NDIS for families
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was created through the NDIS Act 2013 to provide support and services for people with permanent or significant
disability from 0 to 65 years old to live an ordinary life.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the government agency implementing and managing the NDIS. The NDIS has also community partners delivering early childhood early intervention and local area coordinator services.
The NDIS participants will receive funding for reasonable and necessary supports according to the following criteria in section 34 of the NDIS Act 2013:
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The NDIS has three pathways
The NDIS plan is the document that outlines the goals, aspirations and the funds allocated for support and services to achieve them. The funds are divided into three categories:
Family and caregivers can access support directly or indirectly from the NDIS and this assistance will be different according to the circumstances of the participant and their family. Examples of these supports are:
For more information visit the www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110
CYDA is currently working on a project funded under the NDIS Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grants to provide information and build capacity of families of children and young people with disability interested to learn or keen to self-manage their child or young person NDIS plan. For more information about this project visit our NDIS for families page.
The NDIS plan length can vary depending on the participant circumstances. For children and young participants is common to have a twelve month NDIS plan due to the likely changes of support needs as the child grows.
For participants with support needs that are unlikely to change, you can request a plan duration of up to three years. If the participant’s circumstances change they can request a plan review.
The pathway for children aged 0-6 is called the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) pathway. To reduce the waiting periods for children aged between 0 - 6 years who have been found eligible for the NDIS and have been waiting more than 50 days, the NDIS has introduced a six months interim plan with a value of $10,000 for participants who are not categorised as complex. At the end of this plan a full NDIS plan will replace this interim plan with no gaps in between plans.
If the child is transferring from an existing program outside of the NDIS, the interim six months plan will support the current funding levels. If the current funding of the existing program is less than $10,000, the child will still receive the $10,000 standardised interim plan for up to six months.
An NDIS planning meeting is an opportunity to discuss how the NDIS participant is progressing with their goals, what is working well and what needs to be changed or added. Being prepared for your planning meeting or plan review will assist in helping develop the new plan for the child or young person. You can have a friend, family member or advocate with you in the meeting to support you. Here are some tips on what you can bring/prepare:
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has information on the NDIS and education and what the NDIS funds and what the education systems funds. The NDIS funds disability-related supports for the student. Education systems fund schools, teachers, curriculum support, aids and equipment to make curriculums accessible, and a range of other educational supports.
Visit NDIS and education page for more information.
You can request an internal review of your child NDIS plan. You must request this review within the three months of the notification of the decision. There are different forms to request an internal review:
You can complete an application for a review of a decision however is not mandatory. It is advisable to collect evidence of how the decision was wrong or is affecting your child to support your request. The NDIA will review your request and will confirm, vary or substitute the original decision.
If you are still unsatisfied with the outcome of the internal review you can apply for an external review with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). You can represent yourself or may want assistance with your review, visit the NDIS Appeals Supports.
NDIS for families
NDIS for young people
NDIS for the community
Legislation & acts
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability 2006
National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012
Research & reports
Strengthening participation of children and young people with disability in advocacy
Equality capacity and disability in commonwealth laws
National Disability Insurance Scheme quality and safeguarding framework
Productivity Commission inquiry into NDIS costs
Provision of services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme early childhood early intervention approach
Supported school transport and transition to the NDIS
Stronger outcomes for families
Productivity committee review of the national disability agreement
NDIS thin markets
Breaking the NDIS bureaucratic nightmare so children with disability get services faster