National Disability Insurance Scheme 

Home modifications under the NDIS

National Disability Insurance Scheme Certificate of RegistrationHome modifications are changes to the structure, layout or fittings of the participant’s home that are required to enable the participant to safely access and move around their home as a result of their disability. It is expected that a home modification would only be considered where the home to be modified is the participant’s primary residence and the participant intends to remain living at the residence. If the property is a rental property, then written agreement of the owner of the property will be required before any modifications take place.

The NDIS may fund home modifications where, due to the impact of the participant’s disability, the participant or their carers are unable to reasonably access and use frequently used rooms and spaces using standard fixtures and fittings. The NDIS may fund home modifications where the home, in its current condition, has a significant and adverse impact on the sustainability of current living and care arrangements.

More information about Home Modifications under the NDIS available here

 

What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (the NDIS) is a radical new way of funding disability services and supports in Australia.

The NDIS reforms will see the disability sector:

  • Moving away from eight separate State/Territory funding schemes to one uniform, national scheme
  • Changing from block funding of disability service provider organisations by governments, to individualised funding for people with disabilities based on individual needs assessments
  • Ditching Australia’s old welfare and charity model of disability funding, replacing it with a legislatively guaranteed “insurance” model whereby all Australians who meet the eligibility criteria are legally entitled to NDIS funding for all ‘necessary and reasonable’ supports.

By allocating funding for disability services and supports to people with disabilities themselves rather than to service provider organisations, and by introducing individualised funding packages, the NDIS aims to ensure that Australians with disability – and their families, where relevant – enjoy far greater choice and control over all necessary services and supports.

 

What services and equipment will the NDIS provide?

The NDIS provides ongoing funding for all ‘reasonable and necessary’ disability equipment, care and support services.

The National Disability Insurance Act, passed by the Commonwealth Parliament in 2012, sets out guidelines to help decide what can be funded, but generally the supports and services provided to you, if eligible, need to assist you to:

  • achieve your goals
  • become as independent as possible
  • develop skills for day-to-day living
  • participate in the community
  • work and earn money

In practice this means providing support, as and if required, in areas including:

  • mobility
  • communication
  • self-care and self-management
  • social interactions
  • learning
  • capacity for social and economic participation.

In thinking about and developing your own individualised NDIS plan, you therefore need to consider all your daily activities and the aids, equipment, training and/or support that would make your life easier, whether currently provided or not.

 

Need to know more?

More information about the NDIS is available here