The National Disability Insurance Scheme, also referred to as the NDIS, provides funding to people with disability for supports and services. It’s common for many people to have questions regarding the NDIS and how it works. Here, we offer some guidance, and help to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS provides funding for people with disability to access the supports and services they may need to live and enjoy their life, and achieve their goals. Goals may include more independence, more community participation, improved health and wellbeing, or help to gain employment.
Can I receive NDIS funding?
To be eligible for the NDIS you must:
- Have a permanent and significant disability, and
- Be aged between 7 and 65 years, and
- Live in Australia and be and Australian citizen, or hold a permanent visa, or a protected special category visa.
How does the NDIS define ‘permanent and significant’ disability?
A permanent disability means your disability is likely to be lifelong.
A significant disability is one that greatly reduces your ability to carry out everyday tasks by yourself. These tasks may include; communication, social interaction, leaning, mobility, self-care or self-management.
What disabilities are likely to be eligible for NDIS funding?
The NDIS may provide funding for intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions that result in permanent intellectual and physical impairments, spinal cord injury or brain injury or amputation that results in severe loss of strength and movement, permanent blindness or permanent hearing loss. A detailed list can be found on the NDIS website.
How do I apply for the NDIS?
To apply for the NDIS you will need to fill out a form. The form can be downloaded from the NDIS website, or you can get one from an NDIS office near you. It is ok to ask a family member, friend or other support person to help you. You will need to provide evidence of your disability, such as a letter or report from your doctor.
What services and supports can I access with my NDIS funding?
NDIS will fund supports or services which may help you with living arrangements, independence, social participation, health and wellbeing, education and employment. An example of some of these services include in home care, someone to help you with personal care needs such as bathing, dressing or meals, social support and companionship services, respite care, transport, home maintenance and modifications, and more.
For more information, visit the NDIS website at www.ndis.gov.au or phone the NDIS on 1800 800 110. Alternatively, your local Simply Helping team is happy to answer any queries you may have, and offer NDIS guidance.