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What is the NDIS? Are you eligible

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What is the NDIS? Are you eligible
Published 5 May 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will soon kick off in the north.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme will soon kick off in the north. Here's what you need to know about it.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a new way of funding disability services and supports in Australia. The NDIS provides funding direct to people with a disability to help them achieve their goals. These goals may include greater independence, taking part in the community, gaining employment and improving wellbeing. Funding is provided for reasonable and necessary:

disability equipment;

care and;

support services.

To become an NDIS participant you must:

Have a permanent impairment that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities, or have a developmental delay;

Be aged less than 65 when you first apply to enter the NDIS;

Live in Australia;

Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa.

If this sounds like you, or your family member or a friend neighbour, there are many places you can go to find out more information. A good place to start is with the NDIS. The NDIS will commence “roll out” in South Australia to adults 18 to 64 years commencing on 1 July, 2017. When and where does the NDIS start?

NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years who live in the Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield (East) local government areas from 1 July, 2017.

The NDIS will become available for adults aged 18 to 64 years in the Tea Tree Gully local government area from 1 October, 2017.