The NDIS is a new way of delivering services and support for people with permanent disability in Australia.
As the community’s largest provider of funded services for those living with a disability Jewish Care offers NDIS planning advice to all members of the Jewish community of Victoria.
We are here to help you plan and receive the package you need from a wide array of options. You do not need to be a current client of Jewish Care to receive advice.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.
The NDIS will provide approximately 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the necessary and reasonable supports they need to live an ordinary life.
Necessary and reasonable supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing.
Supports may include personal care and support; access to the community, therapy services and necessary equipment.
The NDIS also provides people with disability, their families and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.
How can I access the NDIS?
The scheme is available to Victorians who meet the following requirements:
- You are an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category Visa
- You are aged under 65 when you first access the Scheme
- You have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to be involved in everyday activities
How do I get NDIS ready?
Visit your state/territory page to find out when the NDIS is coming to your area:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
The first stage of the NDIS in Victoria began in the Barwon region on 1 July 2013. From 1 July 2016, the NDIS became available across other areas of Victoria. The NDIS will be made available progressively across Victoria over the next three years.
What can people with disability, their families and carers do to prepare for the NDIS?
- Learn if you may be able to access the NDIS. Complete the access checklist.
- Think about your life now, your current formal and informal supports; and what is working and what might need to change. Learn about reasonable and necessary supports.
- Identify your strengths, interests, challenges and think about your goals or what you may want to achieve. Read about the types of services and supports the NDIS can provide.
- Write these things down and collate any reports, assessments or information you may find helpful for when the NDIS comes to your area.
An NDIS Partner working in your community will also help you get prepared.
What can the community do to prepare for the NDIS?
- Start to think about what inclusion, accessibility and equality looks like for people with disability in your community. Learn why community participation is important.
- Talk to your family, friends and colleagues about the NDIS and what it will mean for people with disability.
- Make changes and embrace the chance to create a more inclusive and accessible community for everyone.
The following collection of website links and resources will help you better understand the NDIS.
- NDIS Website - official NDIS Website
- Every Australian Counts - a great resource for all things NDIS
- NDIS Grassroots Discussion Facebook Group - closed Facebook peer group for people using the NDIS – if you use Facebook you can ask to join.
- Family Advocacy - information and resources about the NDIS and advocacy.
To find out more, please click here for a full list of contact details.