What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is known as the NDIS. It is a new way of funding and delivering support services for people with permanent and significant disability.

What is the NDIA?

The National Disability Insurance Agency is known as the NDIA. It is the government organisation that has been set up to implement the NDIS.

Who is eligible for the NDIS?

Eligibility is determined by

  • Disability (or early intervention requirements)
  • Age
  • Residency status

The NDIS website has an online Eligibility Checklist

If you’re still not sure, get in touch with us for a chat.

What supports will be funded under NDIS?

The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that help you to:

  • Pursue your goals and aspirations
  • Increase your independence
  • Improve the way you actively take part in your community.
What supports will NOT be funded under NDIS?

The NDIS does not pay for anything already provided by an existing Government program or system. Medical and Clinical services are provided by Medicare, so are not included under the NDIS.

The NDIS does not fund anything that is:

  • Likely to cause harm to you or pose a risk to others
  • Unrelated to your disability
  • Part of day-to-day living expenses incurred by the general public and not related to disability support needs (rent, groceries, household bills, etc.)
  • Related in any way to income replacement.
What are the prices of NDIS services at REDinc? Will the NDIS funding affect my pension and is it means tested?

The funding is not means tested. The only Centrelink payment that may be affected is the mobility allowance.  If you would like to find out more about this allowance, get in touch with us.

What is a Plan Management Provider?

A registered Plan Management Provider is an individual or organisation that carries out the financial management of your NDIS plan. You can have all of your plan or parts of your plan, managed by a plan manager. You can use a registered plan management provider to process NDIS related claims and pay invoices on your behalf.  REDinc is a registered Plan Management Provider.

Can my plan be reviewed, and when?

Your plan is automatically reviewed after 12 months. If your circumstances change or you have forgotten something, you can request a review to occur at any time.

To manage your own funds do you need qualifications?

No, but you will need to have a separate bank account to keep the NDIS funds and keep records. The Planner will be discussing this option with you once you have agreed upon your plan.

The NDIA states that you will be responsible for:

  • sourcing and arranging your supports
  • making payments to your chosen providers, including ensuring that providers receive their payment on time
  • managing your plan expenditure, including submitting My Plan Purchases forms to NDIA
  • keeping records of all your plan purchases and providing these to NDIA.
Is there a certain amount of funding per family or person?

No. The amount of funds in your plan is based on what you decide you need support with and what is reasonable and necessary. This means everyone’s amount will be different.

NDIA states: “reasonable and necessary supports that help a participant to reach their goals, objectives and aspirations, and to undertake activities to enable the participant’s social and economic participation”.

How does planning happen for people who may not have the capacity to plan and make decisions?

The service user can invite anyone they like to a planning session to support them with their decision making.

This support can be from a significant other in their life such as a parent, sibling or perhaps they may have a formal guardian in place.

REDinc staff can also assist, and be nominated as your advocate if there is nobody else.

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