The NDIS, or National Disability Insurance Scheme, has helped nearly 460,000 Australians living with a disability. The scheme provides funding packages for people aged 16 to 65 who have a permanent and substantial impairment. If this sounds like you or someone you know, you should familiarise yourself with how the NDIS works. Not everyone with a disability is eligible.
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The funding packages are for “reasonable and necessary supports” that a person with a disability needs to live an ordinary life. These supports include:
- Needing help with completing everyday domestic activities
- The use of equipment such as hearing aids and wheelchairs
- Many different types of therapy
- Help keeping in touch with friends and family
Eligibility for NDIS funding depends on location, age, and needs. By going through the eligibility checklist on the NDIS website, you can quickly determine if you might be eligible. The list asks the following questions:
- Are you between seven and 65 years old?
- Do you have Australian residency?
- Do you have a permanent and significant disability that requires support from another person?
- Do you use special equipment because of your disability?
- Would having supports right now reduce your needs in the future?
Only one of the last three questions needs to apply to you for you to be considered for funding. If you have a child who is at least seven years old, they may be eligible for early intervention.
After checking your eligibility, you can call 1800 800 110 to make an Access Request. If needed, you can also get a physical form. The Access Request will ask you to confirm your identity and check to see that you meet the access requirements.
The NDIS will not get any information from your current support provider without your consent. However, you may be asked to provide more information about how your disability impacts your life. You can provide letters, reports, or a form filled out by your health professional.
If you are determined to be eligible, the NDIS will contact you for a planning meeting. During this meeting, you will be interviewed about your current supports, personal life, goals, and other needs. The purpose of the meeting is to create a plan that improves your current quality of life.
You can choose how you would like to manage your funding. The three options include self-managed, plan-managed, and NDIA-managed.
When you get your plan, it will include:
- Your basic information
- Community services
- Your goals
- The funding allocated for specific supports
Keep in mind that you can have as much or as little control in executing your plan as you’d like. Your ECEI Coordinator, Local Area Coordinator, or Support Coordinator will help you get started. They’ll help you understand your plan, connect with services, find providers, and answer any questions you have.
You can manage your plan through the NDIS participant portal called “myplace”. There, you can check your plan details, see messages, upload documents, find service providers, and more.
Maid2Match is a registered NDIS provider for house cleaning services. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you.