WHAT IS NDIS?
The NDIS is a system of providing support to people with a disability, their families and carers. Launched in 2013 by the Australian Federal Government, the NDIS uses an insurance approach similar to Medicare, meaning the costs for disability care are shared amongst the wider community.
Essentially, the NDIS has been designed to give people with a disability greater choice and control over the support they receive – providing eligible individuals with funding based on their personal needs and lifelong goals and aspirations.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AND THEIR FAMILIES?
For those eligible, the NDIS means gaining greater choice and control over the support services you receive and even the course your life takes. Through the NDIS assessment and planning process, you can determine what reasonable and necessary supports you need to live your life and achieve your personal goals. A support plan will be developed that’s tailored to help you achieve your goals – whether that means finding a job, moving out of home, gaining education or simply living a more independent life.
You’ll then receive individual funding to pay for these services. With the NDIS, you not only get to choose what type of supports you receive, you also decide when, where and how you receive them, which service providers you’ll work with and how your funds are managed.