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The following information has been sourced from the NDIS website and has been summarised for ease of reference on Biala’s website. For more information please visit the NDIS website on https://www.ndis.gov.au


The National Disability Insurance Scheme is called the NDIS. The NDIS is a new way to help people with disability get care and support.

Your client might already get money to pay for care and supports. For example, from Centrelink. The NDIS might soon pay for some of your clients care and supports.

When is the NDIS coming to my area?
The government has made a plan for how the NDIS will happen in NSW.  The NDIS will start soon in some places and later in others.

From 1 July 2016 the NDIS will start in:

  • Central Coast
  • Northern Sydney
  • South Western Sydney
  • Southern NSW
  • Western Sydney

From 1 July 2017 the NDIS will start in.

  • Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • Mid North Coast
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Northern NSW
  • South Eastern Sydney
  • Sydney
  • Western NSW
  • Far West

Who can get the NDIS in NSW?

  1. Your client must live in an area where the NDIS has started.
  2. Your client must be an Australian citizen.
  3. Your client must be the right age to get help where you live.
  4. Your client must have a disability that is permanent and fits the NDIS rules.
  5. Or your client needs early intervention.

Permanent means the disability will not go away.

What are the NDIS rules?
The government has made rules for the NDIS. The rules say that your disability must:

  • Be permanent.
  • Affect your client’s daily life.
    – For example, it is hard to: get dressed, go shopping etc.
  • Or affect the way your client joins in things in the community.
    – For example, it is hard to: get a job, go to school etc.

To do things in your daily life, your client must also:

  • Need someone to help on most days. Or
  • Need equipment like a:
    – Wheelchair
    – Walking frame or
    – Communication device

Some people might have more than one disability, or a disability that comes, goes away, and comes back again. (e.g. depression or schizophrenia)

What are the rules for early intervention?
Early intervention means to treat something early. The NDIS might pay for early intervention if they are the best choice to help.

The NDIS rules say that if the NDIS helps now it will:

  1. Mean less support is needed later.
  2. Help carers and family members look after you.
  3. Make the disability better. Or
  4. Stop the disability getting worse.

The NDIS will pay for some children to get early intervention if they are under 6 years old and have a developmental delay.
Developmental Delay means the child finds it very hard to do everyday things. For example: use the toilet, talk, learn, or walk.

The child may also need help from: a speech pathologist, a physiotherapist, or an occupational therapist .

What does the NDIS pay for?
The NDIS pays for different supports for different people. The supports must help your client:

  • Be more independent.
    Independent means you can do things by themselves. For example, changes to your client’s car so they can drive to the shops.
  • Join in the community. For example: get a job, or join a group.
  • Get the help your client needs. For example: transport, a support worker to help your client at home, or therapy like speech pathology.
  • Get equipment and aids your client needs. For example: a wheelchair, or a communication device.

What won’t the NDIS not pay for?
The NDIS will say no to things that will not help with your client’s disability.

The NDIS will not pay for:

  • Things that everyone has to pay for like: food, electricity, or movie tickets.
  • Supports that someone else already pays for. For example, Medicare. Or
  • Things that might hurt you or other people.

Looking for more information

For more information about the basics of the NDIS please click on the following link: https://myplace.ndis.gov.au/ndisstorefront/html/sites/default/files/documents/About-us/About-theNDIS.pdf

Where to from here:

For more information on how to get NDIS ready please click on the following link: https://myplace.ndis.gov.au/ndisstorefront/ndis-ready.html