The NDIS gives hope to people with disabilities by providing support that state agencies could not deliver adequately. However, like all other programs, introducing a new system always confuses people. Therefore, despite the NDIS providing all the information about the support, it is essential that people fully understand what is in for them by being part of the support. Therefore, if you are an NDIS participant who is not yet informed about their plan, this information will help you.
What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the country’s first national scheme for people with disabilities. It was formed to improve the previous system, where state agencies and community organizations were provided block funding.
Who Do we need the NDIS?
The federal government funds the NDIS program as a safety net to provide consistent lifetime support for people with disabilities. The NDIS is better than the previous program where the state and territory managed disability supports. The old system was unfair, underfunded, fragmented and left people with disabilities with no choice.
How Much Funding do you get?
Only the NDIS can tell the amount of funding you get in your plan. The NDIS will consider your individual goals to determine the reasonable and necessary supports to achieve them. The funding considers your age, life stage, primary disability, functional impairment and living situation. Reach out to NDIS enquiries for funding guidance.
Who is Eligible for NDIS Supports?
To be eligible for the NDIS support, you must;
- Have a permanent disability that impacts your capabilities to perform daily activities.
- Be less than 65 years old during application.
- Be an Australian citizen, hold a permanent Visa or a Protected Special Category Visa.
Early intervention is also offered for children who;
- Are under 6 years old and have a developmental delay
- A disability with the likelihood of becoming permanent and early support would reduce the amount of help needed in the future.
Must there be Evidence of Disability during the Initial Meeting?
All NDIS participants must present a diagnosis of their primary disability from a health professional. So, for example, it could be your GP, allied health specialists and neurologists who provide a list of current treatments. However, there is no need to worry if you may not present everything the planner asks for. But to be safe, you must always be adequately prepared not to delay accessing the scheme.
What are Informal Supports?
Informal supports are supports provided by family members, including siblings and parents. The NDIS considers the ongoing capacity of the family to provide alternative support as required. The NDIS provides guidelines about what families are expected to provide. Informal supports must be included in your pre-planning activity since the NDIS may not fund them. NDIS enquiries will educate you more on the support you need.
How do you Manage NDIS Budgets and Supports?
In the initial NDIS planning meeting, your support coordinators will ask how you want your funds and support to be managed. The plan management options include;
- Self-managed plan – The NDIS will provide funding directly to the organizations and individuals supporting you.
- Plan management – A registered plan management provider will manage your NDIS funds.
- Agency managed – You can request the NDIS to manage the funds on your behalf.
- Plan nominee – If you have a trustworthy person to manage your funds, you can nominate them to the NDIS.
Plan management is funded as part of your plan and never takes away from your funding.
How do you receive the Plan?
The NDIS will notify you through email or letter to alert you that your plan is active. It will contain the myplace portal activation code that expires in 10 days. 24 hours after approval of your plan, it will be posted on your NDIS myplace portal, so you need to check it constantly.
The NDIS enquiries are endless; luckily, all your questions will be addressed. You can reach out to your ndis support coordinator for guidance if you are a participant. During the initial plan meeting, the coordinators will try to explain everything to you.