The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aims to provide essential support to all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability, allowing them to lead fulfilling lives. Since its inception in July 2013, the NDIS has been trialled in selected locations across Australia and is being gradually rolled out nationwide to ensure its long-term sustainability and success. Participants who meet the eligibility criteria are entitled to receive NDIS assistance, and each participant has an individualized NDIS plan that outlines their desired outcomes and identifies the supports that the NDIS will fund, as we as any additional support they require.
Under this scheme, individuals with disabilities have the power to decide how and where they access their support. Instead of funding going directly to service providers, funding is allocated directly to the individual, giving them the freedom to choose their providers and change them at any time. This approach gives participants greater control and flexibility over their support and ensures that their needs are being met in a way that aligns with their goals and aspirations.
To learn more about the NDIS and how it can support individuals with disabilities, please visit https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding