National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

 

What Is The NDIS

The NDIS is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS replaces the old system of ‘block’ funds going to the organisations providing support.  Instead, eligible people are assessed and allocated individualised funding.  The idea is that everyone’s support needs are different and that each person can exercise choice and control over what services and supports they receive.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

In Queensland approximately 90,000 people will access the NDIS once it is fully rolled out by July 2019.

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

For more information please visit the following website:

https://www.ndis.gov.au

Eligibility

 The NDIS will provide funding to people who are:

  • living with permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;
  • Be under the age of 65 years of age
  • Be a Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident
  • Or a NZ Protection Special Category Visa (prior to 2001)

 

People can use the NDIS Access Checklist to check their eligibility.  Click the following link to check your eligibility:

https://www.ndis.gov.au/my-access-checker

 

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What Can I Do To Prepare?

The Queensland Government is assisting people with disability, their families and carers to learn more about the NDIS by funding services to provide Information sessions, meetings, workshops, home visits, phone support and online resources.

Check this website to see what is happening in your area.

https://www.qld.gov.au/disability/adults/ready-for-ndis/

To get the best out of the NDIS we advise you to start thinking about your goals and aspirations and, as a suggestion, keep a record in a diary.  This information will help you to develop your Plan.  This Plan will list the supports that you will need to help you achieve your goals.

This is an invaluable exercise leading up to your entry to NDIS as our research has shown that:

  1. Participants who plan early have a clearer idea of all the supports they require.  This helps reduce uncertainties and the need for Participants to request Plan reviews.
  2. Participant Plans were approved at a quicker rate by the NDIA as participants had a clear idea of the supports they require.
  3. Participants who have thought about their needs and have this information ready are more likely to have a better experience and outcome from NDIS.

What Can Connect2Group Offer Me?

If you qualify for support under the NDIS, Connect2Group can help you to access services and supports including but not limited to:

  1. Social and community participation - Our Lifestyle Options service can support you to become an active member of the community.
  2. In-home support - Our Community Living Support Service can empower you to live independently in your own home.
  3. Work and learning - Our Employment Service can help you to secure and maintain a job.
  4. Plan management - Our Team can assist you to manage funding for supports included in your Plan.
  5. Support Coordination - Our Team can help you to connect with and coordinate multiple services, and strengthen your ability to implement your Plan.

Our NDIS Coordinator can meet with you to discuss your individual needs and how Connect2Group can assist you to meet these needs.  The conversation can be conducted over the phone or at a place of your convenience, the choice is yours!

Telephone: (07) 3286 7166

Email: ashley.webster@connect2group.com.au 


NDIS Roll Out

The NDIS will progressively roll out across Queensland over three years from July 2016 to June 2019.

Queensland’s transition will occur on a geographic basis, defined by Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries, as follows:

Between July 2016 to June 2017:

  • Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa, and up to the gulf
  • Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays
  • Toowoomba and west to the borders

 

Between July 2017 to June 2018:

  • Ipswich, Lockyer, Scenic Rim and Somerset
  • Bundaberg
  • Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders

Between July 2018 to June 2019:

  • Logan and Redlands
  • Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
  • Brisbane suburbs north of Brisbane River
  • Brisbane suburbs south of Brisbane River
  • Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg
  • Gold Coast and Hinterland
  • Moreton Bay including Strathpine and Caboolture
  • Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie.

 

You can see when the NDIS will affect you by doing a postcode search by clicking on the below link:

https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/swe/ndis-rollout-in-queensland