National Disability Insurance Scheme
UnitingCare Ballarat is ready to support to you to understand and access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS is the new way of funding disability support in Australia and provides funding based on a person’s individual needs and goals.
It will be available in Central Highlands from 1 January 2017.
UnitingCare Ballarat and the NDIS
Our NDIS team is ready to deliver services that can support you to live the life you want in the way you choose.
We support people with disability to access the community and improve social and community participation.
Our range of innovative, flexible services is tailored to your individual needs.
Assistance to build your capacity to coordinate and implement your own NDIS plan.
- Support for school leavers to transition from school into employment.
- Financial services to manage NDIS funding and payment of services on your behalf.
- ‘Circles of Support’ to build a supportive group of family and friends.
- Assistance to plan for big changes in your life.
- Community transport as a door-to-door travel service.
- Support to find somewhere to live.
- Preparation and delivery of meals.
- Behaviour support
- Specialist support coordination
- Specialist assessments
About the NDIS
The NDIS supports people with disability to access the support they need to live how they choose and participate as citizens in the community.
Planners, also known as Local Area Coordinators (LACs), work with each person to develop a plan based on their day-to-day needs and longer-term goals. From this plan, funding is provided for the reasonable and necessary supports to ensure people can have their needs met and work towards achieving their goals.
Support is considered reasonable and necessary when it is:
- related to a disability
- offers good value for money
- likely to be effective and beneficial, and
- takes into account existing support received from family members, carers and the community.
The NDIS does not pay for day-to-day living costs, such as food, bills and other personal expenses. These costs are paid for with your income or pension.