UPDATED: NDIS Information

An update on our previous NDIS post, information correct as at January 2018

This is so confusing! So what exactly is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the 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 supports 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 now available in all areas of NSW, however not everyone will have access yet. Eligible people with disability are entering the NDIS in stages, depending on what services and supports they access already.

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 to check where things are up to.

Who will be 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:

  • Be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Be under 65 years of age
  • Have a significant, life-long disability

Can carers get support from the NDIS too?

The focus of the NDIS is people with disability. However, many carers will benefit from the funded supports the person they care for 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. Some other kinds of support may be available to carers, such as training about the person’s disability or family counselling to deal with challenging behaviours. Young carers should speak up about what they do for, and with, the person they care for and what support they need for themselves.

Where can I find out more information?

You can find more information specifically for carers on the NDIS page of the Carers NSW website: www.carersnsw.org.au/ndis. For more information on the NDIS and how it works, visit the NDIS website at 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 on 131 450.