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NDIS – Stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In this document, the NDIS will also be referred to as ‘the Scheme’.

NDIA – Stands for the National Disability Insurance Agency. This is the name of the Scheme administrators. In other words, the NDIA refers to the people that run the NDIS.

NDIS Registered Provider – Refers to any person or organisation that is approved by the NDIA to provide services or products to participants of the NDIS. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is a NDIS registered provider.

Participant – Refers to any person who accesses the Scheme and receives an individualised funding package.

Plan – Refers to an outline of a participant’s goals, as well as details of their support needs and individualised funding. Plans are put together by participants (or their guardians/carers) and employees of the NDIA. Depending on the trial site, plans last for 1 or 2 years.

Planner – A Planner is an employee of the National Disability Insurance Agency that works with participants to develop their plan. Planners are tasked with ensuring that participants’ needs will be met but that the Scheme will be financially sustainable.

Supports – Refers to any assessments, training or equipment that can be funded by the NDIS. It is another way of saying ‘services’ and ‘products’.

Reasonable and Necessary – Is the term used to describe the conditions that must be met before funding for a particular support will be provided to the participant by the NDIA.  In order to be considered reasonable and necessary, a support must:

  • Be related to the participant’s disability;
  • Not include living costs that are not related to a participant’s disability support needs;
  • Represent value for money;
  • Be likely to be effective and beneficial to the participant; and
  • Take into account informal supports given to participants by families, carers, networks, and the community.

Block Funding – Historically, the majority of disability services have been funded on a block-grant basis which means a number of non-government organisations (NGOs) received funding from the state and/or federal government to provide support to an aggregate of people with disabilities.

The Productivity Commission (2011, 472) identified that the block funding of services can result in people with a disability being “passive recipients” with little choice in the support services available to them. Further, it noted that funding provided is often insufficient to adequately service the needs of consumers and restricts the ability of service providers to develop innovative and flexible practices.

Local Area Coordinators (LACs)

LACs provide a vital function of the NDIS, with coordinators helping to streamline participants’ NDIS experience and assisting them to navigate the variety of NDIS supports for best outcomes.

Coordinators will also raise awareness of the scheme and assist people to be ready for the transition while working with local communities and mainstream services to become more inclusive.

The selected LAC providers before and during the NDIS transition commencing in July 2016  are the St Vincent De Paul Society and Uniting.

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC)

ILC is an important part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

When the NDIS was being drawn up, the Productivity Commission identified that not all supports can be provided on a one to one basis.

ILC will ensure people with disability can access mainstream services by providing information, training and support. ILC will also help people to move to the NDIS.

ILC will be available in each area before the rollout date to prepare for the NDIS and support the community.