Are You Able to Get Disability Support From the NDIS?

18 December 2019
 Categories: Insurance, Blog


If you are unfortunate to suffer from a significant or permanent disability, then you may have been struggling to get the right level of support over the years. Now, however, you may well be able to take advantage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aka NDIS, to give you additional support and care and so that you get on with day-to-day life. Although this sounds as if it could be good news, you will want to know a little more about the program first, so what is involved?

What Is the NDIS?

The NDIS was set up to help support people under 65 in your situation and is intended to give them more control over their support. It is also intended to cover necessary and reasonable costs that a recipient may need, depending on their situation and in order to help them live a more fulfilling life.

Assessing Eligibility

You may be eligible if you have a permanent disability that significantly affects your everyday activities and have an insufficient amount of support in place. If you can show that this situation is affecting your ability to take part in social events or to care for yourself financially, you can apply for lifetime support under the NDIS.

On the other hand, you may still be able to get support if you have a condition or impairment that could get worse or become permanent and if help from the program could make a difference going forward.

Program Support

The managers of the scheme will look at each case on its own merits and assess the current situation and future needs. They may determine that you would benefit from additional services like occupational therapy help, or that you would be able to make some structural changes to your home that could make you more independent. Alternatively, they may help to pay for certain items of equipment that could transform a certain part of your life, such as changes to the functionality of your car.

In short, the NDIS will have a look at whatever support or help you have in place and determine what additional support may be either necessary or reasonable in order to achieve future goals.

Getting Further Information

As with any other government scheme, there are, of course, a large number of rules and regulations to consider. In this case, it's best to talk with an NDIS service provider who can explain the ins and outs of the program and help you make an application for support.