We understand that accessing funding for disability services can be daunting. If you live with disability, or care for someone with disability, it’s overwhelming to even know where to start. You don’t need to feel alone. We can help. We’ve put together some useful information to point you in the right direction. Here’s what you need to know to access funding for disability services.
Where do I start?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme, commonly known as the NDIS, is a good place to start. The NDIS provides funding. This funding allows people to access the necessary supports they need to live an everyday life. It also helps people achieve their goals and participate in the community.
Who can get NDIS funding?
You can apply for NDIS funding if you meet the following eligibility criteria:
- You are aged between 7 and 65 years.
- You live in Australia.
- You are an Australian citizen or have a Permanent or Special Category Visa.
- You need support from a person because of a permanent and significant disability. Or,
- You use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability. Or,
- You need some support now to reduce your future needs.
The NDIS define ‘permanent and significant disability’ as; a disability that is likely to be lifelong, or a disability that has a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities.
What if I am not eligible for NDIS funding?
If you care for a child with disability under the age of 7 years, they may be able to receive support. The NDIS has implemented an ‘Early Childhood, Early Intervention’ (ECEI) approach. This provides assistance, advice and access to early intervention. To get started with ECEI, contact an ‘Early Childhood Partner’. You can find an Early Childhood Partner in your local area by going to the ‘Contact’ page on the NDIS website. Simply type in your postcode for a listing of Early Childhood Partners near you. Or, phone the NDIS on 1800 800 110.
If you have acquired a disability after the age of 65 years, you are not eligible for the NDIS. However, you will be supported by aged care or health care services. Contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to find out more. People who receive NDIS funding before the age of 65 can choose to remain under this scheme as they get older.
Once you have received confirmation of your funding and plan, it’s time to find a disability service provider. Look for a provider who can tailor services to suit your individual needs.
To see how Simply Helping’s wide range disability services can help you, click here. Or, go to Our Locations page to find a Simply Helping office near you.