What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new and flexible way to provide long-term individualised support to people with a disability.

The NDIS provides individuals with choice and control over the reasonable and necessary supports they require to live an ordinary life and achieve their goals.

Replacing Australia’s old model of disability funding, with a legislatively guaranteed “insurance” model whereby all Australians who meet the eligibility criteria are legally entitled to NDIS funding for all ‘necessary and reasonable’

Am I eligible for the NDIS?

Participants need to be eligible to access the NDIS.

The criteria to be eligible include:

  • Age requirements: you have to be aged between 0-65 years old
  • Residency requirements: Living within the current NDIS Rollout area
  • Disability requirements or Early Intervention requirements: People who have a permanent disability that significantly affects their communication, mobility, self-care or self-management to ensure that they get the support that is reasonable and necessary to meet their needs.

You can check your eligibility here.

When will the NDIS be implemented in the NT?

Key Dates:

1 July 2018

  • Darwin urban region
  • Central Australia region

Transition of supported accommodation:

1 January 2018

  • People in supported accommodation
  • Darwin Urban

NDIS categories HPA supports

  • Supported Employment
  • Development – Life Skills
  • Daily Personal Activities
  • High-Intensity Personal Activities
  • Daily Tasks / Shared Living
  • Group/Centre Activities
  • Assist Life Stage, Transition
  • Behaviour Support
  • Support Coordination
  • Therapeutic Supports
  • Assist Travel / Transport
  • Household Tasks
  • Home Modifications
  • Assist Products – Personal Care and Safety

What’s next?

How does the NDIS assessment process work?

A series of eligibility and planning assessments will be used to determine allocated funding. There are two assessment processes: first, an eligibility assessment to determine whether a person is eligible for funding and if so, a planning assessment to determine a person’s goals and aspirations and then design an individualised funding package to help achieve those goals.

NDIA staff – called Planners – carry out these assessments using formal systems and tools designed to ensure consistency, fairness, and objectivity. If necessary, there is also scope for NDIA staff to also call on specialist advice. The planners and participants work together to identify what current and future supports will be required to make progress on the participant’s goals, resulting in a ‘Statement of Participant Supports’ that sets out the supports to be provided or funded by the NDIS, based on what is considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ to enable a good life.

Will my service provider stay the same?

Can I change my service provider if I am not happy?

You will be able to choose the service provider that you would like.

What will happen to my current care and support arrangements?

If you are currently receiving care and support these arrangements will continue. The Agency, participating governments and service providers will discuss how best to transition your support into the new Scheme. Once the launch commences, you will be able to contact your local NDIS office and they will meet to discuss your goals and aspirations to see if there is anything more needed to support you, or if there are things you would like to do differently.

Contact us for further details and to discuss your NDIS plan.