National Disability Insurance  Scheme

Are you eligible for NDIS?

We need to determine if you are eligible for the NDIS. You can do this by looking at the NDIS Access checklist online or calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110. There are a number of factors which determine whether you are eligible for support under the NDIS You may be eligible to receive an individual support plan if you;

• are under 65 years of age
• are an Australia citizen, a permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen who is a Protected
Special Category Visa holder
• have a permanent and/or significant disability that impacts your everyday living and you
require assistance from others to do things
• use equipment or assistive technology

For further information on eligibility, please visit the NDIS access
checklist https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible If you are not currently receiving disability services you may still be eligible for the NDIS. You will need to contact the NDIS directly to complete an access request form. You do not need a referral. Visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110. Find Out If You’re Eligible Send us a quick message and let one of our friendly customer care specialists help you with all your needs.

Find Out If You’re Eligible

Send us a quick message and let one of our friendly customer care specialists help you with all your needs.

 

Are you looking for a new provider?

Are you looking for a provider that will understand your personal situation, your specific needs and support you in creating a personalised plan? Speak to 5M, our specialised NDIS Support Coordinators can help make the NDIS a smooth process for you. Call us on 1300 229 895 or fill in the form below:

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Speak to 5M, our specialised NDIS Support Coordinators can help make the NDIS a smooth process for you.

Are new to the NDIS?

New to the NDIS?

If you’re new to the NDIS, perhaps you’ve started exploring your options but you may have been confronted by acronyms, processes and jargon that you don’t understand.

Let us make it simpler for you.

The NDIS is a new way for people living with disability under the age of 65 to receive the specialised care and support for their health and wellbeing. The scheme is overseen by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and allows individuals with a permanent and significant disability to access government funding. Now you can choose when and where to use your funding.

The first step is to check if you are eligible.

 

Understanding the NDIS

Are you accessing the NDIS for yourself or your loved ones?

Perhaps the myriad of terms and wording that goes along with the NDIS is getting a bit daunting or technical? Doing your research and understanding the terminology will help you take full advantage of all that the NDIS can provide you or your loved one. We have put together a list of some of the more commonly used terms and their explanations to help get you started. For a full list of explanations, visit the NDIS Glossary, Dejargonator or access the online tool developed by Afford in partnership with the NDA to help people navigate the NDIS process.

NDIS

NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and is a new approach to service delivery and funding for people with a disability. The NDIS puts people with disability at the centre of the system for the first time – allowing them to determine their own future and receive funding which matches their needs and aspirations.

Funded Supports

Supports the NDIS pay for a participant’s plan. These supports must be reasonable and necessary.

Informal Supports

The support participants get from the people around them, for example, family, friends, and neighbors.

Registered Provider

A disability support provider that has met the NDIS requirements for qualifications, approvals, experience, capacity and quality standards to provide a product or service.

Supports

Things to help a person undertake daily life activities and enable them to participate in the community and reach their goals.

Full Scheme

The dates when the NDIS will be available to all eligible residents:

• ACT – July 2016
• New South Wales – July 2018
• South Australia – July 2018
• Tasmania – July 2019
• Victoria – July 2019
• Queensland – July 2019
• Northern Territory – July 2019

Planners

Once you have received confirmation that you qualify for the NDIS, your planner is the first person you should speak to on your NDIS journey. Your planner is there to help you access the system, so give them as much information as possible about your situation and your goals.

Reasonable and necessary supports

Anything which is related to your disability is a reasonable and necessary support under the NDIS. This can include not just the basics like mobility equipment and therapeutic support, but support with transport, doing daily tasks, home modification, education, social participation and more. If you’re not sure what is “necessary and reasonable”, ask your planner. The general rule is that it must be related to your disability, and it can’t replicate things that your family or community already assist you with.

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What Is The NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is called the NDIS. It’s a new way for people with a disability, under the age of 65, to get the care and support they need.

The NDIS is for people with a permanent and significant disability which impacts their ability to take part in everyday activities.

If you are eligible, you will work out what reasonable and necessary supports you need to live your life and achieve your goals. You’ll then receive funding to pay for these supports.

Find more information on the NDIS website.

What Is The NDIA?

The NDIA is the National Disability Insurance Agency.

It is a government agency and its role is to implement and manage the NDIS and make sure people with disability continue to get the support they need.

What Does The NDIS Cover?

The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary support and equipment that a person with disability needs. The funding supports you to pursue your goals and aspirations; increase your independence; increase your social and economic participation and to develop your capacity to take part in the community.

What Doesn't The NDIS Cover?

NDIS funding doesn’t cover general everyday living expenses that people without disability would be required to pay, such as train travel, rent, groceries, mobile phone or movie tickets.

Are You Or The Person You Care For Eligible For The NDIS?

