Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

NDIS: What You Need to Know

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

NDIS: What You Need to Know

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is the insurance that gives us all peace of mind. Disability could affect anyone and having the right support makes a big difference.

The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.

In short, it gives recipients the options to choose where they can receive care, creating jobs and putting the power of your care in your hands, not a government department.

The scheme is being rolled out over three stages across the state, with Ipswich scheduled for transition from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, along with Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

Joining the scheme on July 1, 2018, will be Beenleigh, Cairns, Brisbane (North and South), Maryborough, Caboolture, Maroochydore and Robina.

For the first time in our country's history, people with a disability will have full authority over how they will spend their care money so they get the services and support they really need and want, she said.

Choice and control are at the heart of this scheme. It means people with disabilities can set their own goals, plan their care and co-ordinate their support services.

This is quite different to the existing one-size-fits-all approach, which was built more around the needs of the system than people with a disability.

What can I do to prepare?

If you currently receive disability services you will be contacted before your area transitions. If you are not currently receiving services, you will be able to apply to access the scheme when the NDIS is available in your area.

NDIS the new way of providing disability support

The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.

The NDIS will help people with disability achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and improved well-being.

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

The NDIS also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

By 2019, the NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability.

Can I access the NDIS?

To become an NDIS participant a person must:

*Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;

*Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;

*Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and

*Live in Australia where the NDIS is available. …

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