“At the heart of the NDIS is the issue of equity, its vision to maximise people’s independence and social and economic participation is both simple and powerful.”
The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme that provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.
The NDIS is not a welfare system. It is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.
The old system was inefficient, fragmented, unfair, underfunded and many people with a disability didn’t get the support they needed.
The NDIS provides funding directly to individuals who are eligible. People with a permanent and significant disability will now be able to choose how, when and where they receive support. They have increased opportunities to participate in their community, look for employment, build their skills and independence and reach their goals.
People with a permanent and significant intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability are eligible for support from the NDIS. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.
Use the NDIS Eligibility Checklist to see if you meet the requirements to receive NDIS funding.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) manages the NDIS.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and you would like to become a participant, call NDIS on 1800 800 110 and ask to make an Access Request.
If you need help filling in the form or making the call, you can contact your Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Early Intervention partner or your contact your local NDIA office. They will also ask you about your goals and aspirations and the kinds of support you think you may need.
As part of the Access Request process, you will be asked:
- to confirm your identity and/or a person’s authority to act on your behalf
- questions to see if you meet the NDIS access requirements (age, residence and disability)
- questions about providing consent to enter the NDIS and about seeking information from third parties.
If you currently get disability supports, and you would like your provider to give the NDIS your information, you must first provide consent.
You may be asked to provide some additional information after you make your Access Request. This may include information about your disability and how it impacts on your day-to-day life. You can provide copies of existing information, including letters or reports, or you can ask your treating health professional to fill out and sign a form.
The next step is the planning process. Once your Plan is approved you will be able to choose a Registered Provider, such as Disability Services Australia, to provide your supports.
Yes. That is what the NDIS is all about. It was established to give people more choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided. The supports in your plan are tailored to your individual needs.
These could include therapies, equipment, home modifications, mobility equipment, taking part in community activities, assistance with employment and a range of other activities. This is about you living a full life, not just getting by.
You can choose to manage your funding yourself (self-management) or you can opt to have someone else manage it for you:
- a plan ‘nominee’
- a registered plan management provider
- the NDIA
The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help someone with a disability to:
- pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations
- increase their independence, and
- develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.
This support may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and well-being.
Firstly, check your eligibility using the NDIS Eligibility Checklist. It will only take 5-10 minutes and you’ll know if you’re likely to be eligible straight away. It’s anonymous, you just have to give your first name.
Once the NDIS Agency confirms that you are eligible, you’ll sit down with a planner who will help you to develop a plan specifically suited to your needs. The planner will review the information in your access request form and take into account any existing assessments.
You should be very specific in your planning meeting. Think about what you want before you start the process, i.e. plan for your plan. Come with information about your goals and aspirations. Think about your current supports and what works well. Talk these ideas through with your family, friends and anyone else who is important to you.
Your planner will talk with you about everything from your strengths, abilities and opportunities for development to your support needs for daily living and participation in the community. The key here is to make sure you get the ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports you need to make progress towards your goals.