What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a Commonwealth Government funded insurance scheme that supports people with a permanent and significant disability to take part in everyday life.
In South Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme for adults (persons aged 18 and over) came into effect on 1 July 2017.
Why is the NDIS being introduced?
The purpose of the NDIS is to provide you, along with other eligible Australians living with disabilities, the funding support you need to live a full and rewarding life and participate in your community.
The supports you receive can enable you to achieve your personal goals in many aspects of your life including independence, participation in your community, education, employment, and health & wellbeing.
Compared with disability funding in the past, the NDIS gives you more choice and control over how, when and where your supports are provided. The NDIS will also make sure you receive the support you need throughout your lifetime.
If eligible, the NDIS will also fund reasonable and necessary supports that help you achieve your goals such as getting the right wheelchair, going on to study, planning a career, taking part in community activities or assistance with training and employment. The NDIS will also fund services such as speech therapy, remedial massage and physiotherapy.
You will have help to develop a plan. This plan will help you achieve your goals and include your existing supports if you are happy with your arrangements and if they meet your needs and goals.
It is important to note that the NDIS provides disability support. Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the disability support pension and carers’ allowance.
scosa will help to answer your questions so you can choose the services that best suit your personal circumstances and goals.