What You Need to Know about the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out in Victoria from 1 July 2016. It is the Australian Government’s new approach to funding the needs of individuals with a disability and their carers. For those impacted by autism, it will eventually replace the Government’s ‘Helping Children with Autism’ package.

The good news is that the Government intends this funding to provide a significantly higher level of assistance for those within the disability sector. However, rather than guaranteeing a predictable amount of funding, the NDIA will determine each individual’s allotment after assessing that person’s needs. Additionally, the amount of time between your contact with the NDIA and your funding allocation is uncertain.

This uncertainly can easily compound the stress and anxiety that families with a child on the spectrum may already be experiencing. We’re keen to help make the process of attaining your NDIS funding and necessary autism service support as easy as possible for you so that you can achieve the best outcome for your child.

If this is the first you’re hearing about the NDIS, we recommend going to their website for a broad understanding of what it is, and why it’s come about: http://www.ndis.gov.au/vic. We will be providing more information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, below are answers to frequently asked questions and how we can assist:

Who will be affected?
The first Local Government Areas (LGAs) to be eligible for NDIS funding are Whittlesea, Banyule, Yarra, Darebin and Nillumbik.

The dates in the following answers are related to this first group of LGAs only. To find out more about when the NDIS will be in your area, please check the NDIS website: http://www.ndis.gov.au/vic.

When will this happen? 
This roll out will happen from July 1st this year, and gradually expand across the LGAs named above.

How do I apply? 
If you are currently a recipient of a government funding scheme (for example, HACC) then you should be contacted by a ‘planner’ in the next month on behalf of the NDIA to set up goals to work out what funding you will receive.

If you are currently not receiving any government funding for services, you can call 1800 800 110 from July 1st to make an application.

What do I need to do to prepare? 
If you’re in this first roll stage, we recommend contacting us so we can help you to pre-plan your goals to get the best possible outcome. The NDIS trial areas have shown that there can be a variation in the funding received across different planners, so the more prepared you are for this meeting, the better your outcome may be.

As the NDIS is new and being run on such a large scale, there will be changes and updates as it rolls out. We will keep you as informed as we can on these. It is a learning experience for all involved, but we will do our best to make it a positive experience and get your child the individualised care package they need.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us (L4Life) at: 03 9853 4607.

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