About the NDIS
Why is the NDIS important?
For the first time in Australia, people living with a disability will be allocated funds to enable them to have ‘choice and control’ over the services that they want and who provides them.
This means that the way the disability sector currently operates will change significantly. Individuals with funds will be able to choose the services they need, rather than those services being allocated to them.
The NDIS legislation outlines a number of principles based on the recognition that any of us could have a disability and that there is a community responsibility to ensure that support is provided. Another important point is that people living with a disability are entitled to opportunities to realise their full potential, and the NDIS is designed to assist this.
What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)?
In 2013 the Commonwealth Government passed legislation (National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013) which will enable the provision of government funding to individuals who have a disability to choose what service they want in relation to their disability.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the Commonwealth organisation which is responsible for implementing the scheme. It is a national scheme and all States will be working under the same legislation and associated processes.
When will the Scheme be operating in South Australia?
South Australia is a trial site for children from 0-5 years, and the Scheme is being rolled out for children in other age groups now.
The Scheme commenced rolling out on 1st July 2017 for adults based on local government boundaries. The first areas to be eligible for NDIA are Gawler, Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield East. People living in other local government areas will have access to the NDIA in a staged way.
What type of support will the NDIS fund?
The NDIS will fund ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports that will assist people living with disability to achieve their goals and objectives, which could include:
- Regular personal care support
- Accessing therapy services
- Learning new skills
- Becoming more independent
- Improving health and wellbeing
- Becoming more actively involved in the community
- Gaining work experience and employment
Lighthouse Disability is registered as a specialist provider of disability support in the areas of accommodation, plan management, support coordination, respite and community support (although we are not providing respite and community support at the moment).
I am the carer of a person with a disability. What does the NDIS mean for me?
The NDIS acknowledges that families and carers need support to continue to support a person with disability.
The best way to ensure that carers are supported is to ensure that the person with disability has the support they require so that family and carers can live their lives. This may mean additional support at times when family or carers are at work or pursuing educational options. 'Respite' for the person with disability means they can undertake activities independently of family and build capacity so their needs are reduced over time. The provision of equipment or technology can also increase independence and reduce reliance on others.
NDIS plans focus on the whole of life support a person requires. This includes maximising outcomes for the person, their family and carers.
For information on the NDIS you can visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website or call 1800 800 110.