National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
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1. What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. It is being rolled out be the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), an independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the scheme. The NDIS will provide support for individuals 0-65 with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in every day life. They provide information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, supports over a lifetime. This includes reasonable and necessary financial support based on individual needs and goals.
Individuals and their families accessing the scheme will have planning meetings and access to Community Connectors to help them develop a plan. Plans are reviewed at least annually.
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Yes, Aspect is an approved provider in NSW, ACT, Victoria for the following support clusters:
- Specialised assessment of skills, abilities and needs
- Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transitions and supports
- Behaviour support
- Development of daily living and life skills
- Participation in community, social and civic activities
- Therapeutic supports
- Assistance to integrate into school or other educational program
- Assistance with daily personal activities
- Communication and information equipment
- Early intervention supports for early childhood
- Management of funding for supports in a participant's plan
The NDIS is currently available in the Nepean Blue Mountains, Maitland, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It is gradually being rolled out across NSW as follows:
From July 2016 NSW rollout includes:
- Western Sydney: Auburn, Blacktown, Holroyd, Parramatta, The Hills Shire
- South West Sydney: Bankstown, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly
- North Sydney: Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku ring gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah, Willoughby
- Central Coast: Gosford, Wyong
- Hunter/New England: Armidale Dumaresq, Cessnock, Dungog, Glen Innes Severn, Gloucester, Great Lakes, Greater Taree, Gunnedah, Guyra, Gwydir, Inverell, Lake Macquarie, Liverpool Plains, Maitland, Moree Plains, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Newcastle
Port Stephen, Singleton, Tamworth Regional,Tenterfield, Upper Hunter Shire, Uralla, Walcha
- Southern NSW (South of Kiama): Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire, Yass Valley
From July 2017 NSW rollout include:
- Sydney: Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Strathfield, Alexandria, Camperdown, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Newtown, Waterloo, Darlington, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Redfern, Ultimo, Annandale, Barangaroo, Sydney CBD, Zetland, Beaconsfield, Rosebery
- South East Sydney: Botany Bay, Hurstville, Kogarah, Randwick, Rockdale, Sutherland Shire, Waverley, Woollahra, Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Millers Point, Pyrmont, Surry Hills, The Rocks, Woolloomooloo, Paddington, Potts Point, Moore Park, Centennial Park, Dawes Point, Elizabeth Bay, Haymarket, Rushcutters Bay
- Western:Bathurst Regional, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cabonne, Cobar, Coonamble, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Gilgandra, Lachlan, Mid Western Regional, Narromine, Oberon, OrangeParkes, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle Shire, Weddin, Wellington
- Far Western NSW: Balranald, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Wentworth
- Illawarra: Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wollongong
- Northern NSW: Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed
- Mid North Coast: Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings
- Riverina Murray/Murrumbidgee: Albury, Berrigan, Bland, Boorowa, Carrathool, Conargo, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Corowa Shire, Deniliquin, Greater Hume Shire, Griffith, Gundagai, Harden, Hay, Jerilderie, Junee, Leeton, Lockhart, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Temora, Tumbarumba, Tumut Shire, Urana, Wagga Wagga, Wakool, Young
Your HCWA funding will remain in place until either your NDIS plan is activated or until your child turns 7 or until you have spent all your HCWA funding, whichever comes first. In some areas that have already rolled out the Department of Social Services (DSS) and National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have contacted families already accessing services (such as HCWA funding) to let you know when the best time to transition will be. This will happen again in other areas but we suggest you contact NDIA directly to find out when the best time to apply would be, especially if your HCWA funding is coming to an end.
The NDIS website is www.ndis.gov.au or you can call 1800 800 110
In some areas that have already transitioned to the NDIS, families registered with HCWA funding were invited to join the NDIS at the right time. This will happend again as the NDIS rolls out further, so it is important that you keep your contact details up to date with us. Please note that children that are coming to the end of their funding (turning 7 soon or reaching the end of the funds) may not be contacted by DSS. It is a good idea to check the NDIS wesite for updates.
You can find more information by searching "access requirements" in the search bar on the NDIS website.
At this stage we do not know how quickly you will be able to start accessing NDIS funding. You will need to discuss your child's needs with your therapists and plan a budget. If there are remaining funds when you transition to the NDIS you will not be able to access them once your plan is approved. However, you will have a new funding package through the NDIS based on your child's needs.
If you have spent your HCWA funding prior to an NDIS plan being approved you can also access Medicare items to help continue therapy for your child while you wait for the NDIS plan. Speak to an Autism Advisor to find out more about this.
Funding will be dependent on need, goals, and existing supports. The amount your child is eligible for may change from year to year and you may or may not be eligible for funding every year. You will have an opportunity to meet with a planner to discuss this. You can also review the My NDIS Pathway and the Getting Ready for your Plan template to help you consider your child's current needs, supports and goals. You are encouraged to attend pre-planning workshops. You can also use this time to talk with your therapists about your child's goals and needs in preparation for your planning meeting.
Aspect was one of the first Autism specific service providers approved to offer NDIS services in the trial areas of Hunter, ACT, Barwon and the Nepean Blue Mountains in 2013. Since then we have successfully helped over hundreds of families transition from the previous state funded programs onto individualised NDIS plans. Aspect can help you prepare for the planning meeting and attend with you to advocatre on your behalf. We recommend familiarising yourself with the NDIS website as information is updated regularly www.ndis.gov.au
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For more information, please call Aspect customer service on 1800 ASPECT (1800 277 328) or (02) 8977 8377