The NDIS is the biggest social reform in Australia since Medicare was implemented in the 1970s. NDIS is a permanent scheme, which stands regardless of a change in government.
Eligibility for the scheme is based on 'reasonable and necessary supports', rather than disability. An access checker questionnaire
is available to assist you in determining if you or the person you care for may be eligible for the NDIS. The NDIS does not effect the disability support pension.
Carers NSW have developed a planning tool
that can assist carers with regard to their role and what supports they may require through the NDIS.
When meeting with a planner:
Be sure to speak up and request everything you want included in your NDIS plan, including items such as transport and activity costs.
It is a good idea to include support required for emergency situations in your plan, so you are covered should something happen.
Plans will be reviewed every 12 months (or more frequently if required). Plan amendments can also be arranged.
The person with a disability can have an advocate or carer present when meeting with a planner, as well as a support worker or coordinator if they wish.