What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.
The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
Reasonable and necessary supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing.
Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.
The NDIS also provides people with disability, their families and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.
To learn more about the NDIS visit What is the NDIS?
The roll out of the NDIS begins from 1 July 2016 and is being introduced in stages around the country over the next three years to ensure it is successful and sustainable.
Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start to receive supports from the NDIS.
Now is the time to get ready.
How does the NDIS work?
The NDIS takes a flexible, whole-of-life approach working with participants, their families and carers, to develop individualised plans. The NDIS provides participants with more choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided. It also provides certainty that they will receive the
support they need over their lifetime.
The NDIS works to connect participants with community and mainstream supports. The NDIS also funds the additional reasonable and necessary supports to help participants pursue their goals and aspirations, and participate in
Helping people to build their social and economic participation requires the NDIS to work closely with community organisations to identify opportunities for people with disability
Who can access the NDIS?
The NDIS is being introduced in stages, because it’s a big change and it is important to get it right and make it sustainable. Existing service users and new participants will enter the NDIS progressively.
In Queensland, the NDIS will be rolled out geographically. People will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live.
Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plans with the NDIS.
Roll out of the NDIS in regional Queensland (Toowoomba and west to the borders area)
The NDIS will become available in the Toowoomba area and west to the borders from 1 January 2017. This covers the local government areas of:
Balonne, Bulloo, Goondiwindi, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Southern Downs, Toowoomba & Western Downs.
To read more on roll out of NDIS in Queensland click here.
Who is eligible to access the NDIS?
You can meet access requirements if you live in a location that is transitioning, are the right age for that location, meet residency and either the disability or early intervention requirements.
Please use the NDIS Access Checklist to see if you might meet the access requirements
What are the disability requirements?
You may meet the disability requirements if:
• you have an impairment or condition that is likely, or is to be permanent (i.e. it is likely to be life long) and
• your impairment substantially reduces your ability to participate ffectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions unless you have:
* assistance from other people or
* you have assistive technology or equipment (other than common items such as glasses) or
* you can’t participate effectively even with assistance or aides and equipment and
– your impairment affects your capacity for social and economic participation
– you are likely to require support under the NDIS for your lifetime.
An impairment that varies in intensity e.g. because the impairment is of a chronic episodic nature may still be permanent, and you may require support under the NDIS for your lifetime, despite the variation
What can be funded?
The types of supports that the NDIS may fund for participants may 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 installation
• mobility equipment, and
• vehicle modifications.
What will not be funded?
The NDIS Act and the rules made under the NDIS Act tell us which supports will not be funded by the
NDIS. A support will not be funded if it:
• is not related to the participant’s disability
• duplicates other supports already funded by a different mechanism from the NDIS, such as Medicare or Departments of Education
• relates to day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant’s support needs, or
• is likely to cause harm to the participant or pose a risk to others, of how the supports are given and which service providers you use.
How can the funding in plans be managed?
You have choice and the control over how you use funded supports in your plan. That includes choice of how the supports are given and which service providers you use.
There are five ways that plans can be managed.
1. Agency Managed – this is where the providers claim directly from the NDIA.
2. Plan Manager – funding in your plan is allocated for a third party to manage the financial transactions in your plan.
3. Self Managed – you (or your nominee) directly manage the funds; all transactions are completed by the participant for services rendered.
4. Automated Payments (transport only) – these funds can be deposited into an NDIS bank account weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
5. Combination – a combination of the above four options can be used together to meet your individual needs
How do I get ready for my first NDIS plan?
The NDIS sees every participant as an individual. As planning is an individual process, this is the time to start thinking about what you want to achieve. Knowing what you would like to work towards will help you to think about the supports and services you’ll need to achieve those goals.
Your first NDIS plan may include the same supports and services you currently receive. This will give you some time to think about how those supports are working for you, and if there are other supports, which may help you achieve your goals before you do your next plan.
Until you have a plan in place, you will keep getting the support you currently get. There is a range of ways the NDIS helps you to prepare for planning. Participant Readiness workshops are a great way to get an understanding of the NDIS and what to expect in the planning process
What will happen to my current supports?
The Commonwealth and the Queensland governments will continue to provide disability supports to existing clients until their NDIS plan is approved.
When will I know when my program/age group/provider will be phased in, and
The NDIA, Commonwealth Government and the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services will work in partnership to ensure everyone is informed.
You will be contacted when it is time for you to transition to the NDIS.
More information on the transition arrangements for Queensland is available at www.ndis.gov.au/qld
For More information
Contact us if you would like more information on managing your supports.
Visit: wwww.ndis.gov.au/qld or Call: 1800 800 110*
* The call centre is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm EST