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How to get NDIS funding?

January 2, 2020

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme launched by the Australian Government that provides support to people with disabilities under the age of 65. NDIS have been working to assist the Australians since it rolled out region by region and it is now providing assistance to over 250,000 people in Australia who have different levels of support needs. NDIS is directly administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

The NDIS is specifically established to provide you with more control, choice, and freedom. NDIS funding packages replaces some of your current disability services funding bringing the services in under one roof. Once you receive your NDIS plan, you work directly with your OT to agree on an approved funding package for the types of services that you require. You have the option and choice of who will provide the services you need and choosing the service provider by yourself with assistance of your OT. You will have an NDIS meeting to make a plan which is based on your individual needs.

What is the Importance of NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was commenced after a 2011 Productivity Commission report was released. It was found that the disability services were “underfunded, unfair, fragmented and inefficient”. The commission suggested a system of flexible individual funding packages that can be used to fund disability support products and services. The NDIS funding helps people with:

  • Aids and equipment such as wheelchairs and hearing aids for people with different levels of ability.
  • Assisting people with personal care such as getting in and out of bed, managing money, showering, going to the washroom, household cleaning and a lot of other activities.
  • Mental health therapy.
  • Social and speech therapy.
  • Assistive technology.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Personalized support plans.
  • Access to referrals.
  • Social participation activities such as in clubs or going to the community clubs.
  • Transport so people can visit their friends and folks.
  • Intervention programs.
  • Mobility equipment.
  • Access to information.
  • Support to access the community services.

There are 15 different categories of the funding of NDIS, all of these cover assisting people with different levels of ability in achieving different results.

 

What is the Eligibility Criteria for NDIS?

 Before applying for an NDIS funding, you need to make sure that you fulfil the eligibility criteria. The eligibility checklist is listed down below:

  • Your age should be in between the range of 7-65. If you are more than 65 years of age or your child is less than 7 years of age, there are other different supports that you can have access to.
  • You should have an Australian citizenship or permanent residency as NDIS scheme is only available to Australians.
  • You are dependent on another person because of a significant or permanent disability.
  • You use a special equipment because of a permanent or significant disability.
  • You need some supports now to reduce your future needs.

How to apply for NDIS funding?

If you fulfil the eligibility criteria listed above, then call 1800 800 110 and ask to make an Access Request. The NDIS services are available all across Australia, but you should still make sure if the NDIS services are available before you submit the access request. The next questions is whether you’re already receiving existing disability services or not. You will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency if you are already getting the disability services that are being incorporated into the NDIS. The National Disability Insurance agency will contact you either by phone or through post. If you’re not already receiving any disability services, then you can directly reach out to the National Disability Insurance Agency by yourself.

You can also get a form for the access request. You will be asked a few things as part of the access request process, such as:

  • To prove your identity and/or a person's authority to act on your behalf.
  • Questions to inquire if you fulfil the NDIS access requirements (age, residence and disability).
  • Questions about providing consent to enter the NDIS and about getting relevant information from the third parties.

You may also be requested to give some more information after you submit your Access Request. This may include information about your disability and how it affects your daily life. You can also give copies of information, including letters or reports, or you can ask your health professional to fill out and sign a form.

If you are looking for an approved NDIS service provider then contact us and we can guide you to right track.

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