What is the NDIS process for a child diagnosed as ASD? What is reviewable and what is not? Is there an allowance to pay for rego and servicing of a modified vehicle? Find out the answers in this week's Q and A.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone with 100,000 Australians with disability now having choice and control over life-changing support delivered through the Scheme.
Between July and September the National Disability Insurance Agency will be surveying around 6,000 participants and their families and carers to see how they are progressing in different areas of their lives.
For the past 8 months, Ella has been a part of the NDIS school to work transition, a project to help high school students with disability receive the support they need to prepare for work and community life.
In this short video, Ella and her Mum Leanne talk about skill building through the project and Ella’s school to work transition experience.
In June and July 2016 some self-managed participants experienced difficulties paying for supports when the new myplace portal was launched.
These participants received an advance payment to help them pay for their supports. The NDIA now needs to acquit these advance payments. If you are affected by this you will be contacted by phone and mail to explain how the offsetting process will work.
Construction has commenced on the new National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) headquarters in Geelong.
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, who today turned the ‘first sod’ on the site, said the signing of an Agreement for Lease on the new building reflected the Australian Government’s commitment to the Geelong region.
“The construction of this state-of-the-art, fully-accessible NDIA national office on Malop Street will create hundreds of local jobs and $120 million worth of investment,” Minister Porter said.
The Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency is pleased to announce that Mr Rob De Luca has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the NDIA. Mr De Luca will commence his three year appointment on 28 August 2017.
Meet John, a father of two children with disabilities. Watch the video on how his journey with the NDIS is giving him time to himself. It has also enabled his children Bridget and Riley to become more independent.
The Board overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will draw on an expanded Independent Advisory Council (IAC) from July this year, ensuring broader representation for people with disability during this critical period for the NDIS.
Professor Anne Kavanagh had spent years studying how society can impact a person’s health, why factors like employment, housing, socio-economic status, gender and race all play a role in determining who among us is well and who is sick.
Amy English said it was a bitter-sweet moment when son, Alexander, who has Autism, no longer needed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support because he had achieved all his milestones and was now ready for school.
Rachael Laing and Kurt Banks’ five-year-old son, Joseph, uses eye-gaze technology to communicate – a piece of assistive technology they say they would never have been able to afford without the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
People across Australia are getting NDIS ready in anticipation of 1 July when people in new areas across the country will be eligible to access the NDIS in a number of new regions and age groups across five states and territories.
Bianca’s face lights up when she dances. Thanks to Deakin University’s ALLPLay Dance program and the NDIS ILC National Readiness Grants, she has found a dance school that caters for her and her friends.
The Board and Executive Management team of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) wish to provide information to the Scheme’s existing and potential participants, their families, carers and providers regarding major work that is underway to deliver a significantly upgraded quality of participant and provider experience in a way that remains consistent with maintaining the Scheme’s financial sustainability.
The NDIS myplace participant and provider portals and the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au will not be available between 11.00pm Eastern Standard Times (EST) Saturday 27 May and 6.00am EST Sunday 28 May due to a myGov infrastructure update.
On 26 May 2017, the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments announced an agreement to bring forward the NDIS start in the next three Queensland regions to roll out, with Queensland Government disability clients in Ipswich, Bundaberg and Rockhampton gaining early access to the NDIS.
The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, has announced just over $14 million dollars in grants for organisations around the country to help make sure people with disability are connected to their community.
Twenty-two grants totalling close to $3 million have been awarded to organisations by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to make the ACT more accessible and inclusive of people with disability.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has carefully considered the Federal Court decision handed down on 28 March 2017 in relation to the case of Mr Liam McGarrigle.
Because this is effectively a test case with implications for the long-term financial sustainability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the NDIA has decided to appeal the Federal Court decision to the Full Court and has lodged an appeal today.
In 2016, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched a project to provide support to consumers with disability, and to empower them with tools and information to make informed purchasing decisions. Under the Australian Consumer Law, every consumer has rights when buying products or services, whether this is in-store, online, at home or even over the telephone.
The NDIA is currently seeking organisations to deliver Local Area Coordination Services and/or Early Childhood Early Intervention Services in areas of Queensland, South Australia and Victoria that are scheduled to transition to the NDIS prior to July 2018.
“A woman with a congenital hip disorder, bone-on-bone arthritis, a displaced knee and an entirely unrelated case of Lupus walks into a bar” isn’t exactly a traditional opening line for a joke. Yet comedy and disability can be powerful allies, as Laura Campbell knows well.
Four local service providers will share in $85 million of funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in Victoria to support the rollout of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 2017.
Feros Care has been announced as the successful Local Area Coordination (LAC) partner in Barossa, Light and Lower North and Northern Adelaide to support the rollout of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 2017.
The $23.3 million investment will see Feros Care provide services focussing on participant capacity building, including plan development, implementation and review.
