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Common Questions about the NDIS

November, 2018

November, 2018

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created a huge change in the way Australians with disabilities access care and support services. The NDIS provides people with a permanent and significant disability under 65 years access to support services that help them take part in everyday activities and achieve their goals.

Common Questions about the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created a huge change in the way Australians with disabilities access care and support services. The NDIS provides people with a permanent and significant disability under 65 years access to support services that help them take part in everyday activities and achieve their goals.

It’s one of the biggest reforms made to how disability services are funded and delivered, helping people access specialised and general services according to an agreed plan and allocation of resources for each individual’s needs. Below we answer common questions about the NDIS, from how to apply for support to the services funded.

 

How Can I Get NDIS Support?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS and providing information, referrals, individual plans and links to other services and activities. The first thing you need to do is contact them through the NDIS website or by calling 1800 800 110 to determine your eligibility.

 

You are eligible for the NDIS if you:

  • Are under 65 when you make your application
  • Are an Australian Citizen or resident or permanent visa holder
  • Meet the disability or early intervention requirements.


If you are aged 65 years and over, you will not be eligible for the NDIS. In most cases, you will instead receive support through the Commonwealth aged care system.

 

How Does the NDIS Plan Work?

When you contact the NDIS, you’ll be connected with a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) whose job is to help map out what you do and need to live the life the way you choose. They will assign a package and a support coordinator, who helps bring your plan to life. Your funding will be based on what services and supports you identify as needing during this process.

Once the application and planning process is complete, you will receive your NDIS plan, detailing your supports. This usually lists funding and hours of support delivery. If your plan doesn’t reflect your life goals, you can request a review with your planner any time to discuss changes.

 

What Is and Isn’t Funded?

Your NDIS plan is made up of three key areas: Core Support, Capital Support and Capacity Building, with funding allocated across one, some or all these key areas. Your NDIS funds are designed to help you reach your specific goals, funding things like:

 

  • Daily personal activities
  • Workplace support to gain or maintain employment
  • Home modification design and installation
  • Mobility equipment
  • Vehicle modifications
  • Therapeutic supports
  • Home care and help with household tasks
  • Assessment of aids or equipment
  • Transport to participate in social, economic and daily life activities.

 

If a service is not related to your disability, duplicate supports already funded by Medicare or another government agency, relates to living costs not related to your support needs or could cause harm to you or others, it will not be funded.

 

How Do I Access NDIS Covered Services?

The NDIS is designed to give you control and choice over the support you receive and the service providers you use. You can find quality support services in your area independently by finding them online, or your support coordinator can help you find any paid providers and mainstream support services you may need.

 

Looking for Quality Disability Services across Australia?

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With offices in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT, we can help Australians across the country.

 

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