The Australian Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to eligible individuals with additional needs. The support provided by the NDIS to people living with disability is designed to help them get the support they need to develop their skills and independence over time. Supports include financial support to cover or subsidise the cost of employing a registered disability services provider to provide physical assistance to complete activities of daily living, access transport services, participate in community events and social interactions, procure physical aids and home modification services to enhance independence at home, and skill-building programs.
The seed for Support to Grow was when we were attempting to navigate the NDIS and identify all the systems and programs available to us, and trying to decipher the rules, regulations and benefits attached to our NDIS plan and its budget. Having been through the NDIS application process ourselves… three times! …we know just how confusing, complicated, and stressful the NDIS application and approval process – in fact, the whole NDIS system – can be at times.
Our personal disability journey gives us a rare advantage among disability support providers. We have experienced just how difficult it can be to work out where to start, what level of funding you may be eligible for, how to access suitable services and supports via your NDIS plan, and how best to manage the funds available to you. The NDIS support and information service we offer to our clients is built on a combination of the practical skills and theoretical knowledge developed through formal education and practical experience, and a level of empathy, support and genuine understanding that can only be gained through personal, lived experience.
The NDIS Act and the rules made under the NDIS Act also tell us which supports will not be funded by the NDIS.
The NDIS cannot fund a support that is:
The types of supports that the NDIS may fund for participants include:
You have choice and the control over how you use funded supports in your plan. That includes choice of how the supports are given and which service providers you use.
In some cases the NDIA or others will manage the funding for supports. For example, where there is an unreasonable risk to a participant.
People who are not eligible for the NDIS can still get help to access community and other government services.
The NDIS can provide information and helps connect all people with disability, their families and carers to community and other government services.
For many people, this will be all the support they need.