National Disability Insurance Scheme
What is NDIS?
NDIS is an initiative by the Australian government to provide support to Australians experiencing disability, their families and carers.
This initiative provides Australians under the age of 65 who experience permanent and significant disabilities with the reasonable and necessary support they require and to assist them in their daily lives, including community involvement, education, employment, health and wellbeing.
The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early, to improve their outcomes later in life.
Am I or my loved one eligible for NDIS?
There are a number of factors which determine whether you or your loved one is eligible for support under the NDIS. You must meet the below requirements to be eligible for NDIS.
You or your loved one must be between 7 - 65 years of age.
You must live in Australia and be: An Australian citizen; A permanent resident; or A New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder.
You or your loved one must have a permanent or significant disability which substantially affects your ability to participate in activities without assistance and support from others or technology.
Types of Funding under the NDIS
The NDIS will provide funding for core supports for everyday living, Capacity Building supports to improve skills and independence, and Capital to improve access and independence.
Core Supports help you with everyday activities and to assist you in working towards your goals.
You may use your core support funding for: Assistance with Daily Life, Consumables, Assistance with Social and Community participation, Transport.
Capacity Building Supports help build your independence and skills to help you reach your long-term goals.
Your Capacity Building can only be used for supports that fall within that Capacity Building category, which are:
- Support Coordination
- Improved living arrangements
- Social and community participation
- Employment services
- Improved relationships
- Improved health and wellbeing
- Improved learning
- Improved life choices and daily living
Capital Supports include higher-cost pieces of assistive technology, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, and funding for one-off purchases you may need (including Specialist Disability Accommodation).
The Capital Supports budget has two support categories: Assistive technology, Home modifications.