What is NDIS?

In 2013, the National Disability Insurance Scheme was founded to help disabled people get the needed assistance, protect their human rights, and offer them fair representation in their immediate environment.

The sole aim of the NDIS is to ensure that the disabled are able to achieve their daily goals and live a good normal life.

NDIS is an insurance program with a clear ideology on the need to improve on the socioeconomic system through adequate investment in people with disabilities. The scheme focuses on ensuring proper representation is established for people living with disability. Although not means tested, the program is being managed and funded by Australian citizens, it is potentially expected to have not less than 460,000 citizens with observable disabilities under the age of 65 come on 2020.

NDIS has helped to achieve maximum independence alongside employment opportunities, improved socioeconomic system, and general wellbeing of people with disabilities.

Objectives of the NDIS Act include:

  • Footing the independence and socioeconomic development of people with disabilities.
  • Offering early intervention support to all participants.
  • Ensuring that the right of people with disabilities are protected and offer even opportunities to all in their pursuit to live a normal life.
  • Promoting the development of a nationally consistent approach to funding and planning for people with disabilities, and
  • Facilitating the provision for a qualitative and innovative guide to people with disabilities

A pivotal change to disability services

The NDIS offers a unique measure to the general upkeep, career, families, and relationship of people with disabilities. In the past, disability service was being handled by the federal or state government and other charity groups. As a result, people with disabilities were not properly attended to as many were shut away in asylum, and others taken off their natural environment until the late 80s. People with disabilities were left with no choice other than to take whatever service they could get. The productivity Commission in 2011 recommended that Australia replace the existing disability system with a national system capable of providing long-term, high-quality care and support for all Australians with disabilities. In 2013, the NDIS began following an agreement between the Commonwealth Government and states and territories, with a planned 6-year rollout. NDIS got plenty of support from Australians as a whole, which is one of the major key reasons it is up and running. Its estimated cost is approximately $22 billion per annum and is being delivered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

For a very long time, people with disability did not have a say in the service they received, so the NDIS made a massive impact by the changes it put in place for giving choice and control to participants to make decisions about what services and supports will help them achieve their goals. Participants now:

  • Have the right to choose how their plan is managed and by which provider.
  • Can request service they want at which location at a time that is convenient for them.

How NDIS works

Choice and Control

  • With certainty, the NDIS service offers people with disability (participant) control and choice.
  • Self-direction: participants can decide on the key factors to help them lead a good life.
  • How: funding is held against an Individualised support plan that is managed by participants, therefore, participants can decide on how they are funded.
  • What?: participants decide the kind of service they get as laid out by their goals.
  • Who?: participants decide on who delivers their service unlike before the NDIS system was rolled out and they didn’t have such options.
  • Where and When?: Participants can choose where and when a service should be delivered to them instead of looking out for the service provider.

The NDIS guide people with disability to:

  • Get specialists and mainstream services and supports available to citizens of Australia.
  • Access community services and support available to all in their environment: sports clubs, community groups and libraries.
  • Maintain adequate support from friends and families.
  • Access necessary funded support available to live a normal life.

What is necessary and reasonable support?

The NDIS offers reasonable and necessary support to Australians with disabilities. Participants can have numerous support services funded in their support plans according to their condition, aim, and goals. The NDIS helps provide reasonable and necessary support to meet your demand in:

  • Becoming independent
  • Taking part in requested social activities
  • Living a normal life

These specifically include:

  • Improved relationships, behaviour management with monitoring and intervention health and wellbeing including exercise and diet
  • Living skills such as shopping, cooking and self-management
  • Transport to help you participate in community, social, economic, and daily life activities accommodation services
  • Access to social and community activities and events, connect with support groups and mentors
  • Help with employment or with studies to allow you to successfully get or keep a job
  • therapeutic supports like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, communication and speech therapy
  • Vehicle modifications to make it easier to get around.
  • Assistive technology, aids or equipment to help you do things more independently
  • Help with personal care and assistance activities
  • Respite services and supports, other supports for family and carers
  • Home modifications and mobility equipment to help you to get about more easily and allow you to remain in your own home

Where can you find NDIS?

  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme targets Australia and is nationwide. You can also locate the NDIS through their calendar and maps.

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