What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) launched in July 2013, following years of discussion about the need for a major reform of disability services in Australia to address inequity in funding and services across the states. The NDIS have pledged that no-one will be worse off under the new system. In fact, many people with a disability will be able to access services they never have before.
The NDIS focuses on the person with a disability across their whole-of-life. For the first time, people with a disability in Australia will get to choose where and how to access their supports. Funding will go directly to the individual to choose the services they need, rather than funding being directly applied to service providers. A plan is created for each eligible NDIS participant based on specific individual needs and progress goals.
The NDIS is rolling out progressively throughout Australia, starting with a number of trial sites and will be fully implemented by 2019. It is important to note that NDIS funding will replace current disability services funding.
Why will life be better for people with a disability under the NDIS?
Previously each state and territory has managed disability support themselves, and the system was underfunded, unfair, fragmented, inefficient and gave people with disability little choice.
The NDIS is a federally managed and funded safety net, providing a nationally consistent, lifetime commitment to supports for people with a disability in their everyday life.
What factors determine eligibility for the NDIS?
There are a number of factors which determine whether people will be eligible for support under the NDIS when it rolls.
You may be eligible to receive an individual support plan if:
- you are under 65 years of age
- you are an Australia citizen, a permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder
- you have a permanent or significant disability that requires help from others to do things, equipment or assistive technology.
Or you need to meet the early intervention requirements:
- your child is aged under 6 and has a developmental delay and
- you or your child have a disability that is likely to be permanent or early supports would reduce how much help you or your child need to do things in the future.