New to the NDIS
The NDIS is the new way of supporting Australians with disability.
You can be funded for supports to live an ordinary life.
You may get support if you are under 65 and will have a disability for the rest of your life.
The NDIS helps people earlier, to improve their later life.
You will be supported to build skills to participate in the community and to work.
You can also be supported to find education and public housing and with police doctors and hospitals.
And to find community groups like sports clubs, local groups, libraries and charities.
NDIS also relies on help from your family and friends that is part of most people’s lives.
The NDIS can only pay for supports that are fair (reasonable), needed (necessary) and good value for money.
This means supports must be needed because of your disability.
It doesn’t matter what you earn. And NDIS funding doesn’t change your disability pension or carer payments.
If you already have supports in your state you should be contacted by the NDIS.
If you don’t receive support now you might need doctor’s reports about your disability.
If you have a permanent and major disability you will become a "Participant".
This is called "access".
Planning and goals
Participants will then be contacted by the NDIA to meet and make a plan.
Your plan is important. It shows you funding and supports.
To get ready for your NDIS plan, start thinking about your support needs and goals.
Your existing supports and services will continue until you have a NDIS plan.
You will need to set some goals which will determine your funding.
Plan Management and Support Coordination
The NDIS law gives you the right to funding to appoint a Plan Manager
A Plan Manager will manage the costs, recording keeping, reporting and bills in your plan
You can also talk to the NDIS about appointing a Support Coordinator
A support Coordinator will manage your service providers and help you find the supports you need.
Where can I get help?