The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is coming soon. Are you ready?
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS, is a new way for Australians with disability to take greater control of their lives. Participants in the scheme will receive a funding allocation for the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live comfortably. Individualised plans ensure participants are receive funding for what they need, and not just what has previously been on offer.
The scheme provides participants with greater choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided. Individuals will also enjoy the security of knowing they will receive the support they need throughout their lifetime. This is truly a remarkable innovation for Australian residents that will offer great improvement for thousands of people who in many cases have not previously had access to the quality services and supports they require.
When is the NDIS starting?
It already has! The NDIS is now rolled out in Townsville, Mackay, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset regions, Bundberg, Rockhampton, Gladstone and western regions.
The remaining Queensland rollout plan is:
The regions of Logan; Redlands; Cairns; Brisbane North; Brisbane South; Fraser Coast; Burnett; Cherbourg; Gold Coast
The regions of Moreton Bay; Strathpine; Caboolture; Sunshine Coast; Gympie
What type of services/supports will the NDIS cover for an eligible participant?
NDIS funding will be different for each participant. The funding allocation may change year to year, depending on your personal circumstances. For detailed information on reasonable and necessary supports, you can call our Client Services team on 07 3435 4300 or contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110.
Some supports that may be funded through NDIS are:
- Aids & appliances, home & vehicle modifications
- Personal care
- Transport assistance
- Supported employment services
- Specialist accommodation support
- Support coordination
- Domestic assistance
- Therapies – physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counselling
- Crisis/emergency support
- Community access supports
How do I found out more about the NDIS and whether I’m eligible for NDIS participation?
The NDIS has a number of free workshops running throughout Queensland to help you prepare for the transition to NDIS, and beyond. Have a look at upcoming NDIS Qld events here.
If you currently receive disability support or services from the Queensland Government, you will be contacted by the NDIA to discuss transitioning you to the NDIS. If you do not currently receive support or services from the Queensland Government, you will need to call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 to discuss entering the NDIS.
Of course, our Client Services team are always here to chat – call the team today on 07 3435 4300.