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Auslan Video: About the NDIS

00:08 What is the NDIS?

00:10 ‘N’ is for National

00:12 'D' is for Disability

00:14 'I' is for Insurance

00:15 'S' is for Scheme

00:17 which is shortened to and also known as the 'NDIS'.

00:19 It is the new way of providing support to Australians with disability,

00:25 their families and carers.

00:29 Does this mean everyone in Australia who has a disability will have access to NDIS funding?

00:35 No

00:36 The NDIS will support Australians under the age of 65 with disability.

00:42 People up to the age of 65 are eligible and those who are over the age of 65 are not able to have access?

00:47 Yes, that is correct.

00:48 The NDIS is for people who have a permanent and significant disability who

00:54 face many barriers in their everyday life.

00:58 the NDIS will fund for necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.

01:14 This will help us enjoy life.

01:16 Yes, that's right.

01:17 The NDIS will help people with disability achieve their goals,

01:24 What kind of goals can NDIS help me achieve?

01:30 For example – doing things you’ve wanted to do, community involvement with the access you need,

01:38 employment access, and also having access to health service, and wellbeing.

01:49 This mean I will be more independent and also will be able to be involved in things I enjoy without barriers.

01:55 As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach,

01:59 investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

02:04 This mean I won’t get the full funding until I have made a plan and list what goals I want to achieve?

02:14 Yes that's right.

02:15 The NDIS also provides people with disability,

02:19 their families and carer

02:21 with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

02:31 That’s great! How many Australians will receive the NDIS funding?

02:38 The NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability.

02:52 Why do we need the NDIS?

02:55 People with disability have the same right as other Australians to decide

03:00 their best interests and to have choice and control over their lives.

03:06 This means the choice is mine and I can decide what I need the fundings for?

03:10 Yes, absolutely.

03:11 The NDIS recognises that everyone's needs and goals are different.

03:20 There are many individuals with different goals. Is the NDIS flexible with everyone?

03:26 Yes, the NDIS provides people with individualised support and the flexibility

03:31 to manage their supports to help them achieve their goals and enjoy an ordinary life.

03:41 What was the reason for the set up of the NDIS?

03:46 The previous disability support funding was unfair and inefficient.

03:53 The NDIS is a new, national system that is world-leading, equitable and sustainable.

04:03 Does this mean people with disability can be assured about their future plans with the NDIS?

04:11 Yes, the NDIS provides certainty and consistency for people with disability, their families and carers.

04:18 Australians will now have peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a significant disability

04:26 that is likely to be with them for life they will get the support they need, when they need it.

04:41 Can I access the NDIS?

04:45 To become an NDIS participant a person must:

04:55 Have a permanent disability which will never change or get better over time

05:00 that significantly affects their ability to take part in everyday activities;

05:05 be aged less than 65 when they first enter the NDIS;

05:10 be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa

05:23 and live in Australia where the NDIS is available.

05:30 The NDIS is being introduced gradually around Australia from 1 July 2016.

05:50 What happens to those who do not meet the requirement or are over the age of 65?

05:58 You can still contact the NDIS and receive advice from them.

06:05 Apart from those who are able to take part in the NDIS,

06:08 are those who do not meet the requirement able to receive information from the NDIS

06:13 including their families, carers about disability and mainstream supports in their comm unity.

06:18 Yes, that's correct.

06:19 Contact the NDIS or have a look a their website,

06:24 the NDIS will support you and connect you to the right disability service provider.

06:53 When will the NDIS be available in my area?

06:59 The NDIS began in a number of trial sites around Australia from July 2013.

07:08 From 1 July 2016, the NDIS will be rolled out gradually around the rest of Australia

07:15 How come the NDIS did not roll out at the same time?

07:21 The NDIS is being introduced in stages to ensure it is successful and sustainable.

07:32 What else will I need to know and when can I join the NDIS?

07:39 It depends on two things:

07:41 1. Where you live and

07:43 2. What type of support you currently receive.

07:47 In some states and territories, the NDIS will be rolled out by area

07:53 while in others people will enter by age groups.

07:58 To find out when the NDIS is coming to your area visit their website or contact them.

08:17 Why is the NDIS an insurance scheme?

08:24 As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, providing lifetime support

08:34 to people with disability early on to improve their outcomes later in life.

08:44 This mean later in their life, they will be able to achieve their own goals.

08:50 What is an NDIS provider?

08:58 NDIS providers are individuals or organisations that deliver

09:07 a support service or product to NDIS participants.

09:18 Each NDIS participant has their own plan that lists the goals they want to achieve

09:25 and the supports the NDIS will fund to help them do this.

09:28 The participant then chooses which provider to purchase supports from.

09:38 So people can register to work under the NDIS as a service provider?

09:43 For example, I want to work and provide support to a deafblind person who has NDIS funding,

09:50 how do I register as a NDIS provider?

09:55 To find out how to register as an NDIS provider visit

10:12 There will be full information about how you can register as a NDIS provider.

10:26 What is NDIA?

10:30 'N' is for National

10:32 'D' is for Disability

10:34 'I' is for Insurance

10:35 'A' is for Agency

10:39 The NDIA is the independent Commonwealth agency responsible for implementing the NDIS.

10:50 What exactly does NDIA do?

10:55 The NDIA helps empower and inform both

11:00 service providers and people with disability.

11:07 NDIA will provide service providers with clarity and transparency

11:15 so they can grow their business and respond to need.

11:22 People with disabilities will be supported to be confident to pick suitable service providers.

11:32 NDIA is an overarching body that provides information and referrals and links to services.

11:43 Yes, that is right.

11:44 If you want more information, look up the NDIS website or contact them.