What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with significant disabilities, providing targeted support and services such as aids, equipment, and personal attendant care. If your disability affects your ability to take part in everyday activities and you acquired it before the age of 65, the NDIS is almost certainly for you. Find out more about the NDIS here.

Is the NDIS for me?

Many people don’t realise they might benefit from the NDIS. 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? Find out more here.

How does the NDIS work?

Firstly you will be assessed to find out if you are eligible. Once this is confirmed you will meet with a planner from the National Insurance Scheme Agency (NDIA) to prepare a personal plan. This plan outlines the supports and services you can arrange. You then carry out that plan, organising providers to give you the supports and services you need. The plan is reviewed each year, or when your circumstances change. Find out more here.
 
We are here to help whenever you need us. Call the MS InfoLine on 1800 177 591 or email ndis@msqld.org.au

Who is eligible?

You can find details about the eligibility for the NDIS here. 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 in one of the areas where the NDIS has begun to operate
  • be in the specific age group for the NDIS rollout in your area, if one applies.
If you don’t live in an area where the NDIS has been rolled out you will have to wait for this to happen.
 
You can call 1800 800 110 to discuss your eligibility with the NDIA.

How do I register for the NDIS?

You don’t need to be registered with any Queensland Government department to participate in the NDIS, nor can you register in advance for the NDIS.
 
Once the NDIS is available in your area you can contact the NDIA to discuss your eligibility. They will provide the Access Request Form for you to request access to the NDIS. Find out more about accessing the NDIS here.

What if I have a disability but I’m not eligible for the NDIS?

You will continue to have access to mainstream services, such as health, education, transport and housing.
 
You are likely to continue to receive support if you are not eligible for the NDIS and currently receive disability supports from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.
 
We are here to help whenever you need us. Call the MS InfoLine on 1800 177 591 or email ndis@msqld.org.au

How do I prepare for my planning meeting?

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. Spend time now investigating the questions that you need answered and make time to continue to learn about the NDIS.
 
Exploring our website and reading our information sheets here are a good place to start. Then call us on the MS InfoLine 1800 177 591, and talk to our team about preparing for your planning meeting.

What happens when I reach 65?

If you become a Participant of the scheme while under the age of 65 years you can continue to receive support from the NDIS for the rest of your life unless you choose to move to the aged care system.
 
If you acquire a disability when aged 65 years or older you can access the aged care system. Likewise, if you are aged 65 years or older when the NDIS becomes available where you live, you can access the aged care system. If you are already receiving disability supports at this time you will continue to receive these supports through the Commonwealth.
 
If you need more information about what supports and services are available in this situation we are here to help - call us on the MS InfoLine 1800 177 591 or email ndis@msqld.org.au to find out more.

Does the NDIS mean we don’t need to fundraise anymore?

No. Fundraising continues to be an important part of MS Queensland’s mission to be the first choice for MS information, education, treatment, care and support across Queensland.
 
Our vision is for a world free from MS and its devastating impact – this means supporting and promoting cutting edge MS research. Research for things like clinical trials for new treatments, identifying triggers for MS, developing better treatments and exploring ways to regenerate cells. Funding for such research is not part of the NDIS.
 
Sadly, not everyone living with MS will receive an NDIS package. Some won’t meet the access criteria, such as those over 65 at the time of NDIS introduction. Others may not yet require NDIS supports and services, or are waiting for their package, and need assistance.
 
Access to education and information programs, immunotherapy nursing support, the MS Clinic, and other services available from MS Queensland are not covered under the NDIS. They can only continue thanks to funds raised by generous supporters.
 
Housing is addressed in the Specialist Disability Accommodation Framework of the NDIS, which aims to significantly increase the supply of new and appropriate housing. However, it’s unlikely that up-front capital for housing projects will ever be included. MS affects people’s vision, mobility, strength and ability to function in daily life. Living safely and independently requires specialised fittings that can be tailored to different needs. Fundraising enables MS Queensland to address the high needs housing crisis.

Helpful websites

The NDIS website answers questions from existing clients.
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services website answers questions about the NDIS in Queensland.
The Every Australian Counts website answers Frequently Asked Questions about the NDIS.
MS (Victoria, NSW and Tasmania) answers questions about the NDIS on their website – note that the answers may differ slightly from Queensland arrangements.
 

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 ndis@msqld.org.au
 
For a handy list of reference sheets on aspects of the NDIS, as well as some useful NDIS websites, click here.