What are the benefits of NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is an excellent way to provide funds for people with disability and have helped many Australians until now. This scheme has helped people with disability and their families to live independently in society and make their lives better.

The NDIS limits disability discrimination

Having a disability shouldn’t affect your quality of life, even if you need assistance in the home. The national disability scheme means that everybody who falls within the remit is entitled to receiving funding towards the cost of care, enabling them to live a fuller life.

The NDIS is a national system

It doesn’t matter what state or territory you or your loved one lives in, the national disability scheme ensures there is a safety net for all Australians. The NDIS is consistently applied the same way across all parts of the country.

The NDIS has flexibility

The national disability scheme recognises the need for flexibility. You get to decide on the best care to suit your needs, interests or social life. You can adapt and tailor your NDIS funded services to cover what you need to live an active life doing the things you love.

The NDIS is holistic care

The national disability scheme doesn’t only cater for the individual but the family that is affected by the disability. It provides support and assistance in dealing with disability and diagnoses which can sometimes be difficult.

The NDIS is inclusive and promotes equality

The national disability scheme ensures all Australian citizens regardless of their disability has equal access to healthcare on a national level.

Here are the ways how NDIS benefits Australian citizens with a disability

1. If you or someone else is born with a disability, you can always rely on NDIS for the supports you need to live independently, no matter which city you live in.

2. NDIS helps the people with disability by providing services and lessening the expenses, medical costs and other inconveniences.

3. NDIS helps every person with equality. You will be able to get the NDIS support regardless of when and where disability was acquired.

4. With the help of healthcare facilities provided by NDIS, participant’s wellbeing and their employment opportunities will increase. They will be able to reach their life goals.

5. NDIS delivers supports that produce long term outcomes, maximising opportunities for independence and productivity.

6. NDIS provides people with disability and their families regular care, support, therapy and equipment they need.

7. Each NDIS plan individualised and person-centred. Support is given based on the type of disability they have.

8. People with disability and their family can participate in the many social, cultural and economic life of the nation with the supports they choose.

9. NDIS can benefit all the Australians because disability can occur at any time. Therefore, all the Australians suffering from disability are eligible to take benefit of this scheme.

10. The NDIS limits disability discrimination as many people with disability feel under confident and insecure because of their disability, but with NDIS supports, they can live their normally.

11. People with disability can take benefit of NDIS funds in two ways- NDIS plan management and NDIS support coordination.

How to apply for NDIS?

There are many different disabilities, and no two people with the same disability will have the same experience. The NDIS provides services and support to individuals with disabilities. However, to apply you must first meet the requirements.

If you are already receiving disability support services, you do not need to apply for the NDIS. As soon as the NDIS becomes available in your area, the NDIA will contact you.

If you do not currently receive disability supports but wish to join the scheme, you will need to contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 and request an Access Request Form.

As part of the access request process, you will:

  • be asked to confirm your identity and/or a person’s authority to act on your behalf
  • be asked questions to see if you meet the NDIS access requirements
  • need to provide evidence of your disability.

Check your NDIS eligibility!

There are many different disabilities, and no two people with the same disability will have the same experience. The NDIS provides services and support to individuals with disabilities however you must meet the requirements first. What is right for one person may not be right for another person.

Not everyone who has a disability is eligible for assistance through the NDIS. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is responsible for determining who is eligible to access the NDIS. The NDIA requires you to meet disability or early intervention requirements.

To apply for the NDIS you must be eligible:

  • You must have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities;
  • You must be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or hold a Special Protected Category visa.
  • You must be under 65 years old at the time of applying;
  • *Note: A person who qualifies for NDIS, can continue to have a NDIS package after they turn 65 years old, until they take up a residential aged care funded support.

As the NDIS is being progressively rolled out, only people within those geographic areas currently being serviced by the NDIS can be assisted

Because the National Disability Insurance Scheme is a government system, there are a range of factors that determine whether a person is eligible for direct support. And there are a range of different disabilities that

You need to be able to provide information about your disability, including what your disability is, whether it is permanent (how long is it expected to last), and how it impacts the way you function in your life. Also, depending on your age, for example, children under 7 years old, may need to provide evidence to meet the early intervention access requirements.

If the evidence of disability you provide is unclear, the NDIA can ask for more information, delay your request, or refuse your request.

What evidence do I need to be eligible?

