Background to the NDIS
From 2013 to 2016, trial sites at selected locations across Australia were established. In Victoria, this was in the Barwon Area, which includes Geelong and its surrounds.
For people who did not live in the Barwon Area, existing services and disability supports continue until the NDIS is introduced in their area. In Victoria, the roll out of the NDIS will finish in 2019.
Access to the NDIS is not means-tested and has no impact on any Centrelink financial supports, such as the disability support pension and carers allowance.
The aim of the NDIS
The introduction of the NDIS will reshape the way in which people with disability access the supports they need to achieve their goals and participate fully in community life.
The aim of the NDIS is to support people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.
It does this by identifying what disability supports someone needs in order to help achieve their goals in life. This might include greater independence, involvement in the community, education, employment and health and wellbeing.
The NDIS gives people with disability more choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided, and gives certainty in receiving the support they need over their lifetime.
The NDIS also focuses on early intervention where getting early supports can reduce the impact of disability on you or your child.
People with a psychosocial disability are also able to access support through the NDIS. A psychosocial disability is one where people significant and permanent functional impairments related to mental health issues.
The NDIS is coming in progressively, people who are currently receiving support through the Commonwealth and State governments will be changing over to the NDIS at varying times. The timing will depend on the sort of support you are receiving and where you live.
By clicking on this link you can find out when the NDIS will roll out in your area.
Eligibility for the NDIS
In order to access the NDIS, people need to meet the access requirements. These include:
- having a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
- being under 65 years pf age when you first join the scheme
- being an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa
- living in a NDIS area