NDIS – Disabilities this is NEW..to AUSTRALIA.. Counselling Helpful Hits by Fran…(ME)

Fran’s bit towards the Conference call is below:

I am currently on a Conference Call listening to this as a New Opportunity for Disabilities – Which sounds really good for people who are disabled and could require assistance with perhaps going to the shops for shopping or perhaps help around the house.

This DOES NOT EFFECT their Allowance via the Government so this is separate from their payment so don’t be worried about this part of this new process.

However, here is my quarm about this NEW process – apparently if your child or teenager or even a young adult has AUTISM, apparently this is NOT considered as Disabled ENOUGH!!!!

NOT GOOD ENOUGH …… NOT GOOD ENOUGH.. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND THAT IS MY BIT TO THIS GOVERNMENT THAT NEEDS A GOOD SHOVE IN THE AREAS OF HELPING.. families with disability…… Shocked and horrorified..

Autism can still get Austudy.. which means they get little each fortnight.. not enough to live on if their families die (sorry to say)

I find this NOT good enough .. NOT good Enough!!!!

 

What is the NDIS?

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

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

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 existing support services in the community.

The roll out of the NDIS began on 1 July 2016 and is being introduced in stages around the country over the next three years to ensure it is successful and sustainable.

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

What help can I get?

Information and referral | Support to access community services and activitiesIndividualised plans and supports | Early intervention | Funded Supports | Find out more

We understand that everyone’s needs, preferences and aspirations are different. We provide a range of personalised services and supports to help people with disability, their families and carers connect with their community and live an ordinary life.

If you are a person with disability and you meet the access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme.

Information and referral

For many people with disability, support starts with having easier access to information. This means knowing where to find out about supports and how to tap into supports already available in the community.

Anyone with or affected by disability can approach us for advice, information and referral services, including families and carers. We provide:

  • easier and better access to information about the most effective support options
  • referral to relevant disability, mainstream, crisis intervention and community services and supports
  • help to build individual capacity through support such as diagnosis advice, peer support and skills development
  • links to local support groups, clubs, associations, initiatives or programs.

An example of how we might provide information and referral support is Mario’s story.

Support to access community services and activities

Some people may need support to access available supports or join in local community activities such as social, study, sporting or other interests. Our local area coordinators can help make these connections.

An example of how we might provide support to access community services is Kim’s story.

Individualised plans and supports

If you are eligible, we work with you to develop your individualised plan. You can receive assistance through the planning process.

  • Goals and aspirations – Your plan is based on your goals and aspirations, now and for the future. It also covers your functional support needs for daily living and participation, the support you need to pursue your goals, and how you want to manage your plan overtime.
  • Lifetime commitment – Importantly, we provide a lifetime commitment to supports for the people who need it the most, that is people with a permanent and significant disability who need help with everyday life. In providing these supports, we recognise that support needs may change over a lifetime.
  • Families and carers – We understand the critical importance of the support provided by families and carers, and also work with them as part of the planning to make sure their valuable role can be sustained. For more information, see Families and carers.
  • Managing your plan – You decide how you want to manage your plan. For example, you may choose to manage it yourself, nominate someone to help you or ask us to manage all or part of your plan on your behalf. We provide information to help you make these choices.

An example of how we might provide a personal plan and supports over a lifetime is Sarah’s story.

Early intervention

We recognise the importance of early intervention, and support people when there is good evidence that this will improve an area of functioning, or delay or lessen a decline in functioning.

An example of how we might provide early intervention support is Hussein’s story.

Funded supports

Depending on your goals, aspirations, needs and informal supports, your approved plan may include funded supports. You can choose support providers, how this support is delivered and how much control you want in managing your plan.

This could involve choosing support providers, including existing or new disability, community and mainstream supports, to supplement the informal support provided by family, friends and other carers.

Support may be one–off, such as to buy a new wheelchair or communication device. We can make sure support happens, when it’s needed. An example of how we might provide funded supports is Don’s story.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology, as defined by the World Health Organisation, is ‘any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed’.

If you have a disability that is likely to be permanent and significant you can receive funding from the NDIS. The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports to help you reach your goals and aspirations, and take part in activities to increase your social and economic participation.

Some examples of Assistive Technology that an NDIS participant may be eligible to receive funding for includes (but is not limited to):

  • a mobility cane,
  • nonslip bathmat,
  • non-electronic magnifiers,
  • talking watch,
  • long-handled or adapted grip equipment,
  • shower stool/chair,
  • bath seat,
  • over-toilet frame,
  • video magnifier,
  • bed rails,
  • wheelchair,
  • hoist,
  • hearing aids, and
  • many more.

Assistive Technology under the NDIS does not include:

  • items for treatment or rehabilitation
  • built environment that is used by the public – for example, ramps, pathways and lifts
  • mainstream technology that does not overcome a functional limitation but modifications to this technology could be Assistive Technology – for example, a car would not be AT, but modifications to the car could be AT
  • something that does not include a device – for example, medicine or training

Auslan

The NDIS provides funding for support for participants with hearing loss and use of Auslan to access interpreting and translation services in activities of daily life. The Scheme provides choice and control for participants over how they use those services. This can include the provision of Auslan interpreting for medical appointments. Auslan users cannot access both the NDIS and the National Auslan Booking and Payment System (NABS) – once a NABS client joins the NDIS, their interpreting needs will be covered as part of their plan. Participants can choose the provider they prefer, including Wesley Mission Brisbane, which delivers the Commonwealth’s NABS. People can continue to use the NABS until their NDIS plan is in place. The NABS remains funded to deliver a full range of Auslan interpreting services at medical appointments until clients move into the NDIS. The NDIA is working hard to ensure NDIS plans include appropriate allocations for interpreting and translation supports. The NDIA is developing a fact sheet and has commissioned work to translate key videos about the NDIS into Auslan.

