National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aims to provide community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is currently being rolled out across the country with full transition to be achieved by July 2019. For more information about where and when it will be available, visit the NDIS website
The AASW is advocating in this space in consultation with key stakeholders - including with the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP) which is currently working with the Quality, Safeguards & Provider Registration Division of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure providers from self regulating professions are recognised using the same processes as AHPRA registered colleagues.
Social work and the NDIS
The NDIS is creating new roles for social workers. Social workers have the knowledge, skills and expertise to provide supports at numerous levels including as local area coordinators, planners, community development and direct practice roles. Social workers can become providers and be registered through the NDIS to provide a wide range of supports including:
- Therapeutic supports (individual and group)
- Early intervention supports for early childhood
- Behaviour support
- Specialised assessment of skills, abilities and needs
- Assistance in coordinating or managing life stages, transitions and supports
- Assistance with accommodation/tenancy
If you are interested in becoming a provider, visit the NDIS website for the requirements and process.
We are also in the process of developing a wide range of resources to assist social workers engage with the scheme.