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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary support they need to enjoy an ordinary life.

Who can access the NDIS?

To become an NDIS participant a person must:

  • have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities
  • be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS
  • be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa
  • live in a part Australia where the NDIS is available.

For further information on eligibility please visit the NDIS website.

Early Childhood Intervention

The Early Childhood Intervention approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability. The Early Childhood Early Intervention supports families to help their children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcome throughout their life.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will partner with experienced early childhood providers in the local community to deliver the Early Childhood Intervention. These partners are teams of early childhood professionals experienced in early childhood intervention and will provide assistance, advice and access to early intervention and support for children.

If a health professional finds a child aged 0-6 years may benefit from early childhood intervention or disability support under the NDIS they do not need to complete an access request form and instead should refer the parent/carer to the NDIS early childhood partner in the their area.

Further details of Early Childhood partners are available on the NDIS website.

Learn more about Early Childhood Intervention here.

What does the NDIS fund?

The NDIS is a source of support for people with disability and may fund:

  • Aids such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and adjustable beds
  • Items such as prosthetics and artificial limbs (surgery is not covered)
  • Home modifications, personal care and domestic assistance that assists people  to live independently
  • Therapies required as a result of the participants impairment, including physiotherapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy (treatments are not covered)

Learn more about reasonable and necessary supports here.

Availability in your area

The NDIS fully rolled out across Brisbane south (Logan, Redlands, Brisbane and Scenic Rim regions) on 1 July 2018.

 

Additional support

Website: www.ndis.gov.au

Phone: 1800 800 110 (8am-11pm Monday to Friday)

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