NDIS

As the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues, Identitywa offers more support for NDIS planning.

Identitywa offers one-on-one pre-planning sessions to assist you in preparing for your meeting with an NDIA Planner.

You can also download these tools which will help you start your NDIS journey:


 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began in WA on 1 July 2014. It heralded a new way of providing funding and support to people with disability, their families and carers.

Following a three year period of two separately operated NDIS systems in WA, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and WA Premier Mark McGowan announced that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA from 1 July 2018, replacing the former Disability Services Commission (now Department of Communities).

The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis, reaching full scheme by June 2020.

The Commonwealth and WA Governments and the NDIA have committed to work together to ensure a smooth transition.

Can Identitywa assist me?

Identitywa can provide disability support to people participating in the NDIS.  We are registered for a range of living and community supports for children and adults, as well as managing people’s funding and therapy packages.

Identitywa can also provide you with support in pre-planning, NDIA planning and plan review stages if you wish.

What makes the NDIS different?

  • It’s more individualised: Funding is tailored to the supports a person needs to achieve their life goals;
  • It provides more choice and control: People have the ability to select the supports they need, as well as how, when, where and who provides that support; and
  • It’s designed to be fairer: It entitles all people with significant and permanent disability to the “reasonable and necessary” support they need throughout their lifetime.

Do I have to join the NDIS?

If you are eligible for the NDIS, you must participate in the NDIS when your suburb rolls into the scheme if you want to continue to receive disability related supports.

When will the NDIS changes affect me?

If you are not accessing government funded disability support currently, you can apply to the national scheme when it becomes available in your area (see map).  You can also contact Identitywa on 9474 3303 or email reception@identitywa.com.au to discuss interim support arrangements.

If you are receiving other disability support from the WA Government at the moment (but not through the NDIS), you will continue to receive this support and will roll into the NDIS before 30 June 2020. (Please see map)

If you are in the WA NDIS scheme now, your plan will transfer to the NDIA delivered Scheme in a phased approach from April 2018 and conclude by December 2018.  Closer to the time of transition, individuals will receive a letter explaining the process.

This will include people in Armadale, Cockburn, Kwinana, Lower South West, Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham and Serpentine-Jarrahdale.

If you are in the NDIA operated scheme now, there will be no change for you.  This includes people in the Perth Hills, Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, Northam and York local government areas.

Identitywa will keep you updated as more detailed information becomes available.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible to participate in the NDIS if you:

  • Have a permanent disability that requires you to be supported to join in or do things; or
  • Your child has a disability that is likely to be permanent and there’s evidence that early support will reduce the amount of support they will need in the future.

You also need to be:

  • Under 65 years of age on the day you lodge your eligibility request with NDIA.
  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen with a Protected Special Category Visa; and
  • Permanently live in a trial site.

Disabilities covered by the NDIS include intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, physical and psychiatric.

You can test your eligibility at:

How does it work?

The first step is to work out whether you are eligible for the NDIS by applying to the NDIA.  If eligible, you will develop an individual plan which identifies your short-term and future goals, records the types of “reasonable and necessary” supports you have explored and chosen to achieve those goals.

Family members, other people and service providers who are important to you can be involved in the planning if you wish.

Once the plan is complete, it needs to be approved and have funds allocated to it.  The plan can then be put into action.

How much funding will I get?

The amount of funding each person receives will depend on their goals, needs and the types of supports they have in their individual plan.  Some supports cost more than others.

Funding needs to be used for these supports. It can’t be used for everyday living costs that people normally incur like rent and food.

Who will look after my funding?

You have three options:

  1. Self-Management: Where you or a nominee (such as a parent or guardian) manage your plan and funding.
  2. A registered plan manager: Where a plan management organisation receives the funding, arranges your support (as directed by you) and pays all associated costs.
  3. The NDIA which pays your selected NDIA-registered service provider after the support has been delivered to you.

If you or a plan management provider administers your plan and funding, you can choose registered and unregistered service providers.  If the NDIA manages your plan and funding, you can choose only providers that are NDIS-registered.

Where can I learn more?

There’s lots of fact sheets and news at www.ndis.gov.au