The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is now ready to roll out across Brisbane and the surrounding suburbs. Over the next 12 months, the Scheme will work to support a better life for the many Australians in the region living with disability, their families and carers. In a nutshell, the NDIS is a government initiative that changes the way people with disability receive funding and support, giving each person more choice and more control to live their life their way.
Currently, the main priority is to ensure people living with disability continue to get the support they need. Arrangements are being made to introduce the Scheme gradually, ensuring a smooth transition for everyone involved.
Access Arts is an NDIS Registered Provider and will be able to assist you with any questions you may have about the Scheme. To help you better understand the roll-out, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions about the NDIS.
What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
The NDIS is the new way that Australians with disability will receive support. The scheme will help people with disability to:
- access services such as health, housing and education
- access community services such as art workshops
- maintain informal supports such as family and friends
What is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)?
The government has set up an agency called the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), whose role is to implement the NDIS and run the planning process.
When does the NDIS start?
The NDIS started in Brisbane on the 1 July 2018. To confirm when the scheme will be delivered to you, in your area, go to www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/QLD
Am I eligible for the NDIS?
There are a number of variables which determine if you are eligible for the NDIS. These include if:
- you are under 65
- you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- you have a disability that requires support from others
To check your eligibility for NDIS funding, contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 OR visit www.ndis.gov.au OR call Access Arts on 07 3505 0311 for assistance.
What is a NDIS Participant?
If you are eligible for NDIS support, and you have an NDIS Plan, you are called a Participant.
What is an NDIS Plan?
People with disability who become Participants in the NDIS will receive an NDIS Plan. Your Plan may include a mix of formal and informal supports and will provide you with individualised funding that you control and choose how to use.
What is a Registered NDIS Provider?
A Registered Provider is an organisation that delivers a support to a Participant of the NDIS. Access Arts is a Registered NDIS Provider.
How can Access Arts help me prepare for the NDIS?
We are committed to supporting you to ensure that you receive the information and help that you need for transitioning to the NDIS.
There are a number of ways we can assist you:
- If you currently receive services from us, we can provide you with a statement outlining your current supports. This is an important document to take to your planning meeting to help you receive at least your existing level of support.
- We are able to support you during your NDIA planning meeting, if you would like us to.
Please call 07 3505 0311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.