What is the difference between the NDIS and NDIA?
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
What does the NDIS cover?
The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary support and equipment that a person with disability needs. The funding supports you to pursue your goals and aspirations; increase your independence; increase your social and economic participation and to develop your capacity to take part in the community.
What doesn’t the NDIS cover?
NDIS funding doesn’t cover general everyday living expenses that people without disability would be required to pay, such as train travel, rent, groceries, mobile phone or movie tickets.
How does NDIS funding work?
Funding under the NDIS is individualised, based on goals and outcomes. Your plan is developed following a planning meeting and can be reviewed as your goals change.
Is NDIS funding means tested?
Assistance from the NDIS is not means tested and has no impact on income support such as the Disability Support Pension and Carers Allowance.
What does reasonable and necessary mean?
In order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support must,
- be related to your disability
- represent value for money
- be likely to be effective and beneficial
- take into account any informal supports given to you by your family, friends, support crew (including support workers, support networks and the community)
They can’t include any day-to-day living costs that aren’t related to your disability support needs.
What types of supports are funded?
Your NDIS plan will be individual and specific to you and your life.
The types of supports that the NDIS may fund include:
- daily personal activities
- transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
- workplace help to allow you to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
- therapeutic supports including behaviour support
- help with household tasks to allow you to maintain your home environment
- help by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
- home modification design and construction
- mobility equipment
- vehicle modifications.
When is the NDIS rolling out in my area?
The NDIS is rolling out progressively throughout Australia and is expected to be fully rolled out by 2020.
Find out when the NDIS will be available in your region by selecting your state or territory below:
Who will my Plan meeting be with?
Planning meetings can either be conducted by a NDIA Planner or through a Local Area Coordinator (LAC). A LAC can be a NDIS staff member or they can be a team member of a not-for-profit organisation who is acting on behalf of the NDIA.
What will my meeting be like?
You can request a face-to-face meeting planning meeting when the NDIS planner calls you.
When someone from the NDIS calls you, ask them what the purpose of the phone call is: ask whether it’s to check your eligibility or whether it’s for your NDIA Planning meeting.
See our Plan Meeting Checklist here for more information on what you can request.
Can I choose who attends the NDIA meeting with me?
Yes. You can ask a family member, close friend, your partner or a person who supports you (someone you know and can trust)
Do I need to include the cost of items in my plan?
It’s not necessary to include the cost of the item in your plan.
However, you can familiarise yourself with the NDIS Price Guide here.
What is a goal?
We recommend to think about two short term and one long term goal to be included in your first plan (although there is no limit to the number of goals you can have).
It may be that one of your short term goals is to retain your current level of supports.
A good place to start is to think about what you’d like to achieve in the next year or two. This can be something simple e.g. ‘learning to cook for myself’ or to make new friends’. Longer term goals could be ‘finding a job that’s right for me’ or learn to live more independently’.
So often we hear from our members and crew, ‘that you don’t know what you don’t know’. If you need some inspiration, visit the Goal Tracker section of the Leap in! planning app for a range of goals that are tailored to your individual profile.
Will I get to see my plan before it is finalised?
What if I don’t agree with my plan when I receive it?
You can request a review of your plan with the NDIA (this must be made within three months of receiving your plan).
You can make the request by
- Calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110
- Writing to the CEO of the NDIA at GPO Box 700, Canberra ACT 2601
- Emailing to a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visiting an NDIS office or
- Completing the application for review of a decision form on the NDIS myplace participant portal.
What happens when I ask to have my plan reviewed?
Your review will be conducted by an NDIA staff member who was not involved in the original decision making. They will reconsider the facts, law and policy aspects of the original plan and determine if was accurate. They are also able to consider any new information available.
I haven’t spent all of the funds from my current plan and it’s time for my plan review. What happens to my unused funding?
Any unspent funds are returned to the NDIA.
What happens when I turn 65?
If you are over 65 at the time your area rolls out the NDIS, you will transition into the aged care system.
If you are currently receiving funding under the NDIS and you turn 65, you can either choose to remain with the NDIS or you can transition to the aged care system.