NDIS Update

Written on the 21 June 2017


As you would be aware the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

Reasonable and necessary supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing.

Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.

The NDIS has already been rolled out for children and is currently being rolled out for all 15 to 17 year olds across the state. The full scheme begins rollout in some of our regions from the 1 October this year with the remainder of our regions coming onto the scheme either by the 1 January or the 1 April 2018. The full regional rollout dates for adults in South Australia are identified on the maps below.

Statewide and Metropolitan rollout dates for the NDIS








Tips on how to create your best NDIS plan

A National Disability Insurance Agency representative will contact those eligible for the NDIS to organise a time to ask you some questions that will be used to establish what supports are included in your first NDIS plan.

Your first NDIS plan will include what your daily life is, including the goals you want to work towards and what types of supports are needed to achieve those outcomes. Those support categories deemed reasonable and necessary will have funding attached.

Your existing support services will continue until you have an approved NDIS plan.

To ensure the NDIA creates a plan that best reflects the supports you need we recommend you:

1. Learn about the NDIS and what supports can be funded

a) Attend a Community Living Australia NDIS information session (information regarding these in your region will be sent to you)

b) Get information from websites - www.claust.com.au/ndis and www.ndis.gov.au

c) Contact us on (08) 8536 5888 to chat about the NDIS, or send us an email at ndisreadiness@claust.com.au.

2. Think about your everyday activities and your future goals and what supports you would need to make them happen

a) You could print off or call us for a copy of our NDIS planning booklet, available at: www.claust.com.au/ndis

b) You can contact us for a one-on-one pre-planning support meeting

c) Be open about your support needs with the NDIA planner - don't forget to mention if there are times when you need extra support. Don't just talk about the supports needed on a good day, as your plan needs to cover all your supports for the year.

3. Collect evidence to support the types of supports or equipment you are requesting and how they will support your daily life and identified goals. Request written letters detailing this from the professionals you work with - such as your service provider, doctor, specialist or allied health professionals.

4. Think about how you would like to participate in the NDIS planning meeting - you may be offered an over the phone meeting but if this does not suit you, you can request a face to face meeting.

5. Decide if you would like a support person with you during your NDIA meeting - this person could be a friend, family member, and advocate, or a provider.

A support person can:

- be there to make you feel more comfortable

- be a person who is a second set of ears to listen to what is discussed

- be someone who knows your current supports

- be someone who understands your goals and can help prompt you if you forget to mention anything

Community Living Australia is happy to attend as your support person at your NDIS planning meeting. If you would like us to support you at this meeting please contact us on (08) 8536 5888 or ndisreadiness@claust.com.au.

6. Think about whether you need assistance with managing your plan or coordinating your supports. At your planning meeting, you can ask for funding to purchase Plan Management, and Support Coordination support. This funding may also be approved to support you to learn these skills so you can manage future plans yourself.

7. Understand the different ways your funds can be managed and decide which way will suit you - NDIA managed, managing it yourself, registered Plan Manager or a combination. This will form part of your plan so you will need to know this prior to your meeting with the NDIA.

If you choose NDIA managed you can only use NDIS Registered Providers.

For more details on what's involved in these options you can view this document: https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/understanding-your-plan-and-supports.html

Your NDIS Plan - Your Choice!

Once your NDIS Plan is approved you can start to utilise your funding to achieve your goals.

If you find the approved plan does not reflect what was discussed at your NDIS planning meeting or your needs have changed, you can request a review or appeal the plan.

Your plan will usually be in place for twelve months and then you will be given a chance to review your goals and supports to form a new plan.

Community Living Australia is here to support you

Community Living Australia is committed to supporting you to successfully transition to the NDIS.

If you want to register for a future NDIS Information Session, or simply talk to us about the NDIS please contact us on (08) 8536 5888 or email us at ndisreadiness@claust.com.au. Alternatively have a look on our website www.claust.com.au/ndis for more general information on the NDIS.

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