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You have no doubt by now heard that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is in it’s final stretch of roll out, but what does that actually mean for you?
If you have been claiming disability benefits prior to July 2016, and are under the age of 65, then the government has probably already contacted you about what benefits you will be either gaining, or in some circumstances losing.
If you haven’t been contacted, or not referred on, there are a lot of benefits that you could be missing out on if you are not signed up for the NDIS. Anyone with a disability, their families, or carers could be eligible for funding that could significantly change their lives.
However, if you are over the age of 65, you will not be eligible for the NDIS. Only those that apply before turning 66 can enter. If you are currently over the age limit but are receiving disability benefits, this won’t stop. Things will continue as normal for you for the years to come.
Those that might be concerned about having a disability later on, and are over the age of 65 thus not eligible for the NDIS, there is no need to worry. The Federal Government will continue to offer support but instead of the NDIS it will be through the aged care system.
There are a lot of questions still surrounding the NDIS, to help with any question you might have you can check out the NDIS website or attend one of their information sessions by looking at their events calendar.
A big roll out of any new government scheme is always filled with uncertainty. It’s always best to get those questions answered as soon as possible to put away any unnecessary stress.
Also check: Personalising your home care package in Sunshine Coast!