What is NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian federal government scheme which provides funding to people with disability to access support services that support their specific needs to achieve their goals and live ordinary lives.
Everyone’s support needs are different and under the NDIS, people have choice and control about what services and supports they receive.
The NDIS is an insurance scheme that supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
As disability can affect anyone and, through the scheme, everyone who is eligible is entitled to NDIS funding.
To be eligible for the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS), you must be:
- Aged 65 years or under
- Have a disability that attributes to one or more intellectual, cognitive, physical, neurological or sensory impairments, or one or more impairments attributing to psychiatric conditions
- Your disability or impairment is permanent, or likely to be permanent
- Your disability or impairment significantly impacts your functional capacity in one or more areas, such as communication, learning, mobility, self-care, social interaction and self-management
- Your impairment affects your capacity for social and economic participation
- Your support needs in relation to your disability or impairment are considered to be lifelong
Once you are deemed eligible, you will work with someone from the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) to develop your NDIS plan. The plan is based on your needs, goals and tasks you want to achieve.
If you need help to coordinate your supports and services, you may be funded to engage a Support Coordinator in your plan.
If you don’t have a Support Coordinator funded in your plan, you will have a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) appointed who can help you understand and utilize services as part of your plan. LACs will be able to provide you with ongoing support should you need it.