The NDIS is set to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians living with a significant and permanent disability.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents one of the greatest changes to Australian social policy since the introduction of Medicare, and is certainly the biggest social reform of this generation. The roll out of the NDIS is set to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians living with a significant and permanent disability. It will also provide support to families and carers and afford peace of mind for every Australian who has, or might acquire, a disability.
The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early on to improve their outcomes later in life. One of its key outcomes is to give Australians with disability far greater choice and control over the supports and services they receive.
- The NDIS will begin rollout across the Mid North Coast region 1 July 2017
- By 2019 the NDIS will support approximately 460,000 Australians with a disability nationwide
- Under the NDIS, the number of people receiving disability support in NSW will increase from 90,000 to 140,000
- The NDIS is estimated to provide just over $22 billion a year in funding when fully operational in 2019-20
- The NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) will assist in assessing eligibility for the NDIS
Who is Eligible?
To access the NDIS you must be:
- Under 65 years of age
- Be an Australian citizen or holder of a permanent or special protection visa
- Have a permanent disability that effects your ability to take participate in everyday activities
- Live in Australia where the NDIS is available