News | 20 September 2016

Staying up to date with the NDIS

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The answers have been put together by Every Australian Counts Andrew Gibson after speaking to thousands of people at NDIS information sessions during our Every Australian Counts roadshows.

Andrew says one the biggest concerns for people are about when the NDIS will come to them, what supports will be available and how their plans will be managed.

To check when the NDIS is coming to your area you can see our new roll out maps.

“People are understandably anxious still about what the NDIS will mean for them because it’ such a huge change for so many people, and there are still some issues the NDIA is working it’s way though,” Andrew says.

“One question we do get asked is how the NDIS will affect Centrelink payment or Health Care Card.

“In short it won’t, although you will no longer receive a mobility allowance, because transport will be included in your NDIS plan. And you get to keep your Health Care Card. 

“People are also worried they will need to change services they are happy with.

“There will be changes to how the services get paid, but the day-to-day reality of your support can stay the same. And if you do decide to change, you will not be left without support while this happens.

Your NDIS planner will work with you and your current providers to ensure your existing arrangements carry across to the new scheme. Nothing has to change if you don’t want it to. But if it does, the transition will be as smooth as possible.”

You can see the updated FAQ’s here.

The NDIS is a huge change to the way disability supports are delivered in Australia. It means we’ll have more funding than ever before. More importantly for the first time people with disability will have choice in the supports they need to live the lives they choose.

There will be bumps along the way and more questions to be answered.

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered or an issue you need raised, ask us here. If we don’t have the answer we’ll put the question to the NDIA.

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