About the NDIS

The NDIS aims to give you more control over the activities and life goals you want to achieve. At Connecting2Australia, as registered NDIS provider we aim to help guide you through the transition process so you can make the most of the changes and feel confident in making decisions during the planning stages. Below is a helpful guide our most commonly asked questions.

 

NDIS Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. What does the NDIS stand for?

National Disability Insurance Scheme


2. What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is a new health insurance support scheme created to provide funding and support for eligible individuals with permanent and significant intellectual and physical disabilities. The funding is provided direct to those requiring the funding or their carers so they can choose to tailor their care and support based on their needs and goals.


3. Who is the NDIA and what do they do?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS.

The NDIA aim to inform and create tailored plans for eligible individuals and provide links to support and activity based service providers who can best cater to their needs and goals.


4. How is the NDIS different to the current scheme?

Currently individuals with disabilities can partake in programs being offered by organisations such as Connecting2Australia. Funding is provided direct to these organisations so they can provide these services. The NDIS however, will give funding direct to the individual or their carer who can then enroll them in whichever programs they choose in conjunction with the NDIA.


5. When will the NDIS be available for Connecting2Australia clients?

The rollout begun on the 1st of July, 2016 and it is being rolled out across Victoria currently.


6. What is the first step to getting NDIS funding?

Before the NDIS roles out, now is the perfect time to prepare. Experience from other areas where they NDIS has already been established shows that those who are most informed about navigating the NDIS system will benefit the most. Learning the language, attending seminars and getting in touch with a Connecting2Australia advocate will be to your advantage.

You can also prepare by keeping track of what your individual needs are. By keeping a diary, you can record your day-to-challenges. What are barriers you face daily or weekly? Imagine you are going to have to explain to someone who has never met a person with your disability, what it is like for you every day. What support services and activities do you need and love. Think about what are your goals in life and things you would like to experience.

So the NDIA can determine your eligibility for funding, you may be required to provide them with medical based information about your disability including copies of existing letters, assessments or reports from health or educational professionals which outline your impairments and how it impacts your daily life.

We recommend thinking of the NDIS as a fresh start. Fresh starts however also mean starting from scratch. You need to have the mindset of imagining you currently have no funding and that you must explain thoroughly what your needs are to then determine what funding you receive.


7. Where and when will the NDIS be available for current Connecting2Australia clients?

The NDIS has already commenced rolling out in some locations across Australia. It is currently being rolled out at our Thomastown site and will be available to all other Connecting2Australia clients from 1st of July 2016.


8. What is an NDIA advocate?

Everyone applying for the NDIS is entitled to have an NDIA advocate if they want one. It is important to know that you have the right to choose who they are. Connecting2Australia can advocate on your behalf to help you make sense of the transition and your available options. Your advocate is there to listen to your needs and support you.


9. How can Connecting2Australia help advocate for you?

Connecting Skills Australia staff are here to assist you in preparing for your NDIS meeting. Our staff are happy to attend the planning meeting with you and provide the support you require.


10. How can I receive the current services I receive through Connecting2Australia under the new NDIS model?

Connecting2Australia are a registered NDIS provider and all existing services are available under the NDIS. Ask your advocate or Connecting2Australia staff to guide you through this process in your NDIS planning meeting.


 

We are a registered NDIS provider, for more information on the NDIS

The Connecting2Australia team are here to help. You are welcome to ask us about questions you have in regards to the NDIS. You can contact us on 1300 111 212 or alternatively you can visit the NDIS Website www.ndis.gov.au