When applying for the NDIS, we recommend you provide as clear information as possible about your disability and how it impacts on your daily functioning. Ideally, the evidence you provide should:

  • confirms your primary disability type and the date it was diagnosed (if available)
  • confirms the impacts of your disability on all aspects of your life (for example,   mobility/motor skills, communication, social interaction, learning, self-care and self-management).
  • describes how long the disability will last, and what treatment options (including previous treatments and outcomes and if possible future treatment options and expected outcomes of those treatments)
  • be relatively recent (ie in the past 6-12 months)
  • be completed by a professional relevant to your primary disability.

Examples of common treating health professionals include:

  • General Practitioner (GP)
  • Paediatrician
  • Orthopaedic surgeon
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist (Therapist)
  • Neurologist
  • Psychologist or Psychiatrist

Ideally, the professional providing evidence should be the most appropriate person to provide evidence of your primary disability and have been seeing you for some time (for example, 6 months or more).

These professionals should know which assessments or reports they need to provide. The NDIA provides a list of relevant assessments that professionals can use (and which you may need to get).

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What is the role of a Support Coordinator?

A Support Coordinator will support you to understand and implement the funded supports in your plan and link you to community, mainstream and other government services. A Support Coordinator will focus on supporting you to build skills and direct your life as well as connect you to providers.

Your Support Coordinator will assist you to negotiate with providers about what they will offer you and how much it will cost out of your plan. Support coordinators will ensure service agreements and service bookings are completed. They will help build your ability to exercise choice and control, to coordinate supports and access your local community.

They can also assist you in planning ahead to prepare for your plan review.

Support coordinators will assist you to ‘optimise’ your plan ensuring that you are getting the most out of your funded supports.


Help the participants in understanding the NDIS plan and how they should use the plan to meet their goals.

  • Help in managing the resources effectively to get the best outcome of the NDIS plan.
  • Work with other people in the participant’s circle, such as their friends, family, therapists, and doctors, to meet the goals.
  • Teach you to access your NDIS portal so that you can monitor the spending of your fund.
  • They monitor the progress of your goals and helps you in achieving them.
  • It helps you prepare for your next NDIS planning meeting and plan reviews.
  • Connect you with the local places where you connect with other people socially and be active in the community.


These are some of the role of support coordinator. Apart from these roles, a support coordinator also helps the participants improve their knowledge of NDIS, build their skills, make them confident, and help them grow their relationships with the other community members.

What support does the NDIS provide?

So, what does NDIS pay for? This is a common question and the truth is, the answer varies based on your unique circumstances. The NDIS may fund the following types of supports for participants with disabilities.

The NDIS may fund the following types of supports for participants with disabilities.

  • Daily personal activities
  • Transport that enables community, social, economic and daily life participation
  • Help in the workplace that allows the participant to successfully obtain or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
  • Therapeutic supports
  • Assistance with household activities to help participants maintain their living environment and improve their sense of independence
  • Supporting the participant with skilled personnel, aids, equipment assessments, set-up and training
  • Home modification designs and construction requirements
  • Mobility equipment
  • Vehicle modifications

In addition to understanding what the NDIS does pay for, it’s also helpful to explore what is not covered. The NDIS does not fund support that includes:

  • Anything unrelated to the participant’s disability
  • Anything covered under different funding through the NDIS
  • Anything unrelated to the participant’s support needs
  • Anything likely to harm the participant or create a risk to others
  • Anything that can be more appropriately or effectively delivered through another system like the healthcare system or education system

What is NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is also called the NDIS.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a scheme of the Australian Government that funds costs associated with disability. The scheme was legislated in 2013 and went into full operation in 2020.

The NDIS will support people with permanent and significant disability, their families and careers. The NDIS is a new way approach of personalised support for people with disability. The NDIS is focused on choice and control, and a lifetime approach to a person’s disability support needs.

The NDIS is a new way for people with disability to get the care and supports they need to live a better life.

The NDIS recognises that everyone is different and gives people with disability choice and flexibility.

This means you can choose who provides that support.

For example, you may not be happy with the service provider you use. The NDIS will make it easier for you to change service providers and make sure you are getting the support you need.

If you are happy with the support you are getting, there is no reason to change. The NDIS will not take that help away.

If you are not eligible for the NDIS you will not be disadvantaged. People who already receive support will continue to receive support.