NDIS Perth

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme that provides funding and support to Australians who have permanent disabilities and living impairments. At Compass Care Group, we take an in-depth look at the NDIS, for participants to better understand their options.

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is an Australian scheme that gives people with permanent disabilities the opportunity to live more independent lives. It provides funding and support for those who have what is defined as a significant physical or mental disability, challenge as well as intellectual impairment. The NDIS provides financial assistance to those who’s impairment prevents them from carrying out day-to-day activities. Eligible individuals can vary greatly depending on the severity of their disabilities, with this determining what funds are granted by NDIA (NDIS).

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NDIS- what does it mean?

  • N – National

A scheme accessible and available Australia-wide, The NDIS is national.

  • D – Disability

Support through the NDIS is provided to individuals in Australia who live with an intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Furthermore, early intervention supports is also available for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.

  • I – Insurance

As an added peace of mind, the NDIS has insurances in place to ensure that those born or impacted by a significant disability or impairment will get the support they need.

  • S – Scheme

Not set up as a welfare system. the NDIS is designed with longevity in mind, helping people get the support they need so their skills, and independence improve over time.

NDIS- What Does It Mean?
What Does The NDIS Do?

What does the NDIS do?

According to https://www.ndis.gov.au, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency. NDIS role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.

The NDIS is an innovative new disability scheme and solution that will revolutionise how we deliver the needs of those who are differently abled. For years, Australia has been stuck in an outdated system where people with disabilities were given block funding from agencies or community organisations. Now, they’ll be able to receive their necessary supports straight away through one single program: The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). With more than 4 million Australians living. The NDIS also provides people with disability, including those not eligible for funding, with information and connections to services in their communities.

This includes connections to doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as providing information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.

Who is eligible to apply for the NDIS?

A set framework, guided by the NDIS, this scheme has strict guidelines on who is eligible to access the funding available to participants. The scheme says that you must be…

  • An Australian citizen
  • Below 65 years of age
  • Live with a permanent, lifelong disability that prevents you from independence, including the ability to do everyday tasks 
  • Using special equipment due to you permanent and significant disability

While those who suffer from progressive neurological diseases may think they aren’t eligible for the scheme, it would be advisable to go through the criteria list to ensure you are eligible. Some patients may need early intervention access to the NDIS if they have evidence that getting support now will help them reduce their support needs in the future.

It is also important to note that some patients may be eligible if they need physical or mental support to carry out their daily tasks. 

Chat to the team at Compass Care Group for us to help you understand your eligibility today.


Who Is Eligible To Apply For The NDIS?

How to apply for the NDIS?

To access the NDIS in Western Australia, you will need to complete an application. Once your paperwork has been submitted it can take up two weeks for approval or rejection by email unless there are any issues with eligibility status on behalf of yourself, which would require more stringent conditions before they allow participation within the scheme.


How To Apply For The NDIS?

What will I need to provide in my application?

Firstly, you will need to make an access request. You can do this by calling the NDIS on 1800 800 110 to make an access request or you can complete and submit the access request form via email. 

Secondly, as part of the access request process, you will be asked:

  • To confirm your identity and/or a person’s authority to act on your behalf
  • To answer questions to see if you meet the NDIS access requirements (age, residence and disability)
  • Questions about providing consent to enter the NDIS and about seeking information from third parties.

When providing details and reports about your medical records, you can either submit reports provided by your physician or provide permission for the NDIA to talk to other people about your disability, including your local

doctor or a person providing support to you.

When you apply, the NDIA will send you a letter asking for any further evidence, if required.

For this, you can ask your treating health professional to complete the Supporting Evidence Form available

at ndis.gov.au Be sure to send your evidence to the NDIA via email, NAT@ndis.gov.au or mail, GPO Box 700, Canberra, ACT 2601. Alternatively, you can provide it in-person by taking it to your local office. We advise you keep a copy of your evidence for your own records.

Be sure to also provide details and evidence about your disability and how it impacts you each day.

If you need any help in going through the application process, do not hesitate to contact us, we are NDIS professionals who can help you. 

Which support and services are funded by the NDIS?

