NDIS for SCI

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

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.

Who are the NDIA?

The NDIA is the National Disability Insurance Agency. They are the independent statutory agency whose job is to implement the NDIS throughout Australia.

 
 

...almost everyone with a Spinal Cord injury (SCI) under the age of 65 is eligible for funding from the NDIS.

Am I Eligible?

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:

  • Get out bed and move around the home,
  • Take a bath or shower, dress and eat,
  • Do daily jobs, handle money and make decisions,
  • Make and keep friends.

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.

When is it Available in my Area?

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.

What does the NDIS Fund?

The NDIS will fund all necessary and reasonable supports to help you increase your independence, achieve your goals and participate in the community.

 

The NDIS will fund all necessary and reasonable supports to help you increase your independence, achieve your goals and participate in the community.

Supports and services the NDIS may fund include:

  • Daily personal care and activities.
  • Mobility and transport
  • Help in the workplace and with household tasks,
  • Aids and equipment, home and vehicle modification,
  • Health and wellbeing activities and therapeutic supports.
  • Skills and capacity building for economic and social participation
  • Access to community services and supports.
  • Provisions that maintain informal support arrangements.

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.

What doesn’t the NDIS fund?

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.

What is the process for me? Click Here


What is the Myplace online portal?

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.

With Myplace, you can;

  • Create and view request for payments
  • Create and manage bookings for services that you need
  • View your details
  • View messages from the NDIS
  • View your referrals
  • Upload required documents
  • Locate new and existing service providers
  • View upcoming events

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.