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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) replaces the old system of ‘block’ funds going to the organisations providing support. Instead, eligible people are assessed and allocated individualised funding. The idea is that everyone’s support needs are different and that each person can exercise choice and control over the services and supports they receive.
The NDIS is an insurance scheme as disability can affect anyone and, through the scheme, everyone who is eligible is entitled to NDIS funding. The NDIS was launched in a number of trial sites in July 2013; in NSW the trial site is based in the Hunter region where Ability Options has more than 300 participants.
Find out answers to common questions about accessing and qualifying for the NDIS.
The NDIS website contains a detailed summary of the access requirements for becoming a participant in the NDIS.
You will need to meet the access requirements if you are in a roll out area, are the right age for that location, meet residency and the disability or early intervention requirements (as listed below).
If you are a person with disability or a child with developmental delays who wishes to participate in the NDIS, you must first be assessed against the access requirements. You will need to meet the following criteria to be eligible.
To ensure participants make the most out of the NDIS, Ability Options provide free Pre-Planning Cafés that have already helped hundreds of individuals and families get ready for the NDIS. Learn More
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