The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will fundamentally change the way we, as a society, care for our sick and injured. It’s a massive project. So massive, in fact, that it’s being launched progressively over three years from 2013 to 2016, to make sure Australia’s infrastructure can cope.
The Hunter became one of the first regions to trial the NDIS in July 2013.
This puts Catherine Henry Lawyers, as a Newcastle based firm specialising in health law, in a special position. We are one of few Australian firms with hands on experience working with the NDIS.
About the book
The NDIS Act 2013 is an historic piece of legislation that is the foundation for a national scheme which will deliver meaningful change for people with disabilities across Australia.
The NDIS seeks to support the independence and social and economic participation of people with a disability, mainly by funding the provision of reasonable and necessary supports, including early intervention supports. The NDIS establishes three main criteria for access to the scheme – age, residence and disability.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme Handbook written by Bill Madden, Janine McIlwraith and Ruanne Brell examines the NDIS from the viewpoint of someone seeking to access the NDIS and those advising or assisting them. The authors examine the three key criteria for qualifying under the NDIS, along with the powers of the NDIS Chief Executive Officer and the scope for review of adverse decisions. They also scrutinise the interplay between the NDIS and compensation entitlements.
This handbook provides scheme users, carers, lawyers and health practitioners with an easy to understand guide to this watershed legal development.
• An explanation of the NDIS from the viewpoint of those seeking assistance under the scheme
• Examination of the key access criteria
• Examination of compensation entitlements
• Extracts of important parts of the legislation and the rules