Blairlogie Living & Learning wants to make sure we provide relevant and accurate information to people about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). There is lots and lots of information about the NDIS out there and we realise that all this information may be overwhelming for many people. We will do our very best to provide you with the information you need as you prepare for the NDIS. If you have any questions or want specific information about the NDIS please contact us on 59 78 7900 and speak to one of our knowledgeable Support Coordinators.
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is the new way of providing supports to Australians with a disability and their families and carers.
The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports the need to enjoy an ordinary life.
The NDIS will help people with disability achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and improved wellbeing.
The NDIS will provide the required funding to people with disability and their families and carers to purchase services and supports from providers that will support them to achieve their goals.
The NDIS is administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). The NDIA is a Commonwealth government agency that will:
- Help empower and inform people with disability to be confident consumers
- Provide information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, funded supports to people over a lifetime
- Provides service providers with clarity and transparency so they can grow their business and respond to need
- Raises community awareness and encourages greater inclusion and access for people with disability to mainstream service, community activities and other government initiatives.
When will the NDIS become available?
Blairlogie Living & Learning is preparing for the introduction of the NDIS in 2017 and 2018. We are spending lots of time making sure that our staff gather as much information as possible about the NDIS so that we can support participants and families and carers with their journey into the NDIS.
The NDIS will become available to people living in Outer and Inner Eastern Melbourne from 1 November 2017
The NDIS will become available to people living in the Bayside Peninsula from 1 April 2018.
The NDIS will become available to people living in Southern Melbourne from 1 September 2018.
How do I know if I am eligible for the NDIS?
To access the NDIS you must meet the access requirements.
To check if you meet these requirements the NDIS access checklist will help you work out if you are eligible. Click here to complete the checklist NDIS access checklist
What is the process for transitioning into the NDIS?
Where you live will determine when your journey into the NDIS begins.
Once your area commences the NDIS rollout phase you will be contacted by the NDIA to determine your eligibility.
Once you have been deemed eligible you will commence the planning process. You can learn more about the Planning Process through these Factsheets and Checklists:
You will then start your plan. You can read more about putting you plan into action through this Starting Your Plan Factsheet.
Your first NDIS Plan will be in place for 12 months, unless your circumstances change or you disagree with a decision that has been made in your plan, and you require a review. Click here to learn more about reviewing your plan Plan Review Information
How can Blairlogie help me prepare for the NDIS?
Your Support Coordinator can help you prepare for your NDIS planning meeting. Please make an appointment with your Support Coordinator to go through how we can best support you on your journey into the NDIS.
We have also developed a booklet to help you prepare for your NDIS planning meeting, have a look at our NDIS Planning Booklet.
We also promote information sessions that are being run in our area. Keep your eye on our Facebook page and for flyers coming home.
What services and Supports can I purchase from Blairlogie?
Blairlogie Living and Learning is a registered NDIS provider. This means that we have been approved by the NDIA to provider services and supports to NDIS participants. If you have been receiving services and supports from Blairlogie prior to transitioning to the NDIS you will be able to continue to purchase those services and supports under the NDIS if you meet the access requirements. Some of the services and supports you were purchasing prior to the NDIS may be called something different under the NDIS.
Blairlogie is also registered to provide new services that we were not providing before the NDIS.
Blairlogie is registered to provide the following services under the NDIS:
Therapeutic Supports –Therapeutic supports to assist the participant to gain skills and improve independence related to identified needs in areas such as language and communication, personal care, mobility and movement, interpersonal interactions, community living to support positive changes in the person’s functioning, development and well-being. Therapeutic supports are delivered by professionals including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Pathology and Psychology or by a therapy assistant under the supervision of the therapist.
Group/Centre Activities – Social and recreational activities in a centre based program
Assistance with Social and Community Participation – Provision of support to enable participant to independently engage in community, social and recreational activities.
Household Tasks – Supports to enable the participant to maintain their home environment. This may involve undertaking essential household tasks or the provision of support that the participant is not able to undertake.
Development of daily living and life skills Training and development activities undertaken by the participant or their carer to increase ability to live as autonomously as possible. Training can be provided either individually or through group activities and can include skills in daily life activities, communication and social skills, problem solving and managing funding of supports.
Behaviour Support – A plan developed aimed at limiting the likelihood of behaviours of concern developing and/or increasing. This plan provides assistance to a participant, their family and support persons to identify behaviours of concern, or that cause harm to participant or others and to design and undertake specific positive behaviour support strategies.
Assistance with travel/transport arrangements –The provision of transport to enable participation in community, social, economic and daily life activities. This includes, but is not limited to, taxis and specialist transport arrangements. It is provided when the participant is unable to access alternative forms of transport as a result of their disability.
Assistance with daily/personal activities – Assisting with, and/or supervising, personal tasks of daily life to develop skills of the participant to live as autonomously as possible. These supports are provided individually to participants. The support can be provided in a range of environments including but not limited to the participant s own home.
Blairlogie is also a registered Support Coordination and Plan Management Provider.
Support coordination is a capacity building support to implement all supports in a participant’s plan, including informal, mainstream, community and funded supports. For information about Support Coordination check out these Support Coordination Fact Sheets
Plan Management providers mange your NDIS budget and will pay service providers for services and supports you receive. For information about Plan Management check out these Plan Management Fact Sheets.
Where can I get more information about the NDIS?
There is lots of information, personal stories and Fact Sheets available on the NDIS website
You may also want to join the NDIS Grassroots Discussion Group on Facebook –this is a place for members to share information and have conversations around the NDIS.
Disability Loop is another website designed to provide information about the NDIS
And of course you can always contact Blairlogie Living and Learning on 59 78 7900 or send us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific questions you have or would like support in understanding the NDIS and how it may affect you.