For an individual to be eligible for the NDIS they must:

  • Live in Australia and have Australian residency
  • Be under 65 years of age
  • Have disability that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that prevents them from doing everyday things by themselves
  • Be a child under six years of age with disability or developmental delay. Developmental delay means the child usually needs more support with self-care, communication, learning or motor skills than another child of the same age.

To check if you or the person in your care is eligible, call the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110.

How Does The NDIS Funding Work?

Funding under the NDIS is individualised, based on goals and outcomes. Your plan is developed following a planning meeting and can be reviewed as your goals change.

The NDIS is for people with a permanent and significant disability which impacts their ability to take part in everyday activities.

If you are eligible, you will work out what reasonable and necessary supports you need to live your life and achieve your goals. You’ll then receive funding to pay for these supports.

Find more information on the NDIS website.

What Is A NDIS Goal?

NDIS goals could be things you’d like to achieve with the support of the NDIS. The goals you set may cover a range of aspects of your life such as becoming more independent, finishing school or commencing full-time employment. You should be as specific as possible when setting out your goals. 

What If I Dont Agree With The Makeup Of My Plan?

You can request a review of your plan with the NDIA (this must be made within three months of receiving your plan).

You can make the request by

  • Calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110
  • Writing to the CEO of the NDIA at GPO Box 700, Canberra ACT 2601
  • Emailing to a request to enquiries@ndis.gov.au
  • Visiting an NDIS office or
  • Completing the application for review of a decision form on the NDIS myplace participant portal.
What Happens If I Ask For A Plan Review?

Your review will be conducted by an NDIA staff member who was not involved in the original decision making. They will reconsider the facts, law and policy aspects of the original plan and determine if was accurate. They are also able to consider any new information available.

Can I Have An Someone With Me At The Meeting

Yes. You can ask a family member, close friend, partner or a person who supports you (someone you know and can trust)

What Is The NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is called the NDIS. It’s a new way for people with a disability, under the age of 65, to get the care and support they need.

The NDIS is for people with a permanent and significant disability which impacts their ability to take part in everyday activities.

If you are eligible, you will work out what reasonable and necessary supports you need to live your life and achieve your goals. You’ll then receive funding to pay for these supports.

Find more information on the NDIS website.

What Is The NDIA?

The NDIA is the National Disability Insurance Agency.

It is a government agency and its role is to implement and manage the NDIS and make sure people with disability continue to get the support they need.

What Does The NDIS Cover?

The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary support and equipment that a person with disability needs. The funding supports you to pursue your goals and aspirations; increase your independence; increase your social and economic participation and to develop your capacity to take part in the community.

What Doesn't The NDIS Cover?

NDIS funding doesn’t cover general everyday living expenses that people without disability would be required to pay, such as train travel, rent, groceries, mobile phone or movie tickets.

Are You Or The Person You Care For Eligible For The NDIS?

For an individual to be eligible for the NDIS they must:

  • Live in Australia and have Australian residency
  • Be under 65 years of age
  • Have disability that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that prevents them from doing everyday things by themselves
  • Be a child under six years of age with disability or developmental delay. Developmental delay means the child usually needs more support with self-care, communication, learning or motor skills than another child of the same age.

To check if you or the person in your care is eligible, call the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110.

How Does The NDIS Funding Work?

Funding under the NDIS is individualised, based on goals and outcomes. Your plan is developed following a planning meeting and can be reviewed as your goals change.

The NDIS is for people with a permanent and significant disability which impacts their ability to take part in everyday activities.

If you are eligible, you will work out what reasonable and necessary supports you need to live your life and achieve your goals. You’ll then receive funding to pay for these supports.

Find more information on the NDIS website.

What Is A NDIS Goal?

NDIS goals could be things you’d like to achieve with the support of the NDIS. The goals you set may cover a range of aspects of your life such as becoming more independent, finishing school or commencing full-time employment. You should be as specific as possible when setting out your goals. 

What If I Dont Agree With The Makeup Of My Plan?

You can request a review of your plan with the NDIA (this must be made within three months of receiving your plan).

You can make the request by

  • Calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110
  • Writing to the CEO of the NDIA at GPO Box 700, Canberra ACT 2601
  • Emailing to a request to enquiries@ndis.gov.au
  • Visiting an NDIS office or
  • Completing the application for review of a decision form on the NDIS myplace participant portal.
What Happens If I Ask For A Plan Review?

Your review will be conducted by an NDIA staff member who was not involved in the original decision making. They will reconsider the facts, law and policy aspects of the original plan and determine if was accurate. They are also able to consider any new information available.

Can I Have An Someone With Me At The Meeting

Yes. You can ask a family member, close friend, partner or a person who supports you (someone you know and can trust)

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