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NDIS: Australia's Hope for People with Disability

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was crafted into law in Australia in 2013 and came into full implementation in 2020. This was design to support Australians with disabilities that hamper them from performing the daily task. Based on statistics, 4.4 million have some disability in Australia, or 1 in every five people has a lifelong disability to do everyday activities. NDIS guide provides the needed information for qualified beneficiaries or their family or cater to support their need and become more independent with the help of private companies and workers to deliver government-funded services.

Who can benefit NDIS?

NDIS was crafted to support people with a permanent or significant disability that could not perform daily work properly. Only eligible Australians will be receiving the support, which includes permanent residents or New Zealand citizens who hold protected special category visas. And the beneficiary must be under 65 years old when he enters the NDIS program. NDIS aims to have early intervention. The earlier a person with a disability enters the scheme, the better to provide support as soon as possible to reduce the impact of his disability or developmental delay and build their independence or self-help skills.

What is the support provided by NDIS?

The support under NDIS is uncapped, meaning demand-driven scheme, and varies depending on the members' need and disability. This may include education, social participation, employment, living arrangement, health, and well-being. But the services to be provided must be related to his disability and does not include his daily living needs such as grocery or electric bills. The government will also consider the support provided by other government agencies or the members of the family. And the support to be provided must be practical and work for the benefit of the member. NDIS providers I formation and connection to different services such as support group, school, library, sporting clubs and even provide them with information about what support is available for them on their state.  The support scheme could lead its members to therapeutic support, including behavioral support, home repairs or modification, design, and construction to live comfortably in their own homes.

How much was allocated to NDIS?

The funding of NDIS had caused a debate. The cost is progressive as time goes on. From 2016 to 2017, the budget was $4.2 billion and increased to $21.5 billion in 2019-2020. And from 2021 to 2022, the total budget allocation is $83.4billion. The Commonwealth government is responsible for the half annual cost of the scheme, and the participating state or territory government shall take part in sharing the cost of NDIS. NDIS is now available in all shapes or regions except for Western Australia. With the said budget, it is expected that more than 460,000 Australians with disabilities will receive individual support.

NDIS is indeed a great and commendable move for Australia. This recognizes every person's value even if they have a disability and some of them could not participate fully in economic growth. NDIS is nowhere to ensure that quality of life will be experienced by Australians who may have sad and challenging life before the passage of this law.

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