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Mythbuster – are participants in the NDIS means tested?

7 October 2015

In the first of our ‘mythbusters’ we address the confusion some people have expressed around whether the NDIS is ‘means tested’. It’s an important question as it could affect whether or not someone receives any support at all.

The definition of ‘means tested’ is the determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based upon whether the individual or family possesses the 'means to do' without that help.  

The good news is that the NDIS is not means tested. The support an individual receives is determined by his/her functional impairment rather than income or assets. Therefore all Australians with any level or type of disability can access the scheme which offers a comprehensive information and referral service to help people access mainstream, community and – where necessary – specialist disability support services.

Eligibility criteria for the NDIS considers a person’s age, impairment/s; whether the impairment/s is permanent or likely to be permanent and whether the person would benefit from early intervention. 

If you’re eligible for the NDIS, you will receive funding on an annual basis to purchase the services, aids and equipment that you have been assessed as needing from the service provider/providers of your choice. As individual circumstances, condition or needs change, NDIS participants will be able to apply to have their funding plan adjusted accordingly.  For a more in-depth look at NDIS eligibility click here.

 The NDIS is being introduced in stages. The current trial sites are:

  • Tasmania for young people aged 15-24;
  • South Australia for children aged 0-13;
  • the Barwon area of Victoria for people up to age 65;
  • the Hunter area in NSW for people up to age 65;
  • the ACT for people up to age 65;
  • the Barkly region of Northern Territory for people up to age 65; and
  • the Perth Hills area of Western Australia for people up to age 65.

Roll out of the full scheme in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will commence progressively from July 2016.

Mythbuster – are participants in the NDIS means tested?

 

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In the first of our ‘mythbusters’ we address the confusion some people have expressed around whether the NDIS is ‘means tested’. It’s an important question as it could affect whether or not someone receives any support at all.

The definition of ‘means tested’ is the determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based upon whether the individual or family possesses the means to do without that help.  

The good news is that the NDIS is not means tested. The support an individual receives is determined by his/her functional impairment rather than income or assets. Therefore all Australians with any level or type of disability can access the scheme which offers a comprehensive information and referral service to help people access mainstream, community and – where necessary – specialist disability support services.

Eligibility criteria for the NDIS considers a person’s age, impairment/s; whether the impairment/s is permanent or likely to be permanent and whether the person would benefit from early intervention. 

If you’re eligible for the NDIS, you will receive funding on an annual basis to purchase the services, aids and equipment that you have been assessed as needing from the service provider/providers of your choice. As individual circumstances, condition or needs change, NDIS participants will be able to apply to have their funding plan adjusted accordingly.  For a more in-depth look at NDIS eligibility click here.

 The NDIS is being introduced in stages. The current trial sites are:

  • Tasmania for young people aged 15-24;
  • South Australia for children aged 0-13;
  • the Barwon area of Victoria for people up to age 65;
  • the Hunter area in NSW for people up to age 65;
  • the ACT for people up to age 65;
  • the Barkly region of Northern Territory for people up to age 65; and
  • the Perth Hills area of Western Australia for people up to age 65.

Roll out of the full scheme in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will commence progressively from July 2016.

- See more at: https://www.msaustralia.org.au/blogs/mythbuster-%E2%80%93-are-participants-ndis-means-tested#sthash.SKcUXTd5.dpuf

Mythbuster – are participants in the NDIS means tested?

 

Primary tabs

7 October 2015

In the first of our ‘mythbusters’ we address the confusion some people have expressed around whether the NDIS is ‘means tested’. It’s an important question as it could affect whether or not someone receives any support at all.

The definition of ‘means tested’ is the determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based upon whether the individual or family possesses the means to do without that help.  

The good news is that the NDIS is not means tested. The support an individual receives is determined by his/her functional impairment rather than income or assets. Therefore all Australians with any level or type of disability can access the scheme which offers a comprehensive information and referral service to help people access mainstream, community and – where necessary – specialist disability support services.

Eligibility criteria for the NDIS considers a person’s age, impairment/s; whether the impairment/s is permanent or likely to be permanent and whether the person would benefit from early intervention. 

If you’re eligible for the NDIS, you will receive funding on an annual basis to purchase the services, aids and equipment that you have been assessed as needing from the service provider/providers of your choice. As individual circumstances, condition or needs change, NDIS participants will be able to apply to have their funding plan adjusted accordingly.  For a more in-depth look at NDIS eligibility click here.

 The NDIS is being introduced in stages. The current trial sites are:

  • Tasmania for young people aged 15-24;
  • South Australia for children aged 0-13;
  • the Barwon area of Victoria for people up to age 65;
  • the Hunter area in NSW for people up to age 65;
  • the ACT for people up to age 65;
  • the Barkly region of Northern Territory for people up to age 65; and
  • the Perth Hills area of Western Australia for people up to age 65.

Roll out of the full scheme in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will commence progressively from July 2016.

- See more at: https://www.msaustralia.org.au/blogs/mythbuster-%E2%80%93-are-participants-ndis-means-tested#sthash.SKcUXTd5.dpuf

Mythbuster – are participants in the NDIS means tested?

 

Primary tabs

7 October 2015

In the first of our ‘mythbusters’ we address the confusion some people have expressed around whether the NDIS is ‘means tested’. It’s an important question as it could affect whether or not someone receives any support at all.

The definition of ‘means tested’ is the determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based upon whether the individual or family possesses the means to do without that help.  

The good news is that the NDIS is not means tested. The support an individual receives is determined by his/her functional impairment rather than income or assets. Therefore all Australians with any level or type of disability can access the scheme which offers a comprehensive information and referral service to help people access mainstream, community and – where necessary – specialist disability support services.

Eligibility criteria for the NDIS considers a person’s age, impairment/s; whether the impairment/s is permanent or likely to be permanent and whether the person would benefit from early intervention. 

If you’re eligible for the NDIS, you will receive funding on an annual basis to purchase the services, aids and equipment that you have been assessed as needing from the service provider/providers of your choice. As individual circumstances, condition or needs change, NDIS participants will be able to apply to have their funding plan adjusted accordingly.  For a more in-depth look at NDIS eligibility click here.

 The NDIS is being introduced in stages. The current trial sites are:

  • Tasmania for young people aged 15-24;
  • South Australia for children aged 0-13;
  • the Barwon area of Victoria for people up to age 65;
  • the Hunter area in NSW for people up to age 65;
  • the ACT for people up to age 65;
  • the Barkly region of Northern Territory for people up to age 65; and
  • the Perth Hills area of Western Australia for people up to age 65.

Roll out of the full scheme in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will commence progressively from July 2016.