Understanding NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a government-funded program in Australia that supports people with disabilities. It is designed to provide individualised funding and support to help participants achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.

The NDIS offers various services, including assistive technology, personal care, and community participation support. Participants craft a personalised plan with a planner that details their objectives and the assistance required to reach them. The plan is regularly evaluated to ensure it stays meaningful and feasible.

The NDIS has played a pivotal role in revolutionizing the disability services sector and has empowered numerous Australians with disabilities to access the essential support and services they need. It marks a significant achievement in our continued endeavours to foster a more egalitarian and attainable society.

Major Support Funded by NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for various supports and services for people with disabilities in Australia. The NDIS has identified three funding categories, also known as support budgets, within the scheme. These categories are Core support, Capacity Building Support, and Capital Support. 

  • Core supports are the assistance enabling a participant to undertake day-to-day activities. These may include personal care, help with household tasks, and assistance with mobility and communication. 
  • Capacity Building Supports help participants develop the skills and confidence to participate in daily activities and achieve their goals. These may include support for learning new skills, improving communication and social interactions, and developing greater independence.
  • Capital Supports include funding for items such as assistive technology and home modifications. These supports are designed to help participants achieve their goals by improving their physical environment and access to assistive technology.

NDIS Eligibility Check

To be eligible for the NDIS, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Residency: The applicant must possess Australian citizenship, permanent residency, or a Protected Special Category Visa.
  • Disability: To be eligible, the applicant must have a disabling condition that significantly and persistently hinders their daily functioning.
  • Age: The applicant must be under age 65 at the time of their application.
  • Location: The applicant must live where the NDIS has been or is being rolled out.
  • Early intervention: Children under 6 with a developmental delay or disability may be eligible for early intervention support.