What is the NDIS? - Afea Care Services

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides people under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with funding for supports and services. The NDIS provides people with a disability with the help they need to live independently and achieve their goals.

The NDIS takes a lifetime approach, it not only provides immediate assistance to participants in order to lead an ordinary life from day-to-day, but it also funds supports to help build the skills necessary to live more independently in future.

Everybody has different needs and goals. The NDIS provides individual plans to each participant, and choice and control over which services they receive and from where. NDIS plans will be reviewed on a regular basis, typically every year, to assess whether goals are being achieved and needs are being met. This will determine the funding amounts for supports in the next plan.

Funding amounts are based on what’s ‘reasonable’ and ‘necessary’ for participants to achieve their goals. Whether they have help from friends, family and other government supports will also be taken into account. With that in mind, NDIS funding is broken up into separate budgets, and the approved amounts in each will differ from participant to participant.



Types of budgets in an NDIS plan:

Core Supports:

  • Consumables – everyday items such as continence pads
  • Daily activities – such as getting dressed and light housekeeping
  • Social and community participation – engagement in social or recreational activities
  • Transportation – lifts in the car and help on public transport

Capacity Building:

  • Support Coordination – connection to services, building skills
  • Improved living arrangements – help obtaining and retaining accommodation
  • Social and community participation – develop skills to participate in social and recreational activities
  • Employment – including assessments and counselling
  • Improved Relationships – develop positive behaviours to interact with others
  • Improved health and wellbeing – including exercise and diet advice
  • Improved learning – including training, advice to move from school to further education 
  • Improved life choices – Plan Management to help manage plan and funding
  • Improved daily living – assessment, training or therapies to help increase skills and community participation

Capital Support Budget

  • Assistive technology – includes equipment for mobility, personal care and recreational inclusion
  • Home modifications – to make your home safer
  • SDA – Specialised Disability Accommodation

How do I get NDIS funding?

Click the link for information about how to apply for NDIS funding and to find out if you are eligible

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Frequently asked questions

What is the NDIA?

The National Disability Insurance Agency is operated by the Australian Government and is responsible for implementing the NDIS

Will I need to pay anything on top of my funding?

Unlike Home Care Packages for Aged Care, NDIS is fully funded by the Australian Government and you will not need to pay any fees from your own pocket

Is Afea an NDIS approved provider?

Yes, Afea is an approved NDIS provider of Home Care, Plan Management, Support Coordination and Supported Independent Living. To learn more about any of these services, reach out to our friendly team today

Is there a limit to the amount I can be charged for NDIS services?

Yes, all approved NDIS providers are required to charge no more than the amounts laid out in the NDIS Price Guide. To see the latest NDIS Price Guide, visit the NDIS website

What types of supports does the NDIS fund?

Check out this page to find out what supports you can receive under the NDIS

I am over 65, can I still receive NDIS funding?

If you do not already have an NDIS Plan at the age of 65, you are no longer eligible for funding. However, if you are 65 or over, you may be eligible for Home Care Packages. Check out this page to find out more about Home Care Packages

Can I receive services if I’m not approved for NDIS funding?

If you have not been approved for NDIS funding, or are in the process but need immediate services, you can pay privately. Chat to our team about your options today


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