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Who does the NDIS support?

The NDIS will provide funding to about 460,000 Australians once it is fully rolled out across Australia.

Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the disability support pension and carers’ allowance.

The NDIS will help those who have an impairment or lifelong condition that stops them from doing everyday things without some assistance. Areas of assistance include:

  • Being understood by others
  • Getting out of bed, moving around, going outside or accessing the community
  • Help taking a bath, shower, getting dressed and eating
  • Assistance learning new things
  • Support to do daily jobs, handle money and make decisions.

The NDIS is also responsible for providing aids and equipment that support increased or independent functioning.

Some examples of the assistive technology a NDIS participant may be eligible to receive funding for includes:

  • a mobility cane
  • nonslip bathmat
  • non-electronic magnifiers
  • shower stool/chair
  • bath seat
  • over-toilet frame
  • video magnifier
  • bed rails
  • wheelchair
  • hoist
  • hearing aids

Some people may also meet the early intervention requirements. According to the scheme, they include:

  • If you have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and there is evidence that getting support now (early interventions for children aged six and over) will help you by:
    • Reducing how much help you will need to do things because of your impairment in the future and improving or reducing deterioration of your functional capacity, or
    • Helping your family and carers to keep helping you and those supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS, and not through another service system.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is working with the relevant Commonwealth and State government departments to engineer a smooth transition to the NDIS for people with disability, their families, carers and providers.

NDIS Eligibility - Who is eligible?

The aim of the NDIS is to support people with significant and permanent disability and to take into account the circumstances of families and carers, as well as the person with disability. To access the NDIS people with a disability will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Live in an NDIS trial site or transition area
  • Have a permanent disability that reduces their ability to participate effectively in activities or perform tasks that affect their capacity for social and economic participation
  • Are likely to require support under the NDIS for a lifetime

The scheme is for any Australian citizen (or resident or permanent visa holder) with permanent disability that significantly affects their day-to-day activities who is under 65 years of age when they make their application to the scheme.

Children under six can be assessed against the NDIS criteria for early intervention. This assumes that there is some capacity to develop skills with the right services and supports delivered at the right time. If children require ongoing support across their lifetime they can transition into the disability stream of the NDIS.

A child under six may meet the Early Childhood Intervention criteria if they have a developmental delay which results in:

  • Substantially reduced functional capacity in one or more of the areas of self-care, receptive and expressive language, cognitive, development or motor development, and
  • Results in the need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services which are of extended duration, and are individually planned and coordinated, and
  • Those supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS, and not through another service system.

It is worthwhile noting that if a child is already a NDIS participant their current arrangement will continue. Those currently receiving other government funded support will be contacted by the NDIS when it becomes available in their area.

Those children requiring ongoing support across their lifetime can transition into the disability stream of the NDIS.

 

Am I eligible?

If you have not yet transitioned to the NDIS, call us on 1300 737 942 to discuss your eligibility. As a registered provider of NDIS support, CareChoice can help you develop goals and achieve a smooth transition.

You can continue receiving support services with CareChoice before and after you have transitioned to the NDIS.

To book a complimentary consultation call 1300 737 942 or email enquiries to CareChoice here.