What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a social and economic reform aimed at empowering people with a disability, to choose and achieve their goals in inclusive communities and workplaces.
By 2019, the NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with funding for the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is not welfare, it is an insurance-based scheme that invests in participants to improve long-term outcomes.
Funding for supports is determined by consideration of a person’s individual needs, goals and aspirations. Participants then choose their supports from the marketplace of providers, and are empowered to pursue their goals and aspirations.
Participating in the NDIS
A person who meets the NDIS criteria called a ‘participant’. The criteria include residency requirements, being under 65 years of age at the time of application and being able to demonstrate a permanent disability that affects everyday life and activities. People with a disability who don’t meet the NDIS access requirements will not receive individualised funding but can still be assisted to connect to government services and community activities.
Participants develop individualised ‘plans’ which contain funding to help them to live an ordinary life and to achieve individual goals, such as learning a new skill, increasing independence, enrolling in education, or getting a job.
Participants control their budget – they decide who provides their support, how, where and when.
The NDIS will provide funding to access services needed directly because of a person’s disability. Those supports won’t include things we would reasonably expect a family member or carer to provide, or services that are the responsibility of another part of government. NDIS funded services need to also demonstrate they are good value for money in meeting the participant’s goals.
Participants have control over their plan budget and can choose to:
• self-manage their funds
• have funds managed by a Plan Manager
• have funds managed by the NDIA, or
• have a combination of management types