What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is a new way of providing people with disability across Australia with support to meet their disability needs and link with their community.
The scheme supports people with permanent and significant disability to take part in everyday activities. This includes people whose disability is an intellectual, sensory or physical impairment, or a psychiatric condition. The scheme also provides early intervention to young children with disability to help them develop skills to take part in their daily lives.
Under the NDIS, people who meet the eligibility criteria (called Participants) can access supports that are related to their disability. Reasonable and necessary supports enable people with disability to live in the community and work towards their goals and aspirations. Disability supports are described in a Participant Plan and this support is provided over a person’s life time.
Participants receive individual funding and have choice and control over their disability supports, including being able to choose the service provider to provide their supports, and how the supports and services are delivered and managed.
Eligible people with disability who live in the Southern Downs can now access supports and services funded by the NDIS.
KMAC Community Care Services is a registered NDIS provider and can offer people with disabilities a range of quality support and services to meet their needs.
Services include, though are not limited to:
- Assistance with personal activities,
- Household tasks,
- Community access and participation,
- Group/centre activities,
- Community nursing care.
You are eligible for the NDIS if you:
- Are under 65 years of age; and
- Are an australian citizen or resident or permanent visa holder; and
- Meet the disability or early intervention requirements.
- Your eligibility for access to the NDIS is determined by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
KMAC Community Care Services can help work through this process and help you to prepare for your planning session with the NDIA Planner.
The NDIS Process
Step 1: NDIS contact, eligibility and access
Find out about your eligibility for the NDIS at www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/what-ndis
Step 2: Getting NDIS Participant Plan ready
Ahead of your planning session with the NDIA Planner, think about what you need and want to achieve your goals.
Step 3: Your NDIS planning session
Develop a Participant Plan that is going to suit your situation. You can take a support person to the planning session with the NDIA Planner to assist you through this process.
Step 4: Selecting a service provider
Participants can choose the service providers that best meet their needs.
KMAC Community Care Services can offer a range of supports and services to suit your needs.
After your planning meeting, the NDIA will provide you with your Participant Plan detailing the funding and support you can access.
You can request to be put in touch with KMAC Community Care Services on (07) 4664 1488 or you can get in touch with us yourself.
KMAC is an accredited community-owned organisation, providing both residential services and services in the home. KMAC’s quality services are highly recommended in the local community and service area. We look forward to assisting you to implement your plan and support your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Q1. How is the NDIS different to the old system?
The old system provided funding to organisations who then provided services to people with disability.
The NDIS gives control of the funding directly to the person with disability, who can then access the service
provider they choose.
Q2. How do I find out about the disability and early intervention requirements?
You can find information about the disability and early intervention requirements on the national NDIS
website, www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/what- ndis.
Q3. What support is available for Participants?
Support available under the NDIS is designed to enable you to connect with your community, gain
employment and live an ordinary life.
The reasonable and necessary support must relate to your disability and help you achieve your goals and
It may include things like travel (to get to employment or school or access the community); support around
the home (gardening, learning how to cook meals independently); or improving your ability to stay
independent, which may include training and therapy on orientation and mobility, or physiotherapy or
Q4. How do people access the NDIS?
People who live in the Southern Downs are now able to access the NDIS.
A guide to the access requirements for the NDIS can be found at www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/what- ndis or
you can phone them on 1800 800 110 to ask about eligibility for the NDIS.
You can also speak to staff at KMAC Community Care Services on 4661 1488 who can provide you with
additional information and support.
Q5. What is a Participant Plan?
A Participant Plan sets out the individual supports and services for a Participant. The Plan is based on your
planning meeting with the NDIA and reflects your goals and the supports and services you need to achieve
After the planning process is complete, you will be provided with your Participant Plan, which outlines the
support and funding available to you for the time of your plan which is usually one year.
You may use this funding to engage the service provider of your choice to provide the supports and services
set out in your plan.
Q6. What is goal setting and why is it important?
The NDIA Planner will discuss your goals and your needs, and the support you need to meet these goals.
Goal setting is important because it will determine the types of supports and services included in your
For example, if your goal is to independently travel to your community activities, the NDIA Planner will
work with you to identify the support you need to achieve this. It may mean you receive funding for
transport, mobility, along with some assistive technology to help navigate your way around the community.
It’s important to remember that every Participant Plan is different, even if the goals are similar.