NDIS Guide

NDIS Guide A Comprehensive Guide to the NDIS: Everything You Need to Know What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a government-funded program that provides support to Australians with permanent and significant disabilities. The NDIS is designed to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing them with the support they need to participate in everyday activities and achieve their goals.

The NDIS operates on a participant-directed funding model, which means that eligible individuals receive funding that they can use to purchase the services and supports they need. The NDIS also provides information and advice to help participants make informed decisions about their supports and services.

Eligibility for the NDIS

To be eligible for the NDIS, you must meet the following criteria:
• Be under the age of 65 at the time of application
• Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a Protected Special Category Visa
• Have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to
participate in everyday activities
• Require support from others to participate in everyday activities

If you meet these criteria, you can apply for the NDIS by contacting the
National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and completing an access request form. You will need to provide information about your disability and how it affects your daily life, as well as any supporting documentation.

Types of NDIS Services and Support

The NDIS provides funding for a wide range of services and supports, including:

Core Supports
Core supports are services that help you with everyday activities, such as:
• Assistance with personal care, such as bathing, grooming and dressing
• Assistance with household tasks, such as cleaning and cooking
• Assistance with community access, such as transport and social activities
• Consumables, such as continence aids and home modification items

Capacity Building Supports
Capacity building supports are services that help you to build your skills and abilities, such as:
• Therapeutic supports, such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and
speech therapy
• Support coordination, which helps you to manage your supports and services
• Support for learning and skill development, such as training and education

Capital Supports
Capital supports are one-time purchases that help you to achieve your goals, such as:
• Assistive technology, such as mobility aids and communication devices
• Home modifications, such as ramps and grab rails
• Vehicle modifications, such as wheelchair hoists and ramps

NDIS Planning and Management

Once you are approved for the NDIS, you will be assigned a planner who will work with you to create a plan that outlines your  goals and the supports and services you need to achieve them. Your plan will be reviewed annually to ensure that it is still meeting your needs.

To get the most out of your NDIS plan, it is important to:
• Understand your plan and the funding you have available
• Choose service providers that meet your needs and preferences
• Keep track of your spending and make sure you are staying within your
• Monitor your progress towards your goals and adjust your plan as necessary
• Advocate for yourself and communicate effectively with your support
workers and service providers

Getting Help and Support
If you have questions or need help with the NDIS, there are several resources
• The NDIS website provides detailed information about the scheme, including eligibility requirements, services and supports, and how to apply.
• The NDIA has a national contact centre that you can call for information and advice. https://www.ndis.gov.au/contact
• Disability advocacy organizations can provide independent advice and support.

If you’re looking for disability support services, Bright Care Services is here to help. You can contact us at 1300 387 887 or email info@brightcareservices.com