It is reported that the NDIS has a budget of 22 billion a year and only let in 10% of most serious cases. The numbers of entrants are monitored very carefully in order to keep it affordable.
The Scheme has 5 tests to gauge the validity of a PWD upon accessing the NDIS, which are:
- Impairment – note this does not have to be a diagnosed disability, as long as there is a way to prove the physical/mental impairment.
- Access Accessors are trained and have the highest levels of specialists on this. A separate form for mental illness which should, in theory, make it easier to apply
- Functional Capacity – how your impairment affects day to day living. Application form on NDIS website Proof from family with help of GP or specialist social worker
- Early Intervention If accessing the NDIS is seen as an early intervention, it is seen as financial and human interest that coincides with the government scheme. This can be an exception to permanency with the possibility of by-passing the requirement for a disability to be ‘permanent’
- Developmental delay – for kids under the age of 6-7 years old This can by-pass permanency too
To apply, please visit the NDIA website at the Australian Department of Human Services
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