The NDIS is a first-of-its-kind initiative launched by the Government because it provides funds directly to the participants. It ensures that participants have complete freedom about the local NDIS-registered providers they work with, the types of support services they access, and the speed at which they accomplish their NDIS goals. What sets this scheme apart from the others rolled out by the Government is that its eligibility criteria are not means-tested, i.e., it is not dependent on a participant’s income or assets.
Under the NDIS, all eligible participants collaborate with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to create an individualised plan outlining their goals, needs, and preferred support services. Based on the type of assistance a participant needs, their NDIS plan can cover several services such as daily living support, mobility aids, therapy services, home modifications, employment support, and community engagement.