The National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a landmark social change that provides greater choice and access to support across Australia. Possability is proud to be an early participant in this revolution as a registered service provider in Tasmania.
The NDIS is an insurance scheme, jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments, to ensure that people with disability have the support they need to be part of the social and economic life of the community in which they live. The NDIS places participants at the centre of decision-making. They have:
- more choice and control over how, when and where supports are provided
- a plan that will help them grow and reach their potential
- and greater certainty that they will receive the support needed over their lifetime.
The new system provides funding directly to eligible participants tailored to their individual needs. Read more about your choice, control and advocacy here.
NDIS roll out
From January 1 2018, people in a number of new areas and age groups across Australia will be able to access the NDIS. In Tasmania people aged 29-34 years old are now eligible.
The first stage of the NDIS was launched on July 1, 2013 in Tasmania and three other locations across Australia. The trial began operating in Tasmania for youth aged 15-24 with roll out of the full scheme commencing progressively in July 2016. Once the NDIS is fully rolled out across Australia, approximately 460 000 Australians with disability will benefit from the scheme.
Watch this video about how the scheme will be rolled out in Tasmania.
The timeline for the remaining scheme rollout in Tasmania is as follows:
- From 1 July 2018: children, aged 0–3 years, and adults aged 35–49 years
- From 1 January 2019: adults aged 50–64 years.
The National Disability Insurance Agency also holds regular information sessions across Tasmania for potential scheme participants, carers and interested members of the community.
If you are a person with disability and wish to participate in the NDIS, you must first be assessed against the access requirements. You can check using the My access checker or by call the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110 or visiting the NDIS website.
Possability as a Registered Provider
We are a registered provider of services under the NDIS and can support you to develop an individually tailored plan to help you achieve your goals. We offer coordination of supports to assist you with right fit for your needs.
If you are eligible and would like to discuss your service needs or if you are unsure and need some advice contact Possability and ask to speak to a Practice Development Consultant on 1300 067 842.
John’s NDIS Story
John is a parent to three children, two with intellectual disabilities, Bridget and Riley. Bridget accesses supported accommodation with Possability through NDIS funding. See how the NDIS has affected John and his family in the video below. Read more about John, Bridget and other people in the Possability community at our Client Stories and Staff Stories pages.