The following are inclusive but not limiting:

  • Help with household tasks to allow the participant to maintain their home environment
  • Help to a participant by skilled personnel in aids or equipment assessment, set up and training
  • Home modification design and construction
  • Mobility equipment, and vehicle modifications
  • Day-to-day personal activities
  • Transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities
  • Workplace help to allow a participant to successfully get or keep employment in the open or supported labour market
  • Therapeutic supports including behaviour support
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What If I Need Help To Apply For The NDIS?

What if I need help to apply for the NDIS?

After reviewing the criteria, if you are eligible for an NDIS plan, you can have a conversation with us to learn about your current situation, supports, and goals to help develop your plan.

Someone from the NDIA will be required to review and approve your plan. Chat to our team at Compass Care Group today, we will go through the right measures to see you have a successful application, if you are eligible to receive the NDIS funding you rightfully deserve.

Which Support And Services Are Funded By The Public Health Systems?

Which support and services are funded by the public health systems?

Services provided by the WA Government include,

  • Access to public hospitals
  • Access to mental health services
  • Access to general dental health services
  • Access to population health services
  • Access to community health centres, and health promotion services.

What NDIS and other government services responsible for?

Other government services to help alleviate day-to-day necessities for Australians who live with a disability. We have curated a list of supports the NDIS will and will not fund, to help you better understand what the government will help you with. We have separated this section into education, health, employment and family support.


What will NDIS likely to fund? Or What NDIS is responsible for?

  • Offering self-care at school with all aspects related to the student’s disability.
  • Specialised training of school staff to better equip them to attend to the specific needs of the student with a disability.
  • Transport supports to help with the student’s disability.
  • Transportable equipment such as a wheelchair or personal communication devices.
  • Delivery of therapies that come other the bracket of non-education that a family and school have agreed may be delivered during educational hours at school.

Education systems fund – What supports NDIS would not fund?

  • The actual teachers, educational assistants and other educational assistance like AUSLAN workers.
  • The general and main-stream support, resources and training for teachers, tutors and other staff that do not fall under the bracket of disability.
  • The allied health practitioners that deliver therapy schools for educational purposes.
  • Any assistance, aids and equipment to make the educational curriculum accessible to all students This can include modified computer hardware,software and braille textbooks.
  • Adjustments to buildings such as ramps, lifts and hearing loops.
  • The transportation required to deliver educational or training activities such as school field trips, excursions and sport carnivals.
  • The daily supervision of students at school.


What will NDIS likely to fund? Or What NDIS is responsible for?

  • The necessary home modifications, personal care and development of skills to assist in your independence.
  • Any allied health and outlined therapies that are needed because of your disability.
  • The actual prosthetics and artificial limbs to enable your independence.
  • Assistive technology like wheelchairs, adjustable beds or hearing aids to enable independence.
  • Various therapeutic and behavioral supports for people with psycho social disability.

Public health systems fund- What supports NDIS would not fund?

  • The actual diagnosis and official medical assessment of health conditions, that encompass mental health and disabilities.
  • The prescription of medication. This can include, general medical and dental services and treatment, specialist services, hospital care, surgery and rehabilitation.
  • All-inclusive clinical care for mental health conditions, palliative care, geriatric and psychogeriatric services.
  • Nursing services delivered for all sub-acute, rehabilitation and post-acute care.
  • Transitional services from hospital back to home, and vice-versa.
  • Hearing, and vision services that an individual needs help in, and is not part of the person’s general disability.


What will NDIS likely to fund? Or What NDIS is responsible for?

  • The personal care needs that enables a participant to participate in their profession.
  • The necessary aids, assistance and equipment such as wheelchairs or personal communication devices to enables a participant to work.
  • The transitional needs that can be expected for a person living with a disability, that is beyond what is reasonable for an employer to provide.
  • Supports in individual and group-based capacity building to assist participants to build work confidence and essential work skills. This falls outside what is reasonable for an employer to provide.
  • Keeping a participant’s skill’s sharp, the NDIS provides ongoing on-the-job support where a participant is likely to need higher intensity or more frequent supports in the workplace.

Employers and employment services fund – What supports NDIS would not fund?

  • Access and support by agency bodies like Disability Employment Services or Job-Active, to help with getting participant’s job ready.
  • Workplace-specific supports including building modifications, employment-specific aids and equipment such as computers and modified desks.
  • The transport of a participant to meet workplace KPIs and activities, such as attending work meetings or making work appointments.

Family Support

What will NDIS likely to fund? Or What NDIS is responsible for?

