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The NDIS represents a major change in the way services are delivered to people with a disability.

We realise this is a big change with the potential to transform lives - which is why understanding the system and how to get the most out of it is so important. We’re here to support you every step of the way.

What is the NDIA?

The NDIA is the independent agency responsible for implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme. If you’re eligible for the NDIS, the NDIA will work with you and your family to help you identify the supports you need to live your life and achieve your goals.

I’m over 65. Can I access the NDIS?

No. If you’re over 65 when the NDIS is rolled out in your area, you can’t access the NDIS - but that doesn’t mean you won’t receive support. If you’re aged 65 or over and are currently receiving disability supports, you’ll continue to receive the same level of support as before, just not through the NDIS.

Who controls my NDIS funds?

You do! Your NDIS plan will tell you how much funding you will receive for each support but it’s your decision how funds are managed. You can choose to manage your funds yourself or nominate the NDIS, a registered provider or someone else you trust to do it for you. With the NDIS you’ll always retain control over how, when and where your supports are provided.

Will I get more or less support under the NDIS?

If your needs aren’t currently being met, you may be provided with more support if it’s deemed reasonable and necessary by the NDIS. This is why it’s important to spend some time thinking about your needs and where your life could be improved ahead of your first NDIS meeting.

Rest assured your current supports won’t change (unless you want them to). Even if you don’t meet the access requirements for the NDIS, you’ll still receive the same level of support you receive now.

Will I get more funding under the NDIS?

Under the NDIS the focus is not on the amount of dollars you receive, but on making sure you receive the supports you need to help you achieve your goals.

What is an NDIS Local Area Coordinator?

NDIS Local Area Coordinators (LACs) are locally based representatives who can support you in implementing your NDIS plan. This might include assisting you in finding community activities and mainstream services in your local area to help you achieve your goals. However, they can’t be as hands-on or involved as your support co-ordinator, which is why we highly recommend support co-ordination to make sure you’re getting the most out of your plan.

Can I change what I need under the NDIS?

Yes, if your circumstances change. If something happens that affects the supports you need, just let the NDIS or your support provider know and they’ll work with you to review your plan. Your NDIS plan is also reviewed every 12 months. This allows you to assess the progress you’ve made towards achieving your goals and helps you to set new goals for the year ahead – which could also lead to a change in your support requirements.

How do I know which organisations provide supports in my area?

Contact your NDIS Local Area Coordinator for a list of service providers in your area. Alternatively, you can find a List of Registered Providers in Queensland on the website of the NDIS (www.ndis.gov.au).

What is a service agreement?

A service agreement is a legal agreement between you and your service provider/s which outlines the support that will be provided for you under the NDIS. It describes how and when the support will be provided, as well as the costs and the fees you need to pay.

Is getting a job expected of me under the NDIS?

Only if it’s identified as one of your goals. A big part of the thinking behind the NDIS is that living a full life starts with being a part of your community and having the same opportunities as everybody else. Getting a job and participating in the economy can greatly improve your circumstances and your well-being, which is why it could potentially become a goal in your plan. In this situation, you would work with your NDIA planner and support co-ordinator (if you have one) to find supports that will help you achieve it.

How does the NDIS acknowledge the efforts of parents of people with disability?

The NDIS fully recognises the important role you, as parents, play in supporting the lives of your children. Both UnitingCare Queensland and the NDIA consider your views and experience to be crucial to the planning process. Parents are actively encouraged to work in partnership with the NDIA and be vocal about your children’s needs.