The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will significantly change the way disability services are funded and delivered across Australia. This national reform puts you, the client, at the center of the decision making process about how you want to live your life, and who provides your supports. It is designed to provide you with choice, control and independence.
Changing to a new way of doing things can be confusing and difficult to navigate, so we’ve put this together to help answer some questions you may have about the NDIS.
If you need assistance understanding the NDIS? The Benevolent Society can assist
The NDIS focuses on the person with a disability across their lifetime. The Benevolent Society will work with you to create a personalised plan based on specific individual needs and progress goals. You are in the driving seat as you get to choose where and how to access the support you need. The funding will go directly to you so you can choose the services and providers you want and you can either manage those funds yourself, have the NDIA manage them, or they can be managed by a registered plan manager.
The NDIS is rolling out progressively throughout Australia, starting with a number of trial sites and will be fully implemented by 2019. Things are changing and so it is important to note that NDIS funding will replace most current disability services funding.
When the moment comes, we’re here. The Benevolent Society will help you through the NDIS.
To be eligible to receive individualised supports under the NDIS you must meet certain access requirements. The Benevolent Society will help you traverse this new way of achieving your needs and goals
To receive NDIS Funding you need to:
- live in an area where the NDIS is available, click here to find out
- meet the residency requirements (be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Protected Special Category Visa holder)
- meet the disability or early intervention requirements and
- be under 65 years of age
If you already receive state funded disability supports it’s likely that you are automatically eligible for the NDIS. If that’s the case, the NDIA will contact you to get started on the process. Otherwise, requests for access to NDIS individualised supports can be made to the NDIA. Those found eligible are known as NDIS ‘participants’ and usually remain eligible for life.
What individualised support is available?
Support comes in many form such as education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing. They may include funding for:
- daily personal activities
- transport to enable 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 labor market
- therapeutic supports including things like behavior support, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, and psychology
- help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment
- help by skilled personnel in arranging aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
home modification design and construction
- mobility equipment and
- vehicle modifications.
To find out more about what the NDIS can fund and to receive support visit our website thebenevolentsociety.org.au for more detailed examples of the kinds of supports that you might be entitled to.
TBS Support Coordinators can develop a Care Plan for you and your family.
NDIS participants can meet with our TBS support coordinators who can help them to set up the supports in their NDIS plan. As an approved NDIS participant you are entitled to exercise choice and control in the pursuit of your goals and as a TBS client we want to work with you in the early planning and delivery stage of your support services.
The Benevolent Society is the Major Partner of My Disability Matters. Regular articles are published on MDM News by The Benevolent Society, related to disability services and the NDIS in Australia.