Are you or the person you care for eligible for the NDIS?
For an individual to be eligible for the NDIS they must:
- Live in Australia and have Australian residency
- Be under 65 years of age
- Have disability that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that prevents them from doing everyday things by themselves
- Be a child under six years of age with disability or developmental delay. Developmental delay means the child usually needs more support with self-care, communication, learning or motor skills than another child of the same age.
To check if you or the person in your care is eligible, call the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110.
You know you are eligible. Where should you start?
- Once you know that you or the person you care for is eligible for the NDIS, you can start to prepare for the NDIS.
- The best place to start is to think about short and long-term goals for you or the person in your care
- When thinking about goals, focus on practical things. Examples might be:
- Make new friends
- Learn to speak more clearly to participate in more activities at school
- Travel on the bus independently
- Be more self-sufficient
- Think about what support will enable you or the person in your care to achieve these goals. For example:
- Access to a speech therapist who can support with verbal communication
- Access to a worker who can teach practical travel skills
- Access to a worker who can provide respite for you, or the person in your care
- If you or the person in your care is getting support from people or organisations now, it’s good to make sure you are clear on what they provide. For example:
- Does your therapist travel to you for therapy sessions?
- How much time do they support you outside of sessions? It’s important to understand this so you can tell the NDIS how much time your therapist devotes in total.
- Once you have a good understanding of your goals and current supports, you will be better prepared to confidently talk about your options in your NDIS planning meeting
What is the process to get an NDIS plan? Once you know that you or the person in your care can access the NDIS, you will be contacted by a NDIA Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to have an NDIS planning meeting. This will either be over the phone or in person. They will talk with you about:
- Your goals or goals for the person in your care
- Supports you or they may have now
- Things you need because of your or their disability to reach identified goals.
After the planning meeting, the NDIA will put the plan together and send it to you.
How and where can you find supports to put the plan into action?
Once you have the plan, the first thing you need to do is understand what is in it. Your plan will have:
- Information about you or the person in your care
- The funding you can use to access the supports you or they need
- Information about how to manage the plan.
The funding you can use to access the supports you or the person in your care needs is in separate budgets in the plan. For example, there may be a budget called ‘Improved Daily Living’ which will indicate how much money can be spent on therapy. There might also be a separate budget called ‘Core Supports’ that can be used to support access to the community.
Please feel free to contact our friendly team here at Auscare Day Services for any assistance. We can walk you through the process, and help you receive the maximum benefits from the NDIS.