To qualify for financial supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, you must first apply for an NDI. For this, you must be above 18 years, and the eligible age can vary from 18 to 34. To apply for an NDI, you will need a disability support plan. This plan is designed for you and with the help of the NDIS plan management.
To understand what you need in your NDI plan, first, you should have a good understanding of what sort of assistance you require. It would help if you considered any needs specifically for people who cannot travel alone, such as people who are disabled or elderly, physically disabled, mentally challenged or who are deaf or blind. Suppose you are getting financial support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme to pay for social services. In that case, you will also want to consider other types of assistance that you may require.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme intends to provide a safety net for people who cannot work due to illness or physical disability. To become eligible for an NDI, you will have to apply for a disability application. After receiving approval for an NDI, you will have a period during which you must either receive income support or find a way of earning money to support yourself and your family. During this time you must ensure that your house is fitted with suitable disabled equipment. If you are unable to do so, the scheme will not payout.
The NDI was introduced in the first place to increase participation rates in the workforce by ensuring that the disabled population had greater access to employment. The scheme’s primary objective is to make it easier for people who cannot work to contribute to society. Part of the scheme aims to ensure that candidates for disability support receive suitable training and can fulfil their roles. It is done through the NDE (National Disability Employment Strategy) and the NDA (National Disability Expert Consultancy).
The NDIS was introduced in Australia in 1998 and offers disability support based on the applicant’s income. Unlike the COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act), the eligibility criteria for NDI recipients are stringent. If you are a permanent resident of Australia and are born within the Australian National Health system, you are eligible. The eligibility criteria also include people who have a medical condition that affects their ability to function normally or any other impairment that prevents them from doing so. The age limit for applying for NDI is 65 years old. If you are over this age, you must have another form of income support or adequate income support in Australia to use the NDI.
The definition of a person with a disability also covers anyone aged 45 and over who has an impairment that either requires specialised equipment to perform daily tasks or is otherwise physically impaired. For the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Australian Capital Region, the term ‘indigenous’ is defined as people originally from an indigenous Australian environment and who live in the Northern Australian region. It means that all people living in these two territories are automatically considered to be indigenous. If you do not meet the above definition, you will not be considered eligible for the scheme unless you prove that you are an indigenous Australian.