NDIS Questions and Answers

Your Questions and Answers around National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

How it works

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will assess an individual’s eligibility to receive support from the scheme and will then develop an individual NDIA plan that outlines the reasonable and necessary supports that have been agreed and an amount of funding. Individuals will then be able to access registered service providers to receive the supports identified within the NDIA plan. For more information visit: www.ndis.gov.au.

What is the role of the Department of Communities, Disabilities and Child Safety?

The roll out of the NDIS in Queensland will be phased in between now and 2019, with different parts of the state transitioning at different times. The department will remain the key funding body and retain their current functions for services until an area transitions to the NDIS. Once an area has transitioned into the NDIS then the department will no longer be responsible for specialist disability services, with the NDIA becoming the key agency.

The role of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Once an area has transitioned into the NDIS then the National Disability Insurance Agency becomes the key agency, responsible for the assessment of eligibility and the development of an NDIA plan outlining the reasonable and necessary supports identified and the funding total available to achieve these supports.

The role of National Disability Services (NDS)

National Disability Services is the peak body for non-government not-for-profit disability service organisations, and works with organisations like Multicap to influence and bring changes to governments and their supports for individuals with disability. For more information visit: www.nds.org.au.

Do I need to enrol in NDIS?

If you currently receive specialist disability services on Community Care Services funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Communities, Disabilities and Child Safety, you do not need to do anything at this moment as the Queensland Government will ensure that our information is transferred into the National Disability Insurance Agency. In time you will receive a letter inviting you to meet with the NDIA to undertake their planning process.

Individuals who do not currently receive funded disability services support will need to register with the NDIA. If you are unsure please check with your Regional Manager.

Will I be able to receive supports from multiple service providers as I do now?

Yes, the NDIS promotes choice and control and so you will be able to use multiple service providers to deliver different aspects of support as long as it has been identified within your NDIA plan and funding is available.

Will I keep the level of funding I have now?

The level of funding that you receive now from the Queensland State Government and what you will be eligible for under the NDIS are not connected. Under the NDIS, funding will be determined through the assessment and planning process and be in line with what the NDIA consider reasonable and necessary supports. We expect people we support will be eligible to receive similar or more funded support than they currently receive.

Can I receive funding for transport in my NDIS package?

Multicap is committed to ensuring your transport needs are met. Some people may be eligible for transport funding in their NDIS package, which will be determined based on personal circumstances and daily activity. Not all transport options will be eligible for NDIS funding, so you should discuss your transport requirements with your NDIS planner. There are currently three levels of transport funding determined by the NDIA. You can find out more here.

Mobility Allowance – soon to be a thing of the past

The Mobility Allowance, provided through Centrelink, has enabled many people to travel to and from work, study and other appointments. Under the NDIS, the Mobility Allowance will no longer be available, so it’s important to discuss your transport options with your NDIS planner to ensure your transport requirements are adequately funded.

What are my frst steps as an NDIS Participant?

If you have just become an NDIS participant you will have lots of questions. Check out this handy First Steps for NDIS guide of where to start.

Can you explain the NDIS terms to me?

The language and terms used for NDIS can be new and unfamiliar to many people.  To help explain all of the NDIS language and terms, please click here for an easy to read NDIS Glossary and Language page.