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We’ve been hearing about NDIS for some time and finally, The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will start in Queensland from 1 July 2016. This is a result of public campaigning that was announced by Julia Gillard as Prime Minister in 2011.
So how does the NDIS work?
The NDIS takes a flexible and holistic approach working with eligible participants, their families and carers, to develop individualised plans. The NDIS provides participants with more choice and control over how, when and where their supports are provided. It also provides certainty that they will receive the support they need over their lifetime. For those people suffering a disability, this is a real victory.
The NDIS works to connect participants with community and mainstream supports. The NDIS funds the additional reasonable and necessary supports to help participants pursue their goals and aspirations, and participate in daily life.
It is estimated that around 97,000 Queenslanders will be supported by the Scheme when it is fully rolled out bringing a welcome relief for not just the sufferers, but their carers and families too.
The scheme has been on trial in other States for a little while now. The roll out of the NDIS in Queensland will benefit from the experiences of the existing trial sites as well as drawing on the expertise of Queensland’s disability sector. The specific needs of Queenslanders with disability living in rural, regional and remote areas, and remote Indigenous communities will also help guide the Scheme’s delivery in Queensland.
Making Your NDIS Plan
Your NDIS plan is not a one-off event. You set your own review timetable so if your circumstances change, you can adjust your plan. You can you manage it yourself, get assistance from another person or use the NDIS agency. Your plan will list a range of supports you need to live your life to the full. Some of your supports may be arranged through our organisation with our specifically qualified staff.
Choosing your service provider:
- Can the providers in my area can offer the kinds of supports that I may need?
- Do the supports offered by any of the providers meet my personal needs and help me to achieve any of the goals?
- Will the provider work to support me and respect my rights?
- How will I control the support for me?
- Can the provider guarantee flexibility of support that fits my life?
- What skills and experience do their staff members have?
- Does the provider charge a fair price?
- Can I contact my provider at any time?
- What do other people with disability or carers say about the quality of the support the provider delivers to them?
It’s an important decision, one that requires careful consideration and research.