Understanding the NDIS:
What are the changes for your family?
- The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is a national scheme that will ensure that all participants have equal accessibility to funds and services irrespective of the kind of disability they have or the area they live in.
- Grant funding and Government contracts replaced with individualised plans. Previously, the Government was providing funding to providers who then would have the ability to select their own clients in accordance with their service criteria. The NDIS empowers participants and their families, enabling them to have more control in selecting the providers that best suit their needs and desires.
- Funding will be doubled. The NDIS funding will increase to $22.2 billion in 2019 and without the NDIS disability funding it would have been around $11b in 2019.
Who will be covered?
The NDIS will take in account how the individual’s impairment/s impacts their life. Individual impairment/s that affect their hearing, vision, mobility and intellectual capacity will all be covered a long with mental health conditions (referred as psycho-social impairments in the NDIS) as long as the ailment largely impacts on the individual’s daily life. The NDIA expects that there will be approximately 410,000 people across Australia who will meet the criteria; these are referred as participants in the NDIS.
However, there will be a group of people, on estimation 800,000 people that may be inflicted with a disability and won’t meet the above mentioned criteria. This group is covered by what is referred as Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) (formerly known as Tier 2). Unfortunately, it is not completely understood the way NDIS will support these individuals with exception to providing advice, referrals and linkages to this group.
If you would like to find out more information please select the following link that will redirect you to the NDIS: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building page: link
The NDIS is for participants who enter into the agency when they are under 65 years of age. Individuals who are over 65 years of age and require support from the scheme for the first time will be directed to seek assistance from the aged care system. Nonetheless, participants who are already apart of the NDIS and turn 65 years old and over will remain receiving assistance from the NDIS and won’t require to be redirected to the aged care system.
How this affects service providers?
- Service providers no longer have to screen individuals who endeavour to utilise their services instead they can easily accept any individual who is a participant of the NDIS and has funding to purchase any type of service the provider offers.
- Service providers will provide services to participants in the NDIS along with individuals who are categorised in the Tier 2 cohort. Currently, the Government have announced that the Tier 2 cohort would not be disadvantaged during the transition to the NDIS, although, there is no substantial information that suggests that the group will receive any other assistance other than linkages with services.
What will the NDIS pay for?
The scheme has been designed in a specific way that ensures that the cost of general expenses are covered to promote individuals living with a disability to achieve their aspirations. Explicitly, the scheme will cover the cost of anything intertwined with disability services and in addition other associated requirements as well as innovative services that directly relate to the needs of an individual living with a disability. The NDIS refers the above mentioned as reasonable and necessary supports and to be directly transferred to the page that consists of further information please click the following link: link
The scheme however is not designed to cover the cost for all necessities that individuals require to live in the community that is not either related to their disability or their day-to-day costs that is not associated with their needs, for instance, utility bills or private school fees. The NDIS also will not provide duplicate funds that occurs when another Government department is responsible to cover the cost of the specific living necessity, for instance, medical care like a hip or knee replacement.
Several existing State and Federal Government disability programs will directly transfer funds into the NDIS, referred as cashed out. This means that the Government bodies have ceased payments to service providers and instead providers are required to depend on NDIS participants to pay for their services. Albeit, the Government has made agreements with a small amount of services that will remain in kind. This means that the service will continue receiving direct funds from the Government and not NDIS participants as long as they have a specific number of NDIS participants within their program.
The funding of the scheme has been designed this way to enable service providers to construct programs and offer services that are directly related to the needs of individuals living with a disability rather than meeting the criteria of a Government funding grant application. Furthermore, the scheme has allowed services to differ their focus to the outcomes rather than the outputs and instead develop a variety of programs and services that enable the participant to meet their goals.
Where can you find out more?
The NDIS website (click the following link to be transferred directly to the NDIS website has an extensive range of fact sheets on information related to the scheme for individuals living with a disability, families and carers and service providers.
Discover Nursing Australia is an established NDIS service provider than can provide a range of services that will assist individuals living with a disability and their families and carers a smooth transition into the NDIS.
Please contact our team on 0481 282 220 for further information.