The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with disability to live full, independent and meaningful lives. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS means that those who are born with or acquire a permanent and significant disability will have access to the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. This includes eligible people with psychosocial disability, who have a psychiatric condition that is permanent, or likely to be permanent.
Key principles of the NDIS include:
- choice and control – participants choose the providers they want to work with;
- reasonable and necessary supports – non-clinical supports and services that help participants undertake activities relating to daily living and participating in the community – both socially and economically; and
- a strong focus on informal networks and community supports.
Where is the NDIS available?
The Scheme is being rolled out gradually across the country. All eligible people with disability in Australia are expected to have access to the NDIS by 2019.
In South Australia, there are expected to be around 32,000 NDIS participants, up from approximately 17,000 people with disability currently receiving funded supports.
The NDIS is currently available to eligible children aged 0 to 17 years across South Australia. From 1 July 2017, adults aged 18 to 64 years old began to enter the NDIS based on where they live. The NDIS commenced in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield (East) in the Northern Adelaide region, along with the Barossa, Light, and Lower North region in July 2017. This will be followed by the Tea Tree Gully LGA and the Limestone Coast and Murray, Mallee regions from 1 October 2017.
More information about the rollout of the NDIS in South Australia and can be found on the NDIS website.
How can I access the NDIS?
To access the NDIS, you must live in an area where it is available. You must also:
- be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa;
- have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent and that significantly impacts your day-to-day functioning.
You can find out if you’re eligible to receive NDIS funding by completing the NDIS Access Checklist or contacting the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110.
If you’re an existing NDIS Participant or transitioning to the NDIS and would like to access My Life My Way’s services as part of your plan, get in touch with us today. We will work closely with you to help in your transition, help find eligibility or develop a personalised support plan focussed on helping you achieve your goals.