What is the NDIS?
An NDIS will be aimed at those who are most in need, providing long term, high quality support for around 410,000 people who have a permanent disability that significantly affects their communication, mobility, self-care or self-management.
It will focus on intensive early intervention, particularly for people where there is good evidence that it will substantially improve functioning or delay or lessen a decline in functioning.
It will also include a comprehensive information and referral service, to help people with a disability who need access to mainstream, disability and community supports.
An NDIS will give all Australians the peace of mind to know that if they have or acquire a disability that leaves them needing daily assistance with everyday life, or if they care for someone who has a disability, that they will be supported.
The NDIS and the Hunter Region
Starting from the 1st of July 2013 the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will commence in the Hunter region. The first stage will provide reasonable and necessary supports for about 3,000 people initially drawn from the NSW local government area of Newcastle and then on the 1st of July 2014 another 2000 people from the Lake Macquarie LGA will be included in the roll-out. On the 1st July 2015 another 5000 people from the Maitland local government area will be included in the NDIS Hunter program.
If you live in the Newcastle LGA there is nothing you need to do right now.The Australian, state and territory governments will engage with people with disability, their families and carers, and with the community including service providers.
The NDIS website will be updated as more detailed information becomes available or you can call the National Disability Insurance Scheme hotline on 1800 800 110.
Home Modifications Lake Macquarie/Newcastle has provided many services to people living with a disability in these areas and we would like to continue to do so. The NDIS will affect HMLM/N by allowing us to provide a wider range of services than previously possible.
So we would like to know the type of services you would like, please comment on our enquiry page or contact us directly and let us know what you want!