United NT Disability Services
We were established to help improve outcomes for NDIS participants in the NT. We strive to be different and provide the very best services to the participant with highly trained qualified staff who work tirelessly to make people feel inclusive and part of a community.
We recognize that individuals are unique and deserve every opportunity to become fully independent and supported and believe that it is their life, their future, and their choice. We also support people to develop the skills and capabilities they need to gain independence and participate in society.
Inclusive and equitable supports
We enable opportunities for choice, inclusion, and achievement at home, in the community, through education and training, with a focus on employment.
Our values of social justice, respect, commitment, opportunity and inclusion show we are committed to the future of fulfilling the lives of people living with a disability.
We are an organization who understands the needs of people with a disability. Our vision is to ensure that we offer the best support no matter how small, and we do this by listening and communicating to participants in a way that builds trust, understanding, and mutual respect.
We also understand that the NDIS process can be frustrating and challenging to navigate, but with the guidance and support of an organization that is caring and participant focused, we can offer the support required to overcome those challenges.
Our team have all the knowledge needed to expertly navigate the NDIS, service providers, participant support, and all other aspects of service delivery.
What is the NDIS?
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Who is eligible for NDIS?
To receive funding through the NDIS you need to meet certain requirements. These are summarised below:
- You live in Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent resident or hold a protected special category visa
- You are aged between 0-65 (although already enrolled participants, once they turn 65, can choose either to continue with the NDIS or transfer to the aged care support system available to all Australians over that age)
- You have a disability that is permanent or likely to be permanent which has an impact on your functional capacity to communicate, interact socially, move safely around your home and the community or manage your personal care or affairs (banking, bill paying etc.)
How do I contact the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
You can also contact the National Disability Insurance Agency directly on 1800 800 110 or call United NT Disability Services on 08 7924 7095.
What kind of support does the NDIS fund?
All reasonable and necessary disability care, equipment and support services will be funded through the NDIS. Generally, the supports and services that will be provided, if eligible, need to assist you to:
- work towards achieving your goals
- become as independent as possible
- develop skills for day-to-day living
- participate in the community
- work and earn money
In practice this means providing support, as and if required, in areas including:
- self-care and self-management
- social interactions
- building skills and capacity for social and economic participation
What is the difference between NDIS and NDIA?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is known as NDIS. It is basically the legislation that was passed by the government to set up the Scheme to support people with a disability.
The National Disability Agency is known as NDIA. It is the government organization which makes the NDIS happen. NDIA employs a range of staff to support people with a disability and their families to plan for their life and provides the funding to support this to happen.
History of the NDIS
A grassroots campaign was at the heart of the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). People with disability, community organisations, advocates and governments worked hard to make disability reform a reality. The NDIS was legislated in 2013. It moved through trial and transition to full Scheme rollout across Australia by 2020. The NDIS now supports more than half a million adults and children with disability. Many of these people are receiving supports for the first time.
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What is not funded by the NDIS?
Supports that will not be funded are those that are:
- likely to cause harm to the individual or pose a risk to others
- unrelated to the individual’s disability
- duplicate other supports provided under alternative funding
- part of day-to-day living expenses incurred by the general public and not related to disability support needs (e.g., rent, groceries, household bills)
- related in any way to income replacement
Will the NDIS effect my Disability Support Pension or Carers Payment?
The Disability Support pension along with other income supports and payments such as Carer Payment, Carer Supplement, Carer allowance and Child Disability Assistance Payment are entirely separate to the NDIS and will not be affected if you are eligible for the NDIS.
What is Support Coordination?
A Support Coordinator works with individuals to formalise a support plan and help them to engage different supports. The aim of a Support Coordinator is to build capacity in different individuals, such as students, the elderly, those with a disability or people with mental health issues.
For families and carers
The role of families and carers is often essential in supporting people with disabilities to realise their goals, so it is important to include them indiscussions about supports.