What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It has been set up by the Federal government to provide support for people with a permanent and significant disability.
  • A permanent disability means your disability is likely to be lifelong.
  • A significant disability has a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities.

The NDIS provides funding for supports and services to assistance, or products that help a person in their daily life and help them participate in the community and reach their goals.

Part of the foundation thinking of the NDIS is the need for early intervention to providing support to a person, either a child or an adult. This early intervention makes it possible to reduce the impacts of disability or developmental delay and to build their skills and independence.

To access the NDIS, participants are assessed against a range of criteria with a focus on providing supports to achieve their goals. A plan is developed that provides a framework of funding to support the participant.

Once the plan is developed, the participant or their advocate have the choice regarding how to implement the plan.This ranges from full independent control      ( self-managed), or plan managed (a service provider looks after the paperwork of paying the NDIS bills by your plan) or agency managed where you give control of the overall service provision back to the NDIA to manage. The key thing is that the participant has the choice and is in control of their funding.

The steps to access the NDIS

Overall, there are a series of steps to access NDIS funding
  • Participants are assessed against a range of criteria with a focus on providing supports to achieve their goals.
  • A plan is developed that provides a framework of funding to support the participant.
Once the plan is developed, the participant or their advocate have the choice regarding how to implement the plan. This ranges from
  • Self-managed – full independent control of all aspects of funding and services.
  • or Plan managed – the participant selects the services and supports they need, and the Plan Management service looks after the paperwork of paying the NDIS bills funded by the participants plan.
  • or Agency managed – where the participant gives control of the overall service provision back to the NDIA to manage.
The key thing as that the participant has the choice regarding how to implement their plan and is in control of their funding.

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