What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia. It means that people who require support will have access to an individually controlled budget which is used to purchase the types of supports they need from the providers of their choice.
The NDIS is run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life. The NDIS will replace all funding currently provided by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) in NSW. It will also replace Commonwealth funding programs including Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start.
Who can access the NDIS?
The requirements to be eligible to participate in the NDIS include being an Australian resident who is under 65 years of age with a disability for which support is required because of that disability. People who are currently accessing state or Commonwealth government funded disability supports will continue to have their supports funded, however, the funding will be received from the NDIS. People currently receiving supports through ADHC funded programs will be given priority to participate in the NDIS. It is important to note that existing funded programs will continue to be available until the roll out of NDIS is complete. For full details of who is eligible to participate in the NDIS please visit the NDIS website.
The NDIS began to roll out across parts of NSW on 1st July 2016. People living in the following areas of NSW will be gradually rolled into the NDIS:
- Central Coast
- Western Sydney
- Northern Sydney
- Hunter-New England
- South Western Sydney
- Nepean-Blue Mountains
- Southern NSW
From 1st July 2017 the NDIS will begin roll out in the remaining areas of NSW including:
- South Eastern Sydney
- Illawarra Shoalhaven
- Mid North Coast
- Western NSW
- Northern NSW
- Far West NSW
How does the NDIS work?
I currently receive funded services, how do I access the NDIS?
People who are accessing or have recently accessed state or Commonwealth funded supports will automatically have an access request created on their behalf. The NDIS team will contact you to check if you would like to participate in the scheme. If you agree and your child is eligible you will then become a participant.
I don’t currently receive funded services, how do I access the NDIS?
If you have not accessed a funded disability support recently or at all and you would like to participate in the NDIS you will need to complete an access request form. To begin your access request call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 or visit www.ndis.gov.au.
How much money will the NDIS provide?
The NDIS provides an individualised budget based on the supports required to achieve the goals that are agreed upon for your child as part of the annual plan. These supports must be considered ‘reasonable and necessary’.
How do I create a plan for my child?
The NDIA provides assistance to develop this plan through Local Area Co-ordinators (LACs) and NDIS planners. To access these LACs and planners please contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110.
A good place to start is thinking about the current services that you receive, the types of supports that would make life easier and what you would like life to look like. You will also need to think about how you would like to manage the budget. You may wish to manage your own invoices and payments which gives you more choice and control over supports, this is referred to as self-managing. Alternatively, you may prefer the convenience of the NDIA holding the money and the service providers claiming directly from the NDIA which is similar to Medicare bulk billing.
The team at ABi can assist you during the planning process by providing you with copies of reports and summaries of services your child has accessed in the past. We can work with you to identify what goals you would like to include in your child’s plan along with the types of supports that can assist with achieving these goals. The idea is to make the transition to NDIS funding as smooth as possible.
What happens once I have met with the NDIS?
When your plan is finalised the NDIA will approve a budget to fund your supports. Next, you will need to decide exactly what types of supports you would like to access and who you would like to provide them. From there it is up to you to make contact with service providers and decide which ones meet your needs the most.
I currently receive services from another provider; can I receive services from ABi too?
Yes – you are able to access whatever services that you like, whenever you like. One of the key principles of the NDIS is to provide people with disability with more choice. You just need to make sure that you have enough money in the budget to pay for the supports.
How can ABi support my child under the NDIS?
ABi is a registered provider under NDIS and we are able to offer similar therapy services using NDIS funding as you may have accessed in the past through our ADHC funded programs. We also offer some new services including the following:
- Behaviour Support Therapy
- Early intervention
- Skill Development
- Speech Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Parent training workshops
- Play therapy groups
- Social skills groups
We now have increased flexibility of session bookings, whether it is one off consultations or scheduling the sessions in a manner that will fit in with your overall therapy goals for your child. Also, there are no longer set time limits on our programs, we are able to offer services for your child for as long as there is funding available.
Can ABi support my child at school using NDIS funding?
Children and young people with a disability have the same right to learn and participate in school to the extent of their ability. The NDIS is not designed to replace supports your child is already entitled to receive from the school. However, the NDIS may fund supports to assist your child participate more fully at school.
I am ready to start now, what do I do?
The first step is to call ABi on (02) 9569 7700. From here our highly trained consultants will discuss your individual circumstances and register you to commence services. Remember that we are here to support you with every step of the journey. For more information about the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.