• What is the NDIS? Expand FAQ answer

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. It is being rolled out nationally from June 2016 to provide long term, high quality support to people who have a permanent disability. The NDIS will focus on intensive early intervention, and will include a comprehensive information referral service, to help people with a disability who need to access mainstream disability and community support.

    What’s new:

    • People with disability choose the providers they work with
    • National roll out of the NDIS in new areas starts from 1 July 2016
    • Over 460,000 Australians with disability will enter the NDIS in coming years
    • There are growth opportunities for providers who respond to this new demand
    • Resources and tools will be available to help providers adjust to the new market environment.
  • How will families subscribe to the NDIS, especially vulnerable families? Expand FAQ answer

    To participate in the NDIS, people with disability need to meet both the age and residence requirement as well as the disability or early intervention requirements.

    Age requirements

    People need to be aged less than 65 years when they make an access request.

    Residence requirements

    They need to:

    • reside in Australia, and
    • be either an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder.

    Disability requirements

    They will meet the disability requirements if:

    • their disability is either intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or a physical impairment, or is attributable to a psychiatric condition
    • their impairment is permanent, and
    • their impairment substantially reduces their ability to take part effectively in activities, including communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care without:
      • help from other people on most days,
      • assistive technology or equipment (other than common items such as glasses), or
      • they are unable to perform these activities with assistance or assistive technology or equipment.
    • their impairment affects their ability to socialise with others or be in paid employment, and
    • they are likely to need support under the NDIS (and not another service system such as the health system) for your lifetime.

    Please use the NDIS Access Checklist to check eligibility.

    To apply for the NDIS phone 1800 800 110 for an application form.

  • How does support for children with a ‘developmental delay’ work? Expand FAQ answer

    The NDIS provides services to support children with a developmental delay or disability. Developmental delay is a term used when a child takes longer to reach age-appropriate developmental milestones. For some children developmental delays may be temporary, for others it may be a sign they have another condition.

    Children may qualify for NDIS support for a developmental delay if they:

    • are under 6 years of age with a developmental delay that results in:
      • substantially reduced functional capacity in one or more of the areas of self-care, receptive and expressive language, cognitive development or motor development and
      • the need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services which are of extended duration, and are individually planned and coordinated; and
    • supports are most appropriately funded through the NDIS, and not through another service system.

    Visit the NDIS website for information on how to provide evidence of a developmental delay.

    The process

    Families will meet with an early childhood partner to discuss their needs. The early childhood partner will draw on their specialised early childhood knowledge to determine appropriate support for the child and family, including information, emotional support and specialised early intervention support. With an emphasis on inclusion, each child will be supported in a range of mainstream settings, such as preschool, play group and other early childhood settings. This gives them an increased opportunity to learn and develop positive social relationships.

    Support will be delivered through a family-centred approach, which builds on family and carer strengths in order to improve the child’s development and overall quality of life. Children who require more intensive early intervention support services will get a plan of supports and each family will be able to choose a provider(s) to best meet their needs.

    Steps to access support for developmental delays

    1. Family meets with experienced early childhood partner (access partner) to discuss their needs
    2. The early childhood partner determines the appropriate supports for the child and family – this may include a number of actions:
    • Information services, emotional support or referral to a mainstream service
    • Short to medium-term supports or longer term intensive supports
    • The access partner will assist a child and their family if they need more intensive supports.
    1. The access partner will complete a support plan and submit it to the NDIA for approval
    2. Once the plan is approved, the family can choose the early intervention provider(s) they wish to work with and the support begins.