The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for Australians who are under the age of 65 and who have a permanent disability. The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in supports for people with disabilities as early as possible so that they are able to reach their goals and enjoy an ordinary life.
The NDIS provides people with disabilities with the flexibility to determine their best interests and what supports would be best for them, and gives them choice and control over their own lives.
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 the 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.