The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of purchasing and delivering supports and services. If you are a person with a disability or a significant functional impairment, you may be eligible to participate in the NDIS.
Many people don’t realise they might benefit from the NDIS. People don’t necessarily associate with the term ‘disability’. However consider the things that impact your capacity to live your life every day. Think about the impact of (for example) fatigue, or mobility and sensory changes. Ask yourself, could the supports and services available through the NDIS help me with these today? Or perhaps next month, or next year?
Some everyday situations the NDIS can help with include:
- Living at home or maintaining your home
- Improving or contributing to your health and wellbeing
- Returning to study or maintaining interests
- Maintaining or gaining employment
- Maintaining or strengthening relationships
- Improving the way you live your life
- Social and community inclusion and participation
If you usually need support from a person or assistive equipment for any of the following activities, the NDIS could be relevant for you:
- Do daily jobs inside and outside the home
- Manage finances and complete paperwork
- Maintain family relationships and activities
- Manage mood, anxiety and /or emotions
- Understand, remember and learn new things and/or make decisions
- Attend appointments, get out socially and access education or employment
- Move around the home and outside the home
- Get out of bed, take a shower, dress and eat
It's very important to learn as much as you can about the NDIS before you apply, to gain the most value from your individualised plan. There is a lot to be aware of. Spend time now investigating the questions that you need answered and make time to continue to learn about the NDIS. Our information sheet Learning and Preparingis a good place to start.
Read our information sheet Is the NDIS for me? and find out how the NDIS has worked for others by checking out stories from NDIS participants here.
It can be hard to understand the NDIS and what it means for you. You don’t have to work through it alone – if you’d like to talk to someone about it we’re here to help whenever you need us. Call the MS InfoLine on 1800 177 591 or email email@example.com
Am I eligible?
To participate in the NDIS you must meet access requirements. Find out more on our page How do I access the NDIS?.
In summary you need to:
- be under 65 years of age
- be an Australian resident
- have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself
- be living where the NDIS has begun to operate
- be in the specific age group for the NDIS rollout in your area, if one applies.
We can help
If you would like to talk to our team about the NDIS please call us on the MS InfoLine 1800 177 591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For a handy list of reference sheets on aspects of the NDIS, as well as some useful NDIS websites, click here.