The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) strives to ensure people with disability continue to get the support they need to achieve their goals. The changes that are required to existing disability support systems with the transition to the NDIS are significant. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is seeking to transition to the NDIS in a way that ensures the scheme can be introduced gradually, ensuring a smooth transition for people with disability and support providers.
In our area, the NDIS will roll out from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Under NDIS we will provide the same type of service we have always provided.
At ACES, our aim is to keep you more informed as we become aware of changes made to the system due to the roll out of the NDIS – both for you as carers, the people you care for and also us as your support provider. We are committed to work with you as a carer as we all transition to the NDIS by providing timely updates on the progress of the NDIS rollout and tools to assist you with getting ready.
Am I eligible for NDIS?
There are a number of factors which determine whether you are eligible for support under the NDIS when it rolls out in your area.
In November 2015 the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) otherwise known as ADHC, announced an agreement with the NDIA that nearly all of its service groupings will be considered a ‘Defined Program’. In other words if a person is already in an ADHC funded program, they will almost certainly be eligible for the NDIS.
If you currently receive disability services you will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency before your area transitions.
You may be eligible for the NDIS if:
- you are under 65 years
- you are an Australia citizen, a permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder
- you have a permanent or significant disability that requires help from others to do things, equipment or assistive technology
For further information on eligibility, please visit the NDIS access checklist: www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist
You will need to contact the NDIS directly to complete an access request form. You do not need a referral. Visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110