The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of giving support to people with disability, their families and carers.

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The NDIS is run by the Government.

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The Government wants to:

  • get the NDIS right
  • keep the NDIS going for a long time.
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Changing to the NDIS is a big project so it is being done in stages.

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These stages will start in July 2016.

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Down Syndrome Australia supports the NDIS.

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The NDIS is still in its early stages though.

We want to make sure the NDIS works and that it will last for a long time.

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We also support the Every Australian Counts campaign.

You can learn more about the campaign at the website (www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au).

NDIS eligibility

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There is a very good chance that people with Down syndrome will be eligible for the NDIS.

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This does not mean that you will be part of the NDIS automatically though.

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There are some things that have to be right:

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  • your age
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  • where you live
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  • the disability you have
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  • if your disability will last the rest of your life.
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You can use the checklist on the NDIS website to check. www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist

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Down syndrome is a disability that will last your whole life.

 

This does not make it easier for you to use the NDIS though.

NDIS planning

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To get the most from your NDIS package you need to plan really well.

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It can be hard even if you already have some clear goals.

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Making plans for 1 year or longer can be a challenge.

NDIS launch sites

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There are some places where the NDIS has already started:

 

  • Tasmania for young people aged from 15 to 24
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  • The Perth Hills area of Western Australia for people up to age 65
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  • The Barkly region of the Northern Territory for people up to age 65
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  • The Hunter area in NSW for people up to age 65
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  • The Australian Capital Territory for people up to age 65
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  • The Barwon area of Victoria for people up to age 65
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  • for children who were aged 13 and under on 1 July 2014.
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About 20,000 people are already being supported by the NDIS.

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The launch sites are showing people with disability what support and care will be like through the NDIS.

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