order to help 500,000 Australians with a permanent and significant disability.
The NDIS is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), an independent statutory agency.
Who is eligible for NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for Australian individuals with a severe disability. The funds provided can be used to claim disability services from NDIS registered service providers.
The main eligibility criteria to receive funding from NDIS include:
• You must be under 65 years of age
• You must be an Australian citizen, hold a permanent visa or have a Special Category Visa.
• The disability is expected to be permanent and significantly impacts your everyday live.
Your eligibility for NDIS funding depends on the outcome of the assessment of your NDIS application which is processed by NDIA.
A simplified application process may be available under certain conditions for people who already receive disability support services.
What will the NDIS Fund?
NDIS funding depends on the assessment of your individual case and the support levels you require in order to live an independent and fulfilling live.
Funding is generally provided for individuals to gain independence and to support them in their everyday lives. This could include assistance in your household, participation with the community, transportation and other means to help improve your mobility.
Funding is also granted for modifications to your house and transportation. For example technologies that enable you to do certain things on your own or things that assist you in your daily life, such as the installation of a hand rails or wheelchair ramps.
One of NDIS’ purposes is to help you achieve personal goals. As such, they may assist you with funding for education, help you with finding a job or assisting you with psychological consultations.
What is not covered by NDIS, are things that are already paid for by other Government institutions, such as payment for medical bills. This falls under the regiment of Medicare.
How to apply for NDIS?
If you think you meet all the eligibility criteria for NDIS funding, the next step is to make and Access Request with NDIA. Access Requests can be arranged over the phone or by filling out a form.
Further info on Access Request can be found here.
Who can I talk to about the NDIS?
If you need more information about NDIS you can visit the NDIS website and call their support number.
Alternatively, you can talk to Lifeplan, a Perth based NDIS approved & registered disability services provider.
You can call them on 9277 7223. Lifeplan can give you all the info you need.