(03) 6208 0600

The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments. It 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.

This means rather than providing support based on the number of places available in a program, people are funded based on their individual support needs, goals and aspirations.

NDIS in Tasmania

The first stage of the scheme was trialed from July 2013 in four locations across the country. In Tasmania, this included young people aged 15-24. The full roll out began at the start of 2016, with the latest cohort of people aged 4-11 becoming eligible for funding on 1 July 2017.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) assist people transitioning into the scheme, provide information and referral services. There has been a gradual intake to ensure that everyone is properly supported and receives the right services for their individual needs.

Eligibility

The NDIS is available to Tasmanians with a disability who meet the NDIS requirements. Rules for eligibility have been developed and can be found here. Tasmanian Gateway services may refer you or you can contact the NDIA directly. Have a look at the NDIS Access Checklist to get more information and watch the NDIS Pathway video below.

What happens next?

People with a disability currently receiving a service don’t need to do anything right now. The current support arrangements will continue and transition to the scheme. The NDIA will contact individuals to discuss ongoing support needs when they are scheduled to enter the scheme and are working with the local government to ensure a smooth transition.

Find out about how choice and control can affect you here. You can also view our resources and links page for more information about the NDIS.

OAK as a Registered Provider

OAK is one of Tasmania’s largest providers of a comprehensive range of disability support services, making us well positioned to face the challenges that will arise from this historic change.

We are a registered provider of services with the NDIA and can support you to develop an individually tailored plan to help you achieve your goals. We have a newly developed Case Management Team to help you realise your dreams and unlock your potential.

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.

To discuss how OAK and be a part of your NDIS plan, give us a call on 03 6208 0600.

Sign up to our E-Newsletter for the latest news