The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing disability support being introduced across Australia. It’s a huge change that’s here, but what is it?
In the past, many Australians with disability had very little say over their support. The NDIS offers people with disability more choice and control over how their support is delivered by providing individualised funding. With the rollout of the NDIS, for the first time, many Australians with disability will receive their own funding and have more choice about the type of support they receive and who provides it for them. For many, this will mean being able to live more independently, and with greater freedom and dignity.
The program takes a lifelong approach to disability support services by carefully considering support needs and goals, and developing a personalised plan.
If you are eligible, the NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports in a range of areas including living arrangements, education, employment, social participation, independence and health and wellbeing. The aim is to help you with everyday activities as well as to help you achieve your goals and dreams. For example:
- Developing skills for day to day living
- Doing things on your own and become independent
- Taking part in the community
- Working and earning money
Because it’s a big change to the previous system, the NDIS is being gradually rolled out geographically in Victoria. The Tipping Foundation is one of the first registered providers of the NDIS and our experience to date has been incredibly valuable for us and for our clients. Once it is fully implemented in 2019, NDIS funding will replace current disability services funding.