FAQS

What is an NDIS plan?

Every NDIS participant has a unique NDIS plan that is tailored to their needs. An NDIS plan will outline the supports and services they may require to achieve their goals outlined in the plan. The NDIS plan will have corresponding funding allocated to pay for these supports and services. An NDIS plan will develop and change over time according to the participant’s needs.

Am I eligible for NDIS Support?

If you meet the age and residence requirements, as well as one of three requirements related to disability and early intervention

To be eligible for the NDIS, you must:

  • Be between 7 and 65 years old
  • Live in Australia and are an Australian citizen or have a Permanent or Special Category Visa

In addition to the above, the NDIS will assess whether you meet one of the below requirements:

  • You usually need support from someone because of a permanent and significant disability
  • You use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability
  • You need support now to reduce your future needs
What is the difference between the NDIS and the NDIA?

NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) is the agency that is responsible for implementing the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). The NDIA exists to ensure that people with disabilities receive the support they need through their NDIS plan.

What is an NDIS registered provider?

NDIS registered providers have been assessed by NDIA and have met NDIS quality and safeguard standards. Brighter Futures is an NDIS registered provider.

What is supported independent living (SIL)?

Supported independent living (SIL) comprises support or supervision of 24hrs – 7 days a week of daily activities to develop skills that allow individuals to live as independently as possible. This support is provided to participants in their own home. Supported independent living can be on an individual or share basis.

  • Assist with personal care tasks
  • Build skills like meal preparation and cooking, cleaning, and developing a routine
  • Action any behaviour support plans
  • Develop social skills
  • Support with supervision, personal safety and security
  • Assistance in medication management
  • Support in attending medical appointments
  • Community access that is not routine or regular, for example, support to complete personal tasks
  • Assist in getting to and from community access activities, where this is your preference. For example, support to attend hydrotherapy sessions, or to visit family or friends outside of the home.
What does Supported independent living not include?

SIL does not include day-to-day living costs not related to your disability support needs such as:

  • The cost of groceries 
  • Rent, board or lodging costs
  • Utilities such as gas, electricity, water, telephone, or internet bills
  • Vehicle costs.

Supported independent living does not include supports that are more appropriately funded

or provided by another service system, including:

  • Paid personal supports while you’re admitted to the hospital. The health system is responsible for this support – learn more about mainstream supports.
  • Paid personal supports if you’re in custody or to implement community supervision orders. The justice system is responsible for these supports – learn more about the justice system
  • Nursing, medical, palliative care and other health related supports.
Does SIL funding cover rent?

SIL funding does not cover the cost of rent or utilities. The participant will pay for this portion. However, qualify for other funding such as rent assistance through Services Australia, which can be used for board and lodging. This is, however, separate from the SIL funding.

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