In The Media | 8 July 2016

Understanding the NDIS: the scheme does not yet address all the needs of Indigenous people with disabilities

On July 1 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moved from a trial phase to a full national roll-out. In this series on Understanding the NDIS, we explore how the scheme works, why Australia needs it, and the issues to be addressed before eligible Australians can receive the benefits they are entitled to

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) allows Australians with a disability to choose which agencies or people they wish to collaborate with to help achieve their goals.

For Indigenous people, there are many positives to this scheme. It provides the opportunity to address the identified shortfalls of the former institutionalised service system, some of which uniquely impact Indigenous people.

For instance, if an NDIS participant is not satisfied with a support worker or an agency, they can recruit a different person or withdraw their funding and transfer to another agency. This will enable Indigenous people to access those supports that are culturally appropriate for them and their needs.

Source: The Conversation