NDIS FAQ

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

  • Residency status
  • Age
  • Disability.
How Will I Know If I Am Eligible?

The NDIS will provide funding to people who are 0-64 years of age, who have a significant or permanent disability and who need help with everyday activities.

This includes people whose disability is attributed to intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, or physical impairment, or a psychiatric condition – you can also check with a tool on the NDIS website:

My Access Checker

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

What supports will be funded under NDIS?

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

The NDIS will also 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.
When and how will NDIS be rolled out in Northern NSW?

The NDIS is set to rollout in Northern NSW from July 2017 in NSW over a period of one year.

The rollout for NSW is expected to finish by July 2018.

Who will be meeting with me to discuss my plan, and whether I’m eligible for NDIS?

The NDIA will have been, or will be, in touch with you regarding joining the NDIS.  This could be a letter or a phone call.

If you are a current service user of REDinc. you can book an NDIS Navigation session to discuss your goals and how they align with the NDIS.

Alternatively, if you do not currently receive services get in touch with us to have a chat about how we can provide you with the supports you need, or check out this list of registered NDIS providers.

How does the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) contact you or do you have to contact them?

The NDIA will have been, or will be, in touch with you regarding joining the NDIS. This could be a letter of a phone call.

If you haven’t heard from them, you can contact them directly via the NDIA website or contact your Local Area Coordinator.

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 management of funds of the supports in your plan. You can use a registered plan management provider to manage some or all of the funding for supports in your plan. 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.”

Will REDinc. still be providing services in the same areas they have done in the past?

Yes and also offering more services throughout the North Coast in addition to serving our current communities.

Check out our locations here

Do providers add fees on top of NDIS services?

No. No further charges can be added to the listed price and they can’t ask for co-payment on services either.

You might negotiate fees for plan management.  We can help you with your plan management.  To find out more about how we can support you, get in touch with us.

Can I stay with my current provider?

Yes, absolutely.

What if I don’t spend all my funds in the year, can it be rolled over?

In most circumstances the answer is no, unless already agreed with the NDIA.

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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