NDIS = New Opportunities
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been hailed as the most significant economic and social reform since the introduction of Medicare, and is set to transform the hopes dreams and lives of people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS gives people living with disability the choice to manage their own funds, to choose their own support and services.
How the NDIS is improving lives?
- The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is driving the national rollout of the NDIS
- The NDIS will provide support to people living with disability who have received services in the past as well as many more people who are expected to meet eligibility criteria.
- South Australian children with disabilities have already transitioned into the new scheme.
- South Australians aged between 18 and 64 will transition to the new scheme from 1 July 2017 and this will be largely complete by the end of 2018.
“What is the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) program of the NDIS?”
The NDIA has announced that some individuals who have an extreme functional impairment or very high support needs may be eligible for a rental subsidy via the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) program.
SDA refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. Eligible NDIS participants may have SDA funding included in their plan (from 1 July 2016) enabling them to source the SDA they require and choose a home on the open market, although the supply of specialised homes is likely to be limited in the early years of NDIS implementation across the nation.
For further details see: https://ndis.gov.au/specialist-disability-accommodation
The NDIA has announced that the SDA aims to provide specialised housing for about 6% of NDIS participants. It is understood that the limited supply of SDA housing will be targeted toward those that require integrated housing and supports, due to their significant functional impairment. Sadly this means that most people simply won’t be eligible for a rental subsidy under the ‘Specialist Disability Accommodation’ scheme.
The limited scope of SDA funding means that most people living with disabilities that dream of living more independently, will need to start planning to design, build and finance your own home. HomeLife and its many partners are ready and able to help co-design a place that you and your family will be proud to call HOME.
It’s big and it’s exciting!
More than 32,000 South Australian children and adults are expected to start receiving individualised NDIS support packages between July 2017 and June 2020.
Convert your dreams into plans for the lifestyle that you and your family and friends have been hoping for.
Are you ready to speak with the NDIA about your reasonable and necessary NDIS requirements?