The NDIS is how the Australian Government now provides support to Australians with a disability, mental health issues and chronic illness. It provides funding for “reasonable and necessary” supports for people to access what they need to to live and enjoy their life. Every NDIS participant has an individualised plan listing their goals and their allocated funding. Individuals between the age of 5 and 65 are eligible to apply for funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Funding can be allocated in three types of support areas:
Core – supports enabling you to complete activities of daily living and work towards the goals that meet your objectives,
Capital – investments, such as assistive technology, equipment and home or vehicle modifications and funding for capital costs such as Specialist Disability Accommodation,
Capacity Building – supports to build independence and skills.
There are three options to manage your NDIS funding:
Self management – a flexible option in which NDIA provides you with funding to access your preferred supports.
Plan management – NDIA provides funding in your plan to pay a Plan Manager to act on your behalf. Find out more about Gateways Plan Management services.
NDIA management – NDIA pays providers on your behalf.
Find more information about management options at the NDIS’ Ways To Manage Your Funding page.
You can also find a comprehensive set of informational videos about self management at Talks That Matter.
Who is Eligible for NDIS Support?
To find out whether you are eligible to receive NDIS support visit Am I Eligible
More information about the NDIS and applying for a funding can be found at the NDIS website or by calling them on 1800 800 110. Comprehensive and easy to follow information can be found through Amaze, a government-funded autism advocacy and information service.
The NDIS has also prepared a range of resources explaining many aspects of the scheme, including in Easy Read formats.
Get NDIS ready
The Association for Children with a Disability has a comprehensive range of easy-to-understand resources to help guide you on your NDIS journey. Find it here.
We also have a simple tip sheet available for download.
Gateways’ NDIS experience
In July 2016, the NDIS finished its trial period and the full Scheme began rolling out across Australia. The NDIS is now available in all of Gateways service areas including the Geelong region, Werribee and Western Melbourne, Warrnambool and South West Victoria.
Gateways Support Services is a registered and quality-accredited NDIS Service Provider. If you have any queries about the scheme please contact us directly on 03 5221 2984, and we’ll be happy to help.