A brief overview of the NDIS
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of helping and supporting Australians with a disability (and their carers). It covers Australians under 65 with a permanent and significant disability they were born with, or have acquired. By investing in and helping people as early as possible, the NDIS hopes to improve outcomes for participants from an early age.
Each person covered under the NDIS has a plan that lists their goals and the support they require. The NDIS will fund these supports, and the participant is given a choice of how to use their funding. They may choose to use services from a number of providers.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) helps both providers and participants find each other. It helps people access providers, and gives providers support to improve their service offerings. The NDIA also helps connect participants to the service providers and supports in their community.
You can choose to manage your own funds, in which case you make claims to NDIS directly or you can also ask the NDIA – the agency responsible for administering the NDIS to manage your funding for you.
The NDIS aims to give Australians with a disability the same opportunities as other Australians to make decisions which are in their best interests and give them control over their life. It helps provide certainty and consistency for people with disabilities and those who care for them.
Every participant in the NDIS deserves to have control over how they live and access to the support they need to help them reach their goals and lead an ordinary life.
Parents of children with a disability can relax, knowing their child will be supported by the NDIS from birth.
Flintwood can help you prepare for the NDIS
Flintwood will work with you to assist you with identifying supports you may need to live your life. Supports which you may help you achieve goals in certain areas of your life, including independence, community involvement, employment and health and wellbeing.
HOW DOES THE NDIS WORK?
The NDIS will take a flexible, whole-of-life approach to working with you, your family / carer, to develop an individualised plan. The NDIS gives you a voice, more choice and more control over how, when and where your supports are provided and also gives you the certainty you will receive the support you need over your lifetime.
If you are eligible for the NDIS, you will receive the funding on an annual basis to purchase the supports, services, aids and equipment that you require. Your needs will be assessed in a planning and assessment process managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Flintwood provides a number of support options to help get started with your NDIS planning and ensure you get the most from your plan.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
You need to meet the following requirements:
- Have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
- Be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme
- Be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category Visa
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The NDIS provides ongoing funding for all ‘reasonable and necessary’ disability equipment, care and support services. Into the future, funding for all disability services will be allocated to individuals, not service providers. This will ensure that there is both choice and control for people with disability who decide what services and supports they need.
The National Disability Insurance Act, passed by the Commonwealth Parliament in 2012, sets out guidelines to help decide what can be funded, but generally the supports and services provided to you, if eligible, need to assist you to
- achieve your goals
- become as independent as possible
- develop skills for day-to-day living
- participate in the community
- work and earn money
In practice, this means providing support, as and if required, in areas including:
- self-care and self-management
- social interactions
- capacity for social and economic participation
Are you NDIS ready?
From Friday, 1 July 2016, the remaining areas of New South Wales the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began a two-year rollout. It’s important you understand the processes involved and how things will change for you and your family/carer:
FLINTWOOD has 5 easy steps to ensure the NDIS works for you:
In thinking about and developing your own individualised NDIS plan, you therefore need to consider all your daily activities and the aids, equipment, training and/or support that would make your life easier, whether currently provided or not. Speak to us about this at a Preparation and Support meeting.
The government website has lots of good information about the NDIS including a handy video. Discover more here.
For more information about the NDIS please visit www.ndis.gov.au or contact us at Flintwood on 9630 1777.