The information we will cover here will include:
- How does the NDIS work?
- What supports and services can I get from the NDIS?
- Prepare to apply for NDIS support and for the NDIS planning
- What is WSMRC Assist
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is also called the NDIS.
The NDIS is a new way for people with any type of disability to get the care and support they need to live a better life.
The NDIS is a scheme that is here to support you, which means:
- It is able to provide you with the supports and services specific to you; looking at your needs and wants and assisting you in helping to achieve the goals you have set in different aspects of your / your family’s life.
- supporting your choices, the decisions you and your loved one’s make, your involvement in your community, education and employment.
- focussing on your overall health and wellbeing and having greater participation in a more inclusive community.
The NDIS is a national insurance scheme, which means:
- getting assistance with the additional costs required when managing your disability
- have the assurance that if you or your loved ones are born with or acquire a disability, that you will get the care and support you need.
Because the NDIS encourages and supports new and existing disability support providers in the marketplace (of community, private, corporate, and government providers), people who have a disability you;
- can find or choose a provider who best provides that support
- will be able to change service providers and will make sure you get the support and services you need at home and in the community
- will gain more choice, control and flexibility over your life and disability support.
If you are already getting support and you are happy with your services, there is no need to change. Your support will continue. If you require more information about this, please visit the NDIS website
From the 1st of July 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced across Australia to give people with disability more choice and control over the supports and services they receive.
The NDIS will support eligible people with a disability through a process. Firstly you will be asked to make a Plan for yourself / family member that includes all of the things that are important to you for example where you live, what you want to learn, where you want to go, where you want to work, or how you would like to engage with the community.
The Plan, funded by the NDIS, will have an allocated yearly budget which will depends on individual needs and circumstances.
This funding is allocated directly to the person with a disability (unless under age) who decides:
- how the Plan will be managed
- which provider they would like their support from
- how that support or service is delivered
It is important to know about the NDIS so you get the most out of your funding and have more independence to live a good life.
To become an NDIS funded participant:
- You need to be under the age of 65
- You need to live in Australia and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- Your disability must be permanent and have a significant impact on your ability to do daily activities and routines
- For children, NDIS funding includes provision for early intervention supports which are designed to improve outcomes during their critical development years.
If you are unsure of your eligibility for NDIS funding, you will need to contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110 or visit their website to assess yourself against the criteria. https://myplace.ndis.gov.au. Or you can contact us and we can assist you with this. Find out more about WSMRC Assist here.
Each plan will have goals and a budget next to one or more of 14 Support Categories.
These categories assist in the NDIS understanding what your disability need is. They are organised into funding types called ‘Capital, Core and Capacity’ funded support.
Capital funded support for equipment, technology and changes
- equipment and assistive technology
- house modifications
- vehicle modification
Core funded support for the support you need regularly to do everyday things
- assistance with daily life at home, in the community, education and at work
- transport to access daily activities
- supported independent living
Capacity building funded support for support to learn and build skills
- improved daily living skills
- improved living arrangements
- increased community and social participation
- finding and keeping a job
- improved relationships
- improved health and wellbeing
- improved learning
- improved life choices
Assistive Technology – any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed
Auslan – The NDIS provides funding for support for participants with hearing loss
Housing – Affordable, stable housing is needed to support people with disability in achieving their life goals and aspirations.
Information and referral – easier and better access to information
Support to access community services and activities – Some people may need support to access available supports or join in local community activities such as social, study, sporting or other interests.
Early intervention – We recognise the importance of early intervention, and support people when there is good evidence that this will improve an area of functioning, or delay or lessen a decline in functioning.
Funded supports – Depending on your goals, aspirations, needs and informal supports, your approved plan may include funded supports.
You must prepare to apply for NDIS support and for the NDIS planning appointment
When you complete your Plan, you can decide how the money will be managed.
It can be managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), a support agency, or yourself.
However you decide to manage your funds, you stay in control of your service provider, and can decide to change at any time.
Western Sydney MRC, as a support agency, can assist you to prepare for the NDIS.
We need you to tell us what your need are and the types of supports you think you require. We are excited about the changes and will provide you with the best support.
Please read more about our ‘Western Sydney MRC Assist’ Program and how it can help you.
The NDIS offers many new opportunities for people with a disability. People with disabilities who come from non-English speaking backgrounds will benefit by reflecting on their current situation: what is working well for them, what they would like to change and what they want to achieve through the NDIS.
Contact us at the Western Sydney MRC if you would like to talk through the opportunities and options available for support under the NDIS, or call us on 02 8778 1200.