The NDIS provides funding to people with disabilities who are eligible to spend more time with family and friends, have greater independence, access new skills, jobs or volunteer work in their community, and improve their quality of life. The NDIS also connects anyone with disabilities to services in their community. According to the NDIS, people with disabilities can actively have an active say about what they want and need through a variety of supports, including health care, housing and community activities. They develop an individual care plan adapted to their goals and aspirations and then choose the provider or service providers that best meet their needs.
They have direct control over the allocation of funds for these services, or they can decide who will help them. As a result of this change and significant investment, Queenslanders with disabilities are becoming a powerful group of consumers who will be able to access a wider range of support. The NDIS is creating a more competitive market based on the choices of people with disabilities, and NDIS participants choose service providers on the same terms as other consumer decisions. The NDIS gives people with disabilities more options and control over how, when and where their support is provided, and provides the certainty that they will receive the support they need throughout their lives.
The Australian Consumer Act provides protections to ensure that you get what you pay for when buying goods and services under the National Disability Insurance Plan (NDIS). When you compare prices, you have the right to ask for whatever you want, to take your time, to ask questions, to be treated fairly, and to receive accurate information. Choice and control are the fundamental principles of the NDIS, representing a break with previous approaches to well-being. The plan aims to empower consumers with disabilities to use the funds provided to them to purchase services that reflect their lifestyle and aspirations.
For more information on the type of supports and case studies on people's experience at NDIS trial sites, visit the external link on the NDIS website. The NDIS is considered to offer many advantages, especially for consumers, but the plan also poses significant challenges for service providers and the workforce. You can find more information on the type of support that the NDIS can finance in the NDIS Price Agreements and Price Limits.