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National Disability Insurance Scheme

If your child has a significant and permanent disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports your child, as well as you and your family. Our guide has answers to your questions about the NDIS.

According to koodakpress، The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a single, national scheme that funds reasonable and necessary support to help people with disability reach goals throughout life. It also supports carers of people with disability.

The NDIS works with people individually and recognises that people have different needs and goals. It gives people choice about the support they need to live the life they want.

If your child has a significant and permanent disability or developmental delay, the NDIS helps you and your child get services and support in your community. It also gives you funding for support like early intervention therapies or one-off items like wheelchairs or communication devices.

The NDIS is run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

When will the NDIS be available in my area?

The NDIS is being introduced gradually across Australia. The Australian and state and territory governments started introducing it in stages from July 2013. It will be available everywhere by 2019-20, except for Western Australia, where trials will continue.

My child is aged 0-6 years. Can my child use the NDIS?

If your child is aged 0-6 years, he doesn’t need a diagnosis of disability to benefit from the NDIS.

Your child must:

  • be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or other visa holder with a Protected Special Category Visa
  • live in an area where the NDIS is operating.

My child aged 0-6 years can use the NDIS. What happens next?

You’ll meet with an NDIS early childhood partner.

You’ll discuss your child’s needs and goals. You’ll talk about the support your child gets from family, friends, other services (like the education system) and community activities or service providers. And you’ll talk about how well this support works for your child.

You’ll also talk about general things like how your child usually manages daily activities, and more specific topics like how much support you think your child needs for certain tasks.

Your NDIS early childhood partner will work with you to decide on support for your child and family. Depending on your child’s needs, the NDIS early childhood partner might:

  • give you information or emotional support
  • refer you to mainstream services like community health services, playgroups or peer support groups
  • provide or help you find early intervention for your child – for example, speech therapy or occupational therapy.

If your child needs longer-term support, your NDIS early childhood partner can:

  • recommend that your child quickly moves to an individualised NDIS plan
  • help you request NDIS access.

If your child becomes an NDIS participant, your early childhood partner will help you develop the individualised NDIS support plan for your child. Your early childhood partner will submit the plan to the NDIA for approval.

Once the plan is approved, your child will start to get NDIS funding. You choose the providers you want to work with and start putting the plan into action.

My child is aged 7 years or older. Can my child use the NDIS?

If your child is aged seven years or older, to access the NDIS your child must:

  • have a permanent and significant disability that affects her ability to take part in everyday activities
  • be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or other visa holder with a Protected Special Category Visa
  • live in an area where the NDIS is operating.

My child aged 7 years or older can use the NDIS. What happens next?

If your child meets the requirements to access the NDIS, you’ll meet with an NDIA planner or an NDIS local area coordination partner.

You’ll discuss your child’s needs and goals. You’ll also talk about the support your child gets from family, friends, mainstream providers (like the education system) and community activities or service providers. And you’ll talk about how well this support works for your child.

You’ll also talk about general things like how your child usually manages daily activities, and more specific topics like how much support you think your child needs for certain tasks.

This might take more than one meeting, and your child might also need to be assessed by a specialist.

You and your NDIS professional will work together to develop an individualised NDIS plan for your child. The NDIS professional will submit it to the NDIA for approval.

Once the plan is approved, your child will start to get NDIS funding. You choose the providers you want to work with and start putting the plan into action.

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