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What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a government program that helps people with disabilities get the support they need to live independently and participate in their community. It provides funding for things like daily living activities, mobility aids and equipment, therapies, employment support, and much more.
The best thing about the NDIS is that it gives people with disabilities control over their own lives. They get to decide what support they need and how their funding is spent. This helps them achieve their goals and aspirations, and to live a fulfilling life.
To be eligible for the NDIS, a person needs to have a permanent or significant disability, be under the age of 65, and be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a protected special category visa. Once eligible, the person works with their support team to develop a plan that outlines their needs and goals. This plan is regularly reviewed and adjusted to ensure it is meeting their needs.
While the NDIS has faced some challenges in its implementation, it remains an important initiative that is helping many Australians with disabilities live their best lives.
Find more information on the NDIS website.
Why was the NDIS introduced?
The NDIS was introduced by the Australian government to help people with disabilities get the support they need to live independently and participate in their community.
Before the NDIS was introduced, disability services in Australia were a bit of a raffle. A raffle where the funding you received depended on how, when and where you acquired your disability, as well as where you lived. Some people got enough funding, some people didn’t. It was an unfair system and left some people very vulnerable.
The old system didn’t work very well, and many people with disabilities didn’t get the help they needed. The NDIS was designed to fix this by giving people with disabilities more control over their own lives and making sure they get the support they need to achieve their goals. It also recognises that when people with disabilities are well supported, it creates benefits for everyone.
What supports can you receive through the NDIS?
The NDIS provides funding for lots of different services which might include:.
- 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 labour market
- therapeutic supports including behaviour support
- help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment
- help to a participant by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
- home modification design and construction
- mobility equipment, and
- vehicle modifications.
You will get to choose when and where you receive these supports and which disability service providers you work with.
Who is eligible for the NDIS?
Eligibility for the NDIS depends on a few different things such as:
- Age: You need to be under 65 years at the time of your application
- Residency: You need to be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa
- Disability: You must have a permanent disability that significantly affects how you can communicate, move, care for yourself, or manage your life.