THE NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, and people with severe and persistent mental health conditions in limited circumstances.

The NDIS will deliver a life-long approach to support people with disability through individualised planning processes. The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that help a participant to reach their goals, objectives and aspirations and to undertake activities to enable their social and economic participation.

A participant’s reasonable and necessary supports take into account any informal supports already available to them (informal arrangements that are part of family life or natural connections with friends and community services) as well as other formal supports such as health and education.

Reasonable and necessary supports are funded by the NDIS in a range of areas, which may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.

These supports will help participants to:

  • Pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations
  • Increase their independence
  • Increase social and economic participation, and
  • Develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.

WHAT TYPES OF SUPPORTS ARE FUNDED?

The types of supports that the NDIS may fund for participants, that MCCS can assist with include:

  • Daily personal activities
  • Transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  • Support to enable participation in social and recreational activities
  • Therapeutic supports including behaviour support
  • Help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment
  • Help to a participant by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training

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