The National Disability Insurance Scheme website (NDIS/FYI) is an information and resource portal for people who work in the mental health sector and/or support someone with a psycho-social disability or co-occuring diagnosis (mental illness and intellectual disability).
This website provides a collection of videos, planning tools, documents and other service provider information to assist you in preparing the people you support for the NDIS.
We welcome you, and hope you find this site helpful.
So, What is the NDIS?
The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. It is replacing supports from Disability Services (currently part of the Department of Communities, Disability and Seniors). It means choice and control for participants, a lifetime commitment to supports and funding as needed, and will help increase their social and economic participation. It is also based on support that is disability focussed but recovery oriented.
What can the NDIS do?
The NDIS provides support for people with a disability by providing them with plans, that are funded to pay for the services and equipment they need. It will pay for any reasonable and necessary supports that person might need and allows them to choose what services provide that support. It can also help people access mainstream supports, such as those by QLD Health, Department of Education and so on. It can help maintain informal support arrangements, such as friends, family, and carers. And it can also help people access community supports.
Who can access/apply for it?
The NDIS is available to anyone in Australia with a disability who meets the eligibility criteria.
Age: Under 65, at the time of application (no minimum age).
Residency: Australian citizen, or permanent visa, or special category visa.
Disability: A life-long/permanent impairment or condition/disability that effects everyday life. It must substantially reduce the ability to undertake activities, and perform tasks or actions (therefore needing help from equipment or people). Also affecting social participation and work. It must significantly impact at least one of these areas: mobility, self-care, self-management, learning, communication, and social interaction.
For information and help you can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110. You will also find more information on the NDIS on the government website www.ndis.gov.au. To watch videos the NDIA has created explaining the NDIS, go to their YouTube Page.
The videos we have created below talk a bit more about the NDIS.
To see more of our videos visit our YouTube page.
The NDIS/FYI team visited Thursday Island in the Torres Strait and worked with Benny Mabo to provide NDIS information to the Torres Strait in Creole.
This website has been funded under the NDIS Participant Readiness Initiative through Connections Inc. NDIS/FYI Project, by the Department of Communities, Disability and Seniors, Queensland