The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of giving support to people with disability, their families and carers.
The NDIS is run by the Government.
The Government wants to:
- get the NDIS right
- keep the NDIS going for a long time.
Changing to the NDIS is a big project so it is being done in stages.
These stages will start in July 2016.
Down Syndrome Australia supports the NDIS.
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.
We also support the Every Australian Counts campaign.
You can learn more about the campaign at the website (www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au).
There is a very good chance that people with Down syndrome will be eligible for the NDIS.
This does not mean that you will be part of the NDIS automatically though.
There are some things that have to be right:
- your age
- where you live
- the disability you have
- if your disability will last the rest of your life.
You can use the checklist on the NDIS website to check. www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist
Down syndrome is a disability that will last your whole life.
This does not make it easier for you to use the NDIS though.
To get the most from your NDIS package you need to plan really well.
It can be hard even if you already have some clear goals.
Making plans for 1 year or longer can be a challenge.
NDIS launch sites
There are some places where the NDIS has already started:
- Tasmania for young people aged from 15 to 24
- The Perth Hills area of Western Australia for people up to age 65
- The Barkly region of the Northern Territory for people up to age 65
- The Hunter area in NSW for people up to age 65
- The Australian Capital Territory for people up to age 65
- The Barwon area of Victoria for people up to age 65
- for children who were aged 13 and under on 1 July 2014.
About 20,000 people are already being supported by the NDIS.
The launch sites are showing people with disability what support and care will be like through the NDIS.