Whether you're an individual with disability, a support worker or a family member, navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can feel overwhelming. In this article, we’ll delve into the ins and outs of the NDIS. We’ll discuss its purpose, eligibility criteria, the application process, and the role of NDIS providers. We’ll also shed light on the average NDIS package, with the aim of providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the NDIS.

Whether you’re looking for NDIS disability support services or a little more clarity on the way the system works, Like Family is here to help.

What does NDIS stand for?

The NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It is an Australia-wide government initiative designed to offer support to people with permanent disability. The main aim of the NDIS is to provide funding to those in need, allowing them to access necessary supports and services.

How does the NDIS work?

At its core, the NDIS is designed to provide funding to individuals with disability, helping them gain access to the supports they require. The scheme operates based on individualised plans, which are created in collaboration with the participant. These plans include goals and the types of supports needed, including those related to health, employment, social activities, and daily living. Once the plan is in place, the NDIS provides funding to cover these supports.

Who is eligible for NDIS funding?

Eligibility for the NDIS is determined based on various factors, including age, residency, and disability. In general, you might be eligible if you are:

  • Under 65 years of age at the time of applying
  • An Australian citizen or a holder of a Permanent Visa or a Protected Special Category Visa
  • Living with a significant and permanent disability that impacts your ability to participate in everyday activities.

Disability or impairment, within the context of the NDIS, encapsulates a broad range of conditions affecting various aspects of an individual's functioning. This includes:

  • Autism
  • Cognitive impairments, which might impact memory, problem-solving abilities, and attention.
  • Hearing impairments, leading to partial or total loss of hearing.
  • Intellectual impairments that affect a person's cognitive abilities and adaptive functioning.
  • Neurological conditions impacting the nervous system.
  • Physical impairments, which can affect mobility or motor functions.
  • Psychosocial disabilities, which are related to mental health conditions.
  • And visual impairments, affecting an individual's sight.

This comprehensive approach ensures the NDIS can accommodate a wide range of individuals, providing necessary support based on their specific needs.

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How can I apply for NDIS funding?

Applying for the NDIS involves several steps.

  1. Initially, you need to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Once confirmed, you can make a request for access, either online or by calling the NDIS.
  3. If the NDIS needs more information, they may request evidence about your disability and how it affects your life.
  4. The final step involves creating your NDIS plan, which outlines your goals and the support you need.

How much funding does the NDIS provide?

The amount of funding provided by the NDIS varies, as it depends on the individual's needs and goals. It covers "reasonable and necessary" supports that help the participant to achieve their goals, engage in community and social activities, and enhance their capacity to participate actively in everyday life.

Participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can choose to manage their funds independently, through a plan manager, or through the NDIA (also called agency-managed). This flexibility allows individuals to select the management approach that best suits their needs and preferences within the NDIS framework.

What is the average NDIS package?

Again, NDIS packages are tailored to individual needs, making it difficult to identify an 'average' package. However, each package must encompass supports that are deemed "reasonable and necessary" for the individual. This means the supports should be related to the person's disability, represent value for money, and align with the person's goals and aspirations.

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What are NDIS providers and how can I find one?

NDIS providers are organisations or individuals that deliver a product or service as part of a participant's NDIS plan. They can offer a range of supports, including personal care assistance, access to community services and activities, and therapeutic support. To find a provider, you can use the 'Provider Finder' tool on the NDIS website or seek advice from local NDIS participants and community networks.

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How Like Family Can Help

If you've recently joined the NDIS and are looking for social and community supports, Like Family can help!

We're a proud NDIS registered provider connecting people with disability with compassionate support workers in the local community. Our support workers can help you with everything from cooking delicious meals to attending accessible music concerts.

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