What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a way for people to get individualised disability support over their lifetime. Funding is provided based on 'reasonable and necessary' support that fits the person's goals and aspirations.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is a Commonwealth agency that delivers the scheme. By 2018 the NSW government will no longer provide disability services.
Reasonable and necessary supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing. Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment. The NDIS is not means-tested. NDIS participants include people with intellectual, physical, sensory and psychosocial disabilities.
NDIS participants are able to make decisions about things such as
- the type of supports and services they need
- who provides them
- how they are delivered
- how resources are used
- how their funding is managed
The first stage of the NDIS in NSW began in the Hunter are in July 2013. From 1 July 2016 the NDIS began to roll out to other areas of NSW. The NDIS is being rolled out gradually across NSW and is accepting people first who already receive government funding. Each participant of the NDIS is approved a funded plan to meet their support needs.
When the NDIS is fully operational in NSW, the NSW State Government, Family and Community Services (FACS) will no longer provide disability services to NDIS participants.
Does a person need to have a legally appointed guardian to be a participant in the NDIS?
Most people with disability don't need a guardian because they can be supported to make their own decisions. The NDIS aims to build the participant's capacity for self-determination and decision making support may be an area for inclusion in the NDIS plan. Things that help support a person include:
- an approved NDIA plan
- services that meet the person's needs. These are services that promote the person's choice and control
- having confidence in their existing service providers to understand and meet their needs and preferences
- strong relationships with informal supporters who can help the person access and understand information and options for decision making
- having contact with a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to find support services
- having a Coordinator of Supports funded in their plan.