Over the past few years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been mentioned on the TV, in the newspapers, and even advertised on the streets. But for many, there is still a lot they don’t know or understand about this program. Here are some of the accessibility and eligibility facts for the NDIS.
What Is The NDIS?
The NDIS is a program that facilitates increased funding and support for Australians with a disability. By working one-on-one with eligible participants, support workers are able to provide flexible management and increased assistance for the daily needs required in order to live an ordinary life. This differs from the disability pension and its services already provided by the Australian Government, as it focuses primarily on those with permanent need for support, as opposed to those with temporary issues. The disability pension and services will still continue on for many.
Who Is Eligible?
In order to be eligible for the NDIS scheme, certain criteria must be met. Applicants must be:
• under the age of 65
• have a disability that is permanent, significant, and requires support for day-to-day living
For many, they have already been contacted by the Australian Government about checking their eligibility, or their medical practitioner has enquired on their behalf. If you think you may be eligible for this increased funding and support, contact your local NDIS office.
What Does The NDIS Cover Specifically?
The NDIS covers a myriad of support services. They include, but are not limited to:
• support to participate in the community
• employment assistance
• access to medical professionals and treatments
• education support
• public housing
• aged care
• availability and transport to sports clubs, libraries, and other community events.
Creating Your NDIS Plan
Once you have undergone the assessments and been deemed eligible for this program, you will be given a ‘plan’ or ‘pathway’. Every person’s plan is different, depending entirely on their individual needs. You and your caseworker will work closely together to create your plan.
Starting Your Plan
After taking a look at your needs and desires for the future, your caseworker will give you the option of
service providers. You can choose which ones you want, with some of your existing provider’s support
able to continue on initially.
Every twelve months your NDIS Plan will come under review to ensure you are getting the level of care you
need and want. This is important for both providers and participants.
Overall, the NDIS is there to provide better assistance to those in the most need. For more information or to see if you are eligible for this program, contact your local NDIS office.