Understanding Australia’s NDIS



Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme offers services residents with disabilities, including sensory, intellectual and psycho-social. Because of the limited nature of the NDIS, Australia’s disabled also required other services. But what does the NDIS provide?

NDIS History in Brief

In 1974 Gough Whitlam initiated a disabilities scheme similar to the insurance scheme offered by New Zealand. However, it was suggested Whitlam consider Medicare as an option. By 2005, the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme was created to provide long-term care for people injured by a motor vehicle.

Brian Howe, a former Labour cabinet minister, met with the Disability Investment Group. The Investment Group, in 2008, submitted its ideas to the Australia 2020 Summit, which sent its concerns or recommendations to the Productivity Commission.

It was determined Australia’s disabled were not a social concern, but rather an economic issue.

The Financial Review believed Australia’s NDIS was “becoming an economic factor in its own right.” It seemed as though half of the people participating in the NDIS did not see a change in services or found their support was reduced.

The NDIS is giving hope to people with disabilities with a focus on the living the best life possible after an injury or illness.

Funding and Services for Australia’s Disabled

As of 2018, Australia’s NDIS reported a budget expressly for legal services of $10 million. Surprisingly, this was allegedly a ploy to stop people from requesting more money or to prevent individuals from even accessing the program.

Midway through the year, reports reveal 260 cases were solved by the courts, however, the NDIA lost 40% of the cases.

Nonetheless, as of March 31, 2018, approximately 7,000 individuals had accessed the NDIS. Of that number, just over half had been first-time users.

These participants report positive messages about Australia’s NDIS. Parents reveal their children are receiving the help they need. With that said, there are also people like Philip Dodd, who agree “NDIS is an insurance-based scheme. It is not welfare.”

Eligibility and Access

The NDIS supports Australia’s disabled by educating and keeping them connected to their family and communities.

They are concerned about your well-being and independence. In other words, they provide disabled individuals with the support they need so these people succeed in all aspects of their lives.

To Apply, You Must Be Eligible for Australia’s NDIS

If you’re wanting to apply for the NDIS, you must meet certain requirements. You should –

  • Be a citizen of Australia, permanent occupier or hold a Visa
  • Be younger than 65 when applying or meet phasing/age requirements during the roll-out period
  • Live in an area where Australia’s NDIS began
  • Have a permanent disability or one which drastically reduces functionality

The NDIS is an outstanding resource for those in genuine need of ongoing support, care and access to mainstream services.

The scheme supports the dreams and aspirations of thousands across Australia. It encourages people to continue living out their ambition by connecting disabled individuals with the proper resources and support.