NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME
Northside Enterprise Inc. and NDIS
Northside Enterprise Inc. is a registered NDIS service provider located in the Northern Sydney District. Northside Enterprise Inc. is actively supporting the roll out of the NDIS. The NDIS roll out means that Northside Enterprise Inc. will commence operating as an NDIS service provider from 1 July 2016.
We can help you become NDIS ready and receive your chosen NDIS supports
If you need help understanding how it all works, our team can help you get ready.
We can help you with your planning for the NDIS.
We will help you and your family with your First NDIS Plan or other support planning ways you may choose.
We have the flexibility and capability to meet your expectations for services and supports through our programs and activities.
You can feel confident that you will benefit from our experience and long history of supporting people in NSW’s Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore of Sydney areas.
In short, Northside Enterprise Inc. can help you with:
- Learning new life skills and maintaining the ones you already have
- Acquire skills for living independently or as independently as possible
- Support you in accessing and participating in your community and beyond
- Facilitate and support home, centre or community based recreational and leisure
- Transport to community based activities
- Obtaining work and pre-vocational skills that will help you get a job
- Finding and keeping a job
- Building relationships and making new friends
- Learning to communicate
- Using technology such as electronic devices
- Personal care
- Behaviour support
What is the NDIS?
It’s the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It’s a new way of supporting people with a permanent and significant disability If your disability affects your ability to take part in everyday activities and you acquired it before the age of 65, the NDIS is almost certainly for you.
So how is the NDIS different?
In a word, it’s about YOU. It’s about a new way of talking with and listening to people like you to work out the kinds of supports you need to live your life, and your family’s life, the way you want to live it. The NDIS can help you achieve goals in many aspects of your life. It’s about your choices, the decisions you and your loved one’s make, your involvement in your community, your education, your employment. It’s about your overall health and wellbeing and greater participation in a more inclusive community.As Melanie Schlaeger, a 26-year-old woman with disability said: “I don’t expect the NDIS to find me a white picket fence, kids and a partner, but I do expect them to give me my independence… the independence to chase those dreams.”
So when does the NDIS start?
Right now, we’re still in the launch period, with trial sites in all states and territories of Australia except Queensland. It will be rolling out to the rest of Australia – and you can check out when the NDIS hits your area. In Northern Sydney area the NDIS will roll out from 1 July 2016.
Is it really here to stay?
It is. The NDIS is required by the law that created it to provide sustainable support over the lifetime of Scheme participants. The NDIS will give you certainty that you or your family member you will receive the support you need not just now, and not just until the government changes, but over the course of your whole lifetime. It was people like you who made the NDIS a reality through your support of the Every Australian Counts campaign, and the scheme has bipartisan political support. Early indications from trial sites show it’s on budget too, which will help maintain political goodwill. But the Every Australian Counts Campaign is not going away. And with the involvement of our 160,000 supporters we’ll keep up the pressure when we need to … just in case.
Right, so who exactly qualifies for the NDIS and who doesn’t?
In general terms, you have to be under 65 years when you submit your access request to the NDIS Agency and an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder.Until the trial period is over you must live in a trial site. In South Australia and Tasmania you must also meet the specific age-related requirements of those trial sites.The NDIS does not have a prescriptive list of diagnostic categories that automatically entitle you to support or exclude you from support. The key question is the degree to which your significant and permanent disability, which can include people with mental health issues, limits your functional ability. Children must have a disability that is likely to be permanent or a developmental delay.For more info on whether your disability makes you eligible for the NDIS please read the following fact sheet from the NDIA.
How do I get started then?
You can go to the Access Requirements page on the NDIS website. It’ll take you about five or ten minutes to answer six really quick pages of questions, and you’ll get an answer straight away which says if you’re likely to be eligible right now. It’s anonymous, you just have to give your first name.