NDIS – Is it for me? How can I access it?

NDIS – Is it for me? How can I access it?

So much has been said and written about the NDIS yet figuring out exactly what it covers and how to access it, can still be baffling.

The NDIS have recently released a number of booklets to make it easier to understand the scheme and how best to utilise it. They’re available online via the link below or you can request access to a printed copy via the site.

https://www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/fact-sheets-and-publications

The official roll-out for the NDIS began in 2016 and once complete, is expected to provide funding for support and services for around 460,000 Australians.

The aim of the NDIS, over previous supports and services, is to give people with disability, more choice and control over the support they receive and who provides it for them.

There’s four key criteria for obtaining the NDIS:

  1. You must be under 65 at the time of applying (if not, there may be other aged care support services that can help).
  2. You must be an Australian Citizen (or hold a permanent visa, or Protected Special Category visa)
  3. Have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities or a developmental delay. Or, meet the NDIS early intervention rules of having a condition or impairment that is likely to be permanent OR be a child under 6 with a developmental delay which requires greater care than a child of the same age.
  4. Live in a part of Australia where the NDIS is now available

If you satisfy the above, the next step is to call the NDIS to make an access request. If needed, you can choose to work with someone else to help prepare your access request for the NDIS, whether it be a carer, family member, GP or other health professional.

Following this process, if you are granted access, you become a “participant” in the NDIS and work toward creating an individualised plan for your care.

Subee is an NDIS service provider offering a huge range of support services from plan management, through to cleaning and shopping, community access, transport, personal care and even maintenance services. Our staff can work with you to help create the best plan to suit your needs.

When thinking about creating a plan, the focus should be on immediate support needs, as well as current and future goals.

For More information

www.ndis.gov.au

1800 800 110 8am to 11pm (local time) Monday to Friday

For people with hearing or speech loss

TTY: 1800 555 677

Speak and Listen: 1800 555 727

For people who need help with English

TIS: 131 450

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