What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide plan to support people living with permanent and significant disability.

It is giving people living with disability choice and control over their lives and their supports and the right to decide their own best interests rather than traditional service providers making those decisions.  The NDIS means more opportunities to access services and supports and a greater choice in selecting activities around your personal lifestyle.

Who is Eligible for the NDIS? 

You are eligible to access the NDIS if you are 

  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident or permanent visa holder, 
  • Are under 65 years of age 
  • And have a permanent (lifelong) and significant disability that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself

If you are eligible for the NDIS, you will receive your funding package to purchase reasonable and necessary supports that will help you to pursue your goals, achieve increased independence and assist you to participate in the community in the way that you want.  It is important to think about what services and supports you will need, including:

  • Direct support services for assistance with daily life, consumables, transport,  and/or assistance with social and community participation
  • Assistance with technology or home modifications or equipment
  • Improving areas of your life so that your ability to have choice and control in all areas of  life - home, social, community. work, health, relationships, learning, life choices, etc.

NDIS Roll Out in NSW

From 1 July 2016, people living in the Hunter, New England, Southern New South Wales, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains districts have been able to access the NDIS.

If you  who currently receive federal or state based funding will continue to receive that funding until 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 (except those in urgent or exceptional circumstances).

How the NDIS Works

To make things easier for people and their families NDIA have released the "My NDIS Pathway"

My NDIS Pathway
  1. What is the NDIS - understanding what is the NDIS and what it means for you
  2. Can I access the NDIS - this is done by phone or by letter by answering questions from the NDIS Access Checklist
  3. My First Plan - is the first meeting with yourself, an NDIS person and whomever you want to support you
  4. Starting My Plan - choose who you want to support you
  5. Reviewing My Plan - your plan is reviewed every 12 months with you or if your needs change

CCA can help you in all areas to understand and navigate through the NDIS