The NDIS is the new way of providing disability support and was introduced by an act of parliament in 2013
- The NDIS philosophy is all about giving choice and control to the people with disability.
- To remain viable they will only fund care and support that is deemed to be reasonable and necessary
- Key aims are to improve independence, and social and economic participation
How is the NDIS different?
- National coverage – currently each state has a different way of delivery services, so if you choose to move interstate, funding for supports don’t move with you, but under the NDIS, money moves with the person
- Supports tailored to the individual’s needs using a person-centred approach
- Funding provided to individuals, not to programs – This is a very important distinction. This means that the person with a disability has the power to decide where, how and when they will spend their package
The NDIS is being rolled out to all areas of Victoria from July 2016 to January 2019.
As the NDIS rolls out in each area, there will be phased approach to signing up participants over a few months, as not everyone can be signed up on the first day.