In July 2013, the National Disability Insurance Scheme was launched to provide people with disability and their families with support based on their individual needs, goals and aspirations.
The support is enabled through individualised budgets set up for each eligible person with disability to access their supports. This is determined through an assessment of their individual needs – including for now and for their future development and wellbeing.
The NDIS has now released information in a series of Auslan videos. To watch them, see the NDIS website. DCA has also produced a video about the NDIS, which can be viewed below.
An assessment of eligibility for NDIS services will depend on your location and age, and whether you meet the requirements for disability or early intervention support.
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. This includes being deaf or hard of hearing.
All states and territories have or are rolling out the NDIS. Full rollout of the scheme across Australia began in July 2016 and the NDIS is expected to be available in all areas by 2020. Service rollout guides and dates can be accessed on the NDIS Our Sites page.
To check if you may be eligible to access services, visit the NDIS website for their NDIS Access Checklist.
0-6: Newly diagnosed hearing loss
Your audiologist will refer you to Australian Hearing when your child is diagnosed with a hearing loss. Australian Hearing can help you apply to access the NDIS at your first appointment.
With your permission, Australian Hearing will forward evidence of your child’s hearing loss to the NDIA and you will then receive written confirmation of your child’s NDIS access within a few days.
Once your child has access they become a NDIS participant, and a specialist NDIS planner will contact you within two weeks to support you to develop your child’s first NDIS plan. This plan will include a reasonable and necessary level of funding for early intervention supports you are assessed as needing. Once approved, you can use this funding straight away with the early intervention providers you choose.
NDIS participants with a permanent hearing impairment may receive funding for assistive technology (AT) in their NDIS plan in addition to receiving hearing devices under the Commonwealth Government’s Hearing Services Program (HSP). Hearing devices provided under the HSP are fully subsidised, meaning there is no cost.
The NDIS have created a guide for getting ready for the NDIS Rollout that began on July 1st, 2016. The page is a comprehensive step-by-step guide on what you can do to be ready for the NDIS – as a person with disability, as a service provider or as a family member or carer. It also includes an up-to-date list of NDIS resources. See the NDIS Ready website to access resources on preparing for the NDIS.