Australian Disability Enterprises - Transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Funding of Australian Disability Enterprises is gradually transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS supports people with permanent and significant disability to have more choice and control. The NDIS will deliver a new system of individually tailored support for people with disability based on need, where funding goes to the individual.

People will gain access to the scheme at different times, depending on where they live and how old they are. This staggered approach is designed to provide a smooth transition for people with disability and their families, carers and service providers.

People with disability seeking employment in an Australian Disability Enterprise under the NDIS

People with disability can already access supported employment in an Australian Disability Enterprise where the NDIS has rolled out. The NDIS website has more details about where the NDIS is currently operating.

You can visit the NDIS website to see if the NDIS is available in your area and complete the NDIS Access Checklist or call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 to ask for an access request form.

Some of your questions about transition to the NDIS may be answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Australian Disability Enterprises providing supported employment under the NDIS

The NDIS is a major opportunity for service to providers to grow and diversify their business and the broader sector. The NDIS website has more details about where the NDIS is currently operating. Service providers should prepare for the full scheme rollout of the NDIS. Service providers should plan for changes to their funding agreements and actively engage with the NDIA during the transition period to ensure there is minimal impact on their current clients and NDIS participants.

As the NDIS rolls out, people with disability supported at your Australian Disability Enterprise will gradually become NDIS participants. The NDIS is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency. From 1 July 2015, the National Disability Insurance Agency will fund supported employment for participants of the NDIS who work in Australian Disability Enterprises. Once a supported employee has a plan approved under the NDIS, funding to support them in employment from the Department of Social Services (DSS) ceases as they will be eligible to receive funding under the NDIS.

Providers must register with the National Disability Insurance Agency as a service provider in order to claim services delivered to NDIS participants. To register with the NDIS, go to the website at www.ndis.gov.au/providers.html.

Not everyone with disability will be eligible for the NDIS. If existing clients of Commonwealth disability programs are not eligible for the NDIS, they will be provided with continuity of support services. This will help them achieve similar outcomes to the outcomes they were aiming to achieve before the introduction of the NDIS, even if the arrangements for that support change over time.

Some of your questions about transition to the NDIS may be answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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