THE National Disability Insurance Scheme is the new way of providing disability support - with your needs at the forefront.
The scheme aims to give power back to recipients, and instead of being given an 'off-the-shelf' solution, the NDIS allows you to receive tailer-made support with a program as unique as you.
The NDIS provides all Australians under the age of 65, who have a permanent and significant disability, with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.
It has been rolling out in various areas in Australia since 2013 and will continue to until 2019 when the NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians.
The NDIS replaces a disability system that was unfair and inefficient with a new, national system that is world-leading, equitable and sustainable.
This provides certainty and consistency for people with disability, their families and carers. Australians will now have peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a significant disability that is likely to be with them for life they will get the support they need, when they need it.
John has received care from a service provider for the past 10 years. He is not necessarily happy with the level of service, or how it fits into his lifestyle, but it has been the only option for him. With the NDIS, John and his carer will work with an NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) staff member or representative to link him with the best service provider for his needs. He will then work with the provider to create an individualised support program to meet his requirements. If at any time John is not happy with his new provider, he can change to another of his choosing.