What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new government system of providing supports to Australians with disability, their families and carers. In the past, the Government gave money to organisations like Access Plus WA Deaf and other support agencies to provide services. Now the Government gives the money straight to people who are eligible under NDIS for supports that are “reasonable and necessary” so you can choose and control the services that best match your life, plans and goals.
What is the NDIA?
NDIA is the National Disability Insurance Agency; NDIA is the part of the Government that is responsible for the NDIS roll out and process.
What do reasonable and necessary mean?
Reasonable means something fair and necessary means something you must have. The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports relating to a person’s disability to help them live a good life and achieve their goals.
What will the NDIS cover?
The NDIS will cover supports.
Workplace help to allow you to successfully get or keep employment.
Equipment such as a visual smoke alarm, baby cry alarm, visual doorbell or software for devices to help with communication.
Transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities like shopping, gym or sports. For example; if you have mobility problems.
Auslan interpreting or real-time captions so that you can fully participate in family or community events.
What doesn't the NDIS cover?
- Anything that is not related to your disability. Examples include food, movie tickets, or bills.
- Supports that are already funded by the government, such as Medicare or Department of Education.
- Day-to-day living costs that are not related to your support needs. For example: phone or electricity bills.
Who can access and apply for the NDIS?
- People who are under 65
- People who have a permanent disability (e.g. Deaf)
- People who are an Australian Citizen or permanent resident
- Those people who have NDIS available in their home area
Roll out of national NDIS in WA (+ map)
From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency will take up responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA. The NDIS will continue to roll out in WA area by area and will be fully rolled out across Western Australia by 2020.
New NDIS clients
New NDIS users will receive their package and be able to use their package after their application is approved by the NDIA and all the planning steps are complete.
Transfer from WA NDIS to NDIS
People already accessing the WA NDIS will transfer over to the nationally delivered Scheme (NDIS) from April 2018. The transfer of people from the WA NDIS over to NDIS will finish by December 2018.
If you are transferring from the old WA NDIS to the nationally delivered scheme, you will be contacted by the Western Australian Government.
The WA Government will advise you of the next steps you need to take. Not everyone will be transferred from WA NDIS to the NDIS at the same time; the transfers will be gradual and happen from April 2018 to December 2018.
Transfer from Disability Services
If you are not yet accessing the NDIS and are currently receiving disability services support from the Western Australian Government or other Commonwealth programs, you will transition to the NDIS at different times. When you transition depends on where you live and the type of support you are receiving. The NDIA will contact people currently receiving disability services when it is your time to transition. All people currently receiving disability support from the Western Australian Government will transition to the NDIS by July 2020.
How do I get support while I wait for NDIS?
If NDIS is not yet available in your area, a Local Coordinator (LC) can work with you to look at support options to help you while you wait for NDIS. Access Plus WA can help you to make contact with your LC.
How to apply for NDIS.
You can contact NDIA direct on the information below and ask for an NDIS “Access Request Form” (ARF) to be sent to you.
Phone: 1800 800 110 (through NRS)
Mail: National Disability Insurance Agency
GPO Box 700
Canberra ACT 2601
If you would like help or support with this, you can contact Access Plus WA Deaf and our NDIS Information Officers can help you with your NDIS questions, explain the steps you need to take and what information you need to provide to NDIA when you apply for NDIS.
It may take a few months before NDIA contact you about starting your NDIS plan…remember there are many people applying for NDIS so NDIA will contact you when it is your turn to get started on your planning and NDIS package.
After NDIA contact you about your NDIS application, you will need to think carefully about your life e.g. the things you do for work, fun, for your children etc. and any future goals or plans to best match your NDIS plan to your life, needs and goals.