NDIS – what is it? fact sheet

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of assisting people with a disability, their families and carers.  If you have a disability the NDIS may be able to pay for the reasonable and necessary supports you need.

What type of supports can I get?

The NDIS will pay for supports related to your disability to help you in your daily life.

Some supports might include:

  • Equipment such as a wheelchair or a communication device
  • A support worker to help you access community services and activities
  • Health services like physiotherapy that are related to your disability
  • A support worker to help with your personal care
  • Transport to and from community access and work

How do I get help from the NDIS?

  • You must have a disability that is likely to be permanent
  • Your disability must substantially reduce your ability to do everyday things for yourself or participate in the community
  • You must be under 65 years old on the date the access request is made

Who manages the NDIS?

  • The National Disability Insurance Agency (the Agency) manages the NDIS.
  • The Agency decides
    • who can access the NDIS, and
    • what supports a participant should have.

How do I access the NDIS or get a plan?

The Agency works closely with participants, their families and carers to create an individualised package of supports, known as a Plan.  The Agency has created Local Area Coordinators (LAC’s) to:

  • assist a person to access the NDIS,
  • help participants develop and implement their plan, and
  • review plans to ensure participants are receiving the right supports.

Who are the LAC’s in Tasmania?

Mission Australia  In Tasmania’s South East and North West

Baptcare Tas  In Tasmania’s North and South West.

Need more information?

See NDIS Tasmania Easy English Frequently Asked Questions


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Last updated: 5-June-2019