We’re excited about the opportunities the NDIS offers you and your child, but there’s a lot of information to wade through so we want to help you to understand what this change means to your family.


Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the NDIS, but if you don’t find the information that you are looking for, get in touch with us on 1300 831 445 or send us an email

FAQs
What is the NDIS?
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The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme and is a national scheme designed to provide targeted support and improved access to services for individuals living with disabilities.


It’s a new way of funding and gives eligible participants choice and control to choose the services and help that they need, in the way that they want.

Who is the NDIA?
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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the Australian Government agency that’s responsible for implementing the NDIS.

How does the NDIS work?
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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the Australian Government agency responsible for implementing NDIS. They work with eligible families to develop a plan to support their child’s individual needs and help them to achieve their goals. This plan translates into funding under the NDIS which can then be used to purchase the services, support and equipment required as part of your child’s plan.

The level of support and funding provided for each child will directly related to their needs. As a child’s needs change, the funding plan can be adjusted accordingly.

Families will be able to decide how to manage their child’s funding and choose which service provider best meets their needs.

How do I find out whether my child is eligible to access the NDIS?
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Yes, even if you don’t have NDIS funding, it is still possible to access our disability services through self funding (direct payment to SDN).

When will the NDIS be available in my area?
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The NDIS commenced in July 2013 and is being introduced in stages in various locations around Australia.


SDN currently provides disability services under the NDIS in the ACT and in Northern Sydney, Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and the Nepean Blue Mountains region of NSW. To find out more about receiving SDN’s services in these areas, click here (link to Find the right support).

Sydney and South Eastern Sydney will transition to the NDIS In July 2017. For more information, please visit the NDIS website.

What happens if I’m not living in a location where the NDIS is available?
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If you meet other eligibility criteria but you do not live in an area where the NDIS has rolled out, your existing funding and services will continue. These will remain in place until the NDIS is introduced in your area.

Does SDN Children’s Services provide services under the NDIS?
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Yes, SDN Children’s Services (SDN) is registered to provide support and services to children and their families under the NDIS and is currently providing services in the ACT and in Northern Sydney, Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and the Nepean Blue Mountains region of NSW.


The NDIS promotes early action, where getting help as early as possible can reduce the effect of disability on the child. SDN welcomes the introduction of the NDIS and is excited about the positive impact this will have in helping to give all children the opportunity to reach their promise and potential.
We currently provide support and services in the following areas:
• daily living skills
• participating in the community
• feeling included in mainstream activities smoothly
• transitioning into new phases of life
Click here for more information

How do I access disability services provided by SDN?
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If you live in an area where the NDIS has rolled out and your child is eligible for an NDIS plan, you may be able to use the funds in your plan to pay for services provided by SDN. If your child is not eligible for funding under an NDIS plan, another way to access our services is through direct payment to SDN.


If you live in an area where the NDIS has not yet rolled out, we offer disability services for children through our Early Childhood Links service. Early Childhood Links is government funded which means families are able to receive our services without being out of pocket. There can sometimes be a waitlist to access services.

My child is already receiving disability support services from SDN, do we automatically transition to the NDIS?
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No, the transition to NDIS is not automatic.


If your child is under 6 and is already receiving disability services from SDN, you will be contacted by about starting the ECEI process. You can also contact us directly about the progress of your child’s transition to NDIS. Read more about ECEI here.


If your child is over 7, you will need to go through the NDIS process to confirm your child’s eligibility before you can receive funding. More information on the NDIS process can be found here

How does pricing under the NDIS work?
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If you are eligible for funding under the NDIS, you will receive a plan to support your child’s individual needs and help them to achieve their goals. This NDIS plan translates into funding dollars which can then be used to purchase the services, support and equipment you need for your child to reach their goals.


Your child’s NDIS plan will be made up of various categories of support that have been funded, with a total that is the sum of the individual amounts allocated to each category. Each category links to a choice of services, supports and equipment with a cost that is set by the NDIS (generally an hourly rate).
More details can be found here. 

Up to what age does SDN provide disability services?
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SDN provides services for children from birth until they start high school. When the child transitions to high school we’ll assist with transitioning them to another provider that focuses on young adults.