Am I eligible for the NDIS?
To be eligible for the NDIS, you will:
- have a permanent and significant 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.
For more information on eligibility check the NDIS website.
How do I access the NDIS in my local area?
You can contact the BSL NDIS team:
- Phone: 1300 BSLNDIS (1300 275 634)
- Email: NDIS.Info@bsl.org.au
How do I access the NDIS in my local area during COVID -19?
You can call the duty worker on 8681 2501
Changes to NDIS
On 28 August 2020, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert, announced the most substantial package of reforms to the scheme.
The reforms were developed to respond to the findings of a review of the NDIS Act undertaken by Mr David Tune. This document provides a plain English summary of the Tune Review findings.
Some of the changes to the NDIS include the implementation of:
- the Participant Service Charter, which outlines the five principles for how NDIS will engage with its participants
- the Participant Service Guarantee, which outlines timeframes for processes, such as the period in which the Agency must make decisions about access, plan approvals, plan reviews and nominee changes
- the Participant Service Improvement Plan, which outlines changes the Agency will be making over the next two years to better meet participants’ expectations and
- the introduction of independent assessments paid for by NDIS.
The implementation of some of the changes requires amendments to the NDIS legislation. This is expected to be introduced to Parliament in early 2021.
Chat with a LAC Weekly Facebook NDIS Q&A Sessions at BSL
Online NDIS information sessions
Brotherhood of St Laurence National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) team hosts weekly Facebook NDIS Q&A sessions.
Community members can log in and receive up-to-date and immediate responses to their NDIS questions. Every Thursday at 2.00 pm, one of the Local Area Coordinators (LAC) or Early Childhood Early Interventions (ECEI) Coordinators are online and ready to answer questions.
Connect with us on our Facebook page to find out more!
New measures to support NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19
As part of supporting NDIS participants during this time, the NDIA has worked with supermarket retailers to make sure NDIS participants wanting support to grocery shop, have priority access to home delivery services.
The NDIA has developed Easy Read information to help participants understand some changes to the NDIS.
Latest Advice from NDIS provided by Disability Services Consulting
COVID-19 accessible information and resources
Accessible information and resources are available online for people to stay up to date with the situation as it unfolds.
- Coronavirus – Daily updates – Victorian Chief Health Officer – Video (open captioning)
- Information about Coronavirus in Easy Read and other Language Formats
- Coronavirus and ASD – Social stories
- Coronavirus and the NDIS
- Easy Read and Auslan Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for people with disability
NDIS Commission coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Links to updates, training, alerts, and resources for NDIS participants and providers. This information is to inform and support NDIS providers to continue to deliver quality and safe supports and services to NDIS participants.
The NDIA is working with the University of Melbourne about the changes made to the NDIS in response to COVID-19. By completing a short survey, participants, their families and carers have a chance to share their experience of interacting with the NDIA and the Scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will also help us to understand how NDIS participants have found using telehealth to access allied health services.
Update on temporary NDIS COVID-19 rules
As announced by the NDIS Minister Stuart Robert a number of the temporary measures introduced to support providers and participants through COVID-19 came to an end on 1 July 2020. This media release lists these changes.
Hear for you have created an opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing teenagers and young adults to connect online with their ‘Community Catch Up’ sessions, which are free for NDIS participants.