Current estimates state 12,000 NDIS participants are in “urgent” need of suitable Special Disability Accommodation, and we at NDIS PROPERTY AUSTRALIA (NPA) want to help as many disabled people as possible into their forever home. The estimates are as high as 50,000 participants around Australia who need Special Disability Accommodation and this figure has been increasing since 2011 when the number was 28,000 as a forecast. Participants who are currently SDA qualified and funded, who are looking for accommodation to live alone or with other participants, either with or without an onsite carer, should make an enquiry with their provider so our team of consultants can best provide appropriate assistance.
NPA are able to give insight as to the areas in which our builders are constructing SDA compliant homes for participants to live in within the community. This will help if you are looking for SDA accommodation.
We also build SDA homes for owner occupiers who are SDA funded participants. These will be custom designed homes, as per your physical needs, which are compliant with the NDIS building guidelines for 2021. Participants may be able to choose from any one of the following types of brand new properties – apartments, homes, dual living homes, villas or even duplexes. The choice of having an onsite carer is also possible. The staff within NPA would need to consult with your provider and family support, to ensure finance qualification is in place before embarking on this process.
No matter what property questions you might have, we have the answers. We offer independent advice, with no agenda. Contact us today for a no-obligation chat to one of our experienced team members.
For more details on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, call 1800 800 110 or visit www.ndis.gov.au.
Here are a few common questions about the NDIS:
What is the difference between plan management and support coordination?
Plan Management is the management of the funds allocated to you under the NDIS. ie your NDIS budget, payments and invoices. Support Coordination is the implementation of your NDIS plan. ie keeping you on track with using the services and supports you need.
What is the difference between the NDIS and the NDIA?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new funding scheme to support for Australians with disability, their families and carers. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the independent statutory agency (basically the organisation), whose role is to implement the NDIS.
What happens to my funding if I am over 65?
To access the NDIS you must be aged under 65 when you apply. Once you have an NDIS plan, when you turn 65 you should continue to receive similar support through the Commonwealth Continuity of Support program. However you’ll cease to get NDIS funding if you’ve turned 65 and you enter an aged residential care facility or start permanently receiving ‘home care’ as defined under the Aged Care Act 1997.
What is a Local Area Coordinator?
Local Area Coordinators (LACs), are organisations who have partnered with the NDIA to deliver the NDIS. For the majority of NDIS participants, LACs will be who contacts you on behalf of the NDIA, to work with you to develop and submit your plan.
What happens to unused funds in my plan?
You may find you have unused funds if your independence increases and your need for support decreases. There is no benefit in trying to not use services and save them up if you need to use them. If you find you are not using funds and wish to adjust the kind of supports and services you need, talk with your Support Coordinator or Plan Manager.
It seemed a lot easier before the NDIS
Yes, it takes a while to get the full understanding of the NDIS. However before the NDIS started, many parents and carers used to be frustrated about not having choice or control. With the NDIS being designed so that the person living with the disability has more choice, control and flexibility, it also means that the responsibilities and roles have to be different.
Why all the paperwork?
The information that the NDIA have, guides them on the services and supports that they approve. So the more information they have, means the better they’ll be able to understand why someone needs the support and services that have been requested.
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