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An Introduction to NDIS

What is NDIS?

National Disability Insurance Scheme, founded on July 1st, 2013, is a scheme of the Australian government to fund and assist people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive, or psychosocial disabilities between the age of 7 and 65. The scheme helps through individualized packages of support to eligible people with disability in many aspects of lives including daily tasks, independence in activities, involvement in the community, employment, and health and wellbeing.

Eligibility criteria for NDIS-

To get the NDIS support, there are some requirements for the participants. The participants have to-

  • live in an area where the NDIS is available
  • meet the residency requirements (be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or Protected Special Category Visa holder)
  • meet the disability or early intervention requirements and
  • be under 65 years of age when the access request is made.

Services and supports provided by NDIS and their funding-

There are three NDIS supports funded in the participant’s plan-

  • Core support-

Core Supports help you with daily personal activities, participate in the community, and work towards your goals. The core supports budget is flexible and you can use your funding across any of the four support categories- assistance with daily life, consumables, assistance with social & community participation, transport. However, sometimes you may not have flexibility in your funding, specifically for transport funding.

  • Capacity-building support-

Capacity Building Supports help build your skills to help you pursue your goals and live more independently. This support budget funding can only be used to purchase approved individual supports that fall within that Capacity Building category-

Support coordination improved living arrangements, increased social & community participation, finding & keeping a job, improved relationships, improved health & wellbeing, improved learning, improved life choices, and improved daily living.

  • Capital support-

Capital Supports are used to fund assistive technology, equipment, and home or vehicle modifications like wheelchairs or hand railing installation at homes. Funds within the Capital Supports budget can only be used for their specific purpose and cannot be used to pay for anything else. 

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