NDIS Introducing the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new Australian reform designed to support people with a disability. The NDIS uses an insurance approach, a bit like Medicare, to share service and support costs across the wider community.

All Australian tax payers contribute to the scheme, and it’s administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The NDIA is a commonwealth level government agency.

The NDIS is designed to achieve two main goals:

  1. Cover the costs of the reasonable and necessary supports that a person with disability requires based on their personal circumstances, needs and goals.
  2. Give people with a disability greater choice and control over the support they receive.
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NDIS How could the NDIS affect me?

In our experience, people who apply for NDIS funding usually end up getting much more assistance than they had before.

For example, you can receive funding to purchase assistive technologies like Scanning And Reading Appliance (SARA) scanners to help with daily life. Some people will be able to secure extra support for Guide Dogs, with money available for food, vet bills and grooming.

We encourage every person who is eligible for the NDIS to obtain funding. With more people receiving support through the NDIS, we’re able to use funds raised through donations and bequests to support Victorians who are not eligible for the scheme.

Our services will always be available to people with low vision or blindness, regardless of whether or not you are supported by the NDIS.

NDIS Who is eligible for NDIS funding?

Everyone will need to be assessed individually, but broadly speaking, you must be:

  • Under 65 years old when your local area joins the NDIS.
  • In need of support for everyday tasks because of a permanent impairment or condition.
  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen holding a Protected Special Category Visa.

Some children under the age of 6 will be eligible for the NDIS even if their disability is not permanent. If your child has a developmental delay and early intervention will greatly reduce issues in later life, they may qualify for the NDIS.

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NDIS Our services and the NDIS

Our services are designed around your individual circumstance. We customise programs to meet your specific needs, in order to help you reach your personal potential.

Similarly, the NDIS is designed to help you choose the most relevant supports and services for you, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. We welcome the new reforms.

We are registered with the NDIS as a provider of support services. These services include Orientation & Mobility training, Occupational Therapy, help with Assistive Technology and other programs for people with low vision or blindness.

We are also registered as Support Coordinators. This means we can act as a single point of contact to help you manage multiple services from different providers.

Even if you don’t want us to operate as your Support Coordinator, we can help you:

  • Understand the NDIS
  • Work out your eligibility for services and programs
  • Identify goals that the NDIS will consider funding
  • Help you prepare for your NDIS meetings
  • Gather documentation to support your application
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NDIS Frequently Asked Questions