Disability Support

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of funding services and supports for people with disability. Under the scheme, eligible participants with disability receive their own individual funding and NDIS plan to support them to achieve their specific goals and live their life the way they want.

Previously, service providers received government funding to deliver services and supports, with little choice or flexibility given to people with disability. With their own individual funding, NDIS participants can now choose the services and supports they want and the providers to deliver them.

The NDIS is currently rolling out across Australia in stages. Some areas have already begun to switch over to the new scheme. Other areas will transition over the coming years. The scheme is expected to be fully rolled out across Australia by 2019. In Western Australia, a separate state-run model of the NDIS will run, with some consistencies with the national scheme such as choice and control maintained.

If you are unsure whether the NDIS has arrived in your area, check here.

Check your eligibility

Your eligibility for the NDIS will be assessed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the government body responsible for administering the NDIS.

You may be eligible if you:

  •      are under 65 years of age, and
  •      are an Australian citizen or resident or permanent visa holder, and
  •      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, however, you may be eligible to receive funding support through the Commonwealth aged care system. See how KinCare can help you with aged care services.

If you are already receiving disability services and supports from a provider, the NDIA will have your details and will call you to discuss your NDIS plan and funding. You may go through a simplified eligibility process, based on the supports and services you currently receive.

If you are not currently receiving any disability supports, you will need to contact the NDIA in your area and complete an NDIS eligibility assessment. This will include assessing the impact of your disability on your functional capacity to communicate, interact socially, learn, move safely around your home and your community and manage your personal care and affairs (banking, bill paying etc).

Creating your NDIS Plan and allocating funding

If you are eligible for the NDIS, you will be invited to develop your personal plan by the NDIA. This meeting will assess the supports and services you need based on your goals and what you want to achieve in the future.

Your individual NDIS plan will be created outlining your goals, the supports and services you need to achieve these goals, and the funding you will receive. The NDIS can pay for supports that are reasonable and necessary for you. This means they are related to your disability and are required for you to live an ordinary life and achieve your goals.

Once you have your NDIS Plan, you will be able to choose the service provider or providers who will deliver your supports and services. The NDIA will be able to provide you with a list of registered services providers in your local area.

What types of supports will be funded under the NDIS?

The NDIS will fund supports that are reasonable or necessary for you to achieve your goals. Supports may be funded in a range of areas including education, employment, independence, living arrangements, health and wellbeing and social participation.

Examples of the types of supports that may be funded under the NDIS include:

  • Therapeutic supports such as behaviour support
  • Help with household tasks so you can maintain your home environment
  • Help with personal care and tasks associated with daily living
  • Assistance to help your participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  • Workplace help so you can successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
  • Help from qualified professionals for aids or equipment assessments, set up and training
  • Mobility equipment
  • Vehicle modifications

What types of supports will be funded under the NDIS?

Therapeutic supports including behaviour support

Help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment

Help with personal care and tasks associated with daily living

Assistance to help you participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities

Workplace help to allow a participant to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market

Help to a participant by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training

Mobility equipment

Vehicle modifications

Starting your NDIS Plan

Once your NDIS Plan is created, you will need to decide how you want to manage your providers and payments. You have four options:

  • self-management – this means you manage the payment of providers and any administrative processes yourself.
  • using a plan management service – this means you choose a business or provider to manage all payments on your behalf and assist you with service agreements, hiring staff and preparing reports about NDIS funding.
  • nominating the NDIA – this means the NDIA makes all necessary payments to registered providers on your behalf.
    a mix of self-managed and NDIA managed.

When your plan is approved you will be able to access it through the NDIS Participant Portal, called Myplace. You’ll receive portal access instructions once your plan is ready. If you choose to self-manage your funding, you can also process your payments through the portal.

Choosing and accessing your supports

When you are ready to access services and supports, you will be able to choose which service providers you want to work with you. The NDIA will be able to help you with this, or you can do your own research.

If you are already accessing supports from a service provider, such as KinCare, you can continue to work with this provider, as long as they are a registered NDIS provider.

After you have chosen a service provider, you and the provider will need to agree to and sign a service agreement.

Reviewing your NDIS Plan

The NDIA will review your NDIS Plan with you every 12 months to make sure you are getting the supports and services you need. Before your review, it is a good idea to think about what you have already achieved and anything new you wish to do or achieve in the future.

If you feel an arrangement with a service provider is not working as well as it could, you are able to change service providers at any stage – you do not need to wait until you review your plan.

 

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