What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Intent of Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (“NDIS”) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disabilities. The NDIS will be progressively rolled out in Queensland over a period of three years, commencing 1 July 2016. The scheme is implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (“NDIA”). The intent of the NDIS is to provide individualised support for those suffering permanent impairments and/or developmental delays that impede upon their ability to participate in the activities of daily life.

Who is eligible?

In order to access the scheme individuals must live in an area where facilities are available, meet the age/residency requirements as well as the disability/early intervention access requirements. The access checklist on the NDIS website provides detailed information as to the access requirements for the scheme.

The disability criteria for the scheme are as follows:

  • you have a permanent impairment/condition,
  • the impairment substantially reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities unless you have assistance from others and/or technology/equipment,
  • the impairment impedes your capacity for social and economic participation, and
  • you are likely to require support under the scheme for the entirety of your lifetime.

The early intervention criteria for the scheme are as follows:

  • you have a permanent impairment/condition,
  • there exists evidence that receipt of support now (that is, early intervention) will assist you, or
  • you are a child under six with developmental delays resulting in reduced functional capacity and the need for special care for an extended duration, and
  • these supports are most appropriately funded through NDIS and not through another support system.

What assistance is funded by the Scheme?

The type of supports that the NDIS may fund for participants includes, but is not limited to:

  • assistance with household tasks and activities of daily life,
  • transport (to enable participation in social and economic activities),
  • workplace assistance,
  • therapeutic supports,
  • mobility equipment, and
  • home and/or vehicle modifications.

Article prepared by Anna Lambrianides. Anna is a Lawyer in Quinn & Scattini Lawyers’ Compensation Claims Team.

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