What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new national approach to providing support to people with disability, their families, and carers. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has seen set up to oversee the running of the NDIS. People with disability already receiving funding through Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) will be eligible for the scheme. There are 460,000 Australian residents under the age of 65 with a significant disability that will reap the benefits of this scheme, offering theme support to increase their independence.

By investing in people early, the NDIS hope to improve their overall outcome later in life. The NDIS is helping people with disability have their say. It is allowing people with disability make decisions based on their performance and choice about the services to meet their needs, goals and lifestyle.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is gradually being introduced throughout Australia from 1 July 2016. NDIS is being rolled out in New South Wales form July 2017. If you are already receiving funding through Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) you will be contacted by the NDIA when the scheme is available in your area. If you haven’t been part of ADHC and feeel you are meet the access requirements contact NDIS www.ndis.gov.au. If you are not entitled to NDIS, NDIA can provide you with information on other supports that you could benefit from.

The NDIS helps people with disability to:

  • Access mainstream services and supports
  • Access community services and supports
  • Maintain informal support arrangements
  • Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports