Support for Families
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) knows that families and carers are partners in the support of people with disability. And that you provide help and support that cannot be provided by formal services or paid support workers. One of the core aims of the NDIS is to better support you in your caring role.
Your views and experiences will be important in the planning process for the NDIS because you have a unique understanding of the person you care for.
If the person you care for requests it, you will play a vital role when the person you care for enters the scheme, helping with decision making about ongoing support needs, goal setting, assessment and the planning process.
NDIA will be able to assist you with information about supports that are available to you under other government-funded programs, including courses and peer-support programs.
Each participant will have an individualised plan that is tailored to their goals, personal circumstances and disability support needs. The types of supports that the NDIS may fund that may have direct or indirect benefits for you as a carer include:
- personal care to support an individual in their home or the community,
- support to assist people with disability to enjoy social and community interaction without relying solely on you,
- assistance with tasks of daily living, including help to improve a person’s ability to do things,
- supported employment services and help for people to move to work programs that prepare people with disability for work,
- training related to the caring role that may enhance your ability to provide care.
Support that maintains a carer’s health and wellbeing will also be considered. This support may include participation in a support group or a special interest network. In deciding whether to fund or provide support, the NDIA will take account of what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide.
For more information about being a carer, visit Carers Australia website