What is the NDIS? A quick overview of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is a new system of providing support to people with a disability, their families, and carers. Launched in 2013 by the Australian Federal Government, the NDIS uses an insurance approach similar to Medicare, meaning the costs for disability care are shared amongst the wider community.
The NDIS is being progressively rolled out across Australia under the management of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The rollout is due to be completed by 2020.
The NDIS has been designed to give people with a disability greater choice and control over the support they receive, providing eligible individuals with funding based on their personal needs and lifelong goals and aspirations.
Why was the NDIS introduced?
Before the NDIS was introduced, it was widely recognised that disability support in Australia needed to change. An enquiry found that the support available for people with a disability varied according to a whole range of factors – and not everyone was getting a fair go.
The Federal Government agreed that people with a disability deserved a fairer system, and more control over the services they receive. So in July 2013, the NDIS was introduced.
What does the NDIS mean for people with a disability?
For those eligible, the NDIS means gaining greater choice and control over the disability services you receive, and even the course your life takes. Through the NDIS assessment and planning process, you can determine what reasonable and necessary supports you need to live your life and achieve your personal goals. You’ll then receive individual funding to pay for these disability services.
With the NDIS, you not only get to choose what type of supports you receive, you also decide when, where and how you receive them – and which disability service providers you’ll work with. You even have control over how your funds are managed.
At House with No Steps we’re excited about the improved outcomes the NDIS will bring – and as an approved NDIS service provider, we’re here to help make these positive changes happen.
Find out more
Talk to our Customer Service Advisor about the NDIS on 1300 538 746 or by email.