  • Disability-specific supports and training programs needed because of the impact of a child or parent’s disability.
  • Out-of-home care for children, teenagers and adults needing disability support. These can include, home modifications, equipment, therapies and behavioral support, and the development building activities to grow a child’s independence.

Community and government family services fund – What supports NDIS would not fund?

  • Any child protection issues, as expected for children without a disability.
  • Education through providing information and awareness to the community regarding child safety and well being.
  • The necessary counselling, parenting skills programs and family relationship services are made accessible to the participant(s).
  • Out-of-home care for children, teenagers and adults–including housing, care allowances, payments and other standard supports to sustain the arrangements.
  • Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Rebates, and any other family tax benefits.

FAQ’s regarding the NDIS

There are many benefits that the NDIS provide Australians living with a disability or permanent impairment. We have listed 5 primary benefits that are offered to those who acquire the scheme.

  • Provide life skills development
  • Assistance in life-changing transition
  • Supported independent living
  • Assistance in daily activities
  • Assistance with social and community participation

From employment, education, life skills development, community and social participation, living arrangements, health, well being and transport – the NDIS can fund aspects of your life that require additional support to gain independence. 

Although the NDIS primarily supports the participant who lives with a permanent and significant disability, their NDIS-funded supports and services may also directly or indirectly benefit a participant’s family and carer. 

As a carer or a family member can fulfill duties that a professional support worker otherwise achieves, the NDIS acknowledges that support towards families and carers can therefore be provided as they are often one of the greatest advocates for people with disabilities.

Additionally, there are programs available to carers to facilitate respite

A permanent and significant disability means a disability is likely to be lifelong and substantially impacts a person’s ability to complete everyday activities.

  • Must be related to your permanent disability
  • Must not include day-to-day living costs unrelated to your disability support needs, such as groceries
  • Should represent value for money
  • Must be likely to be effective and work for you
  • Should take into account support given to you by other government services, your family, carers, networks and the community.
  • Activities and supports that fall under the responsibility of another government system or community service
  • Aspects of service that are NOT related to a person’s disability
  • Relates to day-to-day living costs that are not related to a participant’s support needs, oris likely to cause harm to the participant or pose a risk to others

No. If you are receiving the Disability Support Pension (DSP), this does not mean that your income will automatically be supported by NDIS funds. You must still check whether it is possible to apply for the funding. Please note, there might already be other sources providing similar benefits in some cases, such as carer’s allowances. Similarly, if someone else has applied on behalf of an individual who gets support from both DSP And NDIS then he/she would have been eligible provided they meet certain criteria.

No. Various government and community services hold responsibilities for providing assistance to all Australians and ensuring their services are inclusive and accessible for people with disability.

Those living with a disability need other government services that encompass access to local councils, hospitals, libraries, health centres, public transport or schools. Whereas when looking at community services and activities, they can include community groups, sporting clubs and charities within your local community.

No. Compensation for a personal injury will not affect your eligibility to access the NDIS. However, if you are receiving payments or have done so in the past, then it is possible that any funding relating-to this claim may come out of what was originally planned by an individual’s employer through the NDIA. The organisation could also make adjustments on behalf of those individuals’ claims once they receive them which would account both sides: those who received injuries themselves as well all other related costs such.

  • The National Disability Insurance Agency

The NDIS is run by an independent government organisation known as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The eligibility of someone becoming an NDIS participant is reliant on the approval made by the NDIA. It also decides how much funding the participant is entitled to receive.

These decisions are based on legislation called the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 which sets out:

  • The eligibility requirements every NDIS participant must meet
  • What supports and services are considered reasonable and necessary for the NDIS to fund.
  • Partners in the community

There are community-based organisations who work with the NDIA to deliver the NDIS. These community-based organisations are called ‘partners. These partners provide Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) or Local Area Coordination. There are also some organisations in the community that provide both.

  • Partners of Early Childhood Approach (ECA)

Local organisations that deliver the early childhood approach are known as early childhood partners. Our early childhood partners have teams of professionals with experience and clinical expertise in working with young children with development delay or disability and their families.

  • Local Area Coordinators (LAC)

An LAC is the conduit between a participant and the services within the community. They will connect people with disability to supports, services and various activities within their community and other government services. On the other hand,  LACs work in communities to help them become more accessible for participants reliant on the NDIS.

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