The NDIS and You
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents a major reform of disability services in Australia. The NDIS offers individualised funding for people with disabilities based on their own specific needs and goals.
For people with a disability, it’s a new way to receive support and services, offering more choice and far greater control than ever before. The scheme is run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
When and where does the NDIS start?
The NDIS is being rolled out across a number of trial sites across Australia, and from 1 July 2016 the NDIS has started to go live in New South Wales and Victoria. The full national rollout of the scheme is due to be completed by 2018-19.
Check here for further updates on timeframes and locations.
Will I be eligible for the NDIS?
To qualify for an individual support package with the NDIS, the following requirements need to be met:
have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme
be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category Visa.
You can also use the NDIS Access Checklist to determine if you potentially qualify for the scheme.
How do I apply for access to NDIS funding support?
Before your local area transitions, if you currently access services you will be contacted to discuss the process of entering the NDIS. You can also be proactive if you wish and contact the NDIS in advance.
How is my NDIS plan developed?
Once the NDIS confirms you are an eligible participant, a planner will arrange to meet with you.
Together, you will discuss your needs, goals and aspirations and they will undertake a full review of the supports and services you currently receive. Using the information discussed, your planner will then develop a support plan that best meets your needs and your goals.
Drake Medox would also welcome any opportunity to talk throughout the planning process to discuss your goals and potential support requirements.
When do I select my NDIS service provider?
When you’re working on your support plan, you can nominate Drake Medox at any time as your service provider.
Once your support plan and budget is approved, you then select your service provider. If Drake Medox is selected, in accordance with the plan, we then develop and implement your “person centred” support plan working closely with you and your team.