Understanding the NDIS

NDIS: What is it?
National Disability Insurance Scheme is called the NDIS. The NDIS is a new pathway designed to help people under 65 with the necessary disability care and support needed.

The NDIS provides families and carers with information about services to support people with disability in improving their outcomes later in life.
To become an NDIS participant, a person must:
Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;
Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;
Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.
Why do we need the NDIS?
People with disability have the same right as other Australians to determine their best interests and to have choice and control over their lives.

The NDIS recognises that everyone's needs and goals are different and provides people with individualised support and the flexibility to manage their support to help them achieve their goals and enjoy an ordinary life.

This provides certainty and consistency for people with disability, their families and carers.
How do I apply for NDIS?
If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can ask to become a participant by completing an Access Request Form.
What's the NDIS responsible for?
The NDIS provides funding to eligible people based on their individual needs. Every NDIS participant has an individual plan that lists their goals and the funding they have received.

NDIS participants use their funding to purchase supports and services that will help them pursue their goals.

NDIS isn't a welfare system but provides people with the necessary insurance in getting the support they need so their skills and Independence improve over time.
How is the NDIS delivered?
The NDIS is delivered across all states and territories in Australia with the help of two main partners in the community:
Area Coordinator partners (for participants aged 7-64)
Early Childhood partners (for participants aged under 7)
Both organisations are available to help participants navigate, coordinate and access the NDIS, as well as find and connect with the relevant services and support providers within the community and disability sector.

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