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NDIS Tasmania

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (‘the scheme’) is a new way for people to get disability support that takes an individualised approach to providing care and support over a person’s lifetime.

The scheme will deliver a life-long approach to support people with disability through individualised funding. This means rather than providing support based on the number of places in a limited number of programs, the scheme will provide funding so people can get the care and support they need, based on their individual support needs, goals and aspirations.

The first stage of the scheme was trialled from July 2013 in four locations across the country. The first stage will benefit around 26,000 people with a significant and permanent disability. The trial started in the following regions;:

  • Hunter area, New South Wales
  • Barwon area, Victoria
  • South Australia (for children)
  • Tasmania (for young people 15-24).

NDIS Rules for Participants

Rules for eligibility have been developed and can be found at http://www.ndis.gov.au/document/300. These Rules are about assessment and determination of the reasonable and necessary supports that will be funded and the general supports that will be provided for participants under the NDIS.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 sets out a number of objects for the NDIS. The objects that are particularly relevant to these Rules are the following:

(a) supporting the independence and social and economic participation of people with disability;
(b) providing reasonable and necessary supports, including early intervention supports, for participants in the NDIS launch;
(c) enabling people with disability to exercise choice and control in pursuit of their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports.

In giving effect to these objects, regard is to be had to the need to ensure the financial sustainability of the NDIS. It is recommended that all families take particular note of these Rules.

NDIS in Tasmania

From 1 July 2013, the first stage of the scheme in Tasmania included approximately 950 young people aged 15 to 24 with significant and permanent disability.A full roll out is expected to occur from 2016.

Through the National Disability Insurance Agency (‘the Agency’) in Tasmania, young people with disability were provided with a range of improved supports to help them move from school to further education, vocational training, employment, or to be more involved in their community

The Agency staff assisted people transition into the scheme, and to provide information and referral services. Most people transitioned into the scheme in the first year.

There has been a gradual intake to ensure that everyone who meets the access requirements of the scheme is properly supported and receives the right services for their individual needs.

Young people with disability in the age cohort with Individual Support Packages or Community Assistance Packages, those transitioning from state care (formal out of home arrangements), and 2013 school leavers were prioritised in the first year.

The Agency staff responsibilities included:

  • working with eligible people with disability and their families to plan and arrange the supports they need; the scheme recognises that each individual, their family and every community is unique in terms of their needs and support required
  • improving the delivery of support and care across Tasmania, which will help make a real improvement in people with disability’s family life and community participation
  • working with the local community to improve community involvement for people with disability.

What are the access requirements?

People living in Tasmania are currently able to access the scheme if they:

  • have a significant and permanent disability that affects their ability to participate in the community and employment and they require care and support, or could benefit from early intervention requirements
  • meet residence requirements
  • are between 15 and 24 years of age.(initial phase from 2013. All ages to be included from 2016).

What happens next?

People with a disability currently receiving a service don’t need to do anything right now. Their current support arrangements will continue and transition to the scheme. The Agency staff will meet with individuals to discuss ongoing support needs when they are scheduled to enter the scheme.

People with a disability and their carers can contact the Agency directly or use the My Access Checker tool (available on the website) to help inform their access to the scheme. They may also be referred to the scheme through the Tasmanian Gateway services.

The Agency and the Australian and Tasmanian Governments are working together to ensure that people transition smoothly to the scheme.

OAK Tasmania as a Registered Provider

OAK Tasmania is well positioned to face the challenges that will arise from this historic change. Our scale as one of Tasmania’s largest providers of a comprehensive range of disability support services places us in a sound position.

OAK Tasmania is registered as a provider of support services with the National Disability Support Agency. We are currently able to provide the following range of services:

Help to access and maintain employment

  • Post school employment help.
  • Help to identify vocational potential and suitability.
  • On the job training and support including employer advice.
  • Help in specialized supported employment in an Australian Disability Enterprise.

Help with daily personal activities

  • Help with self-care activities.
  • Help with personal domestic activities.
  • Help with decision making, daily planning, budgeting.

Help with transport arrangements

  • (Depending on vacancy) – specialised transport.

Training for independence in travel and transport

  • Public transport training and support.

Assistance with daily life tasks in a group or shared living arrangement

  • (Depending on vacancy) – help in a shared living arrangement.

Development of daily living and life skills

  • Group based training/skills development in daily personal activities.
  • Social skills development.
  • Life and personal skills development.
  • Numeracy, literacy, money/financial management skills development.

Assistive technology specialist assessment, set up and training

  • Computer and other technology recommendation, set up and training.

Household tasks

  • House and/or yard maintenance.
  • House cleaning and other household activities.

Participation in community, social and civic activities

  • Group based activities in a Centre*.
  • Group based community, social and recreational activities.
  • Help to access community, social and recreational activities (individual).
  • Development of skills for community, social and recreational participation.
  • Vacation care; community social and recreational activity costs.

The support item marked * is not funded to enable access to community, social and civic activities. It is for services in the Centre only.

We will continue to update our website with NDIS information as it becomes available.