The National Disability Insurance Scheme (or NDIS for short) is a new way of providing support for Australians with a disability. It aims to help people with a disability achieve their goals and improve their quality of life by funding the necessary supports and services.
Under the NDIS, new annual funding packages will be provided directly to participants, allowing them more choice and control over their future.
Different levels of funding are dependent upon the amount of support that someone needs in order to meet their needs and achieve their goals; this is assessed at a planning meeting which takes place after you have been accepted into the NDIS.
The NDIA is the National Disability Insurance Agency. They are the independent statutory agency whose job is to implement the NDIS throughout Australia.
To be eligible for the NDIS, you need to have a condition or impairment that will affect you permanently and stop you from doing everyday things by yourself. Your are eligible for the NDIS if you need support or assistive equipment so you can:
In short, this means that almost everyone with a Spinal Cord injury (SCI) under the age of 65 is eligible for funding from the NDIS. For more information about eligibility, check the NDIS Access Checklist.
The NDIS commenced rollout in Victoria on the 1st of July 2016 and is being introduced in stages across the country. To see when the NDIS is available in your area, go to this link and click on your state.
The NDIS will fund all necessary and reasonable supports to help you increase your independence, achieve your goals and participate in the community.
Funding given by the NDIS will not impact the Disability Support Pension as it is not means tested.
Other income supports such as Carer Payment, Carer Supplement, Carer Allowance and the Child Disability Assistance Payment are also separate from the NDIS.
The NDIS will not fund supports that are unrelated to your disability, pose a risk to yourself or others, duplicate supports provided elsewhere or act as a substitute income.
Medical and clinical services are covered by Medicare.
Myplace is where you can view your NDIS plan, request payments and manage services with providers. Myplace also has an instant messaging service so that you can talk to your providers if you have any questions or concerns about the service.
The NDIS acknowledges that it can sometimes be difficult or confusing to interact with Myplace. If you are having trouble, you can talk to your local area coordinator, or talk to your provider.