What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the first national support service of its kind throughout Australia and is aimed at providing funding directly to individuals with a disability to assist with support and services for enhancing everyday life.
Roll-out of the program first commenced in 2016, and it is expected that the NDIS will provide 500,000 Australians who have a permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services within the next five years.
How does NDIS funding work?
The NDIS provides funding directly to Australians with a disability to meet their special needs, such as the purchase of a wheelchair and assistance at home. People who receive this funding are called Participants. Each Participant has their own, individual NDIS Plan.
A NDIS Plan is a written agreement worked out with each Participant individually – it looks at how you are going in different areas of your life, what goals you would like to achieve and what kind of help and support you need.
Your plan determines your budget and what types of support are covered by it. You will have a Plan Manager and Support Coordinator who will help you with everything related to your plan, budget and finding the right support services for you. Alternatively, you can choose to self-manage.
NOTE: We understand applying for the NDIS can be a confusing. If you require any assistance with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and one of our friendly, experienced team members will gladly talk you through the process outlined below.
How can I receive NDIS funding?
To receive funding from the NDIS, you have to apply and be found eligible. You can check your eligibility via the NDIS website here. If you meet the criteria, you can apply and ask to become a NDIS Participant.
In order to make things easier for you, we’ve broken down the process in 4 steps you will need to take in order to receive funding:
Step 1 - Check your eligibility
There are a few things you need in order to be found eligible for the NDIS:
- I am aged between 7 and 65*
- I am an Australian resident and residing in Australia
- I need some supports because of my disability
Step 3 - Provide evidence
As part of your Access Request, the NDIS is likely to ask for evidence of your disability.
You will need to work with your doctor and other health practitioners to provide your evidence of disability.
Step 4 - Receive your "Access Decision"
When you have provided all necessary information, the NDIS will make a decision about whether you are eligible and will receive funding. You will then receive what is called the "Access Decision".
If you are found eligible in your Access Decision, you will be contacted by the NDIS to arrange a planning meeting to discuss your support and funding needs. Get in touch with Summa Care and we will help you get started with receiving supports.
If you are found not eligible, you can still get information and help to access supports and services in your community. Summa Care also offers Fee For Service supports, meaning you can receive our services without using government funding.
Need assistance with your application?
We understand applying for the NDIS can be a confusing and time-consuming process and are here to make things as easy as possible for you. If you require any assistance with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and one of our friendly, experienced team members will gladly talk you through the process.