Introduction

An introduction to NDIS - what will it mean?

Introduction

An introduction to NDIS - what will it mean?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - formerly DisabilityCare Australia - will gradually replace current state and territory disability systems over the next six years, from 2013 until 2019.

It is a person-centred support system for people with disabilities to enable them to access the NDIS’s ‘community linkages and individualised planning processes to identify the reasonable and necessary supports you need to enable you to achieve your goals’.

It will provide eligible people who have a disability with individual budgets, according to needs.

As one of the six national trial sites, the Barwon area of Victoria began the rollout of NDIS on 1 July 2013. People with a disability or mental health issues who use specialist disability services and/or live in Barwon will have been contacted by NDIS to advise them of the next steps.

This process involves the assessment for eligibility and then the individualised planning to determine what kinds of supports and services are needed by each person.

Carers Victoria recognises that there is much information about NDIS that can be confusing for carers. We aim to provide caring families with relevant and timely information to help demystify NDIS.

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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