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Introduction to the NDIS

7th February 2018

Most people will be aware that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been 'rolling out' in South Australia for adults aged 18 - 64 years since July 2017.

The Northern Territory NDIS rollout will begin in January 2017, firstly in Darwin with people in supported accommodation and East Arnhem. For more information about when the NDIS will come to your location visit the NDIS website.

The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help NDIS participants reach their goals, objectives and aspirations. Supports are funded in a range of areas, e.g. education, employment, socialising, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.

People with a disability will have direct access to money, through the creation of an annual plan, to fund the supports they need to live life and achieve their goals. Participants will have control of their daily lives, including; their choice of provider, therapist, type of supports and social and recreational needs.

Who can access NDIS?

A participant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
  • Be aged less than 65 when you first access the scheme
  • Be an Australian citizen, live in Australia and hold a permanent visa or hold a Protected Special Category visa

The participant’s disability must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent
  • The impairment substantially reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities, or perform tasks or actions
  • The impairment affects your capacity for social and economic participation and you are likely to require support under the NDIS for your lifetime

There are many complexities with the implementation of the NDIS and confusion for individuals on how to navigate the new service system. The MS Society is currently working towards becoming NDIS ready and will be developing information resources to ensure you have the right information that will assist you to develop your plan. We are investigating how we can provide supporting evidence for our current clients to facilitate the development of your plan.

Over the next 12 months we will keep you informed about when NDIS local forums and information sessions will be held and support you to access key information.

Planning Workshops

From 1st April 2018 the National Disability Insurance Scheme commences in Western and Eastern Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.You are invited to come along to hear information, ask your questions and start to plan your support needs.

Thebarton Workshop:
When: Wednesday 14 March, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Where: Thebarton Community Centre, cnr Ashwin Parade & South Road, Torrensville
Cost: Free to people with MS and their family/carer
RSVP by: Monday 5 March

A light supper will be provided

Glenunga Workshop:
Thursday 22 March, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Glenunga Hub, 70 Conyngham Street, Glenunga
Cost: Free to people with MS and their family/carer
RSVP by: Monday 12 March

Morning tea will be provided

These workshops help tackle the important questions.

What does NDIS mean for you?
How do you register and prepare for your planning meeting so that you get the support you need to live an 'ordinary' life?
How do you find the right providers?
What services will the MS Society provide?
How do you manage your NDIS funds?

Please book to attend via MS Assist on 1800 812 311 or

For further information visit the NDIS website.

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Introduction to the NDIS