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The NDIS

  • funds the individual, not the service provider.
  • is not means tested.
  • does not affect your DSP (Disability Support Pension).
  • lasts for a lifetime, not just for the length of a government funded program.
  • is subject to residency requirements.
  • is subject to fairly stringent disability requirements

The NDIS has 2 ‘tiers’. These have become:

  • IFP – the individually funded package ‘tier’
  • ILC – information, linkages and capacity building.

IFPs – Individually funded packages

This is what most people equate with the NDIS, the IFP, in which the person gets a specific, individualised package of money or supports.

IFPs will not be available to everyone who identifies as having a disability:

There are residency requirements, which are pretty much as usual, but leave out many refugees and other disenfranchised people.

There are age restrictions: you must be under 65 when you enter the NDIS. If you are over 65 you will be directed to My Aged Care.

There are eligibility requirements:

The NDIS Act makes it clear that the NDIS funds people who have a ‘significant and permanent disability’ which can be episodic, but which affects the capacity of the person to the prospective participant's impairment/s result in substantially reduced functional capacity to undertake, or psychosocial functioning in undertaking, one or more of the following relevant activities :

    1. communication;
    2. social interaction;
    3. learning;
    4. mobility;
    5. self-care; or
    6. self-management.

Thus, for all practical intents and purposes the NDIS does not automatically fund on the basis of a diagnosis of a health condition, even if that is a severe health condition. The NDIS funds on the basis of the disabling impact of the health condition. For example, if you have diabetes, your diabetes will still be covered under health, but if you have vision impairment secondary to that diabetes, the NDIS will funds adjustments for that vision impairment.

TIP: It is important, when filling out the Access Request Form, to fill in the ‘primary disability’ as vision impairment (in the above example), not diabetes).

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