What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a major reform of disability services in Australia. It is a new way of providing to eligible people living with a disability, their families and carers in Australia. It focuses on the individual’s needs and goals and replaces the old ‘block’ funding system where the funds went to the organisations providing support.
How do you get NDIS Ready? Click here and find out information on the NDIS and resources. There are access details for each State.
My NDIS Pathway
This guide to becoming an NDIS participant explains a participant’s journey through the NDIS, dividing it into five stages: What is the NDIS?; Can I access the NDIS?; My First Plan; Starting my plan; Reviewing my Plan.
Who is Eligible?To be eligible for the NDIS a person must meet the following criteria:·
For factsheets on various topics including specific State information and Easy English versions.
To find out about NDIS events near you.
State Based NDIS Websites
These State based websites have information specific to their State including rollout details.
Local Area Coordinators (LACs)
There are two uses of the term LACs within the NDIS.
Local Area Coordinator (LAC) - Local Area Coordinators conduct community capacity and awareness building activities, and assist, if necessary, in the coordination and sourcing of participant supports. LACs are involved with the Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building and assist participants and non-participants to access mainstream services.
Local Area Coordinator (LAC) in some states is different - In regions of NSW, VIC and TAS the LAC works directly with participants or their family/carer to collect data and complete a scheme questionnaire, and then submits that information to the NDIS planner to prepare your plan. Policy states there will only be one Local Area Coordination Partner appointed in each Service Area. They also support and assist participants by providing information, linking to local community networks, finding solutions to meet your goals and needs, and promoting independence, empowerment and involvement.
Find out more about the recently released tenders for LAC and Early Intervention Services.
The current LAC Partners in Victoria are:
North East Melbourne LAC – Brotherhood of St. Lawrence
Central Highlands LAC - Latrobe Community Health Service
Loddon LAC - Intereach
The current LAC Partners in NSW are:
Neppean Blue Mountains LAC – Uniting
Northern Sydney LAC – Uniting
Western Sydney LAC – Uniting
Southern NSW LAC – Uniting
Illawarra Shoalhaven LAC – Uniting
South Western Sydney LAC – St Vincent de Paul
Sydney LAC – St Vincent de Paul
Central Coast LAC – St Vincent de Paul
Hunter New England LAC – St Vincent de Paul
South East Sydney LAC – St Vincent de Paul
The current LAC Partners in TAS are:
North West Tasmania - Mission Australia
South East Tasmania - Mission Australia
North Tasmania – Baptcare
South West Tasmania – Baptcare
How will you manage your plan?
If you self-manage your plan the NDIS will pay you or your nominee directly for supports claimed from your plan. You have the flexibility to choose providers who are not NDIS registered and NDIA price guide does not determine prices. You will be responsible for paying of invoices; setting up service agreements with every provider you use; you will need to keep your receipts and invoices to claim reimbursements and you will be responsible for reporting to the NDIA on the funds you spend. Please read self-managing budgets in your plan.
If you agency manage your plan the NDIS will pay your support provider directly. You are restricted to select service providers who are registered with the NDIA.
Use a Plan Management Provider
If you use a Plan Management Provider to manage your plan the NDIS will pay your Plan Manager directly for these supports. They are paid from NDIS funds to take care of your NDIS funds, pay your invoices and do any administration work, organise appointments and assist you find providers. You have the flexibility to choose providers who are not NDIS registered and NDIA price guide does not determine prices. Plan Management Providers can reduce your stress.
Combination of Above
You can also have a combination of plan management types above. For example, it is possible for you to choose to self manage specific items in your plan and agency manage others. Speak to your planner about what is best for you.
Not happy with your Plan - Internal Review of a Decision
If you think a decision made by the NDIA about you is wrong, you can ask for an internal review of a decision.