Understanding the NDIS

Live the life you deserve. Are you ready to live an independent life? Learn how the NDIS works and how to make the most of your plan with Elite Smart. 


NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme. The NDIS is set to provide over $22 billion in funding per year to roughly 500,000 Australians with permanent and significant disabilities. The scheme is a major turning point in getting people with disabilities the care they need and deserve.

The NDIS is reserved for people who meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Between the ages of 7 and 65.
  • Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a permanent or protected Special Category visa (SCV) holder.
  • Have a permanent and significant disability that requires support from a carer, special equipment, and/or supports to reduce future needs.

To find out if you meet the NDIS eligibility requirements, click here.

Every person living with a disability has a different set of needs. So, it makes sense that everyone will receive a different level of NDIS funding. The scheme features three support plan budgets: the Core Supports budget, the Capacity Building budget, and the Capital Support budget. Your budgets are determined based on what is “reasonable” and “necessary” to help you pursue your goals. For more information, consult the NDIS Plan budget and rules page.

How Does the NDIS Work?

So, you’ve been admitted to the NDIS. You’ve developed your care plan and you have your budget. But you may still be wondering: how do I put my plan into practice? At Elite Smart, your next steps are as easy as 1-2-3.

Reach Out to Us

First, get in touch with our team. This will allow us to start a conversation about your circumstances, needs, and objectives. With this information, we’ll be better equipped to give you the care you deserve.

Review & Reassess

As a team, we will review your NDIS plan with you to see how our services align with your goals. We’ll then help you reassess any areas you may want to change. By keeping your plan up to date, we’ll get you closer to living the life you want.

Receive Personalised Support

Next, you’ll reap the rewards of the Elite Smart customised care model. Together, we’ll put your plan into action and guide you on the path to realising your goals.

NDIS Plan Management Type

Your funding and payment structure will depend on your plan management type.

There are three forms of NDIS plan management:

Agency Managed

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) manages your plan for you. this means that the NDIA is responsible for directly paying providers for any services you book with them.

Self Managed

You are responsible for all payments. You are in control and have full flexibility over your service bookings. If you are confident in coordinating your finances independently, this is a great option for you.

Plan Managed

A third-party individual manages your plan on your behalf. This person is known as your plan manager and you must pay a fee for their services. In some cases, you may receive funding in your plan specifically for plan management fees.

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