The NDIS

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of funding people with a disability. It will provide direct payments to people with a permanent disability to cover the ‘necessary and reasonable’ supports they need to live their lives.

This means that you can decide who, when, how and what your support looks like.

As a registered NDIS provider, THC is excited about the choice and control the NDIS gives people with a disability. Our approach has always been to start with the goals and dreams of each individual we support and do everything we can to ‘make it happen’ in the manner they choose.

We can help you get the most from your NDIS Plan

The NDIS launches in Sydney’s north shore region on 1 July 2016. THC can help by connecting you with the services and resources you need to create an NDIS Plan that offers you the maximum benefit.

We start by helping you prepare for your meeting with the NDIS planner. THC has developed a specific pre-planning tool to ensure the most comprehensive plan and the best outcome possible.

Our team can answer your questions about the NDIS and help you, or the person you support, get the most out of the scheme. We will meet with you individually and take the time to listen and really make sure we understand your needs, your wants, goals and dreams.

This means that you can feel confident and have more control over your NDIS Plan. It also means that the NDIS Local Area Coordinator or Planner has the information they need to meet your needs.

For more information please contact Nicola Hayhoe or Anne Louise Hickey on 02 9415 2311 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

thc3Who is eligible?

You need to meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Have a permanent and significant disability
  • Be aged under 65
  • Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.

You can use the NDIS Access Checklist to check your eligibility.

How the NDIS works

If you are eligible for the NDIS, you will receive funding on an annual basis to buy the services, supports and equipment that are included in your NDIS Plan.
You can choose any service provider to deliver those supports. You can also choose from four different ways, or a combination of these options, to manage your funding:

  1. Self- manage
  2. Appoint a plan ‘nominee’
  3. A registered Plan Management Provider
  4. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

If your circumstances change at a later time, you can apply to have your NDIS funding plan adjusted.

What the NDIS will fund

‘Reasonable and necessary’ supports include home and community care, aids and equipment, domestic assistance, personal care, respite, home and vehicle modifications, support to participate in the community, to achieve your goals and to improve daily living skills.

Things that won’t be funded include everyday living expenses such as rent, groceries and entertainment and any supports already available from other government services including health, housing, education and aged care.

To find out more about the supports funded visit what help can I get?

To find out the names of the new support categories funded by the NDIS in comparison with the current NSW Disability supports visit: http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/matching-existing-support-categories-0

thc2NDIS tools and info

There are great resources available online to help you find out more about the NDIS and make informed decisions about your needs. A good starting point is http://www.ndis.gov.au/participants

The My Choice Matters website
http://www.mychoicematters.org.au/resources/ndis/national-disability-insurance-scheme is designed for all people with a disability. You will find helpful videos and frequently asked questions in an easy to use and understand format.

To find out more about the planning process and for a broad range of participant resources visit NDIS participants.
For help preparing for your plan you can download the PDF “Getting Plan Ready” here.
For more information about the scheme in NSW go to NDIS in NSW
The NSW government also offers NDIS resources, fact sheets and news. Click here for more information
Disability Loop is a project funded by the NDIS. It is a website by the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).
The NDIS Grass Roots Facebook Discussion Page is a place for members to share information and have conversations around the NDIS. You need to ask for permission to join before being granted access to this group.

You can also contact the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110* 8am to 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday
For people with hearing or speech loss: TTY 1800 555 677
Speak and listen: 1800 555 727
For people who need help with English: TIS 131 450
Follow the NDIS on Twitter: @NDIS or find the NDIS on Facebook: facebook.com/NDISAUS