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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support for people with disability.
This includes disability related to a mental health condition.
Once a person is accepted into the scheme, they can stay in the scheme and continue to get a ‘package’ of supports.
Mind Australia is a registered provider in the NDIS. Our certificate of registration can be download here.
If you have an approved plan, you can purchase services from us. Please contact us on 1300 286 463 (1300 AT MIND) and ask for our NDIS intake team, or email email@example.com
The great things about the NDIS:
- Once you are accepted into the scheme, you will have ongoing support until the age of 65 years, after which you will be cared for in the aged care system.
- You will be able to choose who gives you the support services you need.
- You will have help to work out what kinds of supports should be in your ‘package’.
- It is likely that you will get many more support services to choose from than you can get now.
- The supports you get can change from year to year, depending on what you need.
- Getting support services through the NDIS does not change your Disability Support Pension – that is a different kind of support. It also doesn’t affect the Carers’ Allowance.
- Getting support services through the NDIS does not change the way Medicare works – you will still claim medical and mental health treatment through Medicare.
NDIS rollout will happen in stages. Because the rollout is gradual, support services offered through current programs will keep going until the change over happens in your area. To see information about the rollout schedule click here.
If you are currently getting outreach support from Mind, we will send you information and invite you to special meetings before the NDIS rolls out to your area. If you are not in a program that will transition to NDIS, you will need to apply and be assessed for the scheme, but we can help you.
All states and territories, except Western Australia, have signed up to the scheme already. It looks like Western Australia will run its own version of the NDIS.
- Who is eligible?
- What sort of support services can you get?
- Choosing your providers
- Your first plan
- Your plan budget
- Family and carers in the NDIS
- Useful links
You may be eligible to the NDIS if you:
- are an Australian citizens or have permanent residency
- are under 65 years of age when you first use the scheme
- have a disability that is likely to be permanent and stops you from doing everyday things.
We know many people living with mental health conditions will do better with lifetime psychosocial support, even though how much support a person needs may change over time.
NDIS is a support scheme for people who would otherwise have difficulty living an ‘ordinary life’. The NDIS will be available to you as long as you need support to do everyday activities.
The aim of the scheme is to support you to have the kind of life that every ordinary citizen of Australia can expect; one where you can join in activities you like, have a social life and get out and about, be able to study and work, live in safe and decent housing, and learn how to do things for yourself.
Everyone is different, and the type of support you need will be different to the next person. It may also change over time as you achieve goals and are more confident in your day-to-day life.
What you can claim for will depend on the support plan that is approved for you. This plan can change from year to year, as necessary, but it sets out the kinds of support services you can claim for.
Broadly, the support services covered by NDIS funding come under the areas of:
- daily living
- health and wellbeing
- lifelong learning
- social and community participation
- choice and control
You choose the providers you want to deliver the services you need. Most people will start in the scheme with their current provider/s, but they will begin to use other providers as they become aware of what else is available and get used to the new system.
You can choose how to manage the funding for the supports in your plan. When meeting with a NDIS planner to develop a plan, you will need to decide which plan management option is right for you.
Once accepted into the scheme, you (and any nominated family member or other carer) will have support from an NDIA–appointed planner to create your first plan.
If you are already using support services, it is likely that your current support arrangements will be ‘rolled’ into this first plan – providing you are happy with the provider and the support you receive through them.
Your first plan will generally be in place for 12 months before the agency that operates the NDIS (known as the NDIA) work with you to make any changes.
It will be important to think about how your first plan is working for you – what is good and what is not. This will help you prepare for your next plan at your plan review.
Your plan will be divided into separate support budgets which link to an area of your life in which you have improvement goal(s).
The funds allocated to one budget cannot be swapped to any other budget in your plan.
You cannot spend over the total amount allocated to each budget and the amount allocated will not change during your current plan.
There are 4 options for how a budget is managed and support providers paid:
- Self-managed budgets
For budget(s) that are self-managed, the NDIS will pay you directly for the supports in those budget(s). If you are self-managing all or some of the budgets in your plan, you will need to read the document: Self-managing budgets my NDIS plan.
- Agency managed budgets
For budget(s) that are agency managed, the NDIS will pay your support provider directly.
- Plan Management Provider managed budgets
For budget(s) that are managed by a Plan Management Provider, the NDIS will pay your Plan Manager directly for these supports.
- Automated transport payments
For a transport budget that is set up as an automated payment, the NDIS will pay you directly into your nominated bank account. You will be paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on what you have agreed during your planning conversation.
Not all plans will have a transport budget. The NDIS is only responsible for the 'reasonable and necessary' contribution toward the costs of taxis or other private transport options for those not able to travel independently or use public transport because of their disability.
Each NDIS participant will have their own plan reflecting their goals, personal circumstances and support needs. While the focus of the plan is the person enrolled in the scheme, the types of supports in the participant’s plan may also have direct or indirect benefits for families and carers.
Families and carers are recognised for the love, care and support they give to their family member. What the NDIS aims to do is support family and carers in that role – as a mum or dad, partner or spouse, brother or sister, grandparent, extended family member or friend.
The NDIS will provide information, referral and links to relevant services to ensure families and carers can get help in the community to support them in their role.
This section includes useful links related to NDIS pathways, support, preparing for the NDIS and more.