What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The NDIS is the new way of providing individualised support for people with a disability, their families, and their carers.

What is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)?

The NDIA is the independent agency in charge of carrying out the NDIS. They provide information, referrals, activities, and links to other services and activities. You can sign up for their email updates here.

Am I eligible for NDIS support?

You might be eligible if you answer yes to all of the following:

  • Are you an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or holder of a Protected Special Category Visa?
  • Are you under 65 years old?
  • Do you usually need support from a person or equipment to do everyday things for yourself because of a permanent disability or illness?
  • Do you need some supports now to reduce your support needs in the future?

For more details, see the NDIS Access checklist.

Can I still get support from the NDIS if I don’t meet the access requirements?

Yes. You do not have to be on the NDIS to get support. The NDIS will assist anyone with a disability, or their families and carers, with information and referrals to local disability and mainstream support services.

To get funding from the NDIS, you need to meet the access requirements.

What does NDIS fund?

There are three categories that the NDIS can fund:

1. CORE – A support that enables you to complete activities of daily living and enables you to work towards their goals and meet your objectives.

2. CAPITAL – An investment, such as assistive technologies, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, funding for capital costs (e.g. to pay for Specialist Disability Accommodation).

3. CAPACITY BUILDING – A support that enables you to build your independence and skills.

The purpose of this funding is to contribute to the achievement of your individualised goals in the following life areas:

1. Daily Living
2. Home
3. Health and Well-being
4. Lifelong Learning
5. Work
6. Social and Community Participation
7. Relationships
8. Choice and Control

How much will it cost me?

Joining the NDIS will not cost you anything. Your plan will fund a set amount of supports and services. However, anything that falls outside of your plan is not funded.

Who will look after my NDIS funds?

There are different ways to pay for supports and services under the NDIS. At your meeting with the NDIS, they will ask you how you want to look after the money. Here are three ways:

1. Agency Managed

This means the NDIS will pay all your bills for you and you won’t have to worry about it. It also means you can only choose disability supports and services who are NDIS registered.

2. Self Managed

This means you are responsible for paying all your bills and keeping good records. You will need to be good at maths and careful about keeping records. If you self-manage you plan you can use NDIS funds and choose to pay any place or provider to help you with your disability. If you self manage, you will need to open a new bank account just for NDIS. You will also need to use a computer or fill in forms to get the money paid back to your bank account for your disability supports and services.

3. Plan Managed

If you choose Plan Management for your NDIS funds, the NDIS will pay someone you choose from their list to help you manage the money and pay your bills. The NDIS will pay extra to pay for their help. With Plan Management you can choose any place or provider to help you with your disability. Plan Management means you have lots of choice and control, but don’t need to be good at maths, budgeting or record keeping because your Plan Manager will help you.

When can I start using the NDIS?

When you can access the NDIS depends on several things:

  • If NDIS has been rolled out in your area [link].
  • Whether you are accessing disability supports and services already.
  • What kind of supports and services you use.

How is the NDIS different to the current system?

NDIS is the biggest social change since Medicare. It is a revolutionary and world first way of approaching disability supports and services, treating them as a right rather than as welfare. The NDIS has more funding, and gives more choice and control over supports and services to people with a disability and their families/carers. For those with higher needs, it can potentially provide 24 hour support.

Can I keep my Disability Service Provider (DSP) instead of transferring to the NDIS?

No. All DSPs and other disability specific funded supports and services need to apply and be approved be transferred to the NDIS when it rolls out. You can choose to keep, change, or combine supports and services from providers who have transferred to the NDIS.

Does an NDIS package have a case manager?

Not automatically. You will have a contact person at the NDIA, but their job is not as broad as a Case Manager. If you think that you need case management or support with your NDIS package then you can contact Moe Life Skills to discuss your options, or you can talk with your NDIS planner about whether you should include funding for case management in your NDIS plan budget.

What is an NDIS plan?

Your NDIS plan is similar to your support plan. It is all about your personal goals, needs, and aspirations.

What is the process?

  1. Think about your needs and goals. MLS can help you with this.
  2. Meet with your personal planner – for complicated plans, this will be with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Local Area Coordinator (LAC organisation) will manage all other plans.
  3. Develop your plan along with LAC, and think about how to manage your supports
  4. Implement your plan
  5. Review your plan after 12 months.

When should I start planning?

The change over to NDIS for the Latrobe Valley area will be in October 2017. You should start preparing now so that you are ready. Moe Life Skills can help you through the steps, and give you a copy of the NDIS Planning Workbook. You can also download a copy of the Planning Workbook here.

“There are no right or wrong answers [in this planning document]. It is just a starting point for us (NDIS planner) to work together” Fiona Cranny, NDIS planner.

How should I start planning?

You should think about:

  • What support you have now
  • What activities you do now
  • If these are meeting your needs
  • If these support the things that you want to do and achieve
  • What is important to you
  • How all of these things can be put into your plan


How has NDIS been received in trial sites?

People in the trial sites who signed up to the NDIS have not lost their packages. They are happier, better off, and have seen improvements to their life style which have helped them to move forward.

Is Moe Life Skills NDIS ready?

Yes. We have invested and will continue to invest money in upskilling our staff and recruiting the best in the field, and we are well positioned to transition to the NDIS. There will be some changes to the way we operate, which will be for the better. We will be more customer focused, providing the supports and services that our current and future clients want so that they will have more choice and control.

Where can I find out more about NDIS?

The NDIS section on our website is full of resources and information about the scheme. Start thinking about what you need in your plan, and map out on paper what you need.

Do I have to contact the NDIS so I don’t get missed?

Moe Life Skills will keep all of our clients up to date with information on the change over and when it will start. You can also pop in, call us, sign up for our newsletters, and/or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information, contact us by email office@moelifeskills.vic.edu.au or phone (03) 5127 7999.

Source: National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)