NDIS and You

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme, it is managed by the NDIA, The National Disability Insurance Agency.

The NDIS will help to support Australians living with a permanent and significant disability. The NDIS recognises that disability related support is an entitlement, and each person has the right to choose they type of supports they need and where they access those supports from.

The NDIS will be funded by all Australian tax payers. This funding will then be provided to people with a disability to enable them to access the support they need to live an ‘ordinary life.’

Once the NDIS is in place throughout Australia it is expected that it will provide funding to approximately 460,000 people.

The NDIS is about empowering the individual, YOU, to allow you to live a full and independent life.

The NDIS will help you to:

  • Access mainstream services
  • Participate within the community
  • Support your family and others who support you
  • Provide you with funding for the disability supports that you require.

When is the NDIS coming to my area?

Our part of Victoria is classified as Bayside Peninsula area. The NDIS will be rolled out in our area from 1 April 2018.

Some people may meet the access requirements for the NDIS up to six months prior to this date, however, for most people the transition period will occur from 1 April 2018.

To see a short video explaining this click here.

Who is eligible for NDIS funding?

There are key criteria that you must meet to be eligible for funding under the NDIS.

You must have a permanent and significant disability that:

  •  Reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions, unless you have support;
  •  Affects your capacity for social and economic participation, and
  •  Means you are likely to require support under the NDIS for a lifetime.

You must also be: 

  • An Australian citizen aged under 65;
  • Or the holder of a permanent visa;
  • Or hold a Protected Special Category Visa;

Here’s a short video that helps to explain how you can access the NDIS

How does the NDIS Planning work?

You can start planning for the NDIS now. This will help to ensure that you have all the relevant documentation ready for when the NDIS transition period begins.

Step 1

To begin planning and make sure you are prepared you may need:

  • An understanding of your disability or diagnosis and whether it is a permanent and significant disability that requires support.
  • What impairment your disability causes, and the impact it has on your daily life.
  • Evidence of Disability – this is a form that can be filled in by your medical practitioner. (Some cases may require additional evidence from your doctor, specialist or health practitioner).
  • What support systems and services you currently have in place and what you will require in the future.
  • Previous plans that you have had such as Behavioural Support Plan, Health Support Plan, or Client Support Plan.
  • A diagnosis test/s.
  • Service agreements with disability support agencies.

Some cases will not require as much detail or evidence. The permanent disabilities or impairments which are listed on the NDIS list will not require any further assessment and will automatically accepted into the NDIS.

Step 2

The next step in planning for the NDIS is to consider what supports you currently have in place and what supports you are going to need in the future.

There are three NDIS supports budgets:

  • Core Supports – these are the supports you require in your day to day needs, they may include personal care, help getting dressed, bathed etc.
  • Capital Supports – this includes purchasing one off items such as equipment, maybe a wheelchair or mobility aide. Or it may include home or vehicle modifications.
  • Capacity Building – this includes learning and education, building your skills that align to your goals.

Take a look at this video for some more information about planning for the NDIS.

Step 3

Consider the level and frequency of support that you require in your day to day living.

  • What tasks do you need help with?
  • How often do you need help? Is it daily, weekly, monthly?
  • What support do you currently have and how much time is allocated to each of the support tasks?
  • What goals do you have for the future? What skills would you like to learn to help you to be more independent?
  • What other supports are also available within the home with family members and carers? Are these supports sustainable?
  • Is the level of support likely to change within the next 6-12 months?

It might be an idea to draw up a timetable to help demonstrate the type and level of support required on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

This may also help you to determine the level of funding that you will require to maintain the same level of support you currently receive or to access additional support under the NDIS.

See the attached NDIS Price Guide to give you an estimate of costs for each service. 

You may also wish to register online for MyGov, if you haven’t already done so, and link your account to the NDIS Porthole.

You will have the opportunity to revise your plan overtime. You will have control over the supports you require along with the flexibility to manage your budget to purchase supports you choose to.

Who will support me?

If you are living with a disability or permanent impairment, you may have a carer, friend or family member who can support you through the NDIS process. You may also be allocated a Support Coordinator through the NDIS. MiLife-Victoria staff may also be able to provide support and guidance for you.

If you are a carer of a person with a disability you will have the support of the NDIS Local Area Co-ordinator to help you through the process. However, as a carer you may wish to also access support from the following websites:

Department Of Social Services

Carer Gateway

Carers Australia

It can be a confusing and daunting process, however there is lots of information available to you online, particularly on the NDIS website.

NDIS Resources:

NDIS website

NDIS YouTube Channel

Accessing the NDIS

Eligibility for the NDIS

When is the NDIS coming to my area?

NDIS Support Budgets

Permanent Impairment List

Carer support services:

Department of Social Services

https://www.carergateway.gov.au

http://www.carersaustralia.com.au

NDIS Stories:

Ella’s Story

Griffin’s Story

Addison’s Story