If you or someone you know has a permanent disability, you may want to familiarise yourself with the NDIS. NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, established by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013. The NDIS supports Australian citizens with significant disabilities to obtain their best quality of life.
Maid2Match is proud to be a part of this effort as we are a registered provider for NDIS cleaning services.
In 2019, close to 460,000 Australians received individualised support from the NDIS. The scheme helps people:
- Gain greater independence
- Be involved in their community
- Access education and employment
- Get early intervention when applicable
- Improve their overall health and wellbeing
The NDIS will fund $22 billion a year towards services for those in need of support. With this scheme, people have more choice and control over how they receive their supports.
The NDIS is available in all territories aside from Western Australia, where it will become available by July 2020. You can find more information about the service in your area on the Australian government website.
This scheme replaces the existing system for disability care that exists with the National Disability Agreement (NDA). After the Productivity Commission found issues with the NDA system in 2011, the government began working on a new plan. The NDIS fills the need for national, well-funded, long-term, quality care for individuals with a disability.
The objectives of the NDIS include:
- Supporting participants in their pursuits of social and economic independence
- Providing innovative supports to participants
- Developing a consistent, nation-wide approach to access to disability services
One of the main goals for this scheme is longevity. The NDIS Act specifies that the financial stability of this scheme must be accounted for.
Under the NDA, state governments had to contract disability service providers for specific services. Because of this contracting system, the services varied in quality and quantity across different states. A person in need of support would receive one disability service provider that was difficult to change, so people with disabilities were restricted to their assigned agency.
The amount of funding that the NDIS gives to individuals varies. People with smaller goals or needs may be denied funding, while those needing considerable support receive lots of funding. The average amount for individuals is about $40,000.
The NDIS became a full program in 2016. The majority of feedback about the scheme thus far is positive.
There were many debates about how this plan would be financed. The Gillard Government and the lower governments have agreed on this method of funding:
- The NDIS gets the existing money that all Australian governments spend on disability services
- Additional funds come from the 2014 Medicare levy increase
- Any other funding comes from borrowings or revenue from the general budget
The Government proposed that budget savings should be directed into an NDIS savings fund account, but this proposal has not yet been legislated. In 2019, the Australian government projected to spend around $11.2 billion for NDIS.
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.