What do the letters mean?

NDIS – stands for “National Disability Insurance Scheme”.  It is a Federal scheme.

NIIS – stands for “National Injury Insurance Scheme”.  It is a State based scheme based on nationally agreed terms.

 

NDIS – what does it do?

Here is what the NDIS says about itself:

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.

As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.

The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.

There are strict rules about who can apply (age, disability and location), what can be funded and the providers of that support.

 

When is it coming to Queensland?

It is already here!  The roll out has commenced with Townsville and nearby regions.  The Gold Coast will see the NDIS from 1 July 2018, and all of Qld will be covered from 1 July 2019.

 

I am making a compensation claim and may be entitled to NDIS – what should I do?

Your amount of NDIS funding will be impacted by your compensation claim.  It is essential to ensure your claim is assessed fully for your needs and the impact of it upon your potential NDIS support advised to you.

 

How do I apply?

The best place to start is their homepage https://www.ndis.gov.au or you can call 1800 800 110.

 

NIIS – what does it do?

The NIIS provides for support for persons seriously injured in motor and work accidents without having to show fault.

Here is what the NIIS says about itself:

Starting 1 July 2016, anyone who sustains serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Queensland may be eligible to receive necessary and reasonable lifetime treatment, care and support under the National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland.

The scheme now also covers work related serious injuries.

 

What injuries are covered?

The injuries covered are:

  • Permanent spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Multiple or high-level limb amputations
  • Permanent injury to the brachial plexus
  • Severe burns
  • Permanent legal blindness.

 

What support is paid for?

The Scheme provides necessary and reasonable treatment, care and support, such as:

  • Medical and pharmaceutical treatment (e.g. doctor’s appointments, medication)
  • Dental treatment
  • Rehabilitation (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy)
  • Respite care
  • Aids and appliances (e.g. wheelchairs)
  • Prostheses
  • Educational and vocational training
  • Home and transport modifications (e.g. ramps or bathroom rails)

 

I am making a compensation claim and may be entitled to NIIS – what should I do?

You are not entitled to apply for NIIS support if you receive a compensation judgment or settlement in your favour.  This exclusion will not include ordinary statutory workers compensation benefits.

The assessment of possible support under NIIS must be considered in any decision on whether to pursue a compensation claim.  This can be extremely complex and should only be made after obtaining detailed advice from expert care assessor and your legal advisor.

 

How do I apply?

The website for NIIS Qld is https://niis.qld.gov.au.

Their contact number is 1300 607 566.

 

Peter Matus | Special Counsel, Compensation Claims