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What is the NDIS?

Article by: the National Disability Insurance Agency

There are roughly 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), aims to provide about 460,000 Australians aged under 65, who have significant and permanent disability, with funding for supports and services. For many, it will be the first time they receive the disability support they need.

How does the NDIS work?

An individual must meet the eligibility criteria to become an NDIS participant. If you do meet the criteria, the next step is to complete an Access Request Form. If you have received an ‘access decision’ letter, the next step is to create your own NDIS plan. The plan is a written agreement worked out with you by the NDIS who will ask certain questions to ensure the right plan is developed for you. Once you have your plan, there are people who will help you start it.

Supports funded by the NDIS

The NDIS funds a range of supports and services which may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements, and health and wellbeing.

In order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support or service:

  • Must be related to the participant’s disability

  • Must not include day to day living costs not related to your disability support needs

  • Should represent value for money

  • Must be likely to be effective and work for the participant

  • Should take into account support given to you be other government services, family, carers, networks, and the community

Bankstown Physiotherapy is NDIS ready! Call us at 9793 3119 if you are with NDIS and are looking for a treatment provider.

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