Disability Schemes

Disability Schemes

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

What is it?

The NDIS takes a flexible, whole-of-life approach to work with participants, their families and carers, and to develop individualised plans. The NDIS works to connect participants with community and mainstream supports. The NDIS also funds any additional ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports to help participants pursue their goals and aspirations, and participate in daily life.

Are you eligible?

There’s an eligibility checklist on NDIS website, it asks you questions such as:

Age, residency status, and details about your disability.

https://www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible

How do you apply?

Firstly see if you are eligible, then call NDIS on 1800 800 110 and ask to make an access request – this will be sent to you in the mail.

Together will the access request you will need to provide evidence of your disability and submit this to the NDIS.

For more information please visit:

https://www.ndis.gov.au/

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Department of Communities

What is it?

Disability Services is now a part of the Department of Communities working in partnership with service providers and other government departments they provide information, supports and services to people with disabilities, their families and carers. This is formally done through the Local Coordination Program. If you aren’t eligible for NDIS the Local Coordinators are based throughout the state and help people to advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services they need to live a good life. To contact your Local Coordinator please visit:

www.disability.wa.gov.au/individuals-families-and-carers/for-individuals-families-and-carers/local-area-coordination

The Disability Services Commission also has links to many useful resources for individuals with disabilities. These can be viewed at:

http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/

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