The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was designed to provide people with disability or illness with the support they need to live a full and independent life.
If you're not familiar with NDIS, here's what you need to know:
- Disability Support Services are available through NDIS to anyone registered as an NDIS participant.
- This includes people with physical, intellectual, and psychosocial disabilities.
- There are different levels of support available through NDIS, depending on your needs.
With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start!
In this blog post, we'll outline the basics of disability services under NDIS, what you can expect from them and how you can access them.
Which services are available?
NDIS support a range of services deemed to be 'reasonable and necessary', including help with education, employment and health.
To meet the criteria for 'reasonable and necessary', the support:
- Must be related to the participants' particular disability
- Must represent a responsible use of the funds
- Must result in an effective improvement in the participants standard of living
List of support services for disability
Your level of funding depends on your specific needs, and it includes:
- help with household tasks to help users maintain their independence
- modifications in the home to aid mobility
- mobility equipment
- personal care (i.e. grooming and hygiene)
- health professionals to provide therapeutic support (behavioural as well as physical)
- transport to help you get to appointments and retain your community participation
- vehicle modifications
Since 1st October 2019, additional disability-related health supports have been available, including: respiratory supports, diabetes management supports, continence supports, podiatry supports and epilepsy supports.
What it does NOT include:
- anything that falls under the responsibility of another government/community services
- support unrelated to the user's disability
- anything considered a normal day-to-day living cost, i.e. rent, groceries, luxuries
- anything with the potential to cause harm to the participant or risk to others
How can I access NDIS services?
You can check your eligibility on the NDIS checklist here:
If you are eligible, you will then have a more thorough assessment of your specific needs.
A Disability Support Coordinator will work with you to develop a plan that outlines how support will be used to assist your personal goals.
What if I am not eligible for disability support services under NDIS?
NDIS has a list of alternative government/community support services and disability groups here: https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/how-apply/receiving-your-access-decision/support-people-who-are-not-eligible
What classifies as a disability?
NDIS funding is not limited to physical disabilities, injuries and illnesses, but also includes intellectual disability and mental health illnesses such as anxiety and depression.
Thanks to this initiative by the Australian government, whether you suffer from severe injury, permanent disability or a debilitating mental illness, you can benefit from the disability supports and ensure you can still live a life of full and equal enjoyment!
Check today and see if you are eligible.