National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of delivering service and support for people with disabilities in Australia. The NDIS will enable people with disabilities to choose reasonable and necessary supports and services to meet their individual needs.

NDIS is an Australian Government initiative designed to increase choice and control for people with a disability, their families and carers.

To be eligible for the Scheme, potential participants must be under the age of 65 and have a significant and permanent disability, which has an impact on daily life.

Funding will be individually packaged and participants can choose how, when and where they purchase their services to suit their individual needs.

The NDIS helps people with disability to:

Access mainstream services and supports

These are the services available for all Australians from people like doctors or teachers through the health and education systems. It also covers areas like public housing and the justice and aged care systems.

Access community services and supports

These are activities and services available to everyone in a community, such as sports clubs, community groups, libraries or charities.

Maintain informal support arrangements

This is help people get from their family and friends. It is support people don’t pay for and is generally part of most people’s lives.

Receive reasonable and necessary funded supports

The NDIS can pay for supports that are reasonable and necessary. This means they are related to a person’s disability and are required for them to live an ordinary life and achieve their goals.

Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the Disability Support Pension and Carers Allowance.

The NDIS is being rolled-out in stages and will become available in the Bayside Peninsula area, which includes Glen Eira, from 1 April 2018. Some people may be able to transition earlier.

Council will need to make a decision about what role it will focus on once the NDIS is rolled-out.

The changes in the new system are significant and Council will need to think about:

  • the impact on existing clients and staff;
  • capacity to deliver a more specialist disability support service; and
  • the impact of a market driven service and how Council should interact with this.

For further information about the NDIS, visit the NDIS website https://www.ndis.gov.au/