What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

Posted on: 04/03/2016

NDIS is a generational reform that focuses on a person centred system of support. The scheme will aim to provide a person with a permanent or significant disability access to reasonable and necessary supports to achieve their goals and participate in social and economic life.

How is NDIS different from services I am receiving currently?

For many, the current services available are limited and it is quite common to have to repeat your story numerous times. You are likely to be placed on multiple waitlists, for services which you may have to wait several years to access.

NDIS aims to provide a prompt response and provide you with service within a couple of months, your funding would be ongoing and you wouldn’t be on multiple waitlists.

The NDIS can be described as the largest social reform since Medicare was first introduced.

As you can imagine, the transition for a program of this scale is an enormous task and will take time. As such the NDIS will be phased in region by region over the next few years. For Windermere consumers living in Inner Gippsland some people waiting for services could commence NIDA planning from late 2016, while existing programs will begin the change over from September 2017.  In the Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia areas NDIS transition will be occurring in late 2018, however the earlier you know abou the changes the better.

If you live in another location and would like to know when the NDIS is available in your are please feel free to call us or check the NDIS website.

Windermere continues to actively work towards the changes needed for the full roll out and implementation of the NDIS.

For the most current information on the NDIS please visit www.ndis.gov.au