Understanding the NDIS


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NDIS Basics

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a way of supporting people with a permanent and significant disability by giving them the support they need to achieve their goals and live the life they choose. The NDIS enables people with disabilities to access supports through an individualised funding package. It will give people with a disability the opportunity to make the decisions about their supports, including who will provide them. The National Disability Insurance Scheme became available in South West Sydney in July 2016.

How does the NDIS work?

The NDIS is based on an insurance model. This means the costs of disability services and supports are shared across the community. Emphasis is placed on making up-front investments that reduce participants' calls on the Scheme into the future.

What is the NDIA?

The National Disability Insurance Agency is an independent agency whose role it is to implement the NDIS. It engages directly with people with a disability and their families to complete individualised plans. Every plan will be different because it is tailored to address each individual’s goals and needs.

What does the NDIS Cover?

The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that help someone with a disability to:

  • pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations
  • increase their independence
  • increase social and economic participation, and
  • develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.

This support may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements, and health and well-being.

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