I need help with NDIS

Whether you’ve just joined the NDIS, you already have a plan, or you just need help - Novita’s here to support you every step of the way.

Novita has been working with the NDIS since 2013 when it first launched in South Australia. Call us if you need a hand at any stage throughout the process on 1300 NOVITA. You can also contact the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110.

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS, or National Disability Insurance Scheme, is a new way for people living with disability to get support and funding. It is run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

You can use the NDIS to get what your child or teen needs to reach their goals. This might include:

  • equipment and therapy
  • things that help your child go to school, sports clubs or community groups
  • access to healthcare
  • support for your family to care for your child
  • anything that helps your child to be more independent.

The NDIS calls these things:

  • Access to mainstream services and supports
  • Access to community services and supports
  • Maintaining your informal support arrangements

Receiving reasonable and necessary supports.

Who is it for?

The NDIS is for people aged 0-65 who live with permanent or significant disability. This means the person will probably have the disability their whole life, and it affects how they do everyday activities like making meals, having a shower, or going to work or school.

The NDIS website has information about when and where the NDIS is being made available. You can also download the Accessing the NDIS Fact Sheet or use the My NDIS Pathway guide to becoming a participant.

How does the NDIS work?

If your child is eligible to be an NDIS participant, you will need to work with an NDIS planner to create your child’s first NDIS plan. The plan will help you get the supports you need for your child.

The plan might include:

  • Services your child already uses
  • The support your child gets from family, doctors, paid disability support providers, or at school
  • New things like support at home, therapy services or a wheelchair, to help your child achieve their goals
  • Which service provider you want to provide your child’s supports and services.

Is my child eligible?

Your child will be eligible for the NDIS if they meet the access requirements. These include:

Age requirements (South Australia)

  • Kids aged 0-14 and teenagers aged 15-17 can enter the Scheme now
  • Adults aged 18-64 can enter the Scheme from July 2017, depending on where they live.

Residency requirements

  • Where you live and your child’s citizenship.

Disability requirements

  • The type of disability your child lives with
  • How long they will have the disability for
  • How it affects them in their everyday life.

Early intervention requirements

  • Your child is less than six years old
  • The type of disability your child lives with
  • Getting supports now could help your child.

The NDIS talks about early intervention as the Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach and has more information about it on their website.

What if my child already gets supports?

If your child already gets supports from a South Australian Government disability program, you will get a letter and a phone call from an NDIS representative when it’s time for them to transition to the NDIS. The supports and services your child currently gets will continue until they are an NDIS participant.

How to plan

If your child already gets supports from a South Australian Government disability program, you will get a letter and a phone call from an NDIS representative when it’s time for them to transition to the NDIS. The supports and services your child currently gets will continue until they are an NDIS participant.

Thousands of Novita kids and their parents have come to think of us as part of their family. If you’d like to join them, call us on 1300 NOVITA, request a callback, or email us on example@novita.org.au