UNDERSTANDING THE NDIS
NDIS | National Disability Insurance Scheme
As per statistical data, there are around 4.3 million Australians with a permanent and significant disability and due to dependency for reasonable and necessary support they feel it difficult to live an ordinary life. The NDIS is Australia’s first national insurance Scheme to provide direct funding to these individuals, their families and their carers.
The NDIS is an insurance scheme to support individuals with disability including intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial. The NDIS was set up across all states and territories in Australia by National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The NDIS is designed to provide practical and needed assistance to assists people with disability to gain freedom, social life, employment and wellbeing. Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.
Why the NDIS?
With such an encouragement, people with disability as well as their families and their carers can now have peace of mind. This peace of mind eventually creates a new step towards a better society that ultimately builds a strong nation.
The NDIS objects to put an end to the disability system which was unjustified, unreasonable and inefficient and at the same time to begin with a new era with a new, national system that is fair, efficient, equitable and sustainable.
NDIS Eligibility Checklist – The NDIS is only available to:
• People aged between 7 and 65
• People who live in Australia / Australian citizens / Permanent Visa holders / Protected Special Category Visa holders
• People usually need support from a person because of a permanent and significant disability
• People who use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability
• People who needs some supports now to reduce their future needs
According to NDIS eligibility checklist, if you meet the criteria, the next step is – you need to become a participant by making Access Request either:
• By calling NDIA office on 1800 800 110 or
• By sending email to NAT@ndis.gov.au or
• By submitting the Access Request Form (Download Access Request Form PDF)
Note: If you need help filling in the form or making the call, we, at Nursing Care Victoria are 24X7 available as a Registered NDIS Provider in Victoria. Call our supporting team at Nursing Care Victoria on +61-452-120-027 for a hassle-free submission of Access Request Form.
Once you have received an ‘access decision’ letter, the next step is creating your NDIS plan.
NDIS Plan Management
• Creating NDIS Plan
• Using Your Plan
• Reviewing your plan and goals
Every person living with a disability has different needs. The types of supports that NDIS may fund for participants 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.
The support funded by the NDIS has been categorized in three support budgets:
• Core Support budget,
• Capacity Building budget, and
• Capital Support budget