Here are 7 facts you need to know about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS is being introduced progressively around Australia from July 2016
Set up by the Labor government in 2012,it is estimated the full rollout will be completed by 2019. For example, in NSW the majority of people currently receiving specialist disability supports will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of each of the two year rollout periods, using a simplified access process.
The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life
An NDIS plan tailored to your individual needs will be developed to help you achieve your goals. First think about what you need then meet your NDIS planner and develop your plan.
To be eligible to enter the scheme you must have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
You must be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or Protected Special Category visa
You must be aged less than 65 and live in Australia where the scheme is available
The NDIS is being implemented by the Commonwealth’s National Disability Insurance Agency
For example, in Victoria if you currently access services you will be contacted by the NDIA to discuss the process of entering the NDIS.
You need to get in touch with the NDIA directly in your local area
The Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities is one of the organisations registered to deliver the scheme. It also offers an advocacy support program where people can get support directly for the pre-planning process.
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