WHAT IS THE NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is Australia’s first national scheme for eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. When fully rolled out, it will provide about 500,000 Australians aged under 65, who have a permanent and significant disability, with funding for support and services.
WHAT DOES THE NDIS DO?
The NDIS was designed to help people with a disability obtain the support they need to improve their skills and independence over time, promoting reasonable and necessary funding to people with a permanent and significant disability to access the support and services they need.
Facilitating with assistance or products that help people in their daily lives so they can participate in the community and achieve their goals.
The NDIS also supports children or adults as early as possible to reduce the impact of disability or developmental delay and to develop their skills and independence.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
- If you are aged between 7 and 65 years old
- If you live in Australia and have Australian residency
- Australian Citizens
- Permanent Visa holders
- Protected Special Category Visa Holders
- If you usually need support from a person because of a permanent and significant disability
- If you use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability
- If you need some supports now to reduce your future needs
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) makes decisions about who can access the NDIS based in the information people provide about their disability and how it impacts on their day-to-day life.
According to the NDIS, a permanent disability means your disability is likely to be lifelong. A significant disability has a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities.
If you fit the above characteristics you may be eligible.
Please contact us for more detailed information. Our team would love to answer any questions you may have.
A support will not be funded if it:
- is not related to the participant’s disability
- duplicates others support already funded by a different mechanism through the NDIS
- relates to day to day living costs that are not related to a participants support needs, or
- it’s likely to cause harm to the participant or pose a risk to others.
(Under the NDIS Act)
- If you meet the eligibly criteria, you can ask to become a participant.
Our team is ready to answer any questions you may have and is happy to assist you in this process so you can become an NDIS participant.
CREATING A PLAN
If you are eligible for NDIS funding, and have received an “access decision” letter, the next step will be to create your NDIS plan.
As everyone has different plans and objectives, your plan is a contract drawn up by you, to meet your needs and goals.
By answering questions such as how your life is going in different areas, what goals you would like to achieve and what kind of help and support you need, a personalised plan will be structured to suit and meet your needs.
It is important to think about your immediate support needs and your current and future goals when preparing for a planning meeting.
NDIS participants have control of the supports they receive, when and by whom.
You can find out more information on NDIS website https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/creating-your-plan
USING YOUR PLAN
Once you have your plan approved, you need to understand the different budgets and who can help you start using your plan and learn how it is managed.
There are 3 different ways to manage NDIS Plan:
The JaeMan team is ready to support you in all of these ways.
Self-management is when you manage your NDIS funding. It gives you the flexibility and choices to decide what supports to buy to meet your plan goals.
If you are interested in self-managing all parts of your NDIS plan, you can also talk with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or NDIA planner.
Local Area Coordinators (LAC) – LAC’s help people understand and access the NDIS. They also work with NDIS participants to develop and use their NDIS plan.
The NDIA will provide funding in your plan to pay for a Plan Manager who will manage the financial aspects of your plan (for example – paying your service providers for you).
REVIEWING YOUR PLAN:
As your plans may change over time, reviewing your plan is an opportunity to check if your supports are working for you, as well as helping you to progress and achieve your goals.
The first review of the NDIS plan usually takes place after 12 months. If you think your needs are unlikely to change and you don’t think you will need a 12 months plan review, the NDIS can offer a future plan for up to 3 years.
If you have any questions about the revision of your plan, you can contact NDIS through 1800 800 110, or find more information on the NDIS website https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/reviewing-your-plan-and-goals