The National Disability Insurance Scheme, also known as NDIS, is an Australian Government-backed scheme that provides disability support to millions of people living with physical and mental disabilities. The scheme was introduced in 2021 and covers a broad range of disabilities, including arthritis, cancer, vision impairment, deafness, heart condition, kidney or renal disease, muscular or skeletal disease, HIV/AIDS, obesity, autism, epilepsy, cancer or any other physical or mental illness. This plan is available to anyone who needs to access the disability support and assistance it offers with the help of their NDIS plan manager.
The key feature of the NDIS plan management is its simplified application process. Once a suitable candidate has been found, the applicant can easily proceed through the application form and secure the funds they require. Each application for financial assistance is assessed thoroughly, and all questions are answered accordingly. Once all the requisite information has been submitted, the application is then approved or rejected. As such, the chances of being declined funding are very low.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme also involves several other important features. These include: the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), a body within the Department of Social Services (DSS), is responsible for ensuring that the National Disability Insurance Scheme is conducted per the provisions of the Act and the various policies contained therein. Within this agency, several regional offices are located across the country, each servicing a specific region. The Secretary administers the scheme to the Department of Social Services, who also ensures that the goals of the National Disability Insurance Scheme are met through a series of policy reviews and evaluations.
The NDIS plan manager is the person in charge of the day to day management and implementation of the scheme. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that sufficient resources are in place to smoothly administer the scheme and carry out all of its functions. Apart from this, the plan manager ensures that sufficient numbers of eligible beneficiaries are provided with disability support so that they too receive the appropriate levels of income support, as per their eligibility criteria. In addition to this, the NDIS plan manager also monitors the various providers of disability services’ activities to ensure that these providers fulfil their duties to the letter. If providers fail to perform their obligations, the Secretary can rectify the situation by disciplining them or even cancelling their services.
The main objective of the NDIS plan management office is to oversee the entire disability support system to ensure that there is no duplication of services or provision of funds. The plans for each category of clients are reviewed at periodic intervals to check that the providers’ activities are meeting their objectives. At each review, corrective action plans are drawn up, which the NDIS plan managers use to ensure that each aspect of the system is being administered to the best of their ability. This ensures maximum benefit to the client and minimisation of potential risk and expense.
The process of choosing a suitable plan or provider involves much more than simply comparing costs and quotations. It is critically important that the client gets the support they need at the most cost-effective rate possible. Therefore, thorough consideration should be given to the type of provider and their suitability for meeting the needs of the individual. There is considerable expertise required in this area, and it is advisable to seek an experienced insolvency practitioner or financial specialist before deciding on the matter.