You may have heard about the 'NDIS' being discussed around the water-cooler recently, but have you looked into what exactly it is? The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme, a project developed by its instituting agency, the NDIA. The NDIS is a program that has been instituted by the Australian Government to help benefit Australians who are living with disabilities. Established in 2013, the NDIS finished its complete roll out on 1 July 2016 and is based on the 25-year-long standing UK scheme.
What is the History of the Disabled Citizens in Australia?
Back in the 1970s, Australia went through a massive shift in the way in which people with disabilities were cared for. Before the 1970s, many individuals with disabilities in Australia were institutionalised, but throughout the 1970s more and more of these people shifted from institutionalised care to in-home care. It was this era in which individuals with disabilities began being fully integrated into society, including living at home and out in society with their non-disabled peers.
In 1974, the idea of a system similar to NDIS was thrown out as a possibility by Gough Whitlam. However, Australia, under the advice of the Treasurer, Bill Hayden, focused on the implementation of Medicare as a means to care for people with disabilities instead.
It was in 2013 when Australia revisited the idea of implementing a NDIS system for people with disabilities to help aid in providing finances needed for their care.
What Does the NDIS of Today Look Like?
It was a study was done by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2011 that found the need for the NDIS. They found that by 2025 the cost of maintaining the status-quo Medicare system in Australia would be greater than the $14.3 billion that was set aside to create the NDIS program. This created a movement that was introduced to the Federal Parliament in 2013 and passed into law, which was enacted on 1 July 2016, officially creating the NDIS.
Who Benefits From the NDIS?
Today the NDIS provides over 460,000 Australians aged 65 and under (the age at which one qualifies for Medicare coverage) with the assistance that they need to live fuller, healthier, more productive lives. Anyone who has a temporary or permanent disability that extensively impairs their ability to work and provide a complete living for themselves is eligible to receive assistance from NDIS. Arrangements have been made to introduce the NDIS slowly as it replaces Medicare for people with disabilities.
Introducing the NDIS slowly and gradually will limit the chaos and confusion for both the people with disabilities and the health insurance providers that work tirelessly to provide health care for these Australians.
NDIS in Southern Australia:
NDIS will be released to citizens in Southern Australia on a "rolling" basis with more and more populations being added to the new program as time goes on. 1 July 2013 NDIS will be available in Southern Australia to all individuals with disabilities that are under the age of 13 years old. That age will expand to 14 with the next rollout of the NDIS program on 1 February 2016. On 1 January 2017, all citizens between the ages of 15 and 17 will have NDIS coverage. Finally, on 1 July 2017 individuals ages 18 - 64 will be added to the NDIS coverage. As of 1 July 2017, all individuals under the age of 65 who are not eligible for Medicare coverage will be covered by the new NDIS program.
By July of 2018, it is estimated that 26,000 people will receive aid from NDIS and that includes 17,000 individuals from the South Australian specialist disability system. Moreover, there will be room in the budget for up to 6,400 more Australians to join the system after the July 2018 date is past.
How do I Get Assistance from the Southern Australia NDIS System?
For more information about the new NDIS system and to see if you may be qualified for assistance, please be sure to visit the NDIS website. If you'd like to learn more about getting work in the Disability Support field or other support jobs in Adelaide, check out our article on getting your social media job-ready!