How will the NDIS support carers?
Posted on 05 May 2016 by Yooralla
While Australia’s new disability funding scheme will benefit 460,000 Australians with disability, it will also support those who care for people with disability.
There are over 2.7 million people in Australia who provide informal care, including 77,000 primary carers, who may benefit from the NDIS.
While caring can be a very rewarding experience, for some people, taking on the role of a primary carer can mean re-prioritising opportunities to work, study and socialise.
With a focus on support for individuals as well as care arrangements, carers could also benefit in many ways. The NDIS identifies and measures outcomes for families and carers as well as for participants with disability.
Families and carers of people with disability have long relied on traditional forms of respite to take a break from their caring role. Under the NDIS, people with disability may receive support to engage in their community and pursue their goals independently of their family or carers, providing a break for both the carers and person with disability.
This means that while people with disability have the opportunity to access the support they need for increased independence to pursue goals, carers and families will have greater independence too, to take a break and do the things they enjoy.
For some carers, provision of the right support for a family member may mean being able to return to study or work, or having the chance to follow their own interests.
So, if you’re a carer things will change for you too under the NDIS and open up opportunities.
Making the most of the NDIS
To make the most of the NDIS, you need to be prepared.
Yooralla's free guide to prepare for the NDIS can support people with disability and their carers to understand the NDIS planning process and prepare for their NDIS planning meeting.
Yooralla has also developed a free guide to NDIS for your child to support families with children who have a developmental delay or disability to prepare for the NDIS.