What is the NDIS?

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support for people who have a permanent and significant disability that impacts their ability to perform everyday activities.

It is a national system of disability support focused on providing real choice and flexibility to people with disability, through the provision of personalised funding.

The NDIS allows people who are eligible for a package greater control to choose their own service provider and supports.  Government funding is directed towards each individual on an NDIS package, opposed to service providers. This means there is greater voice, choice and control for the individual.   Participants, their families and carers are actively involved in developing individualised NDIS plans and packages.

The NDIS is currently operating in several trial sites. It is scheduled to gradually roll out across NSW with all eligible residents expected to be covered by July 2018. When the NDIS commences in an area, people currently receiving supports through NSW government specialist disability services will be moving first. Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start their plans with the NDIS. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is working closely with the relevant Commonwealth and NSW government departments to ensure there is a smooth transition to the NDIS for people with disability.

NDIS trial sites within regional NSW include:

  • Blue Mountains
  • Hawkesbury
  • Lithgow
  • Penrith
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Maitland
  • Newcastle
  • Singleton
  • Muswellbrook
  • Greater Taree

What does the NDIS mean for me?

At its heart, the NDIS is about giving people with disability greater choice and flexibility to make their own decisions and live the life they choose.

Funding goes directly to you instead of being allocated to service providers. This means you are in control of where your funds are spent and you can ‘shop around’ to find the right provider to achieve your hopes and goals.

You can choose whether to manage your own funds or assign them to one or several providers.

Are you eligible for the NDIS?

The NDIS is gradually rolling out across Australia. In NSW the NDIS is currently available to eligible people in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and most recently Nepean Blue Mountains for children and young people.  To access the NDIS you must:

  • Have a permenant disability that significantl;y affects your ability to take part in everyday activities.
  • Be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme
  • Be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category visa.

To find out if you are eligible for an NDIS package you can follow the NDIS Access Checklist.

Click here to find out how Samaritans can support you with your NDIS package.