Optimum Care Group
In order to start receiving NDIS services you need to have your eligibility assessed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
This process can start as early as in the first six months that lead up to the roll out date in your given area, so that your approval is granted on time and you receive your services as soon as the NDIS is inaugurated.
Who is eligible?
As mentioned previously, the purpose of the NDIS is to offer support to people who have a significantly permanent disability. Several variables are taken into consideration to determine what type of support to offer to these individuals (e.g., circumstance of families and carers of the person with a disability). In order to be able to access the NDIS, people with a disability ought to:
- Live either in an NDIS trial site or a transition area
- Have a permanent and significant disability that reduces their ability to participate effectively in their daily activities, as well as in social and economic activities.
- Require support under the NDIS for the duration of their lifetime.
The NDIS scheme is available for use for any Australian citizen (or resident or permanent visa holder) who is under 65 years of age and who has a permanent disability that significantly that restricts their ability to perform their daily activities without needing support. As far as children under the age of 6 are concerned, they can be assessed against the NDIS criteria in order to determine their eligibility for an early intervention. We are assuming that with the right services and supports, children can develop some skills to enable them to live independently later on in life. However, should children require support for the entire duration of their life, then they can transition into NDIS’ disability stream. Children who are under the age of 6 can qualify for Early Childhood Intervention if they have a developmental delay that:
- Significantly reduces their functional capacity in one or more of the following areas: self-care, receptive and expressive language, cognitive, development or motor development;
- Results in the need for special interdisciplinary or generic care, as well as individualised and coordinated treatment and other services for a long duration of time.
- The above-mentioned supports are funded through the NDIS.
It is critical to mention that the current arrangements of a child shall continue if he/she is already a NDIS participant. For individuals who are receiving care support through other government funding bodies, they shall be contacted by the NDIS once this scheme is rolled out in their area. Finally, as mentioned earlier, children who have a significant and lifelong disability can transition to the NDIS’ disability stream to receive ongoing support through their lifetime.
If you have yet to transition to the NDIS, you can contact us at 03 9069 9556 to inquire whether you are eligible for this transition. Optimum Care Group promises to walk you through the transition process to make it as smooth as possible. It is essential that you note that you can receive support services through our organisation not only before, but as well as after your transition to the NDIS.