Draft rules stand up for
More details on the rules that will guide how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) works for people with disability, their families, carers and service providers have been released for public comment.
The rules support the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill, which establishes the NDIS and is currently before Parliament.
The Bill includes eligibility criteria; what constitutes reasonable and necessary support; and how the NDIS Agency is to deliver the scheme.
The rules add to that by outlining a further level of detail on how the NDIS would work, including how people with disability would be able to access the scheme and how the Agency would determine what supports were reasonable to meet a person’s needs.
They also provide a guide to what kinds of supports would be funded; what supports were best delivered by other systems of support, like the health or education systems; how the NDIS Launch Transition Agency would work with people with disability, their families and carers; and how service providers would register with the Agency.
Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin said $1 billion had been provided to launch the NDIS from 1 July this year.
“About 26,000 people with significant and permanent disabilities, their families and carers, will benefit from the first stage of the NDIS,” Ms Macklin said.
“The five launch sites are the Hunter in NSW, the Barwon area of Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania, and the ACT from July 2014.”
She said the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) had been working closely with stakeholders on the design of the NDIS.
“People with disability, their families and carers will have further opportunity to provide feedback on the rules,” she said.
“These rules will also be able to be adjusted and updated as needed into the future to reflect the experience we gain through the NDIS launch. “
The rules can be accessed via this PS News link and the public comment period closes 23 March.
Edition 352, 12 March 2013