Get ready now for new disability scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has begun its gradual roll out across Australia.

The NDIS is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers.

It will provide 460,000 Australians including many in Goondiwindi and surrounding districts who are  under the age of 65 and have a permanent and significant disability with the “reasonable and necessary” supports they need to live an ordinary life.

Getting ready. Pictured from left to right are Beau Slack-Smith, Tam Privitera, Bernard Nicholson, Montana Rotherick, Sebastian Dutton, Toni Perry, Aidan Symonds and Samantha Bartman.

Getting ready. Pictured from left to right are Beau Slack-Smith, Tam Privitera, Bernard Nicholson, Montana Rotherick, Sebastian Dutton, Toni Perry, Aidan Symonds and Samantha Bartman.

This may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.

Existing Commonwealth and state-based services and supports will continue until eligible people start to receive supports from the NDIS.

Now is the time to get ready according to local care providers. 

Visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110 to find out how people with disability, providers and the community can get NDIS Ready.

What is it?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.

Reasonable and necessary supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing. Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.

The NDIS also provides people with disability, their families and carers with information and referrals to support services in the community.

Australians will now have peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a significant disability that is likely to be with them for life they will get the support they need, when they need it.

The NDIS commenced on 1 July, 2013 in several trial locations across the country. During the three-year trial period, 30,000 Australians with disability entered the Scheme.

Following the successful trial, the NDIS entered a unique period of transition with the commencement of the national rollout on July, 2016. The NDIS is being introduced in stages around the country over three years to ensure it is successful and sustainable.

A large number of people will join the NDIS during a short period of time; by the end of 2016 around 60,000 people are estimated to be in the Scheme – twice the number of people who entered the Scheme during the three-year trial.

Why the NDIS?

According to the federal Government, the NDIS replaces a disability system that was unfair and inefficient with a new, national system that is world-leading, equitable and sustainable.

The NDIS is the most significant economic and social reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s which has been agreed to by governments for the benefit of all Australians.

In 2010 the Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to carry out a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme. The Productivity Commission received over 1000 submissions from people within the disability sector.

The Productivity Commission’s 2011 report stated, “from an economic perspective, the benefits of the NDIS will exceed the costs.” It found the NDIS would ultimately add one per cent to the country’s gross domestic product - a significant boost to Australia’s economy.

A PwC report released in 2011, argued that the NDIS would pay for itself. It found that by 2035, the cost to governments of disability support, without reform, would be two to three times the cost of the NDIS.

It is also expected that there will be significant workforce growth opportunities across Australia, with 88,000 new jobs being created as the demand for disability services grows.

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