ABOUT THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides individualised support for people with a permanent and significant disability. The scheme is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and is designed for individual control with greater flexibility and choice.
The Continence Foundation wants to ensure that all NDIS participants who have incontinence due to their disability can access information about bladder and bowel health and receive the support they need through their NDIS plan. The Continence Foundation is also committed to providing information and resources to NDIS planners and local area coordinators to support them in their role.
What will the NDIS fund?
The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports.
- A ‘reasonable’ support is one that is fair and represents good value for money.
- A ‘necessary’ support is one which you must have to live your life independently.
The NDIS pays for different supports for different people depending on their goals. Two people with similar impairments may have very different NDIS plans because their personal goals may not be the same. Examples of the supports the NDIS will pay for include:
- Support workers
- Aids and equipment
- Workplace help
- Home or vehicle modification.
Who is eligible for the NDIS?
To be eligible for the NDIS you need to be:
- Under 65 years of age
- An Australian citizen
- Have a disability caused a permanent impairment. The impairment may be intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, physical or psychosocial.
If you are not eligible for the NDIS, you will continue to receive your existing funding.
The NDIS website’s Eligibility Checklist will give you an indication of your eligibility. If you are eligible and currently receive disability services through the Department of Social Services or are on the Disability Support Register (DSR), your details will be sent to the NDIA when they are ready for your transition. You will be contacted three to six months before transition.
If you are not eligible for NDIS or your NDIS plan does not include continence product, you may be eligible for CAPS and/or a State and Territory Scheme.
How to apply
If you are not currently receiving any disability services, you can contact the NDIS at any time to apply.
If you are eligible for the NDIS, the NDIA will meet with you, together with your family or carer if you wish. Together you decide which supports you need and develop an NDIS plan. Funding will be allocated depending on your needs. Carers are given the opportunity to speak with the NDIA with or without the person they care for in regard to their ability to continue providing care and any informal supports they currently provide.