This resource is designed to provide carers with clear and brief information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). We hope it can help carers to gain a better understanding of the NDIS and how they can be involved.
How this resource can help you
- You may find this information useful to help you understand the NDIS and how you can help the person you care for to get support.
- There is information about how carers can be involved in the NDIS, and the supports you can get as a carer.
- There are direct links to the NDIS website, to help you find relevant information.
- There is a glossary which helps to explain some of the terms used by the NDIS.
Who are carers? Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, a serious long-term illness, a terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged. Carers may help and support the person they care for with daily activities, emotional, social and financial support. Carers of NDIS participants are most likely to be those who care for someone with a significant and permanent disability who is under the age of 65 years.
Why do I need to know about the NDIS? Carers need to be prepared for the NDIS as it will change the way that most disability supports and services work. It is very important that people with disability and their carers understand and prepare for the NDIS so that:
- All people with disability who need lots of support can access the NDIS
- People with disability who are in the NDIS get all the support they need
- Carers of people with disability get all the support they need
We welcome any feedback from carers on this resource and how it can be improved. We are also interested to hear from carers about their experience with the NDIS. Please contact Carers Australia on (02) 6122 9900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: The NDIS is changing quickly. We will try to update this website as often as possible but please check all information at www.ndis.gov.au or by calling 1800 800 110.
Last updated: 26 June 2015