National Disabilty Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Working for your future.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with a permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS is a person-centred approach to funding which will enable people living with a disability to determine their own future and receive funding based on their needs and goals. The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports to help a participant to reach their goals and objectives in a range of areas, which may include education, employment, social participation, independence, living arrangements and health and wellbeing.

These supports will help participants to:

  • pursue their goals, objectives and aspirations;
  • increase their independence;
  • Identify and develop new programs to meet the health and wellbeing needs of amputees.
  • increase social and economic participation; and,
  • develop their capacity to actively take part in the community.

The NDIS will be rolled out in stages across Australia. Full roll-out of the NDIS will commence in July 2016. You will have the option to attend information based events in your state or territory about engaging into the NDIS. Register with the NDIS Events page to find out more.

Am I eligible?

The Scheme is a major reform in disability support and will be rolled-out nationally over the next few years. If you are under 65 years of age and have a permanent disability you may be eligible to receive NDIS financial support. To check if you are currently eligible go to My Access Checker.


Am I eligible for the NDIS funding

Trial sites

The full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will commence in July 2016.

If you would like to find out if the NDIS is currently available in your area you can find out here or call 1800 800 110 for more information.


• Where and when is the National Disability Insurance Scheme available?

Common Terms

Like every new policy or reform there is a new set of terms and words which are uncommon. The team at Every Australian Counts have developed a tool to help you to understand the terms being used by the NDIS. If you plan on engaging in the NDIS it is worth taking some time to familiarise yourself with these terms.


Take a moment to visit the dejargonator to find our more.


Peer Support and Advocacy

At Limbs 4 Life we understand the challenges involved following an amputation. We are here to support you through the process and help you along the way. Limbs 4 Life’s Peer Support Volunteers are all amputees and can assist you with your journey back to independent living.


If you would like to speak to a trained Peer Support Volunteer you can make a request by contacting us on 1300 78 2231 toll free or request a visit here. Limbs 4 Life Peer Support Volunteers can also assist you when developing your NDIS ‘Participant Plan’. Our Volunteers are available to help you to identify the tools and resources that you may need to help you to achieve your goals.


The Planning Process

If you are deemed eligible for support via the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) you will meet with an NDIS ‘Planner’. The role of the Planner is to help you access the system and to work with you to develop your individual ‘Participant Plan’. You may like to have someone else with you when you meet with your Planner. The Planner will work with you to fully develop your Participant Plan including supports, funding and timelines.


You then decide what works best for you in managing your plan. You can you manage it yourself, get assistance from another person or use the NDIS agency. Remember, the NDIS is all about giving you more choice and greater flexibility. It’s about meeting your unique needs. So you decide how you want to put your plan into action.


Your NDIS plan is not a one-off event. You set your own review timetable so if your circumstances change, you can adjust your plan.




Remember – the NDIS is about a lifelong commitment to meeting your needs now, and in the future.

NDIS Providers

A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider is a person or an organisation that delivers support to someone who has registered for the NDIS support. For example a provider could be: your prosthetist; a social worker; a person who assists you with domestic tasks such a lawn mowing; and/or, the organisation that modifies your car or vehicle. Your Planner can assist you to access providers that support your goals and outcomes. See the current list of providers in regions where the NDIS is being trialled prior to full roll-out in July 2016.




Limbs 4 Life has developed checklists to help you to think about the assistive devices (aids and equipment) and services which may help you to reach your goals. It’s important to remember that you should set aside some time to think about your lifestyle, activities and needs prior to making your ‘Participant Plan’. Try to consider all of the areas of support that will help you to achieve your desired outcomes.


If you are unsure of your needs, speak to your healthcare provider, a Limbs 4 Life trained Peer Support Volunteer or rehabilitation consultant about what equipment and services will be required to determine your future.