We understand that the changes taking place with the NDIS might seem daunting and confusing.
It can be difficult to adjust to a new system. Maybe you have questions about what it means for you and the services you already receive. Or maybe this is a whole new opportunity for you to benefit from support services for the very first time.
Either way, what you need to know is that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) puts you at the centre of the decision-making process. It lets you determine the services and activities that are right for you, and how these are delivered. If you have a disability, the NDIS is an exciting opportunity that gives you greater choice and control, so you can live the life you choose.
NDIS is a Federal Government funding scheme to support people with disability, their families, and carers. It was launched in July 2013 and is over seen by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
People who are eligible for NDIS support are called participants. Each participant has their own NDIS plan that identifies the outcomes they wish to achieve, the supports that will be funded by the NDIS and other supports the person requires. NDIS has given people with disability the power to choose where and how to access their supports. People with disability will receive funding for reasonable and necessary supports based on their individual needs and goals to enjoy an ordinary life. Funding is directly allocated to the individual to purchase the services they need, rather than funding being directly applied to the service providers. People with disability will be able to choose the types of supports they receive, when and where they are accessed, and which disability service providers they will use to deliver the supports. For more information about NDIS visit: https://www.ndis.gov.au/
NDIS will fund ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports needed to meet your needs and achieve your goals. Depending on your goals, the funding in your plan may include the following:
Core funding – funding that covers functional support needs for daily living and to access community supports and activities.
Capital funding – funding that covers the purchase of one-off items such as equipment, technology, or modifications. It also includes funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation.
Capacity funding – funding that supports skill building, training, learning, capacity building, accessing employment, improving health and wellbeing and support coordination.
NDIS is designed to help people achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment, and improved wellbeing
To receive funding from NDIS, you must be eligible and meet the requirements to become a participant.
To be eligible, you must:
If unsure or ready to apply for NDIS funding, click the link below and more information will be provided: https://www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/access-requirements.html
To determine your eligibility, visit the NDIS website and complete the My Access Checker Tool. If you meet the criteria, you can ask to become a participant by completing an access request form.
You need to contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 and ask for the access request form which will be mailed to you. In the access request form, you will be asked to provide information about your disability and how it impacts on your daily life. You will need to collect supporting evidence from health professionals and allied health personnel.
NDIS is a government funded initiative that you will need to be approved for via the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). If you are currently receiving services through a Queensland Disability Services funded organisation, the NDIA will contact you when it is time for your assessment.
Step 1 Access request: If the NDIA has not contacted you yet and you are not registered with Disability Services, phone them to begin the registration process, and complete an Access Request Form.
Step 2 Application: Your NDIS application will be assessed based on the information you have provided.
Step 3 Verify: Once you reach the NDIS eligibility criteria, you will be contacted to schedule your planning meeting.
Step 4 Planning meeting: An NDIA representative will meet with you to work through your NDIS plan.
Step 5 Action plan: Once your plan is finalised, Vital Home Care will help you put it into action as your NDIS provider.