What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is a new way of providing disability support.
Investing in people with a disability requires a lifetime approach. The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
Mainstream services and supports are available for all Australians from professionals like doctors or teachers through health and education systems. This also covers areas like public housing and the justice and aged care systems.
Community services and supports are activities and services available to everyone in your community. These include organisations such as sports clubs, community groups, libraries or charities.
Informal support arrangements include the help you receive from your family and friends. Such support is generally free and a part of most people’s daily lives.
The NDIS pays for support that is reasonable and necessary for you.
Support is typically related to your disability and helps individuals to live life and achieve goals. You can read more about reasonable and necessary supports or watch the video below to learn more.
The NDIS will be available to you as long as you need support to manage your disability. Once you have a plan, the support is generally in place for 12 months. If your needs change you can ask for a review.