What is NDIS
The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It is a new way of delivering funding, which makes sure that you, the person living with a disability, receives the right funding to get the supports and services important to you.
Even though the NDIS is a national system, the WA NDIS is slightly different. The WA system still adheres to the 11 key principles of the NDIS but will be delivered locally in Western Australia, not in the Eastern States.
This will aim to give WA residents the chance to benefit from the best bits of the national system, while still dealing with Local Coordinators based in their community.
You can find out more about the NDIS WA via the Department of Communities and Disability Services website here.
NDIS - What does it mean?
National: The NDIS is being introduced progressively across all states and territories.
Disability: The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.
Insurance: The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind if they, their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability, they will get the support they need.
Scheme: The NDIS is not a welfare system. The NDIS is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.
Permanent and significant disability: A permanent disability means your disability is likely to be lifelong. A significant disability has a substantial impact on your ability to complete everyday activities.
Supports and services: Assistance or products that help a person in their daily life and help them participate in the community and reach their goals.
Early intervention: Providing support to a person, either a child or an adult, as early as possible to reduce the impacts of disability or developmental delay and to build their skills and independence.