About Disability Services in WA
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing personalised support for people with a permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. Disability could affect anyone so having the right support makes a big difference. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent agency responsible for implementing the NDIS in WA.
Individuals will need to apply to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure they are eligible for NDIS funding. Once they are considered, a planning meeting is set up between the participant and NDIA to discuss the type of goals the participant would like to achieve. Funding is then allocated to help the participant achieve those goals. The participant can then choose any registered NDIS service provider to facilitate their NDIS plans.
When the NDIS becomes available in your area you may be eligible for the NDIS if:
- You live in Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent resident or hold a protected special category visa.
- You are aged between 0 – 65 (Once enrolled participants turn 65, they can choose to either continue with the NDIS or transfer the available aged care support system to all Australians over 65).
- You have a disability that is permanent or likely to be permanent which has an impact on your functional capacity to communicate, interact socially, move safely around your home and the community or manage your personal care or affairs (banking, bill paying etc.)
You can access more information on NDIS eligibility criteria at: www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist
To further understand the NDIS and the followed pathway, watch the video:
Types of support available
- Development of daily living and life skills
- Participation in community, social and civic activities
- Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transitions and supports
- Assistance with accommodation and tenancy obligations
- Training for independence in travel and transport
- Assistance with daily personal activities
Guidelines set out in the NDIS Act help to decide what can be funded, but generally the supports and services provided to you, if eligible, need to assist you to:
- Achieve your goals
- Become as independent as possible
- Develop skills for day-to-day living
- Participate in the community
- Participate in education or work and earn money
How do I contact the NDIA?
You can contact them on 1800 800 110.
The NDIA’s main functions are:
- Delivering the NDIS
- Managing, advising and reporting on NDIS finances
- Promoting awareness of disabilities and disability issues
- Collecting data about disabilities and disability support
- Conducting research into disability and disability support