10 most frequently asked questions about the NDIS

Welcome to Icare Community Services, your goto source for NDIS services! Over the years of providing NDIS services, we‘ve encountered many questions from our clients. Today, we‘re going to address the 10 most frequently asked questions about NDIS. Whether you‘re new to NDIS or have been using it for a while, we hope that these questions and answers will help you better understand the process and what it means for you. So let‘s get started.

1. What is the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian government initiative that provides funding and support to people with a disability, their families and carers. It provides access to a range of services and support, including funding for specialist disability equipment, therapies and supports.

2. Who is Eligible for the NDIS

To be eligible for the NDIS, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Live in Australia
  • Be aged between 7 and 65 years
  • Have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities.

3. How do I apply for the NDIS?

You can apply for the NDIS by completing an NDIS Access Request form. You will need to provide evidence of your disability and your need for support. You can find the form and more information about the application process on the NDIS website. 

Following this, the individual will be invited to an Access Interview and will then be required to complete a plan which outlines the supports they need and the goals they want to achieve.

4. What types of supports are available through the NDIS?

The NDIS provides funding and support for a wide range of services and supports, including;

  • Specialist disability equipment
  • Therapies and supports
  • Home modifications
  • Assistive technology
  • Transport
  • Respite care
  • Employment support

5. How much funding can I receive under the NDIS?

The amount of funding you can receive under the NDIS will depend on your individual needs and circumstances. The NDIS will assess your needs and will determine the amount of funding you will receive.

6. What happens if my funding is not enough?

If the funding you receive from the NDIS does not cover all of your needs, you may be able to access additional services and supports from other sources. These may include community services, charities or other government initiatives.

7. What is an NDIS Plan?

An NDIS plan is an individualised plan that outlines the supports an individual needs and the goals they want to achieve. It will include information about the individual’s current circumstances and the supports they need in order to achieve their goals.

8. How long does it take to get an NDIS plan?

The length of time it takes to get an NDIS plan varies from person to person and depends on how quickly they can complete the necessary paperwork and attend their Access Interview. Generally speaking, it can take up to six months to get an NDIS plan.

9. What rights do I have as an NDIS participant?

As an NDIS participant, you have the right to:

  • Access NDIS supports and services
  • Receive information in a format that meets your needs
  • Be treated with respect and dignity
  • Be consulted about decisions that affect you
  • Make a complaint.

10. Is the NDIS available everywhere in Australia?

Yes, the NDIS is available in all states and territories in Australia.

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