NDIS

What is NDIS?​

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a government-funded program in Australia that provides support and services to people with disabilities, their families, and carers. Its goal is to give people with disabilities more control over their lives and the services they receive based on the principles of choice and control.

The NDIS provides a range of support and services, including daily living assistance, access to therapies and assistive technology, education and employment support, and social and recreational assistance.

The administration of the NDIS is the responsibility of the National Disability Insurance Agency or NDIA, which assesses eligibility and creates a plan that outlines the support and services an individual will receive.

The NDIS is widely regarded as one of Australia's most significant social reforms and has positively impacted the lives of many people with disabilities. By providing individuals with the necessary support to achieve their goals and live everyday life, the NDIS has enabled them.

3 main components of NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has three main components: Support Coordination, Equipment Support, and Community Access.

  • Support Coordination: Support Coordination is a key component of the NDIS that helps people with disabilities to navigate the scheme and access the support and services they need. Support Coordinators work with the person to identify their goals and the support they require. They also help the person to develop their NDIS plan and connect with service providers who can deliver the necessary support.
  • Equipment Support: The NDIS provides funding for assistive technology and equipment to help people with disabilities to perform everyday activities. This includes items such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, and communication devices. Equipment Support is an important component of the NDIS, as it helps people to live more independently and participate in their communities.
  • Community Access: Community Access is another key component of the NDIS, which focuses on helping people with disabilities to participate in their communities. This includes access to social and recreational activities, education and employment support, and other community-based services. Community Access is designed to help people with disabilities to build connections and relationships with others and to live an ordinary life.
What type of services does NDIS fund?

The NDIS funds a range of services to help participants achieve their goals and live an ordinary life. These services are divided into three categories: Core support, Capacity Building support, and Capital Support.

  1. Core Supports: This category includes services that help people with disabilities with everyday activities and needs. Examples of services funded under Core Supports include assistance with personal care, household tasks, transport, and support for social and community participation.
  2. Capacity Building Supports: This category includes services that help people with disabilities to build their skills and independence. Examples of services funded under Capacity Building Supports include support for employment, education and training, and health and wellbeing.
  3. Capital Supports: This category includes services that help people with disabilities purchase or modify equipment or home modifications. Examples of services funded under Capital Support include assistive technology, home modifications, and vehicle modifications.
NDIS Eligibility

To be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a person must meet certain criteria based on age, residency status, and disability status.

The eligibility criteria for the NDIS are as follows:

  • Age requirements: If a person is between 7 and 65, they can contact a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) who can help them understand the NDIS, apply for it, and receive the support they need.
  • Residency requirements: The person must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or someone who holds a Protected Special Category Visa
  • Disability requirements: To be eligible for the NDIS, an individual must have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to perform everyday activities. The disability must also meet the following criteria:
  • Be a permanent disability or a disability that is likely to be permanent;
  • Meet the disability requirements or early intervention requirements;
  • Be a disability that affects the person's ability to take part in everyday activities