The NDIS provides support to people with a permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. It ensures they get the right care and the support they need based on their individual needs. The NDIS support network enables individuals to achieve their goals in many areas of their life such as; achieve independence, community involvement, education, employment and health and wellbeing.
The NDIS offers more choice and control over how, when and where supports are provided. People currently receiving support through the Victorian Government will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live and the type of support they receive. The NDIS is currently being rolled out across a series of launch locations. The national roll out of the Scheme commenced in 2016 with a target completion date by the end of 2019. IDV is fortunate to be included in the upcoming roll-out and will be providing services under the NDIS from 1 July 2016.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with a disability, their families and carers.
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. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.
The NDIS helps people with disability to:
Access mainstream services and supports
These are the services available for all Australians from people like doctors or teachers through the health and education systems. It also covers areas like public housing and the justice and aged care systems.
Access community services and supports
These are activities and services available to everyone in a community, such as sports clubs, community groups, libraries or charities.
Maintain informal support arrangements
This is help people get from their family and friends. It is support people don't pay for and is generally part of most people's lives.
Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports
The NDIS can pay for supports that are reasonable and necessary. This means they are related to a person's disability and are required for them to live an ordinary life and achieve their goals.
ssistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the Disability Support Pension and Carers Allowance. Further information can be obtained from the About the NDIS document below:
The Scheme is available to Victorians who meet the following requirements:
The NDIS is being introduced in stages. It is a big change and it is important to get it right and to ensure it is sustainable. Existing service users and new participants will enter the scheme progressively.
People currently receiving support through the Victorian Government will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where in Victoria they live and the type of support they currently receive. You may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS rolling out in your area.
Eligible participants who have the most urgent need for support and who are on the Victorian Disability Support Register, or who are on the Early Childhood Intervention Services waitlist, will enter the scheme over the first two years of the transition. Access to a package of supports will be provided no earlier than 1 July 2016.
It is expected to take up to 12 months for eligible people with disability to enter the NDIS once roll out starts in an area. Existing Commonwealth and State-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plans with the NDIS.
The following collection of website links and resources will help you better understand the NDIS.
To watch videos about the NDIS in AUSLAN, visit this YouTube Channel.