National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.

The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.

The NDIS helps people with disability to:

Access mainstream services and supports

These are the services available for all Australians from people like doctors or teachers through the health and education systems. It also covers areas like public housing and the justice and aged care systems.

Access community services and supports

These are activities and services available to everyone in a community, such as sports clubs, community groups, libraries or charities.

Maintain informal support arrangements

This is help people get from their family and friends. It is support people don’t pay for and is generally part of most people’s lives.

 

Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports

The NDIS can pay for supports that are reasonable and necessary. This means they are related to a person’s disability and are required for them to live an ordinary life and achieve their goals.

Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the Disability Support Pension and Carers Allowance.

 
Who can access the NDIS? 

The NDIS is being introduced in stages, because it’s a big change and it is important to get it right and make it sustainable. Existing service users and new participants will enter the scheme progressively.

In NSW, the NDIS will be rolled out by district. When the NDIS commences in a district, people currently receiving supports through New South Wales Government specialist disability services will be moving first.

Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people with disability start their plans with the NDIS.

If you are not currently receiving disability supports you can apply to access the NDIS from 1 July 2018 (only those in urgent or exceptional circumstances).

You may meet the access requirements up to six months prior to the NDIS phasing in your area.

For more information, click here.

Northern NSW 

The NDIS will become available in the Northern NSW district from July 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date.

The Northern NSW district covers the local government areas of

  • Ballina

  • Byron

  • Clarence Valley

  • Kyogle

  • Lismore

  • Richmond Valley

  • Tweed
     

All information is from the NDIS website https://www.ndis.gov.au/index.html

NDIS  Phone 1800 800 1100

NDIS Locations click here

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