The National Disability Insurance Scheme – otherwise referred to as NDIS is designed to provide Australians under the age of 65 living with disability and their families the support they need to enjoy an ordinary life. They will be able to build skills and participate in employment and community development. It is worth noting that each participant will have their own NDIS Plan that outlines the outcome they wish to achieve, the supports funded by NDIS as well as other supports that the person requires.
The scheme aims to support more than 460,000 Australians living with disability. Through the Commonwealth Government, it will invest 22 Billion Dollars a year by 2019. Significant growth opportunities await providers who respond to this growing demand. The scheme also provides resources and tools to help providers better understand the market environment.
Besides improving participants’ lives, NDIS allows providers to be part of an innovative, competitive and vibrant marketplace. The new business opportunities come with online systems that reduce paperwork and facilitate fast claim processing.
In order to receive funding from the NDIS, a participant’s disability must be both permanent and significant. Some of the supports funded include;
From 1st July 2017 NDIS will roll out in the districts of Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Far West, Western NSW, Mid North Coast, Murrumbidgee, Western NSW, South Eastern Sydney and Northern NSW. By July 2018, NDIS will be operational state wide.
From July 2017, NDI will roll out in Darwin Remote Region and Katherine. The following year from July 2018, Darwin Urban and Central Australia will be covered. It will be operating territory wide by July 2019 ultimately providing support to more than 6,500 citizens.
From 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018, NDIS will roll out in Ipswitch, Bundaberg and Rockhampton areas. In the following year beginning 1st July 2018, NDIS will roll out to cover the remaining areas of the state including Robina and suburbs of Brisbane. It is expected to operate statewide by July 2019 supporting more than 90,000 Australians.
NDIS access in South Australia is based on age groups. Having covered children aged between 0 and 14 in 2016 and between ages 15 and 17 from January 2017; the scheme will expand to cover adults aged 18 to 64 from July 2017 based on where they live. By June 2018 NDIS will be operating state-wide for all age groups.
NDIS access in Tasmania is based on age groups. Having covered children aged between 12 and 14 from July 2016 and adults between ages 25 and 28 from January 2017; the scheme will expand to cover children between 4 and 11 years from July 2017. From January 2018, adults between ages 29 and 34 will be eligible and by 2019 every citizen in Tasmania will be covered.
From July 2017, NDIS will be available in the service areas of Outer East Melbourne, Inner East Melbourne, Ovens Murray, Inner Gippsland, Hume Moreland, Bayside Peninsula and Wimmera South West. In the following year, the rest of the state will be covered including Mallee and Southern Melbourne.
Since January 2017 NDIS has been rolled out to cover areas of Bassendean, Bayswater, Chittering, York, Toodyay and Northam. It is expected to be fully operational state-wide by end of 2017.
NDIS is the new way of providing disability support!