The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been developed to support those people in our community who have a disability, together with the families and carers that help them. It is designed to help people to access services and supports, live life in our communities, contribute to our communities, and to make sure that they have the supports that are necessary to help them live an ordinary life like anyone else.
This is done by planning with a participant their goals and aspirations, talking about what is important to them, and then assessing the reasonable and necessary supports that they might need to meet their goals and aspirations. Once in an approved plan, a participant receives funding to assist them to access the reasonable and necessary supports.
When does the NDIS reach my State?
Started as a trial in July 2013, since 1 July 2016, NDIS has been rolling out around Australia.
In Queensland, the NDIS is being introduced by region. NDIS has now rolled out in Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim. For Brisbane, Beenleigh, Robina, Gold Coast and Gold Coast Hinterland, NDIS becomes available from 1 July 2018. Sunshine Coast and Gympie goes on line from 1 January 2019. Read more about the Queensland rollout dates on the NDIS website.
In New South Wales (NSW), the NDIS is now available across the State.
In Victoria, NDIS is being introduced by region . This means that in some parts of Victoria, NDIS is available, while in others it has yet to begin. you can read more about the Victoria rollout dates on the NDIS website.
We can provide assistance to organisations that provide NDIS services in Queensland, NSW and Victoria where the NDIS has been rolled out.
For the other states and territories, you can find out more about when and how the NDIS is being rolled out in your state and territory here: Northern Territory; Australian Capital Territory ; South Australia ; Tasmania ; Western Australia.
As an NDIS Provider, let us help you develop legally-compliant Policies & Agreements
This roll out has a number of significant implications for organizations delivering services to NDIS participants, including the need to ensure that policies and procedures are compliant with the relevant standards, and that NDIS agreements are in place covering services being provided – whether that is support services, service coordination, residential services and transportation or something else entirely.
Corney & Lind Lawyers has significant experience working with organisations, and particularly not-for-profit organisations, and the depth of commercial experience to understand your commercial needs. Our experience in the disability and human services sector means that we understand your needs when working with NDIS participants will be different from those in your other commercial dealings. We strive to make your documents “people friendly” so that you don’t need a lawyer to understand them! One of the critical components of NDIS is to give people choice – and we recognise that making documents usable for your staff, and more accessible to your clients, is a key part of that. If you have an NDIS question, give us a call – we’d love to help.