National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia's new way to provide funding and support to people with disabilities. The eligible member will receive a plan which is based upon the goal he has chosen for himself. If the goal is reasonable, the government will fund it. This may include support services to go on your daily life or learning skills you can use for employment or be an independent community member.

The NDIS provides lifetime support to individuals who qualify for the criteria. The supports are based on a plan that includes your support needs, goals, and aspirations designed to suit or answer the condition of the person with a disability.

National: NDIS is introduced in all states and territories of Australia.

Disability: is defined for the individual with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive, or psychosocial disability. This hampers a person to perform a task or can hardly do it without a family member or caretaker's aid.

Insurance: NDIS is a scheme that ensures support to Australians if they or family members are born or acquire a permanent or significant disability.

Scheme: NDIS is not a welfare system. Instead, it was created to help people support their needs so that they can achieve their goals.

What does NDIS provide?
The NDIS provides funding for all 'reasonable and necessary' supports and services to increase their independence, inclusion, and social and economic participation. The National Disability Insurance Act sets out guidelines to help decide which can be funded or not. Generally, some of the support and services that may be approved include:

Achievement of goals
• Being independent if possible
• Inclusion in the community
• Development of self-help daily living skills
• Learn skill and
• Seek employment

This could mean support in terms of mobility, self-care, social interaction, education, communication, and capacity for social and economic participation.

Can I manage my plan?

An eligible individual may choose from three options on how to manage their plan. They may choose to:
1.) Self-manage: you will personally handle your needs, including financial and administrative processes. About 20% of participants may and can select this self-management option.
2.) Acquire a plan management service: you will choose a business or organization to undertake all financial and administrative processes for you
3.) Nominate the National Disability Insurance Agency(NDIA): the agency will make all the payments necessary to any registered care chosen by the participant.
The NDIS Eligibility:
• Citizenship: Australian citizen, Permanent resident, or holds a Protected Special Category Visa
• Age: Should be under 65 years old at the time of rollout in your area
• Disability: Have a permanent disability or significant disability that hampers you to perform the task without the support of your carer or developmental delay for children under six years

The supports outlined in your plan must be:
• cost-effective.
• Not more suitably provided through other support systems or of the family.
• Not illegal and not intended to replace income.
The NDIS is not approved for:
• Expenditure not related to a person's disability.
• A duplicate of another support within a participant's support plan.
• Daily living expenses not tied to a participant's disability (e.g., rent, electric bills).
• Better addressed through an alternative support system (e.g., healthcare system).
• Activities that may cause harm to a participant or pose a risk to others.

The NDIS has become one of Australia's most significant fund packages to ensure that quality of life will be given to every citizen dedicated to persons with disabilities who also have a particular need.

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This could mean support in terms of mobility, self-care, social interaction, education, communication, and capacity for social and economic participation.