What is the NDIS?

Launched in July 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support for people with disabilities. Implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the scheme has meant big changes for people with a disability, their families and carers.

Now, people with disabilities are able to work with the NDIA to develop a support plan that’s tailored to their needs. As part of this plan, people with disabilities can get NDIS funding for specific types of supports – meaning they have more say over what supports they receive, and which accredited providers why work with. One of the key advantages of the NDIA is that individuals have more power and control over their lives, and receive the support they need to achieve their goals. For more info on the scheme head to ndis.gov.au

Is Hear For You an accredited NDIS provider?

Yes, Hear For You is a fully accredited NDIS provider in all Australian States and Territories.  In 2018, we aim to host programs in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, and in selected NDIS areas of Rural and Regional NSW, QLD, and Victoria.

Will the NDIS cover the cost of my Hear For You programs and workshops?

It really depends on your situation. When you meet with someone from the NDIA for your assessment, it’s important to be prepared so you can get the outcomes that are right for you. While we can’t guarantee that the NDIA will fund your Hear For You workshop/s, it will help if you apply under the following clusters:

  1. Increased Social and Community Participation (preferred)
Support ItemSupport Item Ref No.Description
Life transition planning including mentoring, peer support and individual skill development.09_006_0106_6_3Establishing volunteer assistance within the participant’s home or community to develop skills. For instance, assistance in attending appointments, shopping, bill paying, taking part in social activities and maintaining contact with others.
  1. Improved daily living skills (only if unable to secure funding under Section 9)
Support ItemSupport Item Ref No.Description
Assistance with decision making, daily planning, budgeting15_035_0106_1_3Provision of time limited support to assist a person to develop and maintain daily budget, including assisting in planning purchases.

Is NDIS the only way I can pay for my program or workshop?

No, you have three options. The first is to pay for the activity yourself upfront.

Secondly, if you have NDIS funding, you may be able to pay for the program or workshop through your plan. To do this, you’ll need to:

  1. Buy an NDIS Participant ticket to the program or workshop of your choice
  2. Email us to advise whether you’re NDIA Agency managed (e. they pay all invoices on your behalf), or self-funded (i.e. the NDIA have given you a lump sum to use as per your agreed NDIS plan).
  3. Thirdly, you’ll need to give us your NDIS number and the number of hours or funding amount that you have secured with your NDIA planner.

Finally, if you are going through financial hardship you can apply to be part of our Community Fundraising Program, where we will work with you to fundraise through your local community clubs (RSLs, Rotary, Lions, Apex, etc.) To find out more about this option, just email us.

How many NDIS hours will I use with Hear For You?

Each Hear For You program is different, so there are different hourly allocations for each program. We will generally include these with all the information about each program, but you can also get in touch if you’re unsure.

When will the NDIS be rolled out in my area?

It depends on where you’re living. If you’re still waiting for the scheme to reach your area, you can find out more info here.