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The NDIS, NDS And NDIA — Understanding Australia’s Disability Support Scheme

Disability Support In Australia Today

In 2018, Australia’s population was estimated to have reached 25 million. Of which, over 4 million Aussies have some form of disability. That’s 1 in every 5 people to put things into perspective.

Quite a number, huh? You can just imagine how huge the health and disability sector is.

In fact, it is one of the biggest sectors in the country — which is why organisations like the National Disability Services, National Disability Insurance Agency and the National Disability Insurance Scheme exists to cater to the sector’s needs.

Have you heard about these organisations before? If not, then sit back and read on!


I. The National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIA is the governing body that decides whether a person is eligible to receive disability support. You may check out their Eligibility Checklist for more info.

If a person is eligible, he/she will become an NDIS participant. NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme. It’s a written agreement/plan that will be worked out by both parties and includes the participant’s goals and what kind of support they need.

The NDIS will provide Australians aged under 65 with permanent and significant disability with funding for support and services.

The NDIS is able to provide people with disability with relevant information and connections to services in their communities.  Info has helpful as what type of support is provided by each state and territory government, support clubs, and even doctors.

This is obviously beneficial for those who strive day by day to hone their skills, be independent, and contribute and actively take part in the community despite their condition.


II. Types Of Funded Services Under NDIS

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▪ Education

▪ Social participation

▪ Employment

▪ Independence

▪ Living arrangements

▪ Health

For more info regarding the NDIS’s services and other government services, click here.


III. The National Disability Services

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The NDS is a body for non-government disability organisations that represent thousands of non-government service providers.

The National Disability Services is the only organisation in Australia that represents the full spectrum of disability service providers.

Members range from small support groups to multi-service disability support organisations. Membership to the organisation provides disability groups with a strong and united voice.

This enables the whole disability sector to collectively initiate and influence change, outcomes, and deliver the funding needed. All to ensure the best possible quality of life for people with disabilities.

The NDS dates back to 1945 when the Australian Advisory Council for the Physically Handicapped was formed. Their job was to cater to national coordination of the respective state and territory bodies.

Eventually, everyone within the sector began to realise that every disability service provider had a common goal, regardless of what group they serve — which was providing a better quality of life to persons with disabilities.

Following the realisation, the Australian Council for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled was established. The organisation was more inclusive, thus allowing the disability sector to address the government as one voice when expressing disability issues and concerns.


IV. Job Opportunities In NDIA

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The NDIA or the National Disability Insurance Agency is the governing body that decides whether a person is eligible to receive disability support.
Which means, they decide if a person is eligible for the NDIS.

Sounds like a heavy job, yeah? Well, speaking of jobs, the NDIA is expected to be a hotbed for job opportunities for those interested to work in the disability sector.

According to the Financial Review, Australia’s disability sector expects to add around 160,000 full-time jobs with the rollout of the NDIS.

Currently, the healthcare sector is responsible for 13% of Australia’s workforce and is expected to increase to 15% in the next few years.

As mentioned earlier, the disability sector is one of the bigger industries in Australia. Therefore, if we’re talking about job prospects and opportunities, expect heaps of it within the sector — you just need to acquire the proper qualifications to jumpstart your career.

Get qualified with either the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) or the Certificate IV in Disability to have the latest qualifications for the industry under your belt.

If you already have any of these nationally recognised qualifications, then you might want to check out the NDIA for job openings, and the NDS’s as well.

There are heaps of job roles that await you, as again, they represent the full spectrum of the disability support sector. It would be a no brainer to check them out!


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