About the NDIS – Your Questions Answered

What is the NDIS?

NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.

The NDIS works with people with disability to identify supports that they need to live their life and will develop a plan to fund these supports.

Supports may help you achieve goals in many aspects of your life, including

  • independence,
  • involvement in your community,
  • education,
  • employment and
  • health and wellbeing.

The NDIS gives you choice and control over how, when and where your supports are provided, and gives you certainty you will receive the support you need over your lifetime.

The NDIS also focuses on early intervention where getting early supports can reduce the impact of disability on you or your child.

The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that help you to achieve your goals such as

  • therapies,
  • equipment,
  • home modifications,
  • mobility equipment,
  • taking part in community activities or
  • assistance with employment.

An NDIS plan tailored to your individual needs will be developed to help you achieve your goals.

Can I Access the NDIS?

To access the NDIS 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.

 

When will the NDIS affect me?

The NDIS is being introduced progressively across NSW in 2016 to 2018.  To find out when your region will be rolled into the NDIS you can visit the NDIS NSW roll out page here:

http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/

Find out more – contact our NDIS Transition Leaders for more information – link to the NDIS Enquiries page.