There are a lot of changes coming with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and we will keep you up-to-date and informed with what those changes mean to you and your family.
We’ve answered many of the big questions below but if you have a question that hasn’t been covered, answer just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NDIS is a national scheme that aims to make disability support more equitable and provide people with a disability greater control and decision making regarding their supports. The NDIS is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) which is a legislated, independent launch transition agency. The NDIS will provide individual funding packages to people who meet eligibility criteria.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will progressively roll out across Queensland over a three year period. The NDIS agreement outlines the progressive rollout of the scheme across Queensland as follows:
1 July 2016
Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf
1 November 2016
Isaac, Mackay, Whitsundays
1 January 2017
Toowoomba area and west to the borders
1 July 2017
Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset (existing package holders can access the scheme from June 2017)
1 October 2017
Bundaberg (existing package holders can access the scheme from September 2017)
1 January 2018
Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders (existing package holders can access the scheme from November 2017)
1 July 2018
Logan City, Redland City, Gold Coast City, Brisbane City, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett, Cherbourg, Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
1 January 2019
Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Moreton Bay (including Strathpine and Caboolture)
Eligible people are called “participants” and a planning assessment is undertaken by the NDIA to identify the participant’s goals, aspirations, strengths, capacity, circumstances and context.It will also assess activity limitations and support needs created by their disability. Supports are about achieving goals and aspirations not about the type of disability, so two people with the same disability maybe assessed very differently as it is based on functional needs and what other supports are available to them.
The NDIA will use this assessment to determine how much funding they will provide. Planning is undertaken yearly but a review can be requested if a person needs change. Funding is not means tested and does not affect disability support pensions.
Supports may be provided to help meet goals and aspirations. For example, in the areas of:
The NDIA has stated that there will be “no disadvantage” for people with a disability when transferring to the NDIS.
This relates to the overall outcome for the person, not the amount of support or funding they will receive. For example, purchasing a piece of equipment might mean that a person may not require as much assistance, and therefore, would not need the same amount of funding for a support worker. The amount of funding may be the same, less or more than you currently receive.
There are three options for managing plans and funding. A participant may choose one option or a mixture of any options.
Montrose Therapy and Respite Services is preparing for the changes for our organisation and clients.
Montrose currently receives block funding from the Queensland Government to provide services. As people receive their individual NDIS funding, block funding will be gradually withdrawn until organisations will totally rely on income from people purchasing their services from them.