In Victoria's Wimmera, Bev Young is trying to keep tabs on her footballing sons; Clinton played for Hawthorn in their 2008 grand final and five of her six boys are still playing. There was a time not so long ago when she wouldn’t have been able to count 24-year-old Lachie among them, but she can now.
Two local service providers will share in $17.6 million of funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in the ACT to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Providers may be reviewed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in relation to supports funded for a NDIS participant. Providers are required to supply any information requested by the NDIA in relation to the provision of supports within a reasonable time frame. This activity is provided for under the Agency Terms of Business that are a requirement for all registered providers.
The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, will today launch the NDIA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Strategy and Rural and Remote Strategy in Cairns.
These Strategies outline how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be delivered to all eligible Australians regardless of where they live and in a culturally respectful manner.
The Chairman of the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Dr Helen Nugent AO, has announced the reappointment of the NDIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Bowen, for a period of up to six months from 9 May 2017.
With an eye to International Women's Day, Robyn Lambird's message for all women is simple: pursue your dreams. People are going to tell you that you should do something else, that you should be more realistic. But there comes a time when you've just got to do what you're passionate about.
Meet Oni; one of the more than 60,000 participants now receiving support under the NDIS. Oni is a Year 11 student who is already working part-time so that he can enter the workforce as soon as he finishes school.
Five local service providers will share in $75 million of funding to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in Queensland to support the rollout of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 2017.
"Advertising should be bold and reflect the world in which we live. With one in five of us living with disability, it’s a natural part of the human experience and, like other forms of diversity, it should be represented, not excluded." Cátia Malaquias has taken on the challenge and has made great inroads to having children and adults with disability represented in mainstream advertising campaigns.
Join our webinar on developing and starting your first plan. If you have questions about getting ready for your planning conversation or want to hear about how you may best implement your plan, this is the webinar for you!
He’s played for Australia in indoor cricket and a decade of basketball for Victoria too, and while he took wickets steadily throughout the week – including two in the final – his highlight was simply catching up with mates from other states who he hadn’t seen in ages.
LAURA Scurr has been in the same wheelchair for 22 years. The Toowoomba businesswoman is one of the first people in the region to have their National Disability Insurance Scheme plan approved, which means a new chair.
Up to 1300 new jobs are expected to be created in the Northern Territory by 2020 as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The figures are revealed in the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Northern Territory Market Position Statement (MPS), which has been released today, and estimates a total workforce of between 2,150 and 2,700 at full scheme in 2020.
"From the bottom of my heart to the end of my last breath, I’m thankful to NDIS for my son to be walking, talking and making possible all that he can do in the future." - Devi, mother of NDIS participant Ram, on how the NDIS has helped her son.
For West Australian Bronwyn, last year was “horrendous” after the sudden death of her partner Neil from lymphoma and a subsequent move to the Maylands home they had chosen together.
Bronwyn, who has degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s Disease, is looking forward to a better 2017 thanks to the love and support of her family and friends, and the assistance of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
To help build awareness and understanding of the NDIS in the Australian Deaf Community we have recently developed NDIS communications materials as Auslan videos, which are now available on the NDIS website.
This Christmas will be very different for the Hughes household, with five-year-old Caitie able to speak clearly for the first time, sing and — perhaps most importantly — tell her parents what she wants from Santa.
There are some important changes to our normal operating hours this Christmas holiday period. Many services will not be available on the public holidays and there will be reduced services at other times. The information here outlines how you can contact us over the Christmas holidays.
The Board overseeing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be expanded from 1 January 2017 to ensure it has the disability service, financial management, corporate governance and insurance-based expertise needed to guide the $22 billion scheme through its critical three year expansion to 2019-20.
The NDIS is the new way of supporting people with psychosocial disability. NDIS participant Kylie knows first-hand the nuances of psychosocial disability and shares with us how her life and the life of her family has improved since she joined the NDIS.
From Early Childhood partners in Charters Towers, Queensland, to Local Area Coordinators (LACs) in Greensborough, Victoria, our partnerships help provide local knowledge and experience in delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
"Dignified Access" occurs when all participants, providers, other visitors and employees have a safe and equitable access and a dignified user experience at all NDIA centres. Dignified Access considerations applies to people with both visible and invisible disabilities and barriers.
When NDIS participant Aran Miller was born 22 years ago and diagnosed with Down Syndrome, his sole sibling – sister Narelle, who is almost 20 years his senior – vowed that he would never be given a label.
NDIA Strategic Advisor, Peter de Natris, was recently interviewed by ABC's Babytalk program about how parents of children aged 0-6 can work with the NDIS to support their children and help them achieve their goals.
The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Market Approach statement seeks to support growth in the sector by outlining how the Agency will work with industry and the wider community to facilitate major growth in the size, number and range of disability support providers and the services they offer.p>
The National Disability Insurance Agency’s Maryanne Diamond, General Manager Media, Communications and Engagement Division, has been announced as one of four finalists in the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year Awards.
