The range of disability services offered in Australia are wide and comprehensive.
The main type of support provided by the Commonwealth no doubt lies in the form of income support – the Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment, Sickness Allowance and Mobility Allowance are among the few that come immediately to mind.
Of course, funding is provided in other areas i.e. organisations that provide employment services, and there are direct provision of employment and training programs to assist people with disability find a job.
From July 2016 onwards though, a whole new concept – the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – was introduced. This scheme replaces the previous system of disability care and support provided under the National Disability Agreement and is now one of the very first avenue people go for to receive disability support.
NDIS and How It Supports People with Disability
Putting it simply, the NDIS is a scheme that provides all people with disability information and connections to services in their communities. The goal is to help them build up their skills and to gain more independence in life so that they can live as normal an ordinary life as possible.
The NDIS differs from other support schemes in that it is not a “one-size-fits-all”. Instead, it works with a person with disability to find out what their goals are and help them to achieve them by providing the necessary funding required.
You see, different people have different needs and requirements. Some people want to have more social integration while others may want to gain stronger independence in life. The NDIS recognizes this and will therefore first discuss with a participant how s/he is going in different areas of life, as well as asks what sort of goals they would like to pursue.
Once they have a clear idea, a ‘plan’ will then be created which include the appropriate funding to help achieve these goals. Given each plan is worked out with and is tailored to an individual, every plan will be different. Generally speaking, most requirements will be supported as long as it is ‘reasonable and necessary’.
Once an individual has an approved plan, they can then search for (and engage) service providers for disability that offers the help they require. Ranging from daily personal care and household management to community nursing services etc., the services available from reputable providers are wide and varied so one can be sure to find the disability supports and services that are truly personalised for them.
As you can see, the NDIS provides much more flexibility in terms of accessing care and support for people with disability. It gives them direct control over the funding they receive so that they can achieve what they truly desire, instead of having money wasted on unnecessary things.
Contact a disability service provider today if you want to fully utilise the scheme for your benefit, or even just help in all the paperwork and application involved.