Housing

Housing is an important issue for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Affordable, stable housing is needed to support people with disability in achieving their life goals and aspirations. The NDIS will provide ongoing supports for daily living but has not been designed to take responsibility for the housing needs of participants. The NDIA recognises that housing policy is a matter for governments.

Find out more

Now is the time to get ready.

Roll out information

Find out when the NDIS will be available in your region by selecting your state or territory below:

For participants

About the NDIS

Developing your plan

Starting your plan

Managing your plan

For families and carers

Specific supports and services

Easy English factsheets for participants

Introduction to the NDIS

Getting ready to do your first NDIS plan

Starting your NDIS plan

More NDIS information

Connecting with the mainstream

For Providers

NDIA corporate documents

Roll out information

The NDIS is not available everywhere yet, see the Our Sites page to find out which areas currently have access.

Our Sites

Fact Sheets and Publications

Check the fact sheets about arrangements in each state and territory.

Find out more

Where is the NDIS already available?

The NDIS (delivered by the NDIA) is currently available in the following Western Australia Local Government Authorities (LGAs):

  • Mundaring, Kalamunda and Swan in the Perth Hills region
  • Bassendean and Bayswater, and
  • Toodyay, Chittering, Northam and York.

People living in these LGAs who would like to find out if they are eligible for the NDIS can make an access request by phoning 1800 800 110 or by visiting the NDIA’s Midland office.

The NDIS (delivered by the WA State Government – known as WA NDIS and formerly known as My Way) is currently available in the following Western Australian LGAs:

  • Ashburton, Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Halls Creek, Port Hedland, Wyndham-East Kimberley and Karratha
  • Mandurah and Rockingham
  • Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Busselton, Donnybrook-Balingup, Manjimup, Nannup, Cockburn, Kwinana, Armadale, Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale

How will the NDIS roll out in Western Australia?

People already taking part in the WA NDIS will transfer to the nationally delivered Scheme in a phased approach from April 2018. The transfer of people from the WA NDIS will conclude by December 2018.

People transferring from the WA NDIS to the nationally delivered scheme will be contacted by the Western Australian Government to advise them of the next steps they need to take. Information about the transfer process will be added to this page and the NDIS Western Australia – Questions and answersover the coming months.

From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA. The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across Western Australia by 2020.

From 1 July 2018, the nationally-delivered NDIS will begin to be available to new participants in the Wheatbelt and Central South Metro regions.

From 1 October 2018, the nationally-delivered NDIS will begin to be available in the Goldfields-Esperance, North Metro regions and to new participants in the South West region.

From 1 July 2019, the nationally-delivered NDIS will begin to be available in the Midwest Gascoyne, Great Southern, Central North Metro and South East Metro regions.

From 1 July 2020, the nationally-delivered NDIS will begin to be available in Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

People currently receiving disability services from the Western Australian Government or other Commonwealth programs will transition to the NDIS at different times, depending on where they live the type of support they are receiving. The NDIA will contact people currently receiving disability services when it is their time to transition.

Existing Commonwealth and State based supports will continue until you are covered by the NDIS.

All people currently receiving disability support from the Western Australian Government will transition to the NDIS by July 2020.

By 2023, all eligible people across Western Australia will be able to join the nationally-delivered Scheme.

Roll out in metropolitan areas

Central North Metro | Central South Metro | North Metro | South East Metro

Central North Metro

The Central North Metro region covers the local government areas of Cambridge, Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Perth, Stirling, Subiaco and Vincent.

Central South Metro

The Central South Metro region covers the local government areas of Cockburn, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Kwinana, Melville and South Perth.

North Metro

The North Metro region covers the local government areas of Joondalup and Wanneroo.

South East Metro

The South East Metro region covers the local government areas of Belmont, Canning, Gosnells and Victoria Park.

Roll out in regional Western Australia

Goldfields-Esperance | Great Southern | Midwest-Gascoyne | South West | Wheatbelt

Goldfields-Esperance

The Goldfields-Esperance region covers the local government areas of Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Ngaanyatjarraku and Ravensthorpe.

Great Southern

The Great Southern region covers the local government areas of Albany, Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling.

Midwest-Gascoyne

The Midwest-Gascoyne region covers the local government areas of Carnamah, Carnarvon, Chapman Valley, Coorow, Cue, Exmouth, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Meekatharra, Mingenew, Morawa, Mount Magnet, Mullewa, Murchison, Northampton, Perenjori, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Three Springs, Upper Gascoyne, Wiluna and Yalgoo.

South West

The South West region covers the local government areas of Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Manjimup, Nannup and Waroona.

Wheatbelt

The Wheatbelt region covers the local government areas Beverley, Boddington, Brookton, Bruce Rock, Chittering, Corrigin, Cuballing, Cunderdin, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Dowerin, Dumbleyung, Gingin, Goomalling, Kellerberrin, Kulin, Kondinin Koorda, Lake Grace, Merredin, Moora, Mount Marshall, Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Narrogin, Northam, Nungarin, Pingelly, Quairading, Tammin, Toodyay Trayning, Victoria Plains, Wagin, Wandering, West Arthur, Westonia, Wickepin, Williams, Wongan-Ballidu, Wyalkatchem, Yilgarn and York.

Getting started

For people with disability, their families and carers, the My NDIS Pathway page is the best starting point for information about the NDIS, how to access the NDIS and about the planning process.

For service providers who have not already registered with the NDIS the Provider Toolkit is a user-friendly online tool that takes providers through the seven steps of the Provider Pathway and includes step-by-step guides, videos, FAQs and interactive e-learning activities.

 

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