The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will fundamentally change the way disability support services are funded and delivered.
The NDIS is designed to provide support for people with disabilities, their families and carers, based on individual needs, goals and aspirations. The NDIS provides eligible people a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.
The scheme gives people with permanent and significant disability more choice and control over how their support is delivered by providing individualised funding. The NDIS is an insurance based scheme which will deliver a lifelong approach to disability support services by carefully considering individual needs and goals.
This means that an assessment will look beyond immediate support needs and across the course of a person’s life. A personalised plan will be created which enables people to put in place supports and services when and how they choose.
On 17 March 2016, the State and Commonwealth Governments announced that they had signed the Bilateral Agreement detailing Queensland’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from 1 July 2016 to June 2019.
The impending roll out of the NDIS across Queensland will see more than 91,000 Queenslanders join the scheme over the next three years.
Under the signed agreement, more than 15,000 Queenslanders with disability will enter the scheme in the first year, more than 16,000 will join in the second year, and more than 60,000 will enter in the third year.
The NDIS is being rolled out in stages across the country. Queensland’s phased transition will occur on a geographic basis, defined by Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries. Queenslanders will progressively enter the scheme as follows:
1 July 2016
Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, west to Mount Isa and up to the Gulf
1 November 2016
Isaac Regional, Mackay Regional, Whitsunday Regional LGAs
1 January 2017
Toowoomba area and west to the borders
1 July 2017
Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset LGAs
1 October 2017
1 January 2018
Rockhampton, Gladstone and west to the borders
1 July 2018
Logan City, Redland City, Gold Coast City, Brisbane City, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg LGAs
Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Croydon, Etheridge, Cape York and Torres Strait
1 January 2019
Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Moreton Bay (including Strathpine and Caboolture) LGA
For more detailed information about the NDIS rollout in Queensland, please visit the NDIS website.
Once your access to the NDIS is approved, the next step is to develop your ‘First Plan.’ This process will start the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Your First Plan will identify the reasonable and necessary supports you require to meet your immediate needs and start to identify and achieve your goals.
Once completed, your First Plan will provide you with an individualised funding amount. You then get to choose how and when you use this funding to meet your unique circumstances.
We understand this process may seem daunting, but there is support available to get you started. The NDIS has developed a range of factsheets and video resources that provide information on starting your plan. These resources can be found on the NDIS website.
You are also welcome to get in touch with our friendly team at Mercy Community Services who can support you with any queries you may have. Contact us on 1300 16 16 18 or email us at NDISinfo@mercycs.org.au
We understand that there have been frequent changes to the NDIS. It’s therefore important that you stay informed about the scheme and how any changes may impact on your circumstances. Keep up to date by visiting the NDIS website, attend information sessions in your local area, or be part of a peer support group on social media.
If you would like any further information, please get in touch with us on 1300 16 16 18 to have a conversation with a friendly member of our team, or email us at NDISinfo@mercycs.org.au. We would be happy to answer any of your queries.
There are a number of online resources you can access to read more about the NDIS transition:
• Queensland participants’ information pack: Participant information pack
• Fact sheets and FAQs
• Visit the NDIS in Queensland page
• The NDIS Access checklist on the NDIS website can help you understand if you may meet the access requirements to become a participant in the NDIS.
• For information on upcoming NDIS events, please visit Queensland events.
• Find out more on the NDIS website.