It’s now been two years since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began a full roll-out across Australia. More than 26,000 Queenslanders now have an NDIS plan in place and more than 9,000 of these are new participants. In other words, many people who have not previously received support are now getting the assistance they need.
The Federal Government recently announced additions to the NDIS that will further improve access for people with disabilities. The Complex Support Needs Pathway will provide specialised support for participants who have many different challenges impacting on their lives such as mental health issues, incarceration or homelessness, and need a higher level of specialised supports in their plan.
Other NDIS improvements include specialised supports for people with psychosocial disabilities (such as schizophrenia, anxiety and mood disorders), face to face planning meetings with a suitably qualified and experienced planner, a new NDIS contact centre, a new-format NDIS plan and improvements to the MyPlace portal. The changes will be rolling out shortly.
If you have not yet accessed the NDIS there are three new participant booklets to help you understand and use your plan.