The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)  is an exciting time of change but it can also be overwhelming.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) monitors frequently asked questions that are coming through on social media, posting responses up on their website. We are reposting this information to help keep you up to date.

For more information, please visit the NDIS website.

Q & A – 13 April 2017

Q: When does the NDIS roll out to my area?

A: On the homepage of the NDIS website click on your state or territory and you’ll find more detailed information about how this is being rolled out. For example, if you live in Darwin, click on ‘Northern Territory’ and you’ll see a map of the NT divided into its NDIS regions; East Arnhem, Darwin Remote, Katherine, Darwin Urban and Central Australia. Below that map you’ll find specific dates and details for roll out in these regions, such as the age groups and locations.

Q: I’m planning my application for an NDIS individualised plan, but I heard that all new NDIS plans have been put on hold indefinitely. Is that true?

A: There is no hold on NDIS plans, but it may take a while until you are able to access the NDIS.

There are currently over 60,000 participants enrolled in the NDIS, and the NDIS will be rolling out to even more new locations from 1 May and 1 July this year.

The NDIS is being rolled out in stages that make sure the intake of participants is orderly and sustainable. The schedule for participant intake for the NDIS was agreed to by the Commonwealth and your state and territory governments.

Factors like your age, where you live and if you have previously received supports from the Commonwealth, state or terriory governments determine when you can apply for access the Scheme. You will find general information on your State or Territory page. Detailed information about the agreed schedule of participant intake is outlined in the Intergovernmental Heads of Agreement. You can view the Heads of Agreements, and the schedule for full scheme rollout, on this ‘Intergovernmental agreements’ page of our website.

Q: I’m getting ready for the NDIS to roll out in my area – how can I find out what kinds of supports are funded in an NDIS plan?

A: Everyone’s needs and aspirations in life are different, so if you’re eligible to access the NDIS, we will work with you to develop your plan. It’s based on your goals and aspirations, both now and for the future. It also covers your functional support needs for daily living and participation, the support you need to pursue your goals, and how you want to manage your plan over time. For this reason, the kinds of supports funded by your plan will be totally unique to you and your goals.

Your needs may also change over a lifetime, and your plan is developed with this in mind.

You decide how you want to manage your plan. For example, you may choose to manage it yourself, choose someone to help you, or ask us to manage all or part of your plan on your behalf. We provide information to help you make these choices.

The support provided by the families and carers of people with disability is also important, so we also work with them as part of the planning process. For more information, see Families and carers.

If you would like some examples of how the NDIS is supporting Australians with disability, there are a number of participant stories on our Youtube channel

Q: I don’t need the individualised funding of a participant plan, but I live with disability and want to know what kinds of services and supports are available in my community?

A: Outside of individualised plans and supports, the NDIS is committed to enabling communities to become more inclusive and accessible for people with disability. For example, the NDIS might fund a grant for a community group so that there are more options available to people with disability in your local area.

This part of the NDIS is called Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC). ILC provides grants to organisations to carry out activities in communities, which will be available to people who have individualised plans as well as those who do not.

There are four areas of ILC through which you can get involved:

  • Information, linkages and referrals – that is, making sure people with disability and their supporters are connected to good quality information and services and supports in the community that meet their needs.
  • Community awareness and capacity building, to make sure communities understand the needs of people with disability and have the skills to be more inclusive.
  • Mainstream capacity building, so that government-funded services like education, transport and health have the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of people with disability.
  • Individual capacity building, which is about providing the community supports that will help individuals with disability get the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to set and achieve their goals.

Local Area Coordinators (LAC) will support the NDIS deliver ILC, helping people with disability link to the NDIS and information and support in the community, and also work with the local community to make sure it is more welcoming and inclusive for people with disability.

Find out if LAC is available in your area and the types of service and activities available in the ILC FAQs for People with Disability.