information meeting on the national invalidity insurance schemeDecember 2015

australia is developing a national disability insurance scheme (ndis) that will reform the way people with disabilities are supported. It is aimed at people with significant and permanent disabilities and their families and carers. the scheme focuses on early intervention, where getting support early can reduce the impact of a person’s disability. See the full ndis report here.

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  • the national disability insurance scheme (ndis) will reform the way people with disabilities are supported. It is aimed at people with significant and permanent disabilities and their families and carers. the scheme focuses on early intervention, where getting support early can reduce the impact of a person’s disability.
  • will cover approximately 460,000 people.
  • has received the support of all political parties in Australia, despite the higher cost to taxpayers, and the responsibility for funding and administering the support will be consolidated with the federal government.
  • the national disability insurance agency (ndia) is an independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the ndis.
  • the scheme becomes a centerpiece in the broader national disability strategy that identifies the continuing role of all governments to improve accessibility and opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • ndis aims to:

    • support people to live their life. this includes independence, community participation, education, employment, health and wellness.
    • give people more choice and control over how, when and where support is delivered.
    • give certainty about the support someone receives throughout their life.
    • ndis assistance is not means-tested and has no impact on income support such as disability support pension and carers allowance.

      for people who need assistance information and referrals can be requested by anyone with or affected by a disability, including families and caregivers of people with disabilities. this may include better access to information about the most effective support options, links to local support groups, clubs and programs, or referrals to relevant community services and supports.

      for families and carers ndia works with families and carers to make sure the support they provide can be sustained. The role of the caregiver is considered when developing plans with participants, including the support they provide, other responsibilities, and their own life plans. some people with disabilities may want the support of family and carers to make informed decisions. support is also available to help the person with a disability and their family implement their plan when needed, either through a local area coordinator or, when more complex, as funded support in their plan.

      eligibility criteria

      • Australian citizen or permanent resident
      • under 65, including children
      • have a condition that is likely to be permanent and prevents them from doing everyday things without help
      • needs help now to reduce future support needs
      • live in one of the test areas until the plan is implemented, which will start nationwide in 2016
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        • The scheme assumes that participants will self-manage their funds. alternative arrangements are available if you are unsure about doing so or where your circumstances may present risks to your successful management of this.
        • No matter how funds are managed in an individual’s plan, the individual maintains control of which providers they select and when and how support is delivered.
        • The estimated cost of the scheme is $22 billion per year.
        • The first state to fully commit to funding the scheme was New South Wales on December 7, 2012, with costs roughly split between the federal and state governments, requiring the redirection of existing funds and some funds new.
        • As part of the funding for the scheme, the rate that all Australians pay for their public health plan (the Medicare rate) was increased by 0.5%. this levy began in 2014 and will not be accessed until later in implementation to ensure that the fund contributes profits to the plan.
        • ndia staff will analyze a participant’s individual circumstances and determine reasonable and necessary funding to address the impact of their disability on achieving their economic and social participation goals.

          More guidance is likely to be added to some of the operational guidelines over time to:

          • give participants, their families and carers access to information about what to expect from the ndis
          • explain what are typical reasonable and necessary supports for a person with similar needs and circumstances
          • guide ndia staff to make sound decisions by identifying supports that are reasonable and necessary, and
          • help ensure the financial sustainability of the ndis.
          • India is clear that the expected levels of some funded supports are not caps, but rather expected levels of funding that a participant might have in their plan.

            In some circumstances, a participant’s plan may need higher levels of support, in line with its goals and outcomes. the operating guidelines include information on what may be considered above the expected levels of funding in individual circumstances.

            Copies of current thinking on the ilc framework are attached.


              is fully implemented.
            • for the first three years, it was introduced as test sites in select locations to allow ndia to build processes, test interfaces with core systems, and educate and work with the industry on changes.
            • Bilateral agreements currently being finalized detail the approach for implementing the scheme from June 2016.
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              – as an example, 100,000 people in new south wales (nsw) will only transition to the scheme in two years.

              • By 2019, all centrally purchased block-funded supports for people with disabilities will be individualized.
              • : This means that a person will have complete choices as to the providers of their supports.

                safeguards a national quality framework and consistent safeguards is being developed to ensure that people who interact with ndis can expect consistent standards and safeguards wherever they live in australia. ndis participants should have choice and control over their lives while helping to ensure they are not at risk of harm, abuse, neglect, or exploitation. the ndis aims to provide an appropriate balance of regulation to ensure adequate protection for consumers while supporting choice and control, and an individual’s ability to assess the level of risk.

                progress to date in the first year of launch, key achievements include:

                • around 3000 people initially drawn from nsw local government area in newcastle
                • around 1,500 disabled children in south australia from birth to 5 years old
                • around 800 eligible youth aged 15-24 in tasmania
                • about 4,000 people in the victoria barwon area, including greater geelong city local government areas, colac-otway county, queenscliffe township and surf coast county
                • To date, 20,322 people have been eligible to receive support from the ndis, of these, 17,991 have approved plans.
                • The ndis is overseen by the australian parliament through the joint standing committee (jsc). The committee has published two reports, the most recent on November 12, 2015, both of which have highlighted how the program has changed lives and how those who interact with the participants in everyday circumstances have witnessed the positive effects of the program.

                  • transition arrangements – the finalization of bilateral agreements for transition, particularly for mental health where funding and policy development depend on bilateral negotiations with states and territories and have not yet been established by complete. How do you transform the scheme of services provided by the state and financed at the national level to more personalized approaches?
                  • advocacy: the need for people with disabilities to have access to support and assistance to empower them on their journey through the ndis.
                  • Workforce: An adequate supply of skilled workers and the capacity of the disability sector workforce to support the pace of plan implementation.
                    • the development and readiness of service providers to support the pace of implementation of the scheme
                    • ndis interface with core services
                    • the definition, development and financing of services
                    • solve transportation issues for both participants and service providers
                    • support people with disabilities to achieve greater economic and social participation through the development of community supports
                    • support ndis participants in finding suitable accommodation
                    • information exchange: uk/ ndis what we could learn from ndis:

                      • how the public and politicians were engaged and persuaded to accept this, particularly the communication process by which it was realized that any one of us could be disabled.
                      • build an actuarial valuation in relation to individual budgets that requires a focus on short-term investment for long-term gain
                      • This is not a claims management system, but rather one focused on strategies and funding to enable actuarial release.
                      • building in prevention and community support
                      • therefore, funding is usually classified as:
                      • basic: for areas such as personal support
                      • capital – for team
                      • capacity building: investment made, for example, in therapy, behavior management, employment readiness, independence development,
                        • history of personalization, personal budgeting, direct payments, and the evolution of personal health budgeting.
                        • personalization of guardianship and law of psychic capacity and guardianship of deprivation of liberty
                        • conclusion to date, the ndis has helped transform the lives of 20,000 people with disabilities by making their care more personalized and dignified, and by providing choice, control and independence. however, there is still much work and challenges ahead, in particular regarding the phased transition, to ensure that the scheme is fully implemented by 2016.

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