Information for Aboriginal people with disability, their families, carers and communities, about the new way to get support
Who can access the NDIS in NSW?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is also called the NDIS.
The NDIS is a new way to help people with disability get the care and supports they need to live a better life.
The NDIS is for anyone with disability. This includes people who currently receive support, and those who don’t.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will work out if you can use the NDIS. The NDIA is the Australian Government agency that manages the NDIS.
You can use the NDIS if you:
- have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities or a developmental delay. To meet the NDIS disability rules you need to have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (lifelong) and that stops you from doing everyday things by yourself. This includes conditions which can vary in intensity, such as mental illness.
- Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;
- Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa; and
- Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.
If you are 65 years old, or older, you will not be able to use the NDIS. Instead, you will receive support through the Commonwealth aged care system.
If you are already receiving support
If you or the person you care for already receive disability support, then that support will continue. This includes people who receive supports like:
- supported accommodation – a mix of housing, support and care services, such as group homes
- day programs – care for people during the day
- case management services – support for people across different areas of their life.
It also includes people who receive supports from time-to-time, or for a short amount of time each week. For example:
- community care programs – support so people can stay in their community and own home
- respite care – giving the person with disability or their carer a break.
If you are not eligible for the NDIS you will not be disadvantaged. People who already receive support will continue to receive support.
If you don’t already receive support
You can apply for the NDIS if you meet the disability requirements.
People who are new to the NDIS will be able to choose the supports they receive and who provides them.
You can use the checklist on the NDIS website to see if you meet the requirements to apply.
Meeting with the NDIA support planner
There are different things you can do to get ready for the NDIS before you meet with an NDIA support planner.
Ask yourself: What does a good day or week look like for me?
This will help you decide what support you need to make every day, or week, a good one.
A family member or carer can also help you work out your goals. You could think about:
- What help do you need to go to school or look for a job?
- What support would help you stay healthy?
- What support would help you to do everyday tasks at home?
There may be other people in your community that are planning for the NDIS so have a yarn with them as well.
Have all your ideas ready for when you meet with the NDIA support planner.
When you meet with the NDIA support planner, you will yarn about your goals and the support that could help you.
It’s important that you take these things to your meeting:
- Information about any disability supports you, or the person you care for, already receive.
- Your ideas about the types of support you, or the person you care for, might need.
If you aren’t sure what types of support you currently receive, you can ask your support worker or service provider.
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 are accessing the NDIS or may want to learn about the NDIS as well. Yarn with them, share ideas and swap stories.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will work out if you can use the NDIS.
- You can phone the NDIA and talk with them on 1800 800 110 or you can get more information on the website: www.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.
- Did you know there are people in your area who can help you apply for the NDIS. For more information visit www.abilitylinksnsw.org.au.
There are several factsheets available for Aboriginal People about the NDIS in NSW. These include: