National Disability Insurance Scheme
January 1, 2017 – NDIS Rollout in Toowoomba
The NDIS ‘Rolls Out’ in Toowoomba on the 1st of January, 2017 and Karakan will be offering a wide range of services to a wide range of clients. Although we have specialised in Supported Employment opportunities in Toowoomba in the past, we will now be offering options such as community access, individual support, group activities and much more.
Check out www.karakanNDIS.com.au/ndisservices to view the range of services that we will provide in Toowoomba.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. The goal of the NDIS is to identify the supports that people need to achieve goals in many aspects of their life. These supports are designed work on your identified needs and hopefully lead to independence, involvement in your community, education, employment and health and wellbeing,
The NDIS is designed to give you more choice and control over how, when and where your supports are provided, and gives you certainty you will receive the support you need over your lifetime.
Will I be able to access the NDIS?
In order to access all that the NDIS will provide, individuals need to meet the following requirements:
- have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
- be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme
- be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa
You can use the NDIS Access Checklist to find out if you might be able to receive assistance from the NDIS and the next steps.
Karakan does not currently operate within an NDIS trial site and therefore we are not yet an NDIS provider. The NDIS is expected to be partially rolled out in Queensland in July 2016 – however the exact locations of the NDIS rollout are not yet known.
How is Karakan preparing for the NDIS?
To see how Karakan is prepared for the NDIS – take a look at our NDIS Ready Website – www.karakanNDIS.com.au
Karakan is well prepared for the NDIS as we have been providing support to people under a similar model since the organisation was founded in 1972. We have always provided support services that are directed by the individual and driven by a support plan developed in partnership with the individual. The major change for Karakan as an organisation will be the change from a ‘Block Funded’ model, to an ‘Individual Funding Package’ model.
We are continuing to prepare for the NDIS in the following ways:
- Developing an NDIS working group to investigate upcoming changes and ensure that these changes are communicated to all staff, clients and other stakeholders
- Visiting NDIS trial sites to gather feedback from local organisations that are already facing the changes associated with this new funding model
- Preparing information nights and marketing materials to ensure that all stakeholders are made aware of the most recent developments
- Developing partnerships with peak NDIS bodies to ensure that we have the most up to date information at all times
- Our Directors have developed a Strategic Plan to move forward into the NDIS Framework
- Developing a Risk Management strategy that investigates all aspects of our organisation and the risks associated with moving into the NDIS
What services and equipment can I access under the NDIS?
The NDIS is designed to provide funding for ‘reasonable and necessary’ support, services and/or equipment to assist you with any, or all, of the following:
- achieving your identified goals
- doing things on your own and becoming increasingly independent
- developing skills and resilience for day to day living
- taking part in your local community
- working and earning money, volunteering or accessing training.
Here are some examples of how the NDIS will look to support individuals.
- Getting out and about – Developing the skills and confidence to access your local community.
- Developing independence at home – Building the practical life skills that allow you to make the most of your home environment.
- Staying connected in your community – Services and activities to help you connect with your local community, supporting your involvement in recreational, cultural and sporting activities.
- Education and learning – Services that are designed to assist you with learning new skills throughout your life.
- Working and contributing to your community – Support to help you find suitable employment, training or volunteer opportunities in your community.
What Should I do now?
If you would like to talk with us about the NDIS and how we could support you within the NDIS, simply call us today on: 07 3299 1898, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would be happy to provide you with any information regarding the NDIS and how it might look for you. We can also keep you informed of our upcoming Events and Information Sessions if you would like to attend one of these presentations.
Additionally, you can find more information on the NDIS website, including details on the national rollout. Visit www.ndis.gov.au or call the National Disability Insurance Agency on 1800 800 110 between 8am and 8pm (EST) weekdays.