Welcome to NDIS
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
For Adults and Children Living with Disability
StGiles is able to provide its full range of allied health services, living support, accommodation, respite, aids and equipment to all adults and children who need help and who qualify for packages from the NDIS.
The NDIS represents a quantum leap forward for Australia as a nation. It marks an exciting time of opportunity and support for Australian’s living with disability, their families, and their carers. Find out more about the scheme and how you may be able to receive support.
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS represents a landmark of important change by the Federal Government to disability support in Australia.
In July 2013, the Australian Federal Government launched the first phase of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with establishment of four trial sites.
The aim is to deliver a life-long approach to supporting people with disability through individualised funding so they can receive care and support based on their individual needs, goals and aspirations. The NDIS provides people living with disability direct access to a national pool of funds. Each person’s budget for disability services and support is based on an assessment of their individual needs, both now and in to the future.
The NDIS uses an insurance approach similar to Medicare, which means that the costs of disability will be shared among the wider community. At StGiles, we’re excited about the opportunities this brings for our staff and operations to deliver even more person centred services and self-directed packages for people living with disability and their supporters.
Detailed information can be found by visiting the NDIS website.
Contact us to find out more about the NDIS and how we can assist you.
StGiles and the NDIS
Our Service Centres in Launceston and Hobart, are a place where you can meet with our experienced and passionate staff to work towards achieving your goals and dreams.
We can guide you through your NDIS journey, from the planning and application process, to making your NDIS plan a reality.
StGiles has been involved with the NDIS since the very beginning. We were proactive in the work undertaken in bringing the scheme to reality and establishing the trial site in Tasmania. We are registered to provide a wide range of support, to NDIS participants in Tasmania.
Contact us to find out more about the NDIS and how we can support you
Planning and applying for the NDIS
For those just starting their NDIS journey, our staff can work with you and those closest to you, to make the application and transition process as rewarding and uncomplicated as possible.
We can assist you to:
- Understand the NDIS and its relevance to you
- Determine if you meet the eligibility criteria
- Identify goals and aspirations that NDIS will consider funding
- Guide you through the application process
- Gather relevant documentation to support your application
Choosing StGiles as your plan management provider
If you have you already received your plan from NDIS, the next and most important step is to make it a reality. One way you can manage the funding for your supports is through a registered plan management provider, such as StGiles.
Our team, including your dedicated plan coordinator, can manage some or all of the funding including financial, legal and administrative requirements should this suit your circumstances.
This management may include:
- Claiming from the NDIA
- Negotiating and coordinating the delivery of your support
- Sourcing providers
- Negotiating how and when your support will be delivered
- Negotiating your individual requirements as part of the support management
- Paying providers
- Processing expense claims
- Developing monthly statements
- Assisting you to develop your own skills in these activities
Choosing StGiles as a Disability Service Provider
The NDIS funds supports that help a participant to reach their goals, objectives and aspirations in areas such as education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and well-being.
We offer a wide range of Disability Support Services for both adults and children living with disability. Our services are extensive and can be tailored to meet your individual needs. They can be delivered individually or as a package and can change as your needs evolve.
Supports which StGiles can provide include:
- Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transitions and supports
- Assistance to access and maintain employment
- Assistance to integrate into school or other educational program
- Assistance with daily life tasks
- Assistance with daily personal activities
- Assistive technology specialist assessment, set up and training
- Behaviour support
- Development of daily living and life skills
- Early intervention supports for early childhood
- Household tasks
- Management of funding for supports in a participant's plan
- Participation in community, social and civic activities
- Physical wellbeing activities
- Specialised assessment of skills, abilities and needs
- Therapeutic supports
- Training for independence in travel and transport
- Specialist assessment, prescription, fabrication, modification, repairs and maintenance of a range of specialist and customised seating and mobility equipment
- Accommodation and respite options
NDIS Roll Out Information
The first stage of NDIS was launched July 2013 in four locations throughout Australia. The full Scheme will be progressively rolled out by 2019.
Until the Scheme has been rolled out in your area, existing Commonwealth, state and territory government funded disability services will continue.
July 2013 launch locations
The initial four NDIS trail sites included:
- Tasmania (for young people aged 15-24)
- Hunter area, NSW (for those aged up to 65 years)
- Barwon area, Vic (for those aged up to 65 years)
- South Australia (for children aged 0-14) and
Tasmanian Launch Schedule
- From July 2013, people with permanent and significant disability in Tasmania aged 15–24 years are able to access the scheme.
- Over the next 3 years, from the age of 15, young people with significant and permanent disability will be able to access the scheme.
- From July 2016, the NDIS will be progressively rolled out in Tasmania and by July 2019, all eligible residents will be covered.
Eligibility for the NDIS in Tasmania will, until full rollout depend on your age, and whether you meet the requirements for disability or early intervention support.
To check your NDIS eligibility and understand if you meet the requirements to receive funding, you can use the NDIS MY Access Checker tool.
You may be able to receive individual support if you have a permanent disability which significantly affects your communication, mobility, self-care or self-management.
Early intervention requirements
You or your child may also be given individual support when there is good evidence that early intervention would substantially improve functioning – e.g. if you have autism, an acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy or sensory impairments.
Support will also be offered if early intervention will delay or lessen a decline in functioning.
Contact us to find out more about the NDIS and how we can support you.
Ask a Question
The launch of the NDIS is an exciting time, but with any change it will also raise some questions for you. Some of the answers may be provided in our FAQs below.
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme which will reform the way disability services are funded and delivered.
The NDIS uses an insurance approach similar to Medicare, which means that the costs of disability for a person will be shared among the wider community. It will provide people with a disability direct access to a pool of funds. Each person’s eligibility and budget is based on an assessment of their individual needs.
What is the NDIA?
The NDIA is the National Disability Insurance Agency, an independent statutory agency whose role it is to implement the NDIS.
Does StGiles have any experience with NDIS?
Yes, we are NDIS ready. In July 2013, StGiles was one of the first service providers to transition to the NDIS in Tasmania. We participated in the design of the trial site launched in July 2013.
Since the Tasmanian launch, we have worked closely with individuals, families, staff and the NDIA to ensure best outcomes for participants.
We’re looking forward to continuing our work in the Tasmanian full scale roll out.
When will the NDIS be available?
To make sure the NDIS is implemented successfully, it will be introduced over several years. The first stage of the NDIS was launched July 2013 in four locations throughout Australia. The full scheme will be progressively rolled out by 2019. For roll out dates see above of following this link: NDIS in Tasmania
Who is eligible for the NDIS?
Eligibility for the NDIS in Tasmania will depend on whether you meet the requirements for disability or early intervention support and your age. Please follow this link to the NDIS website to see if you are eligible: NDIS Access Checklist
What will the NDIS offer me?
The NDIS will have a range of benefits for those who are eligible including:
- A fairer funding system that will replace current state funding systems
- Choice and control; you choose how, when and where you receive support
- Long term, sustainable funding which will allow your support to change as your life and needs change
- Assistance to make informed choices
- Safeguards to support you in exercising your choice and control
- Early intervention to minimise the impacts and avoid crisis point
- The opportunity to participate in your community
- Information about disability and services available to you including community resources and government programs
How will my funding be managed?
You can choose to manage your funding through one of the following four options:
- A plan ‘nominee’
- A registered plan management provider such as us
Find out more about choosing us as your registered plan management provider.
What will the NDIS cover?
The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help someone with a disability to:
- pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations
- increase their independence
- increase social and economic participation, and
- develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.
This support may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and well-being.
Visit the NDIS website for more information
If your question is not answered, contact us for more information