The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a national scheme for people with disability that provides funding directly to the individual to choose the services they need. The NDIS will provide a budget for people with disability to purchase the care and support that is reasonable and necessary over the course of their lifetime.
The NDIS has a broader role in helping people with disability to:
- access mainstream services, such as health, housing and education
- access community services, such as sports clubs and libraries and
- maintain informal supports, such as family and friends
To prepare for a planning meeting, a person with disability and their family/carers need to think about the person’s immediate support needs and their current and future goals.
Once an NDIS plan is approved support can be accessed to help with implementation of services, managing budget and the coordination of plans.
A plan review is an opportunity to check if supports are helping the individual work towards achieving their goals.
The NDIS will fund supports that are related to an individual’s disability, to increase their independence and to actively take part in the community. The NDIS Act and the rules made under the Act tell us what supports will not be funded by the NDIS.
For further information on the supports that will be funded from the NDIS and how these decisions are made contact the NDIS and visit Reasonable and Necessary Supports.
The NDIS website provides a range of tools and resources to help people develop an understanding of each step in the process of accessing the NDIS.
To join the NDIS you must meet a number of eligibility criteria. To find out if you are eligible, click on the button below.