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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. In July 2013, the NDIS commenced in South Australia for children aged 13 years and under.

From 1 July 2017, adults in South Australia aged between 18 and 64 years of age will be eligible to apply to the NDIS based on where they live.

The City of Playford, City of Salisbury and City of Port Adelaide Enfield (East) local government areas together with Barossa, Light and Lower North Country regions will be the first areas in South Australia where adults can apply to enter the scheme. The NDIS is not available everywhere yet. Existing Commonwealth and State based supports will continue until the changeover has been implemented.

The NDIS gives people with a disability and their families choice and control over how, when, where and from who their supports are provided. Each participant in the NDIS will have a plan which sets out their goals, mainstream supports (such as education, health, transport and housing), and other reasonable and necessary supports (services and products) they need.

As a financial administrator/manager Public Trustee cannot make an application to the NDIS on a customer’s behalf.

If you are a person currently receiving Disability SA services, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) may already have information about your eligibility and will contact you or your representative. If you are not sure, please speak to your disability case worker about this.

I encourage you to contact the NDIS and request an “Access Request Form” to ensure that they contact you about moving to the NDIS if you are eligible. The NDIS will provide you with the criteria for accessing the Scheme and the things you need to do to develop a NDIS plan.

Please contact NDIS directly on 1800 800 110 to request the form. The access checklist on the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au/sa also provides a guide to help people assess their eligibility for the NDIS.

Another way you can get help to apply to the NDIS for a plan is to contact Feros Care, which is an organisation that is partnering with the NDIS to provide Local Area Coordination (LAC) in the Northern Adelaide and Barossa regions. As a NDIS LAC partner, Feros Care assists eligible applicants to get the right services in place. For more information about Local Area Coordination, please email lacinfo@feroscare.com.au or phone Feros care on 1300 986 970.

If you are the support person for a Public Trustee customer, who you think may be eligible I encourage you to make this approach to the NDIS on the behalf of that individual.