What is the NDIS?
The NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme is a scheme launched by the Australian Government with an aim to provide funding to people with disabilities under the age of 65 years. The NDIS scheme managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and supervised by the NDIS Quality and Service Commission was although introduced in 2003 but went into fully operational in 2020. The primary role of NDIS is to help people with disabilities to live fully independent and meaningful lives.
NDIS funds are supported to:
- Access basic services and support such as health and education system.
- Access community services and support such as sports clubs, community groups, and charities.
- Access to reasonable and necessary funded support enables people with disabilities to live an ordinary life.
- Assures to maintain informal support which enables people with disabilities to get help from their friends and relatives. This is the support for which people generally don’t pay and it is part of most people’s lives.
The NDIS is all about listening and knowing your requirement so that you get access to the appropriate support and services that enable you to attain your goals.
What supports will the NDIS fund?
Am I Eligible For The NDIS?
The NDIS eligibility criteria are based on several crucial factors like age, residence, and disability. To be able to apply for and access to the NDIS, you must:
- Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or hold a Permanent Visa or Protected Special Category Visa.
- Be under 65 years of age.
- Have a permanent and significant disability that hampers your everyday living task.
- Live in an area where the NDIS plan is presently available.
- Opt for early interventions if you find possibilities that your child’s ability would improve.