How to access the NDIS

Understanding the NDIS

The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is an Australian Government scheme that was legislated in 2013. The organisation funds and provides support to people with various disabilities, such as psychosocial or other disabilities that affect a person’s way of living.

The NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) is an independent agency. This organisation’s role is to manage and implement the NDIS to ensure people with disabilities continue to get the support they need. 

A Local Area Coordinator assists people with the NDIS. They provide planning for people living with disabilities to give them control and a choice over the services they’re given. The local area coordinator will provide a pre-plan workshop and pre-planning packs to help participant identify the support they need.

The information that the coordinator collects will help build a customised plan specific to the participant’s requirements. After the plan is approved, the local area coordinator works closely with participants to get the support plan up and running.

The NDIS can support you by giving you easier access to information and referral to the best support services for people living with disabilities. Plans are also tailored to a participant’s specific goals by offering individualised plans and support. Depending on these plans, the NDIS may fund specific support programs such as assistance from a recovery coach.

The NDIS assists people living with physical, intellectual, sensory, psychosocial, and cognitive disabilities. You can get the support you need to live a fulfilled life based on your goals. With the assistance of recovery coach services, you may become part of your community by increasing your social skills. Proper support can potentially increase your independence again.

The NDIS can connect people living with disabilities with a qualified recovery coach with lived experiences. This organisation can also provide the funds needed to develop recovery plans for those living with psychosocial disabilities. This is so participants can get help and support for their specific disabilities.

Funding is personalised and can vary from person to person. Plans are tailored to a participant’s specific needs. If support is deemed necessary, the NDIS may fund your plan. Funded supports may include: 

  • Therapeutic supports
  • Daily personal activities 
  • Transport 
  • Support in the workplace 
  • Assistance from a coach to help with daily tasks 

Can I access the NDIS?

To be eligible for support from the NDIS, you must have a permanent disability that prevents you from getting employed, living on your own or performing everyday tasks such as cooking. Children who have developmental delays also qualify for the support of the NDIS.

To gain access to the support of the NDIS, you must be an Australian citizen or have a permanent visa. You must also be under the age of 65.

You will still have options that can support your recovery if you don’t meet the access requirements. You can opt for the Queensland Community Support Scheme if you have a disability or mental health problems. 

Ready to begin your journey towards recovery?

Taking the first step is often the most difficult, yet it’s necessary to begin your journey towards recovery. The sooner you take it, though, the sooner your progress towards a more independent and fulfilling life begins.