Disability Support

Disability Support

NDIS, BRI and You

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing disability support.

The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.

The NDIS will help people with disability achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and improved wellbeing.

An insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability to improve their outcomes later in life.

The NDIS also provides people with disability, their family and carers with information and refers to existing support services in the community.

By 2019, the NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with a disability.

Transition to the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is here! The first trial sites were operational in 2013, and the full national roll-out is underway right now.

The NDIS will have a significant impact on BRI's participants. To continue to access our support services, participants will need to prove eligibility for NDIS funding.

To continue to access our support services, participants will need to prove eligibility for NDIS funding.

BRI is also developing additional disability support services for eligible NDIS participants.

BRI's Disability Services Team has prepared information packs for participants and their families and carers to help ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS. This sets out the clear need for people with disabilities to articulate their goals for the future.

For more information, contact BRI to get a copy of the 'NDIS Getting Ready Plan' a guide to pre-planning for the arrival of the NDIS in 2017.

Can I access the NDIS?

To become an NDIS participant, a person must:

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to take part in every day activities
  • Be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa
  • Live in Australia where the NDIS is available.

The NDIS has been introduced progressively around Australia since 1 July, 2013.

Can I still receive support if I do not meet the access requirements for the NDIS?

A person does not have to be an NDIS participant to receive support from the NDIS.

The NDIS will connect people with disability, their families and carers, including people who are not NDIS participants, to disability and mainstream supports in their community.

To find out more about information, links and referral to community and mainstream support services visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.

Information sourced from www.ndis.gov.au