National Disability Insurance Scheme
In 2013, the Australian Government introduced the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS provides funding for people with disability (1) (including people with psychosocial disability) to enable them to purchase reasonable and necessary supports. The NDIS also has a component called ‘Information, Linkages and Capacity Building’, the finer details of which, are still being worked out.
Mental Health Australia’s work in relation to the NDIS includes capacity building, information sharing and raising policy and implementation issues.
Mental Health Australia is funded through the Sector Development Fund to build the capacity of people with a psychosocial disability, their carers and service providers to engage with the NDIS. Information about this project can be found on our NDIS Capacity Building Project webpage (click here).
As part of the above-mentioned project, Mental Health Australia has also compiled a range of information on mental health and the NDIS, which is available at our NDIS Mental Health Information Portal (click here). This includes resources for mental health consumers, carers, service providers and policy professionals.
Policy and implementation issues
Mental Health Australia also provides advice to governments and other stakeholders on NDIS issues raised by mental health consumers, carers and the service providers. This is part of our role as the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector.
Key Mental Health Australia policy submissions on the NDIS and information about our involvement with the National Disability Insurance Agency Mental Health Sector Reference Group can be found on our NDIS Policy and Implementation Issues page (click here).
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1. The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) uses the term ‘psychosocial disability’ to describe “the disability experience of people with impairments and participation restrictions related to mental health conditions”. See the NMHCCF website for more details (click here).