What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of delivering services and support for people with permanent disability in Australia.
The NDIS helps people with disability to :
Access mainstream services and supports
These are the services avaliable for all Australians from people like doctors or teachers through the health and education systems. It also covers areas like public housing and the justice and aged care systems.
Access community services and supports
These are activites and services availlable to everyone in a community, such as sports clubs, community groups, libraries and charities.
Maintain informal support arangements
This is help from family and friends. It is support people don't pay for and is generally part of most people's lives.
Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports
The NDIS can pay for supports that are reasonable and necessary. This means they are related to a person's disability and are required for them to live an ordinary life and achieve their goals.
With the NDIS, people with disability can choose supports and services to meet their individual needs, rather than have to fit into a one-size-fits-all system. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS.
Why do we need the NDIS?
People with disability have the same rights as other Australians to choice and control over their lives.
The NDIS recognises that everyone’s needs and goals are different. The scheme provides people with individualised support and the flexibility to manage their supports so that they can live the life they choose. Australians will have peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a disability they will get the support they need, when they need it.
The NDIS in South Australia
The NDIS is being introduced in stages, because it's a big change and it is important to get it right and make it sustainable. Existing service users and new participants will enter the Scheme progressively. The NDIS is expected to cover all of South Australia and all age groups by July 2018, ultimately providing support to about 32,000 people with disability.
Link to the NDIS SA brochure Your guide to the NDIS in SA