The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with disability to live full, independent and meaningful lives. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS means that those who are born with or acquire a permanent and significant disability will have access to the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life. This includes eligible people with psychosocial disability, who have a psychiatric condition that is permanent, or likely to be permanent.
Key principles of the NDIS include:
- choice and control – participants choose the providers they want to work with;
- reasonable and necessary supports – non-clinical supports and services that help participants undertake activities relating to daily living and participating in the community – both socially and economically; and
- a strong focus on informal networks and community supports.
The Scheme is being rolled out gradually across the country. All eligible people with disability in Australia are expected to have access to the NDIS by 2019.
If you’d like to find out more about the NDIS and how it can help you, visit www.ndis.gov.au.