The NDIS – what you need to know


UnitingCare lifeAssist can support to you to understand and access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS is the new way of funding disability support in Australia. It is designed to give people with a permanent disability or mental illness the support they need to live life the way they choose.

The NDIS is in place to support every area of your life so you can grow your independence and have more choice and control, including:

  • assistance in the home
  • building new skills
  • preparing to enter the workforce
  • finding a place to live
  • learning how to use public transport

Watch the My NDIS Pathway video.

A Planner, also known as Local Area Coordinators (LACs), works with you to develop a plan based on your day-to-day needs and longer-term goals. From this plan, funding is provided for the ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports to ensure you can have your needs met and work towards achieving your goals.

Support is considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ when it:

  • is related to your disability
  • offers good value for money
  • is likely to be effective, and
  • takes into account existing support you receive from family members, carers and the community.

The NDIS expects that you pay for your day-to-day living costs, such as food, bills and other personal expenses. These costs are paid for with your income or pension.

The NDIS is not means-tested and does not affect your disability support pension.

When is the NDIS coming to my area?

The NDIS is a big change for people with disability, carers and families.

The NDIS is currently available in the Barwon region near Geelong and in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs.

It will be available from:

  • 1 November 2017 in Inner Eastern Melbourne
  • 1 November 2017 in Outer Eastern Melbourne
  • 1 April 2018 in Bayside Peninsula
  • 1 September 2018 in Southern Melbourne

You can find out when the NDIS will be available in your area on the NDIS website.

Who can access the NDIS?

Eligibility for the NDIS depends on the nature of your disability or mental health condition, your age, where you live and your citizenship status.

Watch the NDIS video about eligibility and supports

You may be eligible for the NDIS if you:

  • have a disability, condition or impairment that is permanent, and that means you usually need support from another person or from equipment to do everyday things
  • are aged under 65
  • live in an area where the NDIS is available, and
  • are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a Special Protected Category Visa.

Check your eligibility by using the NDIS Access Checklist on the NDIS website.

UnitingCare lifeAssist  can support you to access the NDIS by assisting you to collect the information you need, complete forms and set up online systems such as a MyGov account.

Contact us for assistance to register for the NDIS.

Phone: 1300 ASSIST (1300 277 478) or Email our NDIS team 

Get ready for the NDIS

UnitingCare lifeAssist is here to support you to learn about and prepare for the NDIS. We are ready to answer your NDIS questions, and if we don’t have the answer straight away, we’ll find the information for you.

We will be providing Plan My Future workshops throughout 2017. These free, practical workshops explain how you can:

  • check your eligibility
  • apply for access, and
  • set, review and achieve your goals.

Learn more about our Plan My Future workshops.

Discover our NDIS services.