The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the most significant Australian social reform in decades.
The scheme is being progressively implemented across Australia, replacing current disability service funding, and will be fully rolled out by July 2019.
The NDIS launched in July 2013, following years of discussion about the need for a major reform of disability services in Australia to address inequity in funding and services across the states.
The NDIS have pledged that no-one will be worse off under the new system.
In fact, many people with a disability will be able to access services they never have before.
The NDIS focuses on the person with a disability across their whole-of-life.
For the first time, people with a disability in Australia will get to choose where and how to access their support services.
Funding will go directly to the individual to choose the services they need, rather than funding being directly applied to service providers.
A plan is created for each eligible NDIS participant based on specific individual needs and progress goals.
Knowing how to navigate the NDIS planning process can be overwhelming for some people.
There is a huge amount of information to take in from sources, and sometimes people may receive contradictory advice. It can be hard to know what’s right!
You naturally want the best outcomes for yourself or your loved one in the transition to the NDIS.
Being prepared for your meeting goes a long way towards achieving an optimal package.
It’s important to remember that although planning meetings follow a basic format, experience prooves that no two plan meetings are the same.
Navigating the NDIS process can be overwhelming for some people.
There is a huge amount of information to take in from sources, and sometimes advice may be contradictory.
It can be hard to know what’s right.
Endeavour Foundation has compiled a helpful list called “NDIS In Five Easy Steps that covers the following:
1. Check your eligibility 2. Start thinking about your needs and goals 3. Meet with your planner and develop your plan 4. Put your plan into action; and 5. Yearly review of your plan.
It’s a great starting point and can be accessed at www.endeavour.com.au along with a wealth of other information that may be of assistance..
Endeavour Foundation is one of Australia’s most established ‘for purpose’ providers in the disability sector supporting more than 4173 people with a disability across more than 300 locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.