Outlook has for some years focussed on the model of independence, social inclusion and personal growth.

Our background and experience mean that we are well placed going into the NDIS and its model of choice and independence.

NDIS Transition Roadshows

The NDS has announced a series of NDIS Transition Roadshows with dates and venues to be progressively announced. For more information see the NDS website.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is due to roll out progressively across Australia from mid 2016. Currently six trial sites are operating and are being evaluated in locations across Australia, with a variety of age groups being assessed. In Victoria, Barwon has been chosen because it has people living in city, urban and rural settings, and it is looking at all age groups, from birth to 65. Those over 65, who were already receiving services, can transition into the NDIS.

Preparing for the NDIS

The NDIS is designed to increase choice and control and therefore increase independence for people with disabilities.

People who qualify for the NDIS will be assessed according to their needs, and funding will be allocated to them which will allow them to choose which services they want and which organisations they want to deliver those services. This will increase the choice and control for people with disabilities.

Do I qualify for the NDIS?

To be eligible to receive the NDIS, you must

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident
  • Be under 65 years of age
  • Have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself.

The NDIS website has a handy on-line access checker form that can help you determine your eligibility at http://www.ndis.gov.au/my-access-checker.

What if I don’t qualify for the NDIS?

If you are assessed as being ineligible for the NDIS you can appeal the decision through the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

If you are over the age of 65 years old and currently receive a disability support package, you will continue to receive support.

What happens to my current supports?

Each person will be assessed according to their needs, with everyone being asked to set out their short term and long term goals. It is important that people start looking at what supports they already receive, and then look at what gaps there are. For example:

  • Do I receive enough hours to help me stay in my home?
  • Do I have enough funding to help me participate in the community?
  • Do I have enough supports to help me get dressed and showered?
  • Do I get enough funding to allow appropriate respite?
  • Do I get enough funding to help me leave home and be independent?

How do I apply for the NDIS?

Everyone needs to apply to the NDIS to receive a funding package.

In the first part of the process, they will ask you to complete a form which will tell them if you are eligible for the NDIS.

The next step will be to complete an action plan. This is your opportunity to list your goals, detail your needs and determine what supports you require.

This will involve sitting down with an NDIS planner and completing some forms. This process is designed so that you can work together, to create a plan that works for you and meets your needs.

This may mean that you have several meetings with the planner, and you can choose to involve other people, such as a family member, carer or a trusted adviser. Each NDIS plan must be approved by the NDIS, but you have a big say in what that looks like.

The finished plan will include:

  • A statement of goals and aspirations
  • A statement outlining your funded supports

What if I need to change my plan?

You can request the NDIS to reassess your NDIS package at any time.

What happens when my NDIS package is approved?

Once your NDIS package and plan is approved, you can purchase your supports from your choice of provider. You may choose a range of supports from a range of providers, in a range of different locations and at times of your choosing.

How do I manage my NDIS funding package?

Once your package has been approved you will have the choice of managing your package yourself, or appointing someone else to manage it on your behalf.

If you choose to manage your own NDIS package, you will need to:

  • arrange and manage your supports
  • manage payments to your chosen providers/suppliers and keep track of your NDIS spending
  • be responsible for all documentation, including record keeping and completing information required by the NDIS

Alternatively, you can choose to appoint somebody else to manage your package for you. The NDIS can help you with these decisions.

How do I manage my NDIS funding package?

Once your package has been approved you will have the choice of managing your package yourself, or appointing someone else to manage it on your behalf.

If you choose to manage your own NDIS package you will need to:

  • arrange and manage your supports
  • manage payments to your chosen providers/suppliers and keep track of your NDIS spending
  • be responsible for all documentation, including record keeping and completing information required by the NDIS

Alternatively, you can choose to appoint somebody else to manage your package for you. The NDIS can help you with these decisions.

More information

For more information on how Outlook can help you under the NDIS contact:

Phone (03) 5941 1535 or email us.