How the NDIS works with other support systems
Whilst the NDIS is expected to provide disability supports for over 460,000 Australians living with a significant and permanent disability, it is not intended to replace other services that are available to all Australians, such as health, education, employment, transport, aged care, justice and housing.
Section 34 of the NDIS Act defines what reasonable and necessary is –
For the purpose of specifying, in a statement of participant supports, the general supports that will be provided, and the reasonable and necessary supports that will be funded, the CEO must be satisfied of all the following in relation to the funding or provision of each such support:
a) the support will assist the participant to pursue goals, objectives and aspirations included in the participant’s statement of goals and aspiration;
b) the support will assist the participant to undertake activities, so as to facilitate the participant’s social and economic participation;
c) the support represents value for money in that the costs of the support are reasonable, relative to both the benefits achieved and the cost of alternative support;
d) the support will be, or is likely to be, effective and beneficial for the participant, having regard to current good practice;
e) the funding or provision of the support takes account of what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide;
f) the support is most appropriately funded or provided through the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and is not more appropriately funded or provided through other general systems of service delivery or support services offered by a person, agency or body, or systems of service delivery or support services offered;
i. as part of a universal service obligation; or
ii. in accordance with reasonable adjustments required
under law dealing with discrimination on the basis of disability
g) the support is not prescribed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme rules as a support that will not be funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
h) the funding of the support complies with the methods or criteria (if any) prescribed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme rules for deciding the reasonable and necessary supports that will be funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Below is a video that the NDIS published on January 17, 2018