Today, the NDIS continues its expansion across Queensland to include people with disability living in Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays.
This is a significant day for people with disability, their families and carers in these communities.
To mark the Melbourne Cup carnival award-winning Australian writer Peter Hanlon has caught up with Geelong NDIS participant Brett Denham and his mother Michele about his work in the stables and passion for the Geelong Cats football team.
More Queenslanders will soon have access to the life-changing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it rolls out to people in the local government areas of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday from tomorrow.
The NDIA has released a Request for Tender for "Independent Benchmarking Survey Management Services", as part of the implementation of the Service Provider Benchmarking function. Find out more about Benchmarking and the Request For Tender.
Sarah Johnson, Scheme Actuary from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has been recognised for her vital role in the formation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), being named the 2016 Actuary of the Year.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is developing a new benchmarking function that will help existing and aspiring National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers compare their operations with other providers in the market.
To mark the start of the Paralympics award-winning Australian writer Peter Hanlon has caught up with local Geelong athletes Richard Colman, Sam McIntosh and Jemima Moore about their pathway to Rio 2016.
The National Disability Insurance Agency welcomes the review of the implementation of the NDIS myplace portal - announced by the Hon. Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services and the Hon. Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services.
On 1 July 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moved from trial to full scheme transition - a move that included the introduction of a new ICT system to support the NDIS to be implemented nationally over the next three years.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Market Position Statement (MPS) for South Australia to inform current and prospective providers, and market stakeholders of the opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in South Australia in the coming years.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS) will move from trial to a national scheme roll out from 1 July 2016. To support the national roll out of the NDIS a new Participant Portal, called ‘myplace’ will be introduced from 1 July.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Market Position Statement (MPS) for Queensland to inform current and prospective providers, and market stakeholders of the opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in Queensland in the coming years.
Close to 25,000 Australians with disability are now receiving the supports they need to live more independent lives, according to the latest quarterly report from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
With all states and territories now committed to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is calling on communities, businesses and people right across Australia to get #ndisready.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) welcomes the Willing To Work National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability report from Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan.
The National Disability Insurance Agency offices and the NDIS Call Centre will be closed on Monday 25 April 2016 for the ANZAC Day national public holiday. Normal operating hours will recommence on Tuesday 26 April 2016.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is pleased to present the Victorian Market Position Statement (MPS), the second of a series being developed to inform market stakeholders and help current and prospective providers of supports and services prepare for the opportunities that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will create in coming years.
The NDIS will transform access to affordable, stable and accessible housing by giving people with disability real choice and control around where they live and who they live with - a basic human right for all.
Following national consultation on the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Pricing and Payments framework, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released the SDA Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments. The paper is designed to provide advice to the market and to give stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the NDIA’s approach.
For the first time, a nationally-consistent approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability will exist with the release today of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is providing assistance to more than 22,000 Australians with disability according to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) latest quarterly report.
There are some important changes to our normal operating hours this Christmas holiday period. Many services will not be available on the public holidays and there will be reduced services at other times. Please find more information below of how you can contact us over the Christmas holidays.
Read about how the NDIS is bringing choice and control to the life of 19-year old Kirby in this month's eNewsletter.
Also featured this month: The NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy, The Joint Standing Committee’s second report, North Queensland prepares for the NDIS and Simone’s Digital Dreams to come true.
At its meeting on 13th November 2015, the Disability Reform Council (the Council) endorsed a pricing framework, “The Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework” (the Framework) to guide the approach to the implementation of specialist disability accommodation supports in the NDIS. View the Framework (DOCX 60KB).
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is seeking a range of innovative ideas on possible housing pilots that will provide specialist disability accommodation for participants for whom such provision by NDIA is both reasonable and necessary.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability. It is the biggest social reform in Australia since the introduction of Medicare. But reform takes time.
After much anticipation, the National Disability Insurance Agency have begun the development of their ICT strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), being led by Marie Johnson, Head of Technology Authority, NDIA.
The NDIA's Assistive Technology strategy has been released. Technology is increasingly enabling people with disability to perform tasks they could not otherwise do, to perform tasks more easily, and to perform them more safely and securely. It is allowing many people with disability to reach their potential at home, in their community and in the workplace.
The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA’s) 2014-15 Annual Report tabled today shows the NDIS is continuing to deliver better support for people with disability, their families and carers. It describes what we have done and how we have managed our resources to build and operate the NDIS. It demonstrates that participants are experiencing increased opportunities to live ordinary lives and fulfil their goals and aspirations.
In our Living My Plan video, five NDIS participants talk about how their NDIS plans have changed their lives. Catch up with the participants as they explain how the last year has gone and where they want to take their plans next.