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National Disability Insurance Scheme

What is the NDIS?

As descibed on the official NDIS Website

There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. When it is fully rolled out, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide about 460,000 Australians aged under 65, who have permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services. For many people, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.

The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.

common questions

Frequently Asked Question

What Supports and Services can the NDIS Fund?

The NDIS funds a range of supports and services which may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements, health and wellbeing. 

In order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support or service:

  • must be related to a participant’s disability
  • must not include day-to-day living costs that are not related to your disability support needs.
  • should represent value for money.
  • should take into account support given by other government services, your family, carers, networks and the community.

How Does the NDIS Support Families and Carers?

Although the NDIS supports people with permanent and significant disability, their NDIS-funded supports and services may have a direct or indirect benefit for families and carers.

Your LAC, ECEI Coordinator or the NDIA can also give you information about supports available to you under other government-funded programs, including counselling and carer support groups in your community.

Is the NDIS Linked to the Disability Support Pension?

No. The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is separate to the NDIS. If you are receiving the DSP, this does not mean that you are automatically eligible for the NDIS, and you will still need to check your eligibility and apply for the NDIS.

Similarly, if you receive NDIS funding, it will not impact any income support you receive, such as the DSP or Carers Allowance.

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