What exactly is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new system of disability support that is being introduced across Australia. The NDIS aims to give people with disability and their carers more choice and control over the support they have. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is in charge of running the NDIS.
Is the NDIS in my area yet?
The NDIS is already available in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland local government areas. The NDIS has also started in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith local government areas. From July 2016 it will start rolling out across the rest of the state.
Oh no! The NDIS has been introduced in my area, but the person I care for hasn’t been contacted yet!
That’s okay! Give the NDIA a call on 1800 800 110.
Who will get supported by the NDIS?
The NDIA decides if a person with disability is eligible for funded supports. However, to be eligible for funded supports a person with disability must:
- Live in an area where the NDIS has already started
- Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected Special Category Visa holder
- Be under 65 years of age
- Have either a significant, permanent disability or a need for early intervention
Can carers get support from the NDIS too?
The focus of the NDIS is people with disability. Carers cannot get a plan or individually funded support package for themselves. However, many carers of participants will benefit from the funded supports the participant gets from the NDIS. For example, they may get a break while the participant enjoys an activity they want to do, or while a support worker helps them with personal care. A participant’s plan may also include reasonable and necessary supports to help strengthen the carer in their caring role. For example, training about the person’s disability or family counselling to deal with challenging behaviours. Carers need to speak up about what support provide and what support they need for themselves.
Where can I find out more information?
You can find more information specifically for carers here on the NDIS page of the Carers NSW website. You can also sign up to receive Carers NSW monthly NDIS updates here. For more information on the NDIS and how it works, visit the NDIS website: www.ndis.gov.au or call the NDIA on 1800 800 110. To speak to someone about the NDIS in a different language call the Translating and Interpretation Service (TIS) on 131 450.