What does the NDIS mean for people with hearing loss?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across the country by 2020. Here’s what it means for Australian Hearing clients.
 


What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme, implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). NDIA is an independent statutory agency. Its role is to provide individualised support to eligible people with disabilities, as well as their families and carers. The NDIS started in 2013 with the aim of administering a major reform of disability services in Australia.

It’s being introduced in stages to ensure a smooth transition for people with disabilities as well as support providers.

How does the NDIS affect Australian Hearing clients?

In terms of eligibility, it doesn’t.

Australian Hearing is an approved provider under the NDIS and if you’re a current Australian Hearing client, you will continue to receive the same level of hearing services regardless of whether you register for the NDIS or not.

Australian Hearing will continue to be the sole provider for clients who access services via the Community Service Obligation (CSO) Program until at least the end of June 2018.

When will the NDIS officially be rolled out?

According to the Federal Government, the NDIS will be rolled out nationally by 2019/20. If you’re located within one of the current NDIS trial sites, under the age of 65 and meet the eligibility requirements, you can register with the NDIS now.

Where are Australian Hearing centres within current NDIS trial sites located?


NSW/ACT
Canberra
Tuggeranong
Maitland
East Maitland
Newcastle
Belmont
Toronto
Wallsend
Penrith *Please note, hearing centres located within the Nepean Blue Mountains NDIS trial sites can see people aged under 18 years of age only
Springwood 

Victoria
Geelong
Bell Post Hill
Belmont
Colac

Western Australia
Perth
Karrinyup
Morley

South Australia
Please note, hearing centres located within this NDIS trial site can see people aged 6 and under only (or 13 and under for people not currently receiving disability services)
Adelaide
Marion
Modbury

Northern Territory
Darwin
Alice Springs

Tasmania
Please note, hearing centres located within this NDIS trial site can see people aged 15-24 years old only
Hobart
Launceston
Burnie

Queensland
Townsville

If you’re a health professional, how does the NDIS affect you?

If you have patients/clients on NDIS, they can access free Australian Hearing services and products via the scheme. This could be anything from full hearing assessments to hearing aids and devices designed to make hearing easier. Get in touch with us to find out more.

The above information on the NDIS has been sourced from the NDIS website and the Office of Hearing Services Department of Health website. It is intended to provide general information on the NDIS.

For more information on the NDIS, please call the National Disability Insurance Agency (who oversee the NDIS) on 1800 800 110 or visit www.ndis.gov.au.