NDIS Simplified – Know Your Facts

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Understanding the NDIS process can seem daunting at first, but at LiveBig we are here to help you get your head around the ins and outs of the system. Below are some important things you need to know about the NDIS so you can get the most out of the program.

1. Are you eligible?
 
To be eligible for the NDIS, you need to meet these eligibility criteria. You must:
• Be aged between 7 and 65;
• Live in Australia or have residency;
• Have a permanent and/or significant disability
 
2. Is the NDIS available in your area?
 
The NDIS is now available across most locations in Australia. You can use this map to find out about the NDIS in your state or territory.
 
3. Understand what supports are available.
 
The NDIS covers a wide range of disability supports, services and equipment. The NDIS can improve your quality of life, make you more independent and help you achieve your goals.
 
Do your research on what type of support you need:
• Disability support
• Services
• Equipment
• Employment assistance
• Finding accommodation
• Community access
 
A good place to start is the NDIS website. The more time you spend understanding the NDIS and what is possible, the more power you have to make your plan work best for you.
 
4. Review your Plan
 
Your NDIS Plan is reviewed and assessed every 12 months. The NDIS will contact you regarding your review six weeks before your current plan ends, providing you with the opportunity to assess whether your current NDIS plan is supporting you in achieving your goals, or whether your plan needs any adjustments.
 
Additional assessments may be required to provide evidence of a change in your plan. LiveBig can help with this.
 
5. Familiarise yourself with the NDIS Price Guide
 
The NDIS Price Guide details the costs of each service and support category. Familiarise yourself with the different support categories available to NDIS Participants and the different fees for each type of support. You can access the current NDIS Price Guide here.
 
Access our Funding FAQs here.
 
6. Know your Key Contacts
• Support Coordinator: A Support Coordinator will support you to understand and implement the funded supports in your plan and link you to community, mainstream and other government services as well as connect you to providers. They will also assist you to ‘optimise’ your plan ensuring that you are getting the most out of your funded supports.
• Local Area Coordinator (LAC): LACs can help you to understand and access the NDIS, create and implement your plan, and review your plan at the end of the 12 month period.
• NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency): If you experience a change in circumstances, such as running out of funding to continue therapy and support services, you can contact the NDIA for more support.
 
As a registered NDIS provider, LiveBig offers both assessments and specialised allied health services. These include psychology, occupational therapy, exercise physiotherapy, speech pathology and physiotherapy.
 
LiveBig is here to help. Contact us today.
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