Please find below our frequently asked questions about the NDIS. If you have any other questions or would like further information on the NDIS, feel free to contact us using the contact form on the right, or by calling (02) 4621 8400.
To make sure the NDIS is implemented successfully, it will be introduced over several years. The first stage of the NDIS was launched July 2013 in four locations throughout Australia. The full scheme will be progressively rolled out by 2019. Until the scheme has been rolled out in everywhere, existing Commonwealth, state and territory government funded disability services will continue.
Confirm eligibility – at your first appointment you will meet with a planner to confirm your eligibility. Taking documentation from your professional confirming diagnosis is highly recommended.
Develop an individual plan – once your eligibility is confirmed you will meet with a Planner to discuss your goals and aspirations for the life you want to live and the reasonable and necessary support you need to achieve this. Being prepared for this is also recommended.
Choose your supports – if you wish, a local area co-ordinator can help you choose your supports based on your individual Plan or you can choose to manage this yourself. You can also stay with the support provider you currently use.
Review of your Plan – your Plan can be reviewed at any time necessary if you feel it’s not working, your circumstances change or it’s not adequate. All going well it will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Will Macarthur Disability Services be able to carry out my assessment?
No. The assessment process is managed by the NDIA but MDS is able to work with you prior to the assessment to help achieve the best possible outcomes. A support person can also attend your Planning meetings at your request to assist in detailing support needs.
Support people with a disability to pursue their goals and maximise their independence.
Support people with a disability to live independently and to be included in the community as fully participating citizens.
Develop and support the capacity of people with disability to undertake activities that enable them to participate in the community and in employment.
The supports must assist each person to pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations, encourage social and economic participation, represent value for money and be effective and beneficial for the participant. The NDIS will take into account existing supports provided through the state or Commonwealth and these existing supports may form the basis of the new plan. It has also been agreed that no person should be disadvantaged by the transition to the NDIS. Supports provided can cover areas such as Personal Care, Community Access, Transport, Interpreting and Translating and Employment. The funded Plan covers services, supports and equipment.
Be related to the participant’s disability.
Not include day to day living costs that are not related to a participant’s disability support needs.
Be effective and beneficial to the participant.
Take into account informal supports given to participants by families, carers, networks and the community.
That are not related to the person’s disability.
That duplicate supports received through other funding.
Are day to day living expenses (rent, food, household bills etc.)
Are related to income replacement.
Are medical or clinical service.
Self-Managed – you will manage both the financial and administrative requirements.
Use a Plan Management Provider – Approved organisations can be chosen to do all the financial and administrative tasks relating to your Plan. This includes paying suppliers, developing service agreements, hiring and paying of staff and reporting to the NDIA. Plan Management Providers must be registered with the NDIA. This support is done for a fee.
Nominate the NDIA to make all payments necessary to Registered Providers of Support.
The experience of the Trial sites – the majority of NDIS participants have chosen option 3.