Navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia can be easier when you understand the common terminology used in the scheme.
List of NDIS Key Terms
Here are some new NDIS lingo and terms you need to know:
- Participant: An individual with a disability who is eligible for NDIS support and has an approved NDIS plan.
- NDIS Plan: A written document that outlines the supports and services a participant is entitled to receive under the NDIS.
- Support Coordinator: A professional who helps participants implement and manage their NDIS plan, connect with service providers, and achieve their goals.
- Service Agreement: A formal agreement between a participant and a service provider outlining the services to be provided, costs, and terms of service.
- Early Intervention: Services and support provided to children under the age of 7 who show early signs of developmental delay or disability.
- Reasonable and Necessary: The NDIS funds supports and services that are considered “reasonable and necessary” to help a participant achieve their goals, improve their independence, or maintain their current abilities.
- LAC (Local Area Coordinator): A community-based organisation that helps people with disabilities access the NDIS and connect with local services and supports.
- Support Categories: The NDIS classifies support and services into categories such as “Core Supports,” “Capital Supports,” and “Capacity Building Supports.”
- Core Supports: These are everyday support services that help participants with their daily living activities, such as personal care and community access.
- Capital Supports: Funding for larger, one-off purchases, like assistive technology, home modifications, and vehicle modifications.
- Capacity Building Supports: Services aimed at building a participant’s skills, independence, and community involvement, including training, therapy, and support coordination.
- Reasonable and Necessary Criteria: The criteria used to determine whether a support or service is considered reasonable and necessary for a participant. It includes being related to the participant’s disability and expected to be effective.
- Plan Review: A periodic assessment of a participant’s NDIS plan to ensure it aligns with their current needs, goals, and circumstances.
- Provider Registration: Service providers must be registered with the NDIS to offer services. Registration ensures they meet quality and safety standards.
- Support Funding: The amount of funding allocated to a participant’s NDIS plan to cover the cost of supports and services.
- SIL (Supported Independent Living): Assistance for participants who require support with daily living tasks while living in a shared living arrangement.
- Assistive Technology: Devices, equipment, or aids that help participants with a disability improve their independence and quality of life, such as wheelchairs, communication devices, or hearing aids.
- Nominee: An individual appointed to make decisions on behalf of a participant, typically when the participant is unable to make decisions themselves.
- Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI): A program aimed at providing early intervention services for children aged 0-6 who have developmental concerns or disabilities.
- Plan Manager: A service provider that helps participants manage their NDIS funds, pay invoices, and claim reimbursements.
Understanding these terms can help you better navigate the NDIS and effectively communicate with NDIS staff, support coordinators, and service providers in Australia.