You may have heard about the new NDIS insurance scheme and wondering what it is and if it applies to you?
Give a Care is an accredited NDIS provider and has been helping clients transition to the NDIS scheme since inception, so if it’s something you would like to look into we’d be happy to help answer your questions.
The NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and it is a new way for people with disabilities to get funding to pay for the supports they need.
An NDIS plan may seem confusing at first, but it’s designed to offer reasonable and necessary funding with a lifetime approach to invest in people living with a disability and improve their outcomes later in life.
So if you or a family member are living with a disability want to join the NDIS, we’re here to help. To begin with, there are requirements you need to meet including; availability of the Scheme where you live; your age; your residency status; your disability and in some cases your early intervention requirements. You can also find out more details on their website www.ndis.gov.au
So how does the NDIS help? Let’s look at the breakdown of budgeting. The NDIS funding is broken into three support budgets: Core, Capital and Capacity Building.
The Core budget
The Core budget covers four categories with flexible funding. The categories are:
- Daily activities
- Social, community and civic participation
- Transport only when managed by NDIA, plan management agent or you are self-managed (excludes periodic transport payments).
You can elect to self-manage a section of your Core funding to support transport needs and receive this as an automatic periodic payment.
The Capital budget
The Capital budget covers two support areas:
- Assistive technology – includes items for mobility, personal care, communication and recreational inclusion such as wheelchairs, pressure mattresses, standing frames, bathing and toileting equipment, personal readers and vision equipment, and vehicle modifications
- Home modifications
It’s important to note that the funds in this budget are not flexible and can only be used for what they are allocated for, such as personal care equipment, a rail in the bathroom or a wheelchair.
The final category, Capacity Building (CB) has numerous categories. The CB funding covers nine support categories with each category aimed at matching your goals.
The support categories include:
- daily activity
- health and wellbeing
- choice and control
- social community and civic participation
- home living
- lifelong learning
- support coordination
Flexibility of funding across the nine support categories exists to help purchase any approved individual support that falls within that CB support category only.
There are some elements of the funding flexibility you need to be aware of though:
- During your transition to the NDIS, your existing provider may need to deliver some supports initially.
- Where you have chosen to self-manage a proportion of your Core funding to support transport needs and receive this as an automatic periodic payment.
- Where an individual support has been specified as a “stated” support, the funding given to this individual support can only be used for this specific support and is therefore not flexible funding.
Our Support Coordination and Connection services make your transition to an NDIS simple, making your choices a priority. If you’d like more information on how we can help, contact us on [email protected] or 0447 277 123.