The National Disability Insurance Scheme (or NDIS) is Australia's new way to support people with a 'permanent and significant disability' that meet the NDIS' eligibility requirements. By moving government funding from disability support organisations to eligible participant's NDIS Plans, the NDIS aims to increase the choice and control people with disabilities have over their own lives.
NDIS Participants (and their nominees - usually a parent/guardian) are supported by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to create a personalised NDIS Plan. This Plan tells the story of the Participant and provides a budget for the Participant to use on supports and services of their choice.
Down Syndrome Victoria is committed to the values of self-direction, choice and empowerment that the NDIS aims to support. We are working alongside our members and our community to access new opportunities these changes bring through our information services and are continuing to develop the support that we offer.
The NDIS is in the process of being fully rolled out across Australia.