FACT SHEET 3: What is the NDIS?

Information for Aboriginal people with disability, their families, carers and communities, about the new way to get support

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What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is also called the NDIS.

The NDIS is a new way for people with disability to get the care and supports they need to live a better life.

The NDIS recognises that everyone is different and gives people with disability choice and flexibility.

This means you can choose who provides that support.

For example, you may not be happy with the service provider you use. The NDIS will make it easier for you to change service providers and make sure you are getting the support you need.

If you are happy with the support you are getting, there is no reason to change. The NDIS will not take that help away.

If you are not eligible for the NDIS you will not be disadvantaged. People who already receive support will continue to receive support.

What support can I get from the NDIS?

The life of each person with disability is different, so the support will be different for everybody.

Refer to Fact sheet 2: Yarnin’ about disability to see what types of support you can get from the NDIS.

What should you do next?

If you already receive disability support or services from a service provider you can have a yarn with them about the NDIS and what it all means.

They can also explain what other types of disability support are available and who can provide the support you may be looking for.

There may be other people in your community who may want to learn about the NDIS as well. Yarn with them, share ideas and swap stories.

Check out in your community for local NDIS workshops, forums or information sessions being held. If you can’t attend, remember to call and ask for information to be sent out to you.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will work out if you can use the NDIS.

You can phone the NDIA and have a yarn with them on 1800 800 110 or you can get more information on the national NDIS websitewww.ndis.gov.au

There is also a checklist on the NDIS website to help you find out if you are able to apply for the NDIS: www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist.html

You may like to check when the NDIS will be available in your area by entering your postcode on the NSW NDIS website: www.ndis.nsw.gov.au

More Information

There are several fact sheets available for Aboriginal People about the NDIS in NSW. These include: