What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is designed to improve disability services by providing greater control and choice to people with disability, their families, and carers.
It is currently being trialed in a number of locations across Australia, to ensure it meets the needs of people with disability. Roll-out of the full scheme in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory will commence progressively from July 2016. For a complete list of locations and timings, visit the NDIS website
How does the NDIS work?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the agency responsible for implementing the NDIS. They will work with people who are eligible to receive the NDIS to develop a plan that will support their individual needs and help them to achieve their goals.
Individuals will be able to decide how to manage their financial support package and choose which provider best meets their needs. For those who have a permanent disability, the scheme will provide long term support. The NDIS also provides early intervention support. For more information visit the NDIS website here
The level of funding and support for each individual will be directly related to their needs. Funding will be given each year to purchase professional assistance, aids, and equipment from preferred providers. As an individual’s needs change, the funding plan can be adjusted accordingly.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the NDIS you will need to meet the following criteria:
- Live in a trial site location (only during the trial stage).
- Have a disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities.
- Be aged less than 65 years of age when you first access the scheme.
- Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.
You can check your eligibility by using the My Access Checker
on the NDIS website.
This will take between 10 to 20 minutes to complete.
How can Vision Australia support you?
Vision Australia’s team of specialists can help you understand what you need to do to access blindness and low vision services that will help you live the life you choose.
We can provide you with the advice and support you need to meet your goals and aspirations.
If you live in one of the trial sites and believe you are eligible for an NDIS package, contact your local Vision Australia office to discuss how we can help you today. You can find us at these locations: Geelong
79 High Street, Belmont VIC 3216
Phone: 03 5249 2700
2nd Fl, 22 East Row, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6132 5800
7-9 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
Phone: 